Instead of Inspiration Monday today is completion Monday. I finally finished quilting and binding Prague Posy from December. To see more about it's construction check out these posts:
Designing Prague Posy
Prague Posy Table Runner
Prague Posy Table Runner Part 2
I decided I wanted to play with some new, more modern patterns from Christina Cameli's newest book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting. I started withe the design below. I marked straight lines 1/2" apart. You can see the design I chose inside the central diamond. The marked lines helped me keep the design evenly space. I think it was called spindles.
Then I decided on a circular design for the outside quilting. I wanted it to really pop, so I choise this large circle fill with 1/8 inch outlines. I started with this section below. I ended up with large shapes that are not very circular in nature. This isn't what was in the book and wasn't what I wanted. So I had to figure out what went wrong. This was when I realized the puffs weren't circles.
Here is the next section I was stitching. The shapes are getting a little more circular, but still not quite what I wanted.
Finally I realized that to get a complete circle all I had to do was make one and then stitch the outlines around it. This was the last corner I quilted and I'm really happy with the final result. I will definitely use this fill again.
One of the reasons Prague Posy's circles stand out so much is that it has Hobbs Heirloom Wool inside it. I love to use wool because it makes all the unquilted areas really pop.
Another thing I learned on this table runner was to be careful about marking straight lines. The center diamond on one side stops just before the binding, but on the other side it stops just inside the binding. Oops. Next time I'll be more careful about checking this!
It feels to have it done and I really like the way the circles pop! One happy quilter!