I followed thru on my intention to spend my quilt retreat putting the states quilt together. It is pieced, sandwiched and the quilting has begun. The quilt is much larger than I expected, about 90 by 100 inches, I think if I had added the red, white, and blue borders it would have been a queen size quilt with a full drop, the borders touching the floor. I decided to leave the borders off and stop where it is. I am presently working on the center eagle block, doing some diagonal lines for background fill. I know what I am going to do in the red areas, but I am a little unsure of how I am going to quilt around the embroideries.
I am very open to suggestions!! I will definitely quilt in the ditch around the stars, but I am thinking maybe I will stitch over the state outlines with invisible thread and then some kind of background fill around the rest of the embroideries. Because it is such a large quilt I do not want to do anything very dense.
Last weekend I was at my annual retreat with my small group. I was a little remiss about taking photos and I did not get everyone in the group. We had a great cabin at the local state park and set up our tables in a nice way that let everyone sew relatively close to each other and allowed for great visiting.
The weather was great, we got a lot of quilt tops completed, a lot of catching up with each others lives, and a little shopping. A great time as always, miss you guys already!