I have just finished piecing 6 of the 9 rows that make up the main body of Tessellated Leaves, bringing the progress up to two-thirds of the way complete. I just love how the colors are blending together.
I selected 36 fabrics for this quilt, and I am done using 20 of them. It feels great to be able to clear of the table of the baggies of fabric as they are used up.
It has taken 38.5 hours of work to get to this point, including design and fabric prep. I am taking a broad range guess of between 20-30 hours for quilting, so it looks like this quilt will take between 80-90 hours to complete. This is a very large quilt at 96.5ʺ wide by 108.5ʺ long without the final 4ʺ border.
In terms of my sewing machine, I have put a lot of thought into what would work best for me in the long term over the past week. I have to say that I am very disappointed in the customer service I have received from Bernina. I had hoped they would be more willing to stand behind the quality of their machines and work with me as this machine is what I use to run my small business. However, even after discussions with Bernina USA, I have come to the conclusion that it is not worth my time to continue trying to quilt on this machine. I am frustrated and miffed, but it isn’t in my nature to be an angry, persistent thorn in their side. So I have chosen to do my best to look on the sunny side. It is a great (although terribly expensive) piecing machine and I will trust it to straight line stitch anything. And if you are in the market for a new sewing machine, I would urge you to carefully consider before purchasing a Bernina. Get to know your local Bernina dealer. Are they friendly? Will they help you should a problem arise (even if the machine is over a year old)?
So, in light of that, I am looking into other options and considering what I want to do for my quilting needs. I am in the market for a long arm, folks. Used is what I can afford with my budget, and I think I have a promising lead or two. But one thing is certain, I am talking with the local dealers and representatives for the brand before I make an offer or commit to anything ever again.