I really like how the quilting came out on this block! It was a little tricky to piece, but definitely worth it. When I quilted it, I wanted to emphasize the stripes in the top half of the circle, so I quilted straight lines about 1/4″ or so apart. In the bottom half, I used a variation of continuous curve from Angela Walter’s book Shape by Shape to make an elegant motif that contrasts nicely with the stripes.
Outside the circle, I echoed it to help it stand out, and then quilted pebbles behind the top half (again for contrast with the stripes) and back-and-forth narrow lines in the lower half (this time, to bring the stripe motif into the bottom half of the block). I love the overall effect.