What an incredible learning experience!  I started the project a little late, as it took a while for the local quilt shop to get a kit in for me.  I did pretty well keeping up until November when Christmas projects got in the way.  The one section at a time format of this quilt along was great.  The instructions were easy to follow, and the video clips really helped.  Some of the blocks were new to me.  Ruler work and Free Motion quilting were a first time experience.  I worked my way through the Amanda Murphy Ruler Work lessons on WEALLSEW before I was brave enough to try it on this quilt.  Without the longarm for the border quilting, I had to get creative and use a scanned picture of the side half-hexi and the corners to have Bernina Software 8.1 digitize a version of the designs for me.  At first, I didn’t think the triple stitch for these designs was appropriate, but later loved the effect as it made the gold designs “pop” and really set off the gold fabrics from the center quilt blocks.  I could hoop the half-hexi in the Jumbo hoop minus about four inches of the outside like.  I went back and triple stitched these lines with the ruler and foot 72.  Learning to use the 72 foot and the rulers was scary and the results are not perfect, but I’m ready to try it again on my next quilt.  I used the 72 foot for the Free Motion on the quilt blocks, but decided to use my BSR when doing the free motion designs in the borders.  (It’s only the second time I’ve used my BSR.)  I’m determined to learn as much as I can about what my Bernina 880 with the Upgrade can do.  It makes an amateur quilter like myself look pretty good, because it helps me with so much with the details. Thank you Amanda Murphy, for the wonderful design, guidance, and helpful hints to complete this project!  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BERNINA!


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