Dress to the Fives Quilt

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I had such fun entering the Hoffman Challenge the first year, I decided to continue. The second year was a lot more challenging for coming up with a color scheme and design. I hated the fabric. See it here.

I had come up with this pentagonal design previously when I was goofing off in AutoCAD, and I decided to make a go of it.

I chose a different part of the challenge fabric for each of the five center pentagons. It was fun picking out which areas to use, and it made each pentagon unique.

Some time ago, an acquaintance of mine questioned whether tatting would be something you could put on a quilt. I assured her it was. After that she looked for tatting on quilts and she was surprised how easy it was to find. I also took it as a personal challenge to be sure it was part of almost all my wall quilts.

So, I added tatting to this quilt, and lots of it. The center design is my Tatted Rose Star with pearlescent, cream-colored beads added to the center of every rose and to each of the cloverleaf designs on the tips of the stars. The edging has the same beads added at each join.

I wanted to make a spiral with beads to follow the quilting, but it just didn’t work, so I added some beads at the center of each pentagon.

I have to admit, this is not my favorite quilt. I just couldn’t get past the fabric and the color. I wanted more, but just didn’t know how to put it in.

But the judge liked it–I won “Best Hand Workmanship” in the Pieced category! You can find it on the Hoffman Challenge site along with the other winners here.