I'm totally understanding your predicament! I love piecing the tops ( mine are very unconventional) and sometimes I tie them using embroidery floss or yarn ir even satin ribbons. As of late, I am hiring a very nice lady to machine quilt my tops. They are beautiful! She has offered to teach me quilting on her long arm, or on a regular sewing machine for $25.00/hr a bit pricey for me right now. Would like to know your thoughts... I have a two year old Grandson as well, and don't have enough hours in the day for all the sewing I would like to do!