Yes, that's a picnic table on the front porch. The machine is a little Singer, devoid of doo-dads, that I picked up last summer for $89 at Meijer's Thrifty Acres. I spent the last few days before I came up here cutting the pieces for the five quilt-along blocks that I'm behind on and the block for my Simple Sampler class. I also brought along my small cutting mat and other tools and a bagful of pieces for the Otsego Lake quilt.
I immediately ran into an unanticipated problem. The Singer doesn't come with a quarter-inch quilting foot. I ran a strip of freezer tape over the machine bed to mark out the quarter-inch line, but I couldn't use it to sew the the half-square triangles, since the squares cover up the tape. After much head-banging I drove back into town to search for a solution. I found a little half-inch ruler with a marked center line. You just line the center on the diagonal of the square and mark along either side for your sewing lines. This puppy is going to get a work-out!
By the way, these are the curtains that inspired the Otsego Lake quilt. I made these last summer; the light and dark are the fabrics that make up the centers of the two alternating blocks in the quilts.
Below is a close-up of the "woods" fabric. Now that I see these again, I'm thinking of maybe adding a narrow strip of red above and/or below the woods, to go with the red squares in the quilt. But that will wait for next summer -- I want to see what the quilts actually look like, first.
These are the Otsego Lake blocks...