|Colorful zig zag stitching radiating from the center
|painter's tape to mark arcs and stitching lines
To create the evenly spaced zig zags, I first created a freezer paper circle template, then used 1" painter's tape to mark 12 evenly spaced arcs. On the circle template, I jotted down which thread color combination would fill each arc. To create the same zig zag pattern in each of the arcs, I marked dots along the inside edges of tape that were then be connected using my walking foot. For the first few arcs, I would measure out and mark the dots to match the first arc. But then realized I could reuse the tape segments containing the original marks, which saved quite a bit of time and minimized the chance of accidentally marking the fabric with the permanent sharpie marker. It was easy to eyeball the first few connecting lines, but as I worked my out from the center circle, the lines grew longer and more difficult to stitch straight lines. So I used smaller lengths of painter's tape to create a straight edge to serve as a guide for my walking foot.
|pop of color in the center
Once each arc had its master zig zag stitched, I then stitched three to four parallel zig zags approximately ~1/4 apart to create the color saturation to pop. In the primary and secondary arcs, I could use the same thread for all 5 rows of stitching. But in the teriary arcs, I alternated primary and secondary colored thread to achieve a blended effect...ie Red, Violet, Red, Violet to achieve Red-Violet. Even though this process required me to swtich out threads/bobbins, it actually went fairly quickly!
I found a great rainbow ombre fabric that was already blended on the bias which really added a pop to the binding! I kept going back and forth over the center space, and whether to leave the center as is or add something special. I opted to add one more burst of color by appliqueing a small circle of backing fabric, while still maintaining a ring of unstitched negative space before the zig zag stitching began.
|Finished project--unfortunately my photo just doesn't capture all the colorful stitching, but boy does that binding pop!