I'm much less grumpy today, I promise. I went in to the shop about my machine, and their machine guru will sit down with me next week to see just what the problem is that is causing skipped stitches and broken thread or poor tension when I freemotion. They kept it for service when I brought it in in August and gave it back having found no issues, so now we'll have to see if it misbehaves when the techs are watching... If it's something I am doing wrong, that's fine too, as long as someone can tell me so so I can start doing it right!
In the meantime I'm concentrating on my daughter's quilt. She has been very patient waiting for it while I got sidetracked with various other projects, so I have promised myself not to start anything new until hers is finished.