I'm a big fan of sparkle and shine, but I've been slow to get on board the sparkly fabric trend. I love a challenge though, so when I started seeing Michael Miller's Mirror Ball Dot fabric pop up in my local shops, I thought it was a good time to give it a try.
The Mirror Ball Dots have a pearlescent sheen to them. They're not full-on metallic, but they're definitely sparkly. As you can see in the above photo, the dots on some of the colors are higher contrast than others.
Pictured above are: Kona Black with Mirror Ball Onyx, Kona Nightfall with Mirror Ball Starlight, Kona Jade Green with Mirror Ball Luna, Kona White with Mirror Ball Snow, and Dumb Dot Citron with Mirror Ball Citron.
With sparkly fabric, I felt like there was no harm in going a little overboard with a theme, and I wanted that theme to be disco and/or the mirror ball itself. I even made a disco playlist to set the mood.
I played around with a number of more literal block shapes and styles before I decided to focus on the simple mosaic look of the little mirrors that are glued onto the disco ball.
I came up with a block design that would allow for varied placement of the flat solids and the Mirror Ball Dots. My idea was to mimic the look of the light reflecting off a disco ball and/or one of those groovy light-up dance floors.
And here's the finished quilt top! I'm calling it Dancing Queen (after the ABBA song, naturally). I'll also be doing a block tutorial for the Sew, Mama, Sew blog, so be on the lookout for that.