At the counter, I caught sight of a jar of what looked like dismembered digits...but upon closer inspection turned out to be rubber finger cots for use in machine quilting. Ooowww, I'd better have some of those.
While the blizzard raged outside, I decided to try out both the stencil and the finger cots. I cut out a simple bib shape and layered it right sides together with backing and batting.
It will close with a piece of Velcro instead of ties, so I left the bottom open for turning. Notice how when I start and stop sewing, I turn my work to run the stitching right off the edge. Doing it this way makes the edges turn in much easier.
Wearing those sticky finger cots, I followed the lines with free motion stitching using a YLI variegated blue thread. The rubber fingers gripped the fabric well and were not as cumbersome as gloves. A breeze came up and knocked my stitching a little crooked on the sail (hey - I mentioned there was a blizzard outside, right?!) but it was a simple path to follow, and really cute.