The final machine quilting I did was on the border. I had thought about it for some time and what I envisioned was reflecting half circles, on the border and on the blocks adjacent to the border.
I had to do some math to figure out how to trace my semi-circle – drawing is not my strong point. I used scrap paper and worked on it until I had the shape I wanted. I finally figured out that I wanted a semi-circle of 4.75″ wide and 2″ high. I didn’t know how to get a smooth curve, but I was using lined paper, and finally I marked out incremental dots on the paper along each line and I got a nice circle. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it worked well. I traced my circle onto my template plastic.
I started with green thread on the blocks along the edge. I traced the template onto each block. I’m not sure how well it shows up in the picture.
I traced the circles so they overlapped at the corner.
I only pinned where I needed to, to keep the fabric as flat as possible, because it’s still bunchy and puffy.
After I sewed those semi-circles with the green thread, I traced the first set of semi-circles on the border and sewed them with blue thread. I traced a second set of semi-circles on the border.
I sewed the second set of semi-circles on the border with pink thread. I chose pink and blue for the border to contrast best with the yellow.
I had originally planned to add a second set of semi-circles on the inner blocks with purple thread, and I decided against it. I liked the way the green thread looked so much that I almost didn’t do the circles on the border, but I wanted to practice my curved sewing.
Here’s the way it looks on the back:
I love the effect of the two semi-circles meeting to form a circle. I don’t know if I would have liked it even better with the purple reflecting the pink, but I was satisfied with it. I was ready to finish the quilting by this point anyway.
Next time: the hand quilting!