I first fell in love with Dresdens when I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of Material Obsession. (Remember, I’ve only been quilting a few years.) A year ago I bought an EZ Dresden ruler and made my first Dresden mini quilt – it was surprisingly easy!
This month the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild is celebrating Darlene Zimmerman’s twentieth anniversary of developing EZ Quilting Rulers – including that EZ Dresden ruler I had so much success using – with the EZ Dresden Challenge. Go check out their page to see the details and prizes – LOTS of prizes. Seriously GOOD stuff, like a sewing machine!
The first stage of the celebration is a blog hop that will hopefully start to get you thinking about different dresden designs and ideas. I decided to focus on dots, inspired by that cover quilt from Material Obsession. Each quadrant of my dresden mini quilt is a different dot though. Also, each quadrant is composed of different shades of a solid.
A dot from Tanya Whelan’s Delilah fabric line…
A dot from Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play fabric line…
And a dot from Riley Blake’s October Afternoon Fly a Kite fabric line…
To help you get started, I’m going to give away TWO EZ Dresden Rulers to two of you. Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner Thursday, June 14th in the evening.
And don’t forget to continue following the blog hop and start thinking of ideas for your entry.
June 1 – The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild
June 2 – Lee
June 3 – Kati
June 4 – Victoria and Tanya
June 5 – Val and Leigh
June 6 – Amy and Elisa
June 7 – Katie and Emily
June 8 – Melissa and Brooke
June 9 – Nicole and Amy
June 10 – Elizabeth and Colleen
June 11 – Me! and Deonn
June 12 – Angela and Barbie
June 13 – Amy
June 14 – Jessica
June 15 – Salt Lake MQG: Wrap-up
++ Update – closing comments to pick the winners of the rulers! ++
The winners are #50 and #143.
Diane W said “A Dresden ruler is next on my list of must-have rulers. Thanks for the giveaway.”
Lou Ann said “I would love to win. I made my first quilt just last month. All squares. Time to try another pattern and shape.”
Congratulations! I will email you both for your addresses. Thanks for commenting everyone!
June 11, 2012 240 Comments
I am a true believer that you don’t always have to make an intricate quilt to make a beautiful quilt. I find this especially encouraging for beginner quilters who may not have mastered paper piecing or y-seams or perfect points (yet!), but still want to make something that catches the eye and wows their family and friends.
I recently made this quilt and pattern with all levels of quilters in mind. The underlying design is simple and one you have probably seen many times, but I decided to break the quilt into color blocks, changing the look of the quilt.
I just love these colors, perfect for a little girl I think.
I decided to quilt this using densely spaced free motion meandering, but I only quilted the white, negative space. This makes the prints pop.
For the back of the quilt, I used one of my latest favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid Jade as well as a print from Moda’s Hello Luscious called Blissful Floral.
This quilt measures 45″ x 60″ and the digital pattern is for sale for immediate download in my pattern shop!
April 25, 2012 22 Comments
A few months ago I bought my first (and only) quilting die for my Big Shot Sizzix die cutter. Sizzix is getting into the quilting die game now which is quite handy since I already had the cutting machine. The half square triangle seemed a good place to start because exact size really matters. It made quick work of the cutting pieces for this mini quilt.
I am always inspired by the colorful quilts made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts so I just picked some random bright colors from my fabric stash. Initially I just had a white border, but when I was auditioning fabrics for the back, I realized the additional turquoise border would really frame out the quilt nicely.
To offset the brights on the front, I chose Kona Ash and White for the back. The binding is a wonderful Tula Nest print.
I quilted this one free motion and it measures 26″ x 30″. I’ve put it up in the shop, but if it doesn’t sell it may find it’s way on my wall in my sewing room.
ETA: I forgot to mention I now have a Facebook page for Fresh Lemons Quilts. Come on over and join if you are a Facebook user. It will keep you updated on new blog entries, shop sales, and just all around fun things I find to share!
November 17, 2010 11 Comments
May was another month of great fabric for the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. Kim of Sunshine Girl sent us some oh-so-soft Heather Ross Mendocino fabric as well as coordinating Kei Honeycomb. I just love the Mendocino line and it’s getting harder and harder to find.
Kim asked us to create wonky log cabins, staying toward the “simple” side of the design and paying attention to the fabric. I hope mine is simple enough…I sort of get carried away sometimes!
May 27, 2010 1 Comment