I finally tried some feather free-motion quilting. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. It really helped to use white thread on a light flowered fabric. It blends in and is very difficult to see. Mistakes are camouflaged. I think these will be another set of placemats, so they are good practice, but still utilitarian.
I don’t think I’m ready to machine quilting for show (like white thread on a plain dark background), but I’m definitely getting more comfortable with it.
Thanks to SewCalGal for organizing the 2012 FMQ Challenge. It’s a great learning experience.