After taking a timeout, I went back to the machine and finally found the combination to keep the thread from breaking. Changed the needle, the bobbin thread and fiddled with the upper tension and something I did or all of it did the trick. The machine was working beautifully at the quilting class on Wednesday so figured it had to be something else.
Sometimes I am amazed at how good machine quilting looks on it's own - even something as simple and basic as what I do. I get a lot of mileage out of loop-de-loops. They are easier for me than stippling. How I wish I had started machine quilting years and years ago, but at least I am glad that I can get by with what I do for my smaller pieces.
Here are a couple of samples that I did last week - certainly nothing to be too proud of but maybe they show a bit of promise if I would sit down and do some practicing. Regardless, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad I can do what I do. Hope you're having a great weekend - it's certainly pretty here! (Click to enlarge - see all my bobbles!)