I got this block nearly finished Monday while the window guys were banging on my nerves. Just a couple hearts today for the finish. I am still debating on the "slits" in the hearts. Esther's "Stories Behind the Blocks" post from the Yahoo Group says "The pierced hearts that join together to flower in collects of 4 go on to unify the blocks. As with traditional folk motifs, a hole in the heart represents hardship, pain or difficulty. And of course, all beauty and longing, desire and harmony is momentary, just as life is." As I was working on this yesterday, I felt like I needed to leave only a 1/4" edge around the hearts, and leave the rest as a large gaping hole. But maybe by the time I get the blocks all finished, there will be some healing.