EZ Dresden Challenge


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…

A Kei honeycomb

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!


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    Jenn says

    Ooh, beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try a Dresden but haven’t yet worked up the courage!

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    Dresdens are one of my favorite classic blocks. I love this blog hop for different ways to interpret it. I especially love how happy yours is. πŸ™‚

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    Kim says

    These rulers would make dresdens so much easier! Why have I not looked for them before?!

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    Anya says

    Nice work on your dresden! And I love the dots – they are some of my favorites!

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    Jaye says

    I’m new to quilting and haven’t seen the Dresden before. I really like it and it looks like it would be interesting to make. How will I ever find time to make everything I would like to try out?

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    What a pretty rainbow of solid colors! And topping it off with the reds really makes this a modern Dresden.

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    Anthony says

    My partner has been wanting to experiment with the Dresden. Fingers crossed!!

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    Lisa Marie says

    I’ve been inspired by the many ideas I’ve seen on this blog hop. I never knew a dresden ruler could be so versatile. And I never knew I NEEDED one until this blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Beautiful! I’ve attempted Dresdens once, and it was a bit of a challenge, but I didn’t have the EZ Dresden ruler. Love the colors in yours!

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    Dell says

    Since I am new to quilting, I am still collecting supplies. Would love to win the EZ Dresden ruler. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jenny C says

    I think I have been inspired to join the SLCMQG! I said to myself “when I move to America, I want to learn to quilt”. I moved from Australia two years ago and I’m quilting but I have alot more to learn.
    Thanks πŸ˜€

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    Cheryl B. says

    I would love to try the Dresden ruler. If I do not win one I think tat I am going to have to buy one as I am so inspired by your anothers quilts using it.

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    Lee says

    I have never made anything w/ the dresden but sure want to try one now! yours is very pretty! thanks!

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    While I’m not a fan of gadgets for gadgets sake, this dresden ruler seems pretty functional, might be fun to give it a go. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Dianne says

    A dresden has been on my list of stuff to make for some time. But I’ve always found them a bit intimidating. I’ve been following this blog-hop to hopefully to my butt in gear.

    Your mini quilt is beautiful!


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    Lynn says

    I’ve been wanting to try a dresden block…or several. Hope this is my lucky day!

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    Faye says

    I love your fabric choices in this dresden (I’m always a sucker for reds!) — this blog hop has been so fun. I had never thought about there being so many interpretations of the dresden, and now I want to play around myself with one of these rulers! Thank you for the chance to win!

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    I have a Dresden quilt in mind. I recently bought a bundle of Kona solids and I think your posted example would be an absolutely perfect way to use them. Send those rulers to me! Hahahaha… Thanks for these fun giveaways. Lyn

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    Gill says

    Gorgeous! I love the colours!
    I’m amazed how different everyone’s quilt looks on this tour! Such a versatile ruler!

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    Kelli H. says

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Dresden ruler! Been lovin’ all the Dresden projects out there lately – want to take a stab at making one myself!

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    Fran says

    I really love your dresden quilt, gorgeous fabric choices. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    LC says

    I love the dots! I’m so excited to try my own Dresden soon. They’re so pretty. The first quilt I remember being super attached to as a kid was a grandmother’s fan quilt that my aunt made. I’d like to make a Grandmother’s Fan for my mom. She’d love it.

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    Janice says

    Oh what fun! I have wanted to try the dresden and you just gave me the push I needed. Great information. Tks.

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    Karen H says

    It seems like just yesterday that Darlene created her first rulers. This sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate.

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    I just adore your Dresden project! It is adorably clever, bright, and cheery. Your blog looks exciting. I can’t wait until I have time to return to peruse your archived posts!

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    Cheryl says

    Love your dresden. Never imagined that there were so many ways to use dresden’s. This ruler is on my to buy list. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Carole M says

    I haven’t considered doing a dresden before now to be honest. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Beth Hammergren says

    The first dresden plate I did was with a hand made template and I hand pieced it. I would love to try out this ruler and am glad I now use a machine to piece. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    beth says

    the Dresden blocks I have done were with home made templates and hand pieced. the ruler looks a little easier and nowadays I would try machine piecing. An interesting challenge.

