I made this quilt top last summer as part of the monthly Schnibbles Quilt Along. It is the "Mercerie" pattern. I used some modern scraps I had inherited from my sister and a light jade Kona for the background. I did not like how the top came out, so I purchased a cheap backing at Joann's and it has sat in a UFO bin ever since. The other day I was admiring the circular quilting the of Little Penguin on one of her recent finishes http://littlepenguinquilts.blogspot.com/ and I saw concentric circular quilting on another blog and thought maybe I should try that...The question was on what quilt, so I dug through my UFOs and thought why not this one? It is 33 inches square, so very easy to maneuver for quilting on my Pfaff.
I dug through my plates and bowls and traced circles with a pencil. The biggest plate I had was 14 inches around, so that was my biggest circle. I traced from the smallest circle out, but for the quilting I found it easier to quilt the biggest circles and work my way in. I used my walking foot as Little Penguin suggested.
I finished the smallest circles this morning and ran over to Joann's to find a binding. The manager who is also a friend (she was my friend before they opened a Joann's in our town, but I am definitely a frequent customer!) said that's the quilt you did not like and I said you're right, but now with the quilting it is much better! She agreed that the circles gave it so much more texture and made a pretty bland quilt much more interesting. I sewed the binding on while I watched soccer this afternoon and washed it immediately. I will definitely quilt with concentric circles again.
My blog one year anniversary is on Sunday! I think I will celebrate with a giveaway, so check back soon to see what I have for a lucky reader...