Whew, I'm good now. Glad I got that off my chest. I am so tired and today has been very, very long BUT I did get some quilting done!! This morning I packed the kids in the car and ran some errands enroute to Mom's house to borrow her very old White (singer style) sewing machine. It weighs 3 tons but it is wonderful to stipple quilt on. I am not the world's best stipple/free motion quilter but I love to do it. It's very relaxing and fun to me to be able to wiggle the quilt around under the presser foot with no particular pattern.
I quilted the Bob quilt entirely, now I just need to add binding and a label and Tony can visit the lady he works for and give it to her. They are still in the hospital, though I haven't heard any more on the little boy. Mom said she had a brown fabric that would work well for the binding but did I remember to get it? No. Sigh. Oh well, I can scrounge and find something or else I can get it from Mom when I give Diantha back (yes I borrowed her again.)
I got my green quilt for the 4 Seasons Quilt Swap Monochromatic Challenge (WOW what a mouthful) all quilted too, except some outline quilting around the appliqued shapes. Now it's just awaiting binding and a hanging sleeve. I have the material for the binding. : )
I took the 2 sides of the batik bag I had been working on when my machine decided to misbehave so I stipple quilted them as well while I was there. When I got home, I took the bobbin casing out of my machine and dusted all around it. I found a thread stuck in the mechanism and I think that might have been my major problem. The tension is still a little off on the bottom, making a loose stitch (not really a loop) about every 6 stitches. Kinda weird but not too bad that I couldn't finish the bag and put binding on a little mini table topper I'd been working on! I was able to list both in my etsy shop tonight.
Now the really cool news: I was contacted earlier by a woman who runs a salon/boutique here in downtown Clinton where I live about selling some of my bags in her store! It would be SO cool to have my bags in an actual shop. Downtown Clinton, little nothing of a whole street and a half that it is, is for some reason unknown to me very historic. We have an antiques festival twice a year and other things like that. The main street downtown is a big tourist draw, with little specialty shops and antique shops. Totally different customer traffic than I get on etsy. There is of course a commission for the merchant, but not outrageous. I e-mailed the lady back saying I was interested and asking some questions. Hopefully I will hear from her again! This just means I need to get on the ball and make a few more bags to give to her, so I don't have to deactivate any of my listings. I was wanting to do that anyway, but I have some knitting to take care of first! LOL!