September 14, 2014

First Dresden

My Grandmother is always picking up "things" when she has a coupon or see's a good sale, so she picked up a dresden plate template and allowed me to borrow it. I have wanted to try it out for some time. I always think about getting a template, then forget. So this worked out.


At first I was not quite sure what to expect. Well, to be honest, I never expected all my blades to come together, or at the minimum an epic battle would occur. I pulled from my scrap fabric just in case this didn't work and I cut at the 5 inch mark. This allowed me to use up some charm squares. Then followed the directions and it actually worked! 20 - 5 inch blades makes a 12 inch plate. Much easier than I had anticipated. 

Insert pat on the back ... here.


Now what? I have a semi-complete plate. I watched a great tutorial at Missouri Start Quilt Company and they give a great tip for the center circle, no spoilers, you'll have to watch!  Then pulled some low volume scraps to make a scrappy background. The final choice, this is going to be a mini quilt for my Grandmother. 



Ta, da! As kids we always said "mucho, mucho" instead of "I love you" to my grandparents so, it was only fitting this little quilt got our little phrase added to the bottom.  I embroidered the saying in red floss to make the words stand out more.


The binding is also from my scraps, you may remember this red from my Notting Hill quilt.

Another thing is checked off my bucket list, and I really like them!  Gram might not be getting her template back.

- Patch & Chels

18 comments:

  1. Sooo cute, your Gram will love it I'm sure!

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  2. It looks wonderful, love how it looks on the low volume fabrics

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  3. Love it! I too have been wanting to try a dresden but haven't pony'ed up the money for the template. Nice touch with the hand embroidery. (side note: I have that same ledger fabric and have no idea where to use it!).

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  4. This quilt is darling with a sweet story. A simple quilt like this is on my bucket list.

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  5. Lovely, and the embroidered text is great. I am sure she will love her gift... maybe enough she doesn't miss the template! :)

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  6. This is really lovely and a great way to dig into scraps. I love the dresden, it always looks so complicated and has big impact. You've given me the idea for a halloween version for our hall table!

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  7. This looks like the perfect mini quilt for your Grams! The fabrics you picked for the background are perfect for the scrappiness of the Dresden. I made a quilt earlier this year that I called the Accidental Dresden because it wasn't suppose to be a Dresden at all but I love it. Isn't it fun to make those dresden plates? :)

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  8. I recently bought a dresden template as part of a set but not used it yet it. I like what you've done with your first effort so well done - and making it personal is always a winner :)

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  9. Well-deserved pat on the back! I love how you added the family phrase. (Why Spanish? Spanish heritage?)

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  10. Really cute idea, and a great way to use the practice block!

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  11. So cute! It's so fun to try out new things :)

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  12. I've never tackled a Dresden before. Do people always hand-applique them? (I can't bear to do anything by hand!) I think your gram will mucho, mucho love it. : )

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  13. Such a lovely way to pay your Gram back for lending you her template ... hmmm, just thinking about what I can lend you ...

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  14. yay - I love this! so glad to hear that it worked out so easily - I have yet to try one, but I do love the look of dresdens.

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  15. What a lovely story - I think that's a terrific "swap"! It's a beautiful mini. :)

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  16. I'm Chelsea's Gram. I do shop the sales, if I have a coupon I try to use it. There isn't always something I need so then I shop for Chelsea. She is a very special granddaughter. Gram

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  17. I want to try a Dresden, but haven't had the time or the guts yet. :-)

    http://catandrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/

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