Quilter’s Name: Jeannie Rasmussen from Plymouth, Nebraska
Title of Quilt: Dance II
Name of Pattern: Atomic Starburst by Violet Craft
Featured Date: 03-30-23
Hi, there! My name is Jeannie Rasmussen and I’m from Plymouth, Nebraska. I’d like to share a quilt project I called Dance II. I made it for a customer out of fabrics gleaned from costumes her daughter had worn for dance from age 3 to high school graduation. This is actually the second quilt I’d made out of these fabrics. The first was a graduation gift for her daughter in 2018. She loved it and was sad she couldn’t keep it for herself, so I offered to keep the rest of the fabrics and make another just for her. My only caveats were I couldn’t do it for awhile (I needed a long break from these fabrics!) and I didn’t want to use the same pattern. She was fine with that and requested only that it have pink in it somewhere.
Time ticked on and this project was constantly in the back of my mind. Almost four years passed and I decided I needed to just get it done. I found a pattern I loved and presented to my customer, Atomic Starburst, by Violet Craft, and she thought it was perfect. The fabrics used in the costumes were every type of shiny, slinky, stretchy, textile you can imagine. I had tulle, netting, spandex, glitter, faux vinyl, and mountains of sequins to work with. These fabrics don’t behave like regular quilting cotton and paper piecing each of the stars took right at an hour. For the background I used white Kona, as we didn’t want any sort of pattern to detract from the beautiful fabrics. For the backing and binding, I found a Swirling Splendor wide back by Kanvas Studio for Benartex, in the perfect shade of pink. I quilted this on my HQ Avante, using a digital design, Midnight Sparkle, purchased from Intelligent Quilting.
Though I dreaded making this quilt due to the nature of the fabrics and how difficult they were to work with, I love how it turned out, as did my customer. But I can safely say I’ll never do another.
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WOW, this is a piece of art. Complimenting another form of art. |You should be very proud of this creation.
Incredible, beautiful, amazing!!
So, so beautiful!
Wow, amazing, spectacular!!!! What craftsmanship!!!!!
The quilt is beautiful and the pattern is a perfect compliment to the fabrics and purpose. Just FYI: be wary of using faux leather as it may not age well. My son’s faux leather jacket from show choir became tacky and had to be thrown out.