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 just wrapped up my first gift swap and I can now say, it wasn’t nearly as scary or stressful as I thought it would be. I’ve always been pretty intimidated by all the online swaps, scared that my partner wouldn’t like what I sent. But Amy talked me into her Twitter Secret Santa Swap, basically because it was a $15 limit and everyone wasn’t required to include a handmade item.
I received Cajame Creations for my partner. It was fun because we don’t have the exact same style, so I was pushed to do a bit of research (ahem – blog stalking) to see what she would like.
Since our price limit was low and I wanted to get a lot of bang for my buck, I headed to Etsy to find a fabric scrap pack. I knew she liked shabby chic and bright colors, and I found a great set of Jennifer Paganelli and Paula Prass fabric. I also included a few colors of baker’s twine, because, well come on, you can’t have enough baker’s twine!
She also had recently posted about her “bucket list” and one of the items was buying a camper and traveling across Europe. So, I decided to make her a little mini quilt to (one day) decorate the dream camper.
This embroidery pattern is from Sublime Stitching. I used some of the fabric scraps I bought her for the mini as well.
The secret partner who had me was Amber! You can probably imagine my joy at seeing a package at my door from Hawaii and knowing it must be from Amber.
She really did a perfect job on my gift. She sent me fabric and the new Doll Quilts book – both of which I didn’t have! She sent a Hawaiian Christmas book for my kids (they LOVE it), a calendar so I don’t forget the million things I have planned, some Hawaiian themed mints…but most beautifully she made me a wonderful necklace which my daughter promptly stole from me! I love it all Amber, thank you so much.
I really enjoyed the swap, I definitely think I will be doing one again. I think the best part was knowing that the recipient would be someone who would appreciate a handmade gift.
December 20, 2011 10 Comments
Is September nearing an end already? Today is the last week of Mini Quilt Monday. I hope you have enjoyed spending the month challenging yourself to try new things. This week I decided to try my hand at Dresden Plates. I’ve wanted to try these since I first saw the cover of the book Material Obsession. That quilt is *so* beautiful.
I followed Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. She makes everything so easy to understand. These were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be. (I did purchase a special ruler at JoAnns for about $5.) The center circle could use some practice, but overall I’m happy with how this mini turned out and definitely wouldn’t shy away from making more of these. I used my collection of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom fabric, such pretty colors and designs.
I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the dresden seams and continuing to the edge of the quilt. It produced a pretty star in the center. The binding is actually closer to red, Kona Cayenne, but I thought it looked quite nice with the Heirloom palette. The final size is 16″ square.
So there you have it – now let’s see what you made this week!
September 26, 2011 42 Comments
Welcome to our third Mini Quilt Monday! This week I decided to dive right into the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. I recently discovered Tonya’s blog, and wow, there is a lot of inspiration on there!
I have future plans to make a quilt with some words on it, but I was a bit intimidated when it came to making letters. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve mentioned that geometry and I don’t exactly get along. And this style of letters looked like you needed to know something about that. Tonya’s book makes it SO easy! She has step-by-step instructions for all letters and numbers.
I also followed tips that I learned during Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class:
1. I followed basic color rules when making my letters. Each letter/number is made with either warm or cool fabrics. I alternated warm/cool/warm/cool/etc.
2. I didn’t use my ruler once when making this mini quilt. I freehand cut all pieces with my rotary cutter. If a piece had a slight curve to it, I incorporated that curve into the next piece I sewed on.
3. When sewing letters together, if one letter was smaller than the next, I added fabric to the smaller piece rather than trimming fabric from the larger piece.
4. I used mostly solid fabrics, but incorporated a few prints to add a bit of interest.
I know this improvisational style of sewing makes some of you break out into a cold sweat. I won’t name names. You know who you are. LOL But I just love how it turned out!
I quilted this mini using straight lines in varying directions on the background portions of the letters. As for the fabric, I used a selection of solids from my stash: Kona cottons, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Moda crossweaves, Free Spirit Designer Solids and Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids. Phew! The binding is a Kei Honeycomb. The final size is 14″ x 12.5″. This is one mini quilt I think would look great hanging up in a nursery with little clothes pins. I’ve added it to my shop.
So let’s see what you made this week. Link ‘em up!
September 19, 2011 19 Comments