Dancing Ribbons: Z-Sections & Finishing Touches


It’s the fourth week of the Dancing Ribbons Quilt Along! We’re covering adding the Z-sections and putting on the finishing touches.

Dancing Ribbons Quilt Along

Dancing Ribbons pattern by Cindy Rounds Richards
Quilt above made by Beverly Mattila

This 12″ x 12″ miniature quilt has captured a lot of imaginations since its release in September 2010. And now, almost a decade later, we’re celebrating this fun project with a 4-week quilt along!

How to Join the Quilt Along

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The Schedule

Fabric Pull & Organizing – Click Here
X-sections Assembly – Click Here
Y-sections Assembly – Click Here
Z-sections Assembly & Finishing Touches – See Below

The Pattern

You can find the pattern for free by Clicking Here!

Last Time…

The first week, we selected our fabric and organized using the Color & Fabric Guide. You were also given the option to cut out all the pieces if that’s part of your process. Some folks cut strips and then subcut what they need as they need it. The second week, we started sewing our Dancing Ribbons project working on the X-sections. Last week, we started sewing all the Y-sections and joining the circle. This week we will add the Z-sections along with any finishing touches you wish to add.

Before Sewing

Print out the number of foundation paper patterns needed.
Cut fabric into pieces larger than needed to cover the pattern area. (Refer to pattern for sizes if you have not yet completed this step.)
Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to make short stitches.

Grab supplies:
Small acrylic ruler with 1/4″ marks
Small rotary cutter and mat

Z Sections

After paper piecing the Z sections, join Z1 to Z2 and press the seams open. This makes it easier to join with the center. Repeat to make the other outer side. Sew the two halves together to complete the outer background ring.

Remove all the foundation paper from all sections so you are able to manipulate the fabric for sewing the outer ring to the inner circle.

Lay the center inside the outer ring right side up. Line up the North and South seams. Line up the East and West seams. Flip the background onto the center and pin the N, S, E, and W seams first. Then match each of the ray seams working your way around pinning the seams as you go.

Use your fingers as you sew to guide each section between the seams.

double wedding ring assembly

Once the outer ring and center are sewn together, press the seams toward the outer ring.

Congratulations! Finish as desired.

Be sure to share your Dancing Ribbons project pictures with us so we can include them in the big Dancing Ribbons Show & Tell July 29. Get the details below.

Next Time

Share your Dancing Ribbons project with us on our Facebook group: AQS Quilting Project Parade or email your picture to betsey.langford@americanquilter.com so we can included it in our big Dancing Ribbons Show & Tell on July 29.

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Finish as desired ? Will there be suggestions.? Finish as desired on quilt patterns always gives me pause as a new to quilting piecer I am not sure what to do I do not want to chance ruining the work I’ve just completed It is not Always obvious what my choice should be. How much quilting needs to be done on a small mini to say “finished”? Thank you

Hi Pat, There are so many options for finishing. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ll be doing a big Dancing Ribbons Show & Tell on the 29th that will have lots of ideas. So far we’ve seen Dancing Ribbon pillows, wall hangings, table toppers, shams, and quilts. You could add quilting, embroidery, sashiko, embellishments, or tacking. The options are unlimited. Enjoy the process. Take care, Betsey