I finally got up the gumption to take my machine off the belts (that are attached to the drivers that the computer uses to make the computerized quilting patterns).
So, I could free hand!!! I tried to free hand with the belts still attached and it was just too much resistance. However, without the belts it quilts like a DREAM!!! I got to going so fast that I broke the thread...so - note to self...slow down : D.
Here is my 1st attempt at freehanding...if you look closely you can see lots of lessons that I learned. For instance, do NOT look away. You will end up with an interesting (or not so interesting) boo boo!