This summer, I invested in a used (but new-to-me) embroidery sewing machine. I’ve been staring at it for a couple of months now – totally intimidated to the point of paralysis. It is a bit humbling to be a beginner at something again, after gaining so much confidence over the years in quilting. But just last week, I bit the bullet and sat down in front of this sewing machine (with the manual in hand) and began. I am still working on the technical issues of fabric stabilizers, “hooping” the fabric correctly, and thread tension – all of which play major roles in good embroidery – but for my first attempt, this quilted tablecloth is passable, don’t you think? A is for Autumn!