YAY! My Quilt is Complete!

There were three things left to do to complete my quilt: the piping, binding and the label. The piping was so easy. I used the #38 piping foot and 1/8” cording. I trimmed the piping down using an “add a ¼” ruler” which I’d never used before, but I foresee myself using it a lot in the future. I pinned and sewed the piping around my quilt and then prepped my binding. I sewed that onto my quilt and then hand sewed the binding to the back. I really love the look of the piping! I will definitely be using this feature on future quilts. Last of all came the label. I love the shine of the metallic thread, so I decided to use it and one of the label designs in the Jubilee collection to create my label. I used the Hologram thread for the accent dots around the label. I hand sewed my label to the back corner and my quilt was complete!! To say this quilt was a lot of work would be an understatement, but I really enjoyed every part of it. I am so happy with how it turned out and I am so proud of myself for completing it!   In summary, I began my quilting this past September when I purchased my first Bernina machine, a Bernina 880, and it has been quite an adventure, with the last two months being the most educational by far. In January, I started my Anniversary quilt and I spent over 200 hours making it, my very first free motion and ruler work quilt ever. I have learned a ton! I have used all kinds of new techniques and gained so many new skills. I have learned some things about the Bernina company as well. Number one – EXCELLENT customer support! They definitely put the customer first. This quilt-a-long is just one example of that. What a brilliant idea to help out and educate customers on their machines and teach them new skills! Number two – they do a great job training the employees in their dealerships, so they can answer any question under the sun about your machine. Number three – they design their machines with their customers in mind. The machines are user friendly and have so many features that make sewing/quilting/embroidering so much more fun. BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulation), dual feed, optional stitch plates, tons of different presser feet and accessories, and automatic threading to name just a few. I have to say, “Thank you, Amanda for your beautiful quilt design”, and “Thank you, Bernina for this amazing opportunity!” This has been an incredible journey!

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