First of all a big thank you to everyone who commiserated or offered advice last week on my sewing machine problem. Just to clear something up it has been serviced very regularly, the last time less than six months ago and each time they never get to the bottom of my problem... BUT.... Since trying the advice I found online to thread the machine backwards through the take up lever, I have not (fingers crossed!) had a repeat of the problem!
So, with the machine back working I have had a much better sewing week. I now have three of these quilt-as-you-go log cabin blocks.
The tutorial I used is from Stitched In Color, I love the densely quilted result you achieve, though you do get through bobbins like you wouldn't believe!
They are/were intended for a dog bed. My sister is very concerned they'll be trashed, but I don't know what I'd do with them otherwise. Bear in mind they have a back which is not meant to be seen! I intend for the dog bed to go in my new sewing room (more on that after the weekend) so it shouldn't get too much wear, I hope?