Monday, March 2, 2015

Dresden Tips

I think Dresden's are delightful in all their many ways.  I enjoy making them and have learned a few tricks to make them easier and thought I would share.
I really like my EZ Dresden ruler though you can find templates on line here.  With the ruler you just cut a strip the size you want your blades and then start cutting.  Just flip the ruler back and forth so you don't waste fabric.  For the project I'm working on now I used 5" and 3".
You will need 20 blades for each plate using the EZ ruler.
Next I press my blade in half with right sides together.
Sew 1/4" along the top and trim on the fold side.
Finger press your seam open.
I use a chopstick to get a nice pointy point and line up the center of my seam with the pressed fold line.
I like to layout my plate before I start sewing.
I sew my blades together starting at the point side.  This gives you wiggle room in case your blades are not quite the same size.  The appliqued circle will cover any mistakes.
I press my seams open to distribute bulk
and continue around the circle until it's complete.
Center on your background
Stitch down.  I top stitch mine.
Measure the diameter of your inner circle and add 1/2" to 3/4" to cover seem allowance.
Using my perfect circle applique cut out your circle this size and follow the directions.  Center this on your plate and stitch down.
If you are wanting to do a Dresden with curved edges you can use my tutorial here.  Hope this is helpful.  If you create a Dresden project I would love to see.  Let me know they make me very happy.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pajama Day

We have had the yuck at our house.  I was thinking I had dodged the bullet, wrong.  So my companions today are; a quilt to snuggle in, a box of tissue, and Quiltmaker magazine.  Especially Bonnie hunters scrap series.  I'm looking for a little inspiration on another scrap quilt.
 My attire, scissor jammies and fuzzy socks.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Celebration at Twisted Poesy's Return

She has been gone since before Christmas.  She enjoyed many adventures while she was gone.  But at last Twisted Poesy has returned.  
 Just in time to add her glory to that of the blooming crocus in my front yard.  True to the Moda fabric line she is made in it truly is the 'Best Day Ever'
 We are happy to have her home.
And will enjoy her company.

Monday, February 23, 2015


I had the opportunity to speak yesterday.  My topic was self improvement through hobbies and recreational activities.  It got me thinking of all the wonderful people who have taught, inspired, and helped me to become the person I am today.  So I thought it would be fun to pay tribute to them through the quilts they inspired.

First, Mary Lou Weidman and her Bloom quilt that inspired my Naughty Garden.  
Next Jacquie Gering's raw edge applique inspired my little family in It Takes a Village
My great grandma inspired my Love Ida quilt.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is the inspiration behind my Plan B quilts
And Kathy Doughty's tulips were the inspiration for mine in Mary's Garden.
I am thankful to these and so many others that have helped me stretch, grow and become who I am.  I'm better because they have been a part of my life.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mad Dash to Quilt Walk

The second weekend each June I head south.  First to Quilt Walk then to my parents to celebrate my mom's birthday.  This year I will be teaching Mad Dash.  
 A whimsical quilt made with freestyle churn dashes.  Bring your scraps, a background, and a sense of adventure to this fun class.
 Next, I'll be teaching Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.  This quilt goes together quickly using TOAR.
While I'm enjoying adventures in quilting my hubby and sons are planning on riding motorcycles in Bryce.  DD would join the fun but she get to go to Europe this summer.  Her passport arrived recently and I can't tell you how fun it was to watch her reaction.  She danced, jumped, and exclaimed 'it's starting to feel real now!'
Lots of adventures at our house.  Would love for you join me on mine in Panguitch.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Just Right

It is a simple block.   I don't know why it gave me such trouble.
 But it took me three tries to get it the right size.  My first attempt I didn't take into account how much the cross would add to it.
My next attempt feel short.  But I persevered and did the thing I should have done in the first place, a little math.  This one came out just right.
 It made me think of this saying I saw on Facebook.  I was feeling like one of those four people.

 I now a block for my project and two for another Plan B quilt.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Little Dresden Family

During the past week my lone Dresden has made a friend and together they have created a little family.  To accommodate this growing family I made more background as a happy home.
I'm still trying to decide if the baby Dresdens should be held by their parents or play close by.