This is actually about five separate medallions joined together. Most of the time I'm tatting a medallion; it's only in the last bit of the medallion's progress that it gets joined with her friends.
Once all of the medallions are joined and finished (all the little loose ends tucked in and clipped), I can spread it out and block it.
And, once blocked, it mostly lays flat on a flat surface.
And, one can finally appreciate the loveliness of the pattern.
Here is the finished piece in its new home - my dear friend, Mimi's dining table.