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Thread: Square Dance dress now, quilt later.

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    Square Dance dress now, quilt later.

    I made this dress many years ago and always loved it. However, now I don't have a partner and probably can't get into it so it is time to make it into a quilt.
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    I use to be a square dancer for many years, and I have so many dresses that I bet I can't get into either. Great idea making your dress into a quilt! Then you will always remember the fun times dancing!

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    Wow, that will be beautiful in a quilt cause it's already beautiful!!!!

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    Wow That would make a gorgeous Tree Skirt!!

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    I once found a 2 piece square dance dress at a garage sale. The skirt was made from gathered tiers, the bottom row being about 8" wide and gradually getting a little narrower going up. The fabric looked like an Alexander Henry cowboy print with rows in various colors -- mostly red and navy. There was lots of yardage in it. Anyway, I picked it up and got more than 2 children's quilts from it. They looked great!

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    I have already made mine into a quilt. Worked great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Wow That would make a gorgeous Tree Skirt!!
    That's what I thought!

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    Anybody recognize this as a Giant Dahlia quilt pattern. That's what it started out as.

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    I agree my first thought was what an awesome tree skirt!

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    What a great idea. It is a beautiful dress and would make a gorgeous quilt

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    Oh how beautiful and to think I gave away all my square dance outfits years ago before my husband even died.
    I was not heavy into quilting at that time either. I bet it will make up great.

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    I did not recognize it as a giant dahlia until you said something. So half the work is already done! It is a beautiful dress and will make a wonderful quilt as well.

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    Lovely dress. Show us your finished quilt.

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    Hmmmm....could it still end up as a Giant Dahlia? Would be beautiful!
    Life happens...and we react...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Wow That would make a gorgeous Tree Skirt!!

    That was my first thought! This is a great piece!!
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    beautiful dress and excellent idea for a great save!!

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    DON'T CUT UP YOUR DRESS JUST YET! I have been thinking about making a quilted square dance dress for a long time. But the reason for not cutting it up, is, maybe you will get back into square dancing again. Our club has many single dancers. Some have lost their partners, some spouses just don't want to dance or can't, and some are just single. We have five or more women who know the man's part and at least that many who are learning it. We also have at least four guys who have learned the woman's part. When we have lessons, there is one square in the back of men doing women's part and women doing men's part. The have a lot of fun doing that, and it is so much fun watching that, because they get mixed up sometimes. But they are getting better. So if you can't find a partner, go to lessons and learn the man's part. Or find another woman to dance with. It's all fun.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    The dress might make a very nice dahlia quilt.

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    I love it.....

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    The skirt is a giant dahlia quilt pattern, the bodice is a Vogue pattern and the sleeves were from a pattern for square dancers.
    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb View Post
    The dress might make a very nice dahlia quilt.

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    May I say WoW I love the dress. I also was a square dancer many years ago. My mom made all my dresses and their were many. I loved them all I do not know what ever became of them wish I had them now. What a great Idea to make a quilt from them. Happy quilting Yippie

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    My mom used to make her own square dance dresses and didn't look anything like yours......it's beautiful..and i agree it looks like it could make a giant christmas tree skirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    DON'T CUT UP YOUR DRESS JUST YET! I have been thinking about making a quilted square dance dress for a long time. But the reason for not cutting it up, is, maybe you will get back into square dancing again. Our club has many single dancers. Some have lost their partners, some spouses just don't want to dance or can't, and some are just single. We have five or more women who know the man's part and at least that many who are learning it. We also have at least four guys who have learned the woman's part. When we have lessons, there is one square in the back of men doing women's part and women doing men's part. The have a lot of fun doing that, and it is so much fun watching that, because they get mixed up sometimes. But they are getting better. So if you can't find a partner, go to lessons and learn the man's part. Or find another woman to dance with. It's all fun.
    I agree w/ Mavita. If you love to square dance check out Mavita's suggestions. I love to clog but you don't need a partner all the time. Maybe your could check into clogging. It's great fun.
    Enjoying life to the fullest is learning to quilt and riding my motorcycle.

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    I was a square dancer, too, and made a lot of dresses. But when we quit square dancing I gave them all away. Think of the quilts I could have made! (though none of mine were pieced looking, as this one is)

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    Oooooh, love it. Show us when you are done, OK.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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