I had a mini quilt sandwich pinned together. It is stenciled with a design and I thought I would try. I did it. I have a lot of practicing to go but I thought it isn't too bad for my first attempt.
I did not expect to be an expert first time on the slopes. Likewise with FMQ. I have to say, though, that it is a bit easier to control the speed of the machine with the treadle vs an electric machine. I have done this before using my Viking Husqvarna Quilt Designer II. But it has a speed control. I like treading much better.
I used some machine quilting gloves to give me better grip on the fabric. The edge is hard to manage. I have to figure that out.
On the other hand, I am much better at FMQ on the GMQ frame.
I am using the Singer 66 for this project. I love the stitch it is making. I also love how much room I have to quilt ! When I used this frame with a free arm White Jeans Machine, I had a narrow quilting area. The 66 affords a much larger space. It was for that very reason that I spent SO MUCH TIME setting up the 66.