I'm almost finished, I think. I have one last decision to make.
I've decided that a hot pink ruffle at the bottom will look lost and out of place, since there isn't hot pink anywhere else. So, here's the current status of the front:
And the back:
And since I am so enamored of this view, the full circle:
So I need to decide whether to add this little ruffle around the top edge:
I'm thinking Yes. Opinions?
And here's a hint for using the gathering foot. Fold your soon-to-be ruffle in half and press about 8 inches down the center to get a crease, like so:
When you put the strip in the ruffler, put the needle dead center of the crease. Notice where the seam width marking is on your machine (in my case, it's 1 inch, down there at the very bottom of the photo) and you can easily keep the thing lined up for perfectly centered gathering.