Okay. At this point, it looks like my best option for getting a good set up to start learning free motion quilting is 1) make sure Mom isn't upset at the idea of me doing this, 2) take pictures of the Esante babylock and the two boxes full of accessories, 3) figure out a reasonable price, 4) go to the local mail store and get it packed and weighed and find out what shipping will cost, 5) list it on ebay, hopefully sell it, get paid by paypal, transfer that to bank account, 6) order Janome HD1000, prolly from Amazon, 7) once it gets here, get the guys to use the DIY instructions to turn my sewing table into a flatbed surface for the machine, 8) order freemotion quilting accessories from Leah Day. Man, that all looks like it's going to take a long time. 3 is probably the hardest.
Yes, there is a local sewing machine store that would sell it. They'd charge me something like $60 or $70 more than Amazon and would give me a trade in value of $120. I'm pretty sure that's low.
(Anybody want a lovely Esante babylock sewing machine / embroidery machine with two boxes of accessories?)
So I picked up Maggie early from school today and took her to the orthodontist. On the motorcycle. I fully expect my Cool Mama points now. Especially since they recommended something cold like a milkshake to ease discomfort from the new wire, so I ended up taking her to Wendy's and getting her a frosty from the drivethru. (Yes, we both had on helmets. Cool Mama, not stupid Mama)
More and more thinking I want to do free motion quilting and try to quilt my own. I love my Janome 3128, but the throat is only 5". The Janome HD1000 sounds like a nice machine, its throat is 6 3/4, that's bigger but I'm not sure it's big enough for the big quilts I want. The Janome Horizon makes me almost weep with desire, it has 11" of throat space! It's the one that the Freemotionquiltblog lady uses. But the cheapest I've seen it is about $1800, and that's not including a table for it.
I am enjoying working on the log cabin project so much, I find myself idly imagining doing these on commission. Probably wouldn't work out. I would expect most people that would care about this sort of thing to be the type that would learn to do it themselves. And I probably couldn't get a good price, especially since as things are now, I have to send out the quilting itself to the guy with the long-arm machine. I would like to learn to do darning foot free-motion machine quilting. My mom has sent me to an interesting blog about it I go back and look at now and then. I'd really need a larger machine, though. The teacher at the last quilt class I took was a bit shocked to find I have only one machine, and that my little portable Janome. She insisted that a quilter must have more than one. That's nice, and sometimes I do get tempted to ask for recommendations for a good, yet still *simple to operate* machine that would be good for free-motion quilting, with a much larger throat area than my little Janome. Trouble is, I don't know where I could PUT it.
Working away at the quilt, and I realized the blade in my smaller rotary cutter was starting to get dull. That's just asking to get yourself cut or ruin a block, so I switched in a new blade. Some people resharpen old ones but I don't have the tools or know-how so I got Miles to help dispose of it safely. It occurred to me to wonder - I cut away with this rotary cutter all the time, and have never cut myself with it. I go to open up Miles' food processor back on Valentine's day, and cut my finger wide open and it's still healing. Why do I do so fine with the rotary cutter then? Miles' answer was just "because you'd never put yarn in the blender." ... okay ...
I'm watching a couple of birds that keep landing and walking around on the neighbor's roof across from the window at my sewing area. They are carrying nesting material. From the direction they fly off, they may be heading to the birdhouse we put up years ago outside the kitchen window, to try to keep nesting birds out of the vent for our downstairs bathroom. Or, given that it didn't succeed, they may be heading for that vent. In either case, hello, little tenants of mine.
Did some thinking last night while working on the first stages of the quilts. I generally say that I am not any good with faith. But this is the one area where I do have faith. Faith that this pile of strips of fabric will become a quilt. That the tangle of yarn wrapped around my needles will be transformed by me into a sock. There is a song that I say sums up a lot of what I feel: http://www.echoschildren.org/CDlyrics/ACTSOFCREATION.HTML I pulled it up on my phone and played it several times. I have faith that I can adapt patterns and ideas to my own ends, that I can take a traditional pattern and combine it with modern fabrics and my own design tastes and make something good. And, thanks to much encouragement and the occasional pointing out from Karl , I have faith that when I start out with a new type of fiber or fabric arts, that I will be able to learn it.
Admittedly, there is the little voice in my head that says for most people, starting a new patchwork type, they would make oh, a baby quilt, wall-hanging, or pillow. Not two coordinating king-sized bed quilts. But I've always known I'm not that kind of sane.