Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dresdan Plate

After the Sewing Summit I signed up to participate in my first Swap. I've never done anything like this before and wasn't quite sure what to expect. My partner is Amanda from My Sewcial Hour (which is such a cute blog name) and she gave me this description:

"I am currently in a Fall/Autumn kind of mood so pieces with oranges, reds, greens, and gold like the leaves changing color are drawing me in. My Fall Inspiration Pinterest board has a lot of images that are inspiring me these days. I really like new takes on traditional things, for example, I love when people make things like dresden plates in modern fabrics with a little bit of hand quilting. I am not much into intentionally wonky/improv pieces, I usually like symmetry in pieces whether it be a mini-quilt or a bag."
You can tell she's participated in swaps before. I loved her clear cut description. (I feel bad for my partner! I really can't remember what I said, but I am sure it was vague ~ something like "Oh, I like pink and cutesy stuff".) When I read Dresdan, I was immediately excited because I have been wanted to try my hand at a Dresdan plate for sometime. I think the best tutorial is from Amy at Stickory Dickory Dock. This is the tutorial I referred to while making my dresdan.

I have been collecting Fall/Thanksgiving/Yellow/Gold/Brown fabrics for about 5 years to make an unbelievably amazing Thanksgiving Quilt. So I had about 60 fabrics to choose from to make her Dresdan plate. I choose a 6 1/2" blade size and searched my stash for modern, fresh, fall-ish fabric to make my dresdan.

Isn't this back perfect? I picked up it at the most modern quilt store in Utah: Whimsy on sale a few years back. It's Japanese from Quilt Gate. I did some very simple machine quilting on the blades (stitch in the ditch) and quilted/traced the dresdan plate in the round.

I am soooo in love with this Dresdan I am going to scrap my original plan of a Log Cabin for my Thanksgiving quilt and change it to Dresdan Plates. I think I'll be very busy during the Quilt Retreat working on this pattern.

Amanda, I hope you love this Dresdan Mini Quilt as much as I loved making it. I hope it brings a little bit of fall to your home and brightens your day.

Linking up with Amylouwho for her Mini Quilt Challenge.

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Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful Pam -- you did a wonderful job!

Barb said...

Just beautiful!

Ella said...

Lookin Good!!! I want to do one!! Maybe I should do one at retreat also!! Lord knows I have plenty of what ever color I choose to do!!! But Fall would be fun!!!

Mama Bell said...

Thanks for the eye candy! Gorgeous Dresden!

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Bree said...

I love the inviting fall colors in this - totally reminds me of home!

tirane93 said...

sweet color choices and a darling mini dresden. thanks for sharing it!

trish said...

Beautifully done! :o)

Heather said...

Just beautiful! You did a fantastic job, and I'm sure she'll love it!

Amanda said...

It is wonderful!! