Sunday, January 27, 2013

DARE TO DRESDEN


Finally I can show you what I've been working on recently for the DARE TO DRESDEN bloghop.  This bloghop was the nudge I needed to try something that's been on my  **Hmmm, That Looks Interesting**  list for ages:  dresden wedges done in segments.

I used the tutorial at  Lurline's Place  and everything worked perfectly -- an excellent tutorial!!  The step-by-step photos are all there, so I won't need to repeat them here.  Lurline's arithmetic is spot on -- my pieces nestled together and lined right up.  It took me a pleasant afternoon of concentration to choose each fabric's placement, cut it and sew it together, so this whole "plate" was done in one session.  And when it was done, the circle was flat, which is not always the case with Dresden projects! A few evenings of buttonholing and hand quilting later, and I'm happy with the results of this try-it-out project.  I'd definitely  consider doing a whole quilt this way someday!




 Dresden Plate quilts hold a particular place in quilt history, and they were especially popular during the Depression.  You can read more about them here
 


It's dreary gray winter here now, but I'm looking forward to next summer, when I will be using this table topper out on the back porch and admiring the sunflowers that have been planted in my garden by the birds and chipmunks!

And now that I have the sunflower dresden experiment out of my system, I can go back to my real Dresden project,  these wreaths I started last autumn.  'Cause there are only eleven months until Christmas :)


 Thank you to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for organizing MANY inspiring blog hops, and to Christine at Quilt Monster for hostessing this hop!
You can see MORE fun  "Dare to Dresden" projects today at these blogs:






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84 comments:

Scrapatches said...

Your yellow sunflower on red is sew pretty! I love sunflowers. Really brightens my cold winter night. The Christmas Dresdens are looking good. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Oh, I love sunflowers and your sunflower Dresden looks great. The Christmas Dresdens are looking fabulous, too.

Judy B said...

Love your Dresden sunflower, it does look like Spring day! Thank you for sharing.

Tracee said...

Gorgeous dresdens!

Amy said...

I love your Sunflower Dresden and it is never too early to start on a Christmas! They are quite beautiful, also.

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh that sunflower is stunning - will look fabulous outside surrounded by real ones too. Loving the Christmas ones too. Thanks for sharing.

Nati said...

Very cute flowers, thanks for sharing!

Britt-Inger said...

Your sunflower Dresden is so lovely. Thanks for sharing and I will test the tutorial that you suggested.

Theresa said...

Your sunflower looks wonderful on the red background and I like your Christmas wreaths, they're going to make a lovely, festive quilt.

Gill said...

Great dresdens! I especially like the sunflower!
Thank you for sharing!

Suze said...

Thanks for the reminder that Christmas is only 11 months away. This month at our guild meeting, we were reminded that our next quilt show is only 14 months away. In other words, get busy, guys and gals! Your project is astounding. I must visit the site for directions and dare to Dresden. I like the colors in your project. I really like the Christmas project and you have a nice start on it. Thank you for participating and the inspiration for all.

charlotte said...

I love it! It does indeed look like a sunflower. I too am trying to finish Christmas quilts in time for next year. Ha!

Fiesta said...

Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

Debby said...

I absolutely LOVE the sunflower dresden! I enjoy piecing the dresden wedges as you did and I just had a friend make a request for a sunflower quilt and you gave me a super idea. Now, I have to dig thru my stash for yellows! Beautiful blocks today. Thanks for sharing.

Sowing Stitches said...

I see a scrappy segmented dresden in my future! :) fun fun fun!!!!!

Thearica said...

I am so loving that sunflower dresden!! Great job!

Jeanie said...

Great sunflower dresdens! I'd leave it out on the table now to enjoy instead of waiting! Thanks for sharing!

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Gemma Jackson said...

Oh, I love that sunflower Dresden! Well done :)

Mommarock said...

It really looks like a sunflower! Great work!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the colours - bright and cheerful and sunny! You did a lovely job and thank you for sharing.

Rosa said...

Wonderful sunflower dresden.Great job!

patchouli moon studio said...

Oh that sunflower Dresden is great. I like sunflowers too. I made a similar Dresden, which you will see on Thursday on my blog, along with several other Dresdens I made too.

Linda said...

I especially love your table topper. It looks like a big sunflower! Your Christmas quilt is going to be beautiful too!

Christine L said...

You captured your picture perfectly in that Dresden sunflower! Way to go.. and jump starting Christmas is always a good thing. Thank you for taking the Dare. Hugs & Happy Hopping

Ellie Q said...

Beautiful sunflower! I'm with you on the Christmas in January thing--just finished my sons' stockings last night, because the last few years I always intend to do them in December and you can imagine how that goes!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your Dresden is wonderful ...I really like the fabric

Madame Samm said...

stunning my dear...you did good

carla said...

Hi!!! Your sunflower is beautiful!!! Love it!! I would use it now to help brighten these gray days!!! It is so cheerful!!! Yes!!! Christmas is already on the way!!! Years seem to fly by to me!!! Thank You

Auntie Em said...

I love the Dresden done in segments! I'm going to add it to my "Hmmm, that looks interesting" list too.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Ahhh! You're making me want to start on Christmas stuff for this year! lol!
Love your Dresdens - thank you for sharing!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Very nice. Love the Chrismas Dresdens. Thanks for sharing.

Just Carol said...

Love that sunflower Dresden! It is beautiful in those colors and so cheery. Your Christmas Dresden looks like it will be amazing, too. :o)

InGa said...

Lovely sunflower. :-)
Thanks for sharing.

Vicki H said...

Great Sunflower. I like your Christmas ones too. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Very nice!

Tammy said...

Great project.
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Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: first off... I looked at your post below. Your son and daughter in law are adorable.

Okay, now on to your projects. I love the first, just beautiful. Love the sunflower, that is really nice. I also love the dresdens with the red background. super pretty

Joyce Carter said...

Your Dresden block does look like a Sunflower. Very pretty. It is cold and cloudy here,too, so the block brought a touch of sunshine into a dreary day.Thanks so much for sharing.

DeAnna S. said...

Your sunflower is wonderful. Love the colors. It brightens up a dreary day! Your wreaths are awesome too...your right..only 11 months till Christmas...Your smart to start now!. Thanks for sharing.

DeAnna S. said...

Your sunflower is wonderful. Love the colors. It brightens up a dreary day! Your wreaths are awesome too...your right..only 11 months till Christmas...Your smart to start now!. Thanks for sharing.

Lana said...

Wow...that was a lot of hard work right there! And it is sooooo awesome! Great Job!

Needled Mom said...

Wonderful Dresdens. They look terrific.

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Sallie said...

Love your table topper! Thanks for sharing!

Susan Tidwell said...

Love your sunflower dresden! Don't you love online tutorials? I see you are still creating lovely quilted projects!

suemac said...

Love the segmented Dresdens. Very cute.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Very bright and sunny:)

JudyCinNC said...

So much inspiration and I am really loving this type of pieced Dresden. Thank you very much from Judy C

Patty said...

Oh I LOVE the red back ground. Very pretty.

Theresa said...

Very lovely sunflower dresden! Thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

Beautiful sunflower.

Vivian said...

Your sunflower table mat is a lovely burst of sunshine right now!

Thanks for sharing the link to Lurline's tute, it's another "must try"!

Emily C said...

Beautiful sunflower dresden. OMG the tiny pieces!

JanesQuilting said...

I like the bright red background fabric, it really shows off your Dresden's. Yes, I am ready also for the warmer weather and to see the beautiful blooms again.

Kim West said...

Love your sunflower dresden! It is so warm and sunny!

Simone said...

Beautiful Sunflower! Your experiment paid off. It has varying tones just like a real one would have in the sun with shadows hitting it in different places. The Dresden seems like a natural for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wonderful colors and perfect to be a sunflower dresden! blessings, marlene

Diann said...

I love the sunflower Dresden.

Farm Quilter said...

Great sunflower!! So cheery it makes me want spring to get here NOW!!!

Linda J said...

Well done, Jeanne! I love your sunflower and the Christmas project is going to be a pretty one too.

The Slow Quilter said...

It does look like a sunflower, and it just lets me think about summer,when we have not had much winter here yet.

gpc said...

How beautiful. The sunflower/black eyed susan definitely would make a beautiful quilt. I love black eyed susans, they remind me of the freedom of childhood, lol.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

I so love these sunflowers! Yes!

evelyn said...

Beautiful sunflower Dresden.

sandra said...

I love your sunflower dresden and it looks lovely on the red backing. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey Napier said...

Great projects - your sunny sunflower is so happy!! And those Christmas Dresdens will be fabulous when you finish. I still have one or two or seven Christmas projects going this month :)

LJ said...

That's a great dresden flower. It adds a nice spot of colored happiness to the gray days of winter. Thanks for the link for more details.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I will definitely check out that tutorial. Love the scrappy look! Thanks for hopping today!

N. Maria said...

I love the sunflower inspiration for your Dresden! Yes, only 11 months 'til Christmas.....gotta get 'em done! ;)

Cecilia said...

Beautiful sunflower! I like your other Dresdens too. Thanks for sharing.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love your sunflower dresden.
Your red/green ones will be great at the holidays.

lefuntz said...

Love that sunflower!!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It is very pretty! It seems like more and more I am drawn to smaller projects that brighten my house in sweet ways. I have been enjoying the Dresden links too! Cheers! Evelyn

Cherry said...

Gorgeous sunflower Dresden!

Wendy said...

the sunflower dresden is amazing! I love the red ones too, perfect for Christmas

Leah said...

Another dresden I will have to add to my favroties! Love that sunflower.

Angie said...

Gorgeous, Jeanne---what a lovely bright spot of color in a grey day, huh? :) I'm not sure I could put it away and wait for Summer...

Quilt n Queen said...

Your fabrics are perfect for your sun flower table topper. Great job! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us on the blog hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

Gina said...

The sunflower dresden is beautiful. I'm going to have to try the tutorial because I love the look of that technique!

Lyn said...

Thanks so much! I enjoyed your Dresdens.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

gorgeous dresden blossom, looks like summer. Thanks for sharing.
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Bente

Katherine said...

Such pretty dresdens! Love those sunflower ones.

Pamela said...

Your sunflowers are darling! Thanks for sharing.