Three weather systems happening today, maybe more, I don't know. Snow showers, wind blowing the showers every which way, sun, all clear, and then it repeats itself. So I stayed home and practised; free-style on the sewing machine takes a lot of control, you have to almost be doing the opposite of normal stitching, using your fingers to guide the fabric, and making that switch isn't easy.
My silly machine tells me to use an embroidery hoop to pull the fabric tight, but my embroidery hoop won't slide under the needle (when lifted, of course). Manuals can be so mysterious sometimes. I used a piece of stiffened fabric instead. Marthaaaaaaaaaa! (Martha knows everything; I always go to her!)
Be good to your friends -- Kevin Bacon.