Fan Dance Quilt – A Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

I am finally revealing my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt!  When I saw the fabric, at first I was really excited about it…then I got nervous. The colors are really not my colors. I find it hard to work with some colors and when I struggle with that the entire quilt becomes a struggle.  After a month and a half of staring at the fabrics I decided to take out my huge 10 degree wedge ruler and play with the fabrics. I had a few designs in mind and this is what I settled on:

Fan Dance Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m calling this quilt – Fan Dance – because it kind of looks like the fans are dancing with each other.  I still wasn’t keen on the top after I finished it, so I decided to turn it into an FMQ sampler. After I finished all the quilting, I finally fell in love with it.

Fan Dance Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI did 9 different FMQ designs and had the sides become mirror images.  This was a huge skill builder for me and made me want to spend even more time practicing different FMQ Designs. I’m not sure you can tell but I alternated between sharp and soft designs. Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Here is a close up of the center section, which happens to be my favorite element of the quilt:

Fan Dance Center Section - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince I was at my parents house when I finished the quilt, I had to take a picture of the finished quilt on their old wooden bench. It is a tradition when I am home. I just love that bench!

Fan Dance Bench - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis quilt was gifted to a dear friend of our family and she loved it.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Fan Dance
Designed and Quilted by: Melissa Dunworth (me)
Size: 60×60
Fabrics: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels and Kona Ash, bound with American Made Brand
Thread: Aurifil Mako 50/2

I do love a good finish!

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15 Responses to Fan Dance Quilt – A Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

  1. Fantastic finish! Lots of texture and a perfect name 🙂

  2. Vera says:

    I like your quilting. Looking good!

  3. mammafairy says:

    This looks great. I love the way you have divided up the FMQ sections, too!

  4. Lisa L. says:

    I love the quilting ! 🙂

  5. CeLynn says:

    Man you have me green with envy at your mad quilting skills! So glad to hear that the quilting did the trick. Also nice that it was/is loved by the new owner.

  6. Michele says:

    Love the quilt Melissa and the colors too!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Wow. Gorgeous quilting!

  8. Beautiful Melissa….unique way to use a dresden!

  9. I think you have done a wonderful job with this quilt. The quilt is amazing

  10. This is so great and I love the quilting!

  11. Susan says:

    The finish is smashing. I love your quilting choices, and the alternating angles and curves. What a wonderful gift for your very fortunate friend. Beautiful! Do you have a favorite go-to gray?

  12. kaholly says:

    Wow! Makes me want to get off the computer and get to work practicing my FMQ!! I love it!

  13. It is a Zentangle quilt! It is true, the saying that the quilting makes the quilt. I like your design, and the name, and the story… and the bench setting. It is amazing. The FMQ is great, not a clue that you were “practicing.” You inspire me to practice my FMQ more. Love love love your finish.

  14. Katy says:

    I love the shapes in this quilt, and the FMQ definitely makes it! Good luck in the challenge 🙂

  15. carla bynum says:

    Hi!!!! Very pretty!!!! I love it all!!!!

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