Dancing Stars :: Fabric Requirements & Selection

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in quilt-along. 27 comments

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to start the new year with a fun project with many of you!Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comThe above picture is the pattern cover that you can download here.  I included fabric requirements and cutting instructions along with the pattern.  In the next week I plan to have a video tutorial to help with piecing the blocks for anyone that is new to paper piecing, for today I have my fabric selection process!

If you haven’t yet, join the quilt-along group on flickr, there will be lots of helpful discussion, and new friends to be made!

Also in the next week, I have sponsor and kit options that will become available, if you need to shop for a few pieces or the whole quilt, wait to check out the options soon!


To select fabrics for a scrappy quilt like this, I tend to rummage through all my scraps and fabric stash.  I pulled this huge pile of fabrics as options to include in my quilt, then let them set for a few hours so I could look at them together.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comWhile I love all the fabrics, I did feel a little overwhelmed by the number of prints and the variety.  To better look at the fabrics, I sorted them by color.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comAs I sorted, I pulled out a few fabrics.  Looking at scale, smaller prints will work best, and color, I decided that these prints didn’t work within my plans.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comNext, I needed to narrow my field of vision.  Looking at the whole group it’s harder to make decisions, so I pulled back to look at a few colors at a time.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comThe small pile to the right are the few fabrics that I pulled out, they were to dark, gray, light, dark or large in scale from the rest. I realized that I wanted pure color, as I worked through the fabrics.  I still love them, but not planning to use them in this quilt!

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comI did the same with orange and yellow fabrics.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comAnd the red, pink, purple pile.  I decided that I didn’t want too much pink, and wanted the bits that I did include to sparkle.  After all that sorting and stacking, this is the final selection :

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.comThe fabrics are all of similar depth, and I’m excited to see how they sparkle with a gray background.

If you wanted to do a more specific color palette, you might consider adding a more colorful background.

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.com

Blue and green stars with a fuchsia background or…

Dancing Stars Quilt Along : AmysCreativeSide.com

orange and yellow stars with a aqua background.

Be sure to consider all the options, and see what will work best for you!


**For the next two weeks, let’s pull fabrics, and shop for the basics that are needed.  Be sure to download your pattern for the size options, and fabric requirements, and add the flickr group to your daily stop, for encouragement and inspiration!

I’m looking forward to quilting with all of you –


27 thoughts on “Dancing Stars :: Fabric Requirements & Selection

  1. 1
    Maria do Carmo says:

    Feliz Ano Novo!Feliz Ano Todo!!!!

  2. 2
    Sally says:

    Whee! Thank you, I’ve been drooling to get the requirements! Time to get digging through those piles for pretty star fabrics!

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    kimetha turner says:

    Yeeaahh. this will be fun. thanks for posting and hosting.

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    Pam says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Amy! I am going to try and stay with you this year with this quilt along. This looks like fun and it is definitely different! hugzzzzz

  5. 5

    Happy New Year Amy!

    So glad to have the fabric requirements so I can start choosing fabrics. Thanks so much, I’m really looking forward to working on this throughout the coming months.

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    Linda says:

    I love the colours and fabrics you have chosen for your ‘mix’. I am wondering what size each piece of fabric is? Fat quarters?

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    Elise Shaw says:

    Pulled some yesterday. Needed help, this is great! Thank you

  8. 8

    Woot! Woot! Happy New Year and get pickin’ that fabric. (How conveinent – I just straightened and color sorted all my stash yesterday….)

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    hafza says:

    This is fun…love the pattern, something different. I’m looking forward to use up my scraps!

  10. 10
    Lisa E says:

    Just downloaded the pattern. You did a wonderful job! Thanks so much for the time and effort in leading this quilt-a-long.

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    […] defined. Why? Because I can turn to the latter when I get stuck on the former.  I just started Dancing Stars from Amy’s Creative Side with the pattern and fabric placement  already set. All I’m […]

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    Lizzie says:

    I am still musing over the background fabric, thanks for the insight on how you choose you fabrics!

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    Mina says:

    Thank you so much for going over how you chose colors. Sometimes I just get so stuck with my choices and I wonder how others seem to get a “perfect” top. Obviously, choosing colors is something I need to take more time with.

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    andrea says:

    Thanks Amy, I have listed to make this quilt, I love this design.

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    Melody Anderson says:

    Thank you Amy for the beautiful idea of a group doing this quilt!

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    Cindy says:

    Oh wow!! This quilt is going to be beautiful!!! I think I may have to join in!

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    […] It I’ve cut the brights, since I had to put the piles of fabric away, but still need to cut my background and white […]

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    It was so interesting to follow how you sorted your fabrics. What a great lesson…thank you !

  19. 19

    […] have a couple sleeves and labels to install, and Dancing Stars to catch up […]

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    […] Pattern & Fabric Selection […]

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    […] night I pulled out my Dancing Stars supplies, and set myself up to start on 30 blocks – I’m hoping I can get them them all […]

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    […] and I were busy all last week piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks – I’m working toward the throw size, which includes 99 blocks total. Each block […]

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    […] been working on Dancing Stars blocks as I can fit them in too.  I tend to sew and trim in one setting, press in another, then […]

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    leanne says:

    Hi Amy
    I’ve got a question about the dancing stars –

    33 strips 4” wide, then crosscut;
    196 squares, 4” x 4”
    196 rectangles, 2 1/2” x 4”

    I understand where the rectangles go – top and bottom of the stars but I’m wondering about the 196 4″ squares ? I can’t seem to find where they will go ?

  25. 25

    […] Dancing Stars Block and video tutorial (my quilt top is here, sadly still not quilted!) […]

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    PJH says:

    Oh my goodness I have learned so much from this blog!!I don’t know what else I can say except I was getting so tired of trying to figure out colours I was about to give up and go back to garment sewing….

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