I received a bundle of these Riley Blake Basics for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. When I placed the fabric side-by-side on my design wall, I was having trouble seeing them all come together into something cohesive. I know you didn’t have to use all the fabric provided, but I really really wanted to. Then inspiration struck. I have been wanting to give my friend Nicole @ Snips Snippets Star Dresden tutorial a try.
I think the star Dresden really makes these fabrics work together beautifully. I took the tutorial provided by Nicole and ran with it. I enlarged the blades of the star/flower and changed the proportion of the top to the bottom to tweak the shape a bit. I was just trying to use up every bit of challenge fabric provided and get the largest blades possible.
As you can see from the blue marker, I decided to mirror the star Dresden in the quilting to fill up the negative space. I don’t do asymmetrical very well. I always feel the need to balance things out visually. It’s a sickness.
The quilting is really where the “Twirl & Dance” comes in. I see the star Dresden spinning and twirling and those strings of quilting sort of capture that movement – at least in my eyes/head. I debated for a long time about quilting it a bit more densely. However, I was afraid if I quilted it any more it would loose its light and airy feel.
I really love taking quilts outdoors these days.
I decided to name this quilt after my Girl, in a way. She has this shirt that says: “Love to twirl, love to dance”. This really describes her bouncy personality right now.
I’m always happy when I actually remember to put a label on a quilt. This quilt measures 39X48 after a washing.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else made with the Riley Blake Basics.
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