I did it! I finally finished the bargello quilt for my sister. In the border are six blocks with old photos of my sister printed on them. On the binding I machine embroidered "Happy Birthdays Paula 2008, 2009, 2010. Love Pam." On the back of the binding I machine embroidered "Cold water gentle wash, no detergent, dry flat", because I know my sister will forget any instructions I give her. It took me 3 years to get it completed. I "unsewed" three rows of quilting once because I decided I didn't like the batting. After I changed out the batting to a bamboo cotton needled batting I managed to get it finished......finally.
While I'm really glad it's done I am reluctant to give it away. There are many, many mistakes on it, but my sister won't care because #1: she's not a sewer and #2: there's lots of love in it. This is the largest quilt I've made. My previous endeavors were doll and baby quilts. Thank you all for all the encouragement you gave me. While I have many quilt projects in mind my next project is jammies for my granddaughter.