I've been quilting with my regular machine foot for a while - which means that I'm very used to having to stop every 30 seconds and pivot around a corner or move the fabric around while the needle is down. In other words, I'm used to fiddling with the presser foot about a jillion times in an hour. That proved to be a habit very, VERY hard to break.
I'd start out pretty good (well, good for me...totally out of control for a normal FM quilter) then pause and start up again. Unbeknownst to the logical half of my brain, my hand must have gone for that darn presser foot and shot it up without snapping it back down, because this happened about 20 times:
The seam ripper was in high demand. It was frustrating to say the least because it was my own stupid fault and I couldn't seem to break the habit. I was finally forced to break out the big guns - my post-its.
Surprisingly, this tactic actually worked! So while the first few lines of wood grain took me about a week (thanks mostly to a mixture of frustration and discouragement), the majority of that panel got finished in 30 minutes.
I know that my free motion skills leave a LOT to be desired, but I'm pretty glad that prints cover a multitude of sins. It's still intimidating, but I'm going to keep at it!