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Sugaridoo BERNINA QAL winners || Quilting with rulers – part 3

Part three of quilting the Sugaridoo Bernina QAL quilt with rulers. Today we’ll quilt the final four rows in the quilt. 

And! Today the winners of the BERNINA 570QE and the ruler kits will be announced. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see who won!

Quilting this quilt really sparked my enthusiasm for quilting a large quilt!  I love how you can see quilting improve with every row. Even within a row. The final stitches of a row felt much easier and less forced than the first stitches. So, practicing really makes progress!

Here’s the video where you can see me quilting each of the four designs.

Row #1 – On Point

I am a little bit in love with the texture of small circles on a quilt. So for this row I wanted to try that again. I’ve quilted with one of the Echo Quilt Clips around the triangular shapes.

In the illustration below you can see the path that I made to make this design. First I quilted around the top triangles.

After that I’ve quilted around the bottom triangles.  


Row #2 – Out of the box

For this row I followed the diagonal lines within the box. In the video you can see how I first quilted the outside shape and then quilted some lines within. 

The lines on the right side in the picture below are a little bit too close together for my liking. The lines on the left are more what I had in mind. So in the rest of the row I’m going to keep that distance between the quilted lines. 

Row #3 – Cross Stitch

With the row Cross Stitch I used the circle ruler again. This Echo Clip is a little bit bigger that the one I used on row #1. I used the circle to quilt half circles around the shape of the cross.

This created a kind of scalloped square around the cross. The result wasn’t as spectacular as I thought it would be. But I like it enough. I did go back in and quilt in the ditch around the cross to have some extra quilted lines. 

Row #4 – This way

For this row I wanted to alternate some free motion quilting patterns in between the arrow shapes. First I stitched in the ditch around the arrows and then did some free motion quilting. 

I alternated between a loop design and short straight lines, creating kind of spikes. 

Already with the second try of the loops (the loops below and on the left in the picture above) I got the hang of it a little bit. Both versions of the loops look fine think, but the loops on the left feel a little bit more put together.

With the loops on the right I made loops to the left and loops to the right. Where with the loops on the left I made the loops all go in the same direction. Check out the video to see this in more detail. 

Just going for it, trying out an idea and the seeing it improve while you’re quilting is so much fun!

Letting go that it has to be perfect the first time you try it is the most difficult part of quilting i think.

And now the winners!

We have come to the end of the Sugaridoo Bernina quilt along. It has been such an amazing adventure. Thank you all for joining and quilting along! Now it is time to announce who won one of the Bernina 570QE’s and who won a ruler kit.

I’m sooo excitied and happy for the lucky six quilters below!

The winners of the BERNINA 570QE are:

Ariane Olivia


Pinar Pir Söderlund

Lisanne Lasker

The winners of the Ruler kits are:

Muriël van der Ploeg




Anna Login

Huge congratulations to all of you! The winners will be contacted today by BERNINA. 

Thank you all for participating in the quilt along. A whole year of quilting together was just wonderful. Thank you for all your support, for helping each other and cheering each other on along the way. 

Big hug to all of you!

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  • Joyce Romero

    Wooohooo!! Congratulations to the lucky winners!!! I really enjoyed being a part of this QAL, and the time we spent together. Thank you to Bernina and Irene, I’ve learned so much and you made it so much fun!

  • sewhappy43

    Can you hear the applause? It is loud and continues for a long while!!! Congratulations to the winners and all who participated/participating! I really enjoyed the time we have spent together and hope we have made friends for years to come. I do enjoy my older bernina 440qe and keep looking at the Q16/20 and long arm to figure out if in my retirement I can do an upgrade.  Be safe and healthy Teresa Foister Fairfield Ohio USA

  • jarsimon

    Congratulations to all of the winners!!!  What a fun quilt along!  Thanks to Bernina and Irene for all of the wonderful instructions.  I learned so much. ?

  • christine214

    Inspired by Irene’s creative quilting! I haven’t started quilting mine yet as my craft room is in the middle of renovations and I don’t have a place to sew right now. I started the remodel with the idea of getting a long arm and leaning towards to getting a machine on a frame. It would be great to have this be the first quilt I do on my new machine.

    Congrats to all the winners as well. I was hoping to win a prize but still feel like a winner with all that I learned. Thanks so much to Irene and Bernina for sponsoring the QAL. It certainly made a tough year so much more bearable.

  • Debbie Hodge

    Congratulations to all the winners of the new Bernina sewing machines and the rulers! I think we are all winners as we have finished these amazing quilts and learned so much along the way! It was such a bright spot during this challenging year! Thanks again. Irene! -and Bernina!

  • laurie22

    Congratulations to all the winners, and to EVERYONE who participated in this wonderful QAL.  Thank you to Irene, Bernina, and to the moderators on the Facebook page who were so helpful.  I learned so much, and gained a lot of confidence in quilting.

  • alletaquilts

    Congratulations to the winners!  It was such fun. I feel like a winner as I learned so much & have two gorgeous quilts to show for my efforts. Thank you Bernina & Irene for a great sew along.

  • Jennifer McArdle

    Congratulations to all the winners, what fabulous quilts everyone has made and so many different interpretations. I think we’ve all enjoyed the year together, it’s been a lot of fun. Thanks Bernina , Irene, Karen & Jill especially.

  • Pirjo

    Congratulations to all winners as well as participants!! I am sure everyone learned so much.

    I am curious to know how many finished entries were in the end.

  • Kris Simpson

    Congratulations to all the winners!  Thank you to Bernina and especially to Irene for such a fun and creative QAL!  It’s been a wonderful way to spend a part of 2020 and a bright spot during a challenging year. It was nice to have something fun to look forward to each month without question.  And, we ended up with a beautiful quilt as well as seeing many others!   Be well every and may the true joy of the holiday season fill your hearts.

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