A peek of the back - the quilting shows up nicely... and no puckers! :D
I had nightmarish needle problems this afternoon. After I put in last night's needle, about every inch of so the thread kept breaking. The tension was correct, so I figured that somehow the needle point must have chipped. Put in a new "Schmetz Quilting 90/14" needle (what I was using all along) and still kept running into the problem. I finally figured out that it was breaking wherever there was more than 2 layers of fabric/seams. I took a guess that the needle might actually be too thick, and switched to a normal piecing needle of 80/12. That did the trick! :)
Which I find a little odd, in almost everything I've read, if you're having problems with the thread breaking, go UP the next needle size, so the thread eye is bigger. But by going down, my needle was smaller, and it didn't feel like the needle was trying to push the quilt down the needle hole, but actually piercing the fabric. Just happy that it's not giving me trouble anymore.
And I've decided about the quilt retreat... I'm not gonna go. :) I don't have many strong friendships with the ladies in the guild. And when groups tend to get bigger and noisier and chattier... I tend to pull back and corner myself, because the noise is too much for ME to be talking in. So I would just sew, exactly what I could be doing at home. Since I don't have kids, dogs or a pesky husband, I could easily make every weekend "retreats" if I wanted.
The other thing is that I enjoy smaller groups or even just two people, like my mom and I. I realized that I'm actually looking faaaaaaaaaar more forward to quilting with my mom next week instead of going to a retreat. So, I don't mind sew-a-thons at other people's houses and having a simple gathering, but retreats aren't for me right now, I have nothing to retreat from. ;)
Plus, I think my time at my parents house is going to feel "retreatish" enough... not to mention that their house is BIG enough for a retreat! If they wanted, they could fit in 13 long arm machines (including the garage) and sleep 24 ladies if they put 2 bunkbeds in each room. Too bad I can't pack some of that space in my suitcase and make my long arm dream come true a little sooner. ;)