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    Sue says

    The Dresdan ruler would be a great tool for a new project…thanks for the chance to win. And thanks for your blog….the time and effort you put into it is really appreciated…a bright spot when I check my mail!!

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    Briana says

    Love it. I’ve been wanting to make a dresden plate, but I too, am a beginner, and I’m so nervous to try! This might be just the motivation. thanks for the great chance to win.

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    Erin says

    I’m new to quilting and I’m completely inspired and intimidated by designs like this… those rulers seem amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Michelle H. says

    My grandmother had a Dresden plate quilt and it was my inspiration to start quilting myself. I’ve yet to try my hand on one but with designs like the one above, I’ve got to do one myself.

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    Heidi says

    My school year is coming to a close and I would love some new projects to work on this summer! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Sarah says

    I would love to give this ago but it’s definitely a design on my Fear List! Yours is stunning, though!

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    Diane W says

    A Dresden ruler is next on my list of must-have rulers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jen L says

    I have been crushing on dresdens for awhile now and would love to win a ruler to get working! Thanks!

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    love the dots and brights! Nice rainbow quilt! thanks for a chance to win (can always use another ruler!)

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    Ann says

    I have not tried a dresden yet…but would love to have the rulers to get me to try one.

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    LauraC says

    I really like your dresdens on the dotty background. Thank you for the giveaway. I love the Material Obsession 2 book and hope to one day be skilled enough to tackle one of my faves in that book (I’m a fairly new quilter)

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    Meghan says

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have always been intimidated by this pattern, but I would love to try it!

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    I love this little quilt so beautiful. I think it would be great hanging in a kids room. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Having polka dots in the quadrants is super cute πŸ™‚ I like how the quilting in the dresden sections comes to a point, too. Fun!

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    Leslie R. says

    I love the dots and the various shades of color! It’s such a happy little quilt!

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    Alexis says

    I’m getting pretty excited to try a dresden quilt. Thanks for the chance to get a ruler. The dots are darling.

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    Miz Karen says

    Love the dots. I’ve always wanted to make a Dresden Plate but have always been intimidated. Pick me so I can finally make one.

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    Jeana says

    Oh I love the dots and dresden plates – I’m new to quilting but have been wanting to try this out!

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    Kathy Schwager says

    I am an experienced quilter, but have never made a dresden quilt. Maybe this will help me get started.

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    Mindy C says

    I love the different dotty backgorund- so clever. I’m a little intimidated by the dresden, but your post makes me feel like it might be easier than it looks. Thanks!

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    DeniseMarie says

    Didn’t think I liked the Dresden pattern – but reinterpreted in a modern way it is gorgeous!

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    Kasia says

    I absolutely love Dresden blocks but am super intimidated by them….looking at Elizabeth’s tutorial and this Dresden EZ ruler, it looks doable! Thanks for the chance to win this!

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    Bruinbr says

    I’ve always been scared to try this, but they look so awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kristen Sanderson says

    Love the dots! Dresdens are on my “must-try-one-day” list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Awesome giveaway! I have never made a Dresden quilt – those rulers are so cool! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

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    Lyndsay says

    I love the colors that you used – it’s definitely making me think about what I would like mine to look like!

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    Happyme says

    I have always loved the look of Dresdan quilts, your modern approach to the typical Dresdan makes them even more appealing to me! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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    Meghann says

    Wonderful colors! Would love to add the giveaway to my template stash…I’m a new quilter.

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    Leslie says

    I like the quilt you used for your blog today, AND I love the mini quilt you made with the dresden plate pattern. GORGEOUS!

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    Jennie says

    I love the fresh colors used for your project. Reminds me of summer.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Lindsey A says

    I’ve never made a dresden plate beofre, but this might be the reason to start…

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    MarciaW says

    The color wheel with the variety of red and white dots is striking. I’ve been thinking about Dresden plates yet feel so unimaginative as look at all the guild projects. Thanks for the chance to win the EZ Dresden ruler.

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    usairdoll says

    What a great mini quilt. I love your colors.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win. Thanks for being so generous with two winners!


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    Oh, I’d love a dresden plate ruler! Thanks for the opportunity to win one! Love the dotty fun, especially that honeycomb. Yum!

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    love your dotty dresden and all it’s color! i’m sure enjoying this dresden blog hop, lots of inspiration here. thanx for the opportunity to win a ruler.

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    Nichole says

    Cool, fresh, summer-perfect colors in your wheel !! The mix of dots is great too! Thanks for the ruler giveaway !

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    I am coming up with lots of ideas for this challenge. Thanks for the chance to win the give away.

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    christie m says

    Love your mini quilt! I have been wanting to make a dresden but it the patterns always look so intimidating. You make it look so easy, I am inspired! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Really pretty…have only made one once for one of my bees and I loved the process…thanks for a great giveaway:)

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    Lou Ann says

    I would love to win. I made my first quilt just last month. All squares. Time to try another pattern and shape.

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    Julia says

    I’m on love with all the ideas for use with this ruler! Now I just need one! Thanks for the give away πŸ™‚

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    jmniffer says

    What fun! I love the dot fabrics in the background. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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    LJ says

    What a great idea to use dots. I’m rather a “dotty” person so this is right up my alley. πŸ™‚

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    Laurie says

    Love the dots! Also, would love to try the dresden rulers. I’ve been avoiding this pattern, but the ruler does make it look easy (or easier).

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    Beautiful. I have always wanted to try Dresden plate, but always been a bit nervous. I love you bright fun take on it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Lisa Markham says

    Simple solids with vibrant colors is so happy and would be great for kids.


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    Staci says

    Your dresden is so sweet! Can’t believe it’s your first. I haven’t dared to try one yet. Thanks for the giveaway and hope I win!!

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    Rachell says

    SO many bright colors; just makes me happy looking at it. Who knew all those different dots would work so well together and be so fun! I’ve never done Dresdens before but I really admire them. I’ve got one cut out, ready to go, for my sampler quilt, so I can see how this ruler would really help!
    Thanks for a chance to win–I would love a ruler!

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    Thanks for the chance to win! I’m a new quilter, and this would be an awesome addition to my collection and allow me to expand from Squares πŸ˜‰

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    Debby Cloy says

    Love the Dresden designs. I am rackiing my brain for an idea for a “different” quilt

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    michelle says

    thanks for the chance to win one of the dresden rulers. I’ve wanted to try them for some time but was caught in that ‘you cannot buy any more rulers till you finish a project…. but they kept calling to me. Then I found this challenge.

    Your design is fresh and fun. I like the modern feel to it.

    thank you!

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    sheryl matteson says

    Love the dresden I am English paper pieces a scrap quilt for about a year now. Love to have a easier template.

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    Michelle F says

    I love the look of the dresden and have been wanting to try one, this is the perfect opportunity. I always thought it was harder though. Love yours!!!

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    Jessica Brennan says

    I just made my first ever dresden plate block last week, this ruler would make cutting out the fabric ALOT easier!

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    Sew Very Sherry says

    What a great idea for your plate. The background is wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Betty Burton says

    The Dresden Plate became my favorite as soon as I started quilting (a whole 1 1/2 yrs ago). I’m finally working on my 1st – a hand appliqued 25 plate as a wedding gift for my nephew. Very easy but lots of time. Been wanting to try different shades of solids so you’ve given me the way to combine a favorite and a “want to do”. Thanks for the idea and giveaway!

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    Linda says

    Like many others, apparently, I am new to quilting. I support the idea of having the right tool for the project! Thanks for the encouragement, great ideas, and give-away!

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    sandy says

    I am a beginner quilter but see a dresden in my future. I would love to win one of the EZ Dresden rulers. I also love dots.

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    wow wonderful rule, thank’s for the giveaway. love that pattern..maybe i’ll try it. Your bloc is amazing, love the rainbow color!

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    Barbara Mahoney says

    I love your bright, fresh colors (especially the third quadrant as you move clockwise) and the clean lines of this design.

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    Reena says

    That Delilah dot looks so vintage and the teeny dot too on red. Love Darlene Zimmerman and you too! Keep up the great work!

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    Here’s my chance to do 3 things I’ve been wanting to do….Actually do a dresden quilt, break out of square patterns, and be in some kind of contest with my work. Come on….pick someone from a tiny town in Texas….me!!!!

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    Karen says

    Thanks for the chance to win! I have been quilting for 1.5 years and do not have a Darlene Zimmerman ruler and have not yet made a Dresden plate quilt. Winning the ruler would solve both of these! πŸ™‚

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    Wonderful choices for the fabrics in your project. I wish I could pick things that well! LOL Thanks for the chance to win the dresden ruler!

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    Brenda says

    Your dresden is so cute. I’ve been thinking of trying it for a bit now … love the polka dots!

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    Page says

    I’ve been running some ideas around in my head. I think I know what I am going to do if I have time.

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    I have never made a dresden but all of these great colorful projects makes me think it is high time I try the EZ method! I would love to try a similar quilt to yours faith, it is so cheerful and beautiful!

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    Hilary says

    Beautiful quilt. Love the dots, colors, and quilting. It’s great to see all the creative projects from this challenge.

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    Paige says

    I am working on my first quilt, and seeing so many designs and colors just makes my head spin–but in a good, excited way! I’m already dreaming of what to make next…but of course must finish what I have started first! This is really inspiring.

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    Bec Clarke says

    That has got to be the cutest quilt I have ever seen. I love the fresh colour combination.

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    Judith says

    I am just making my first Desden plate for a wall hanging. It is awesome. Used a cut out template so would love to experiment with a real template for many sizes. Thanks.

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    What a fun pattern! I’ve been eyeing rulers when I look at fabrics, but have yet to purchase a specialty one yet. It looks like a circle won’t be as scary to sew with this tool. It’d be fun to use it.

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    Sandra says

    Love the dots! And especially love the rulers! Did my first Dresden block in a QAL, and I’m hooked!

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    Ellen H says

    I love this idea! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

    ehystead (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Betty Ayers says

    Love that combination – how out of the box! And thanks for the chance to win – a Dresden is on my to-do list for 2012!

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    Betsy says

    Love the colors and the variety of dot fabric. I’m inspired to try something new! Thank you & God be with you!

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    Maxine says

    This has been such a great challenge to follow….I want to make a dresden pillow, quilt or something…Thanks for the chance to win…

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    I have a box of unfinished Dresden plates (the centers are missing, anyone know how to put just centers in?) and I love them!! I also love polka dots all of a sudden, so I think I may pick up one of these Dresden things today!

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    Oh, I’d love to have a Dresden ruler!
    Really like your Dresden mini ~ great color!
    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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    Lynnette says

    Oh, I love dots and your dresden looks great! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Vickie says

    Love those clean lines! I have played a few times but would LOVE to be a winner!

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    Love your Dresden! My first one was 1/4 Dresden with lace added on the outside and inside edges. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    paula says

    I love the solids for the dresden and all those wonderful dots surrounding it! thanks for a chance to win a dresden ruler!

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    Carla says

    I love your Dresdan mini quilt. So bright and cheery. I’ve not made a Dresdan yet, but it’s on my list. I love you blog, so inspiring!

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    Kimberley Thomas says

    I have been thinking about trying my hand at creating a dresdan square, but haven’t mustered up the courage yet. There’s something about sewing in the round that has me intimidated….

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    Nancysue says

    Love the different variations of dots on backround fabric. It makes it look soooo fresh!

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    Erin says

    I’ve wanted to try these rulers for a while. I saw them used in a tutorial a while back. Would love to win.

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    Andrea says

    Great rulers–I haven’t tried dresdens yet, but love the look of them, and am hoping to try them out soon!

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    Beth M says

    I’d love to sew a dresden table runner. I’d use all different polka dots for the “plate” and make the background solid white.

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    KerryQ says

    I have not made a Dresden yet. Maybe this ruler will give me a shove. I bet it’s one of those tools that makes the difference between tearing your hair out and easy peasy.

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    Abby says

    A dresden has been on my list of things to attempt for quite a while! I love your interpretation and especially am in love with how you used the different polka dot prints for the background. Very visually interesting and beautiful!

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    Gretchen says

    Ohhhh! I keep seeing these all over blog world and would love to make one. So fun and love the bright colors.

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    Michele T says

    I would love to try something like this!!! Your colour choices are great! Thanks for sharing.