After I finished the quilt top and found out that it wasn't in my budget to have someone quilt and bind it for me I thought I would never finish it. But a few weeks ago I found out that my local sewing shop has a 10 foot quilting machine. I took a class to get certified to use it, and then went back in and quilted it. It's $15 an hour to rent it, and this particular quilt only took me an hour and a half to quilt!
For the machine embroidery I chose to just go free form (meandering) on it, so I could get used to working the machine. I'm pleased with how it turned out...although next time I will try to get it a little smaller and tighter.
I was really worried about the binding, but I followed a combination of this tutorial and this one, and it wasn't hard. I actually enjoyed the hand binding at the end. It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would.
So, I am officially addicted to the whole process. I have three or four quilts that I really want to try, but I am going to be good and finish all my kids first. You know I will show you as I finish them!:)