I think you can guess that I have been getting to know my quilting rulers. I planned to quilt this simply and lightly but the rulers took over. I just love how crisp things look when I can trace instead of quilting freehand. I also love that I don't have to wrestle the quilt quite as much as when I use my trusty walking foot. My shoulders are much happier.
Since I took this photo, I finished quilting all the blocks. Now I need to figure out what to quilt in the borders. Ideas are simmering, and I hope I end up with a plan that I like as much as the design I quilted in the blocks.
I am enjoying playing with just a few basic Westalee rulers, layering shapes to build up different motifs. This one uses the Circles on Quilts templates for the circle that I used as a base. The petals inside and outside the circle were quilted with the 6" spiral from the Template Starter Set.
This wasn't my original plan. I tried using the circle as a spine for a feathered wreath.
It wasn't bad, but it just seemed to be swallowed up by the piecing, and overwhelmed by the crosshatching in the cream background. I'm glad I decided to quilt all the crosshatching and let the block ideas simmer while I did that. My new design seems to have more presence in this block.
For now, it's bedtime. Maybe I'll have a flash of inspiration for the borders as I drift off to sleep, and if I'm lucky I'll remember it in the morning!