I’m thrilled to have my block appear in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 8! And, I’m honored to, once again, have my block on the cover.
I starting playing with the concept for my block, Dancing Dahlias, last year when I was designing a block for volume 7. Sometimes an idea for a block starts as a little seed. Then, it takes a while for the idea to grow and mature into a beautiful block. My first idea was to combine patchwork and applique.
But the patchwork seemed to dominate the applique. So, I changed the “kite” shape to a diamond and replaced the dark rectangles with a lighter shade of purple.
Better, but I wasn’t sure I liked the patchwork part of the block. And, perhaps, I needed a new color palette as well! So, back to the drawing board…or in this case, the computer. I design all of my blocks and quilts in Electric Quilt, so making design and color changes are relatively easy.
Fast forward several months and it’s time to create a block design for volume 8. I revisited the block designs I had created earlier, and for some reason, they just weren’t ringing my bell. I wanted less patchwork and more applique. I’d just finished a quilt using P&B Textiles fabric collection “Hello Dahlia!” and I loved the red, white, and black prints.
I was getting close, but the flowers needed to be closer together and I wanted to include some curved pieces. I love how curves can add movement to a design. So, after much trial and error…an irresistible block design!
Three Dancing Dahlia blocks and a pieced border make a terrific table runner. Just think of the possibilities…
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Happy Quilting! ~Nancy