We have 2 Berninas in my house and its nice to have a spare. This Bernina has had a problem since I bought it and I have been frustrated from time to time with the little glitch that was so hard to explain and diagnose. A few weeks ago I was yet again frustrated with the problem I packed it up yet again and took back in for repair. I guess I came off pretty frustrated and maybe a tad rude? with the guys because they were really defensive but they got right on it (this time). By the time I got home I had an email telling me the machine was fixed. They found the problem!!! I'm not even sure what the problem was but they fixed it finally and since my pedal was acting irregular and they fixed that too. I've been in sewing heaven since then. There is nothing like a great tool that works perfectly! My only wish would be that Bernina would engineer a stitch regulator to be over layed into my old Bernina. But why should they? They want us to buy new machines!!
A great working sewing machine and a sharp pair of scissors is an amazing combination. And when added to a fun project, great fabric, a good pattern - its kind of like being in the zone.
So speaking of tools- I haven't really used this diamond ruler much but I got it out to use on the American Jane Merry-go-Round quilt triangles instead of the template drawn on the pattern. It is very slightly off size from the triangle shown in the pattern but so much easier to use. Just FYI - though I've not done this - Syd in my quilt group takes paper templates to Home Depot and has them cut the template into plastic. Good idea if you've got an off size block.
To answer Elizabeth's comment from yesterday (I didn't have your email) there are no Y seams in this pattern. I would rate the whole project "easy" on a quilt difficulty scale.
And finally the fresh peas from our garden are ready! Our growing season is later where I live. Its always a fun piece of summer to shell and eat freshly picked peas right from the plant.