Here's a close up of the quilting. I'm doing meandering all around the hearts, and then both red and white hearts get the treatment you see below. :)
I have 7 out of 35 hearts done, but the hardest is over, the center row where you really have to cram the quilt in. :) Just as I was starting to do the 8th heart, my thread broke. I figured I needed a new needle, I was already on my 4th bobbin. Well, I must have threaded the top thread wrong and it gave me some VERY bad tension stitching. Oh so fun to rip out. :P I rethreaded, tested on a scrap and everything was fine, except my patience. It was shot. ;)
Now I have a question for the quilters who read my blog... my quilt guild is arranging for a local retreat - just 16 miles from where I live. It's in November, between my birthday and thanksgiving. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday morning. You have to bring everything - bedding, towels, clothes, etc. They just said that the rooms are heated and that they will be providing 5 meals. All this for $95. I'm sure most of you are going to say "grab it! it's a great deal!" But I'm a bit of a chicken... I've never done a retreat before. I'm sure I could accomplish a lot of things at the machine... but do you find retreats worth it? And I'm almost not sure if $95 is a good deal either. Cluck!
Ooooh. And we just got some surprising news tonight, my husband's only brother is engaged. Well, congrats to him and his girl. :)