dancing ribbons quilt

Intricate marble patterns on an elegant inlaid table inspired Dancing Ribbons, by Cindy Rounds Richards. Use the project as 12″ x 12″ mini wall quilt or the center of a larger quilt. Have fun picking out your own dancing color combinations!

Dancing Ribbons uses paper piecing, curved piecing, and applique techniques. The manageable size makes it a perfect project for building your skills all while playing with color and design. You can use up your scraps, build a collection of treasured materials, or create a limited color palette for a stunning effect.

Click Here to download your free pattern!

Printing Note: Measure Foundation Piecing Section Z  for printing accuracy. Section Z should measure 6 1/2″ from the left seam allowance line to the right seam allowance line.

Color & Fabric Guide

We love Dancing Ribbons, and now it’s easier than ever to make with the Color & Fabric Guide! It takes all the design and organizing information from the pattern, but gives you space to write out your choices and catalog your fabric. There’s also a coloring page and a guide to making the “rings” variation where two ribbons connect.

Click Here for the Color & Fabric Guide

Dancing Ribbons Quilt Along

Check out the Dancing Ribbons Quilt Along for inspiration, tips, and a community of quilters enjoying Dancing Ribbons!

Looking for Dancing Ribbons quilt inspiration? Look no further than the Dancing Ribbons Challenge. The Centre Pieces Guild shared pictures from their guild challenge using Dancing Ribbons.

“We needed a central block for our 2013 challenge quilt that could be used by all those participating without regard to their style preference. Cindy Richards’ “Dancing Ribbons” fit the bill and provided the perfect starting point for our challenge. The quilts grew beautifully over the next six months. Every one was unique. It amazed everyone that the same set of rules could produce such beautifully different results.” – Barbara Zeger, Co-President of Centre Pieces Quilt Guild

The Dancing Ribbons Challenge

Have you made a Dancing Ribbons project? Tag us! #DancingRibbons and @AQSonline on Instagram. We love seeing Dancing Ribbons quilts and minis out in the wild quilt world.

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is the free patterns for members only?

Nancy Jarvis

I made this block for a guild challenge for our quilt show “Kaleidoscope of Color” this year. It won first place and the prize was a $50.00 gift certificate and all the blocks that were entered. It will make a fantastic center to the quilt I will make. I love this block.

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Maxine Funk

this is so pretty. Perhaps someday when I get some of my other UFO’s done. Thank you for sharing

All patterns offered on Quilt Views & News are free to everyone. If you have problems downloading, send an email to sylvia@aqsquilt.com and I will help you.


Wow, thank you. I cannot wait to make it!

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Jenni Bell

Thank you for sharing – I am in East of Johannesburg, Eden Glen, Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa.

Cindy Rounds Richards

I’m glad you love “Dancing Ribbons”. I would love to see a photo of it. Send me an email at garichards1662@yahoo.com .
Cindy Rounds Richards

Eileen Peterson

I have been trying to subscribe to the On Point Newsletter, but it will not accept my email address, saying it is not valid. It is.

Eileen, I will have our webmaster check on your subscription and get in contact with you. Sylvia Thomas, AQS Office Administrator


It’s beautiful! Thank you!

Louise Robinson

One of our local guild members, Peggy Evans, took 1st place in the Mini-quilt category at our Lucky 13 Quilt Show in March with her Dancing Ribbons Quilt! It was a beautiful piece!

Cindy Rounds Richards

Tell Peggy congratulations from me. I would love to hear from her about the details and see a photo of her quilt. I love to see what others do with the pattern. Have her e-mail me at .
Cindy Rounds Richards

Liz Hayward

I am wishing to download the free pattern of Dancing Ribbons but it is not down loading.

Hi Liz, I reloaded the pdf. Please give it another try and let me know if it works for you. Thanks! Betsey


Dear Cindy, I want to thank you for allowing us to download this beautiful pattern. I couldn’t believe that it was free. I’m thrilled with it. And can’t wait to have a go. I have a box of silk that I’ve been saving for just such a project. Again, a big thank you.🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

Elaine Danan

I would like a line drawing of the whole Dancing Ribbons design to decide my imagined colorway. I haven’t seen it online as spiraled ladders in two light shades of 3 colors: Blue, Green, Purple on a light grey background.

J Miranda

I can’t wait to try the Dancing Ribbons.

I am having a hard time getting the pattern / template to print correctly. I downloaded and saved it, then opened it in Adobe PDF and I print with no size scaling. Per the note on your blog, “Section Z should measure 6 1/2″ from the left seam allowance line to the right seam allowance line,” it will not measure 6-1/2″ from left seam allowance to right seam allowance, no matter what I do. It measures a hair or two less than 6-1/2″. Is this going to be a problem? I don’t want to start this with the wrong size… Read more »

Hi Gina, If everything is printing consistently then you are fine. If it is skewing the pattern in any way, you’ll want to dive into your printer settings. Thanks, Betsey

Thankfully it’s all printing consistently, so then I won’t have to worry about it. Thank you so very much, Betsey, for your reply… and so quickly too! Have a wonderful day!

Lynn Christensen

I believe I saw a Dancing ribbons quilt with a paper pieced ribbon and bow. I can’t remember the name of the pattern company they said they got it from. I was wondering if you know the company? I have my Dancing Ribbon done now I want to add borders.