Remember when I said I had to finish my Bliss quilt before I could work on anything else? Francine, my persnickety Bernina, decided to foil my plans! I was happily free motion quilting along and it was past my bedtime, so I put things away and turned off the machine. The next morning, I go back to work, and it starts skipping 5 or 6 stitches in a row! I hadn't fiddled with anything! So I tried everything I could think of to make her work again with absolutely no luck. So Francine is at the Bernina store 4. hours. away!! I've been without her for over a week now :( I really wish sewing machine repair shops were like car dealerships - when you take yours in for work they give you a loaner.
I've cut a few projects out and now I'm trying to work on a fall/autumn themed mug rug for a swap with my new Modern Quilt Guild. I love squirrels and wanted to applique one holding an acorn onto my mug rug. My problem is, I'm not sure it's as adorable as I was hoping, nor do I think it looks very modern. This is my current layout. Would anyone in a modern quilt guild want this in a swap? What suggestions do you have to make this better? To me, fall/autumn reminds me of traditional harvest images, etc and I have a hard time incorporating modern elements. Oh, and yes, it looks like I'm hand sewing this puppy.
Thanks for any suggestions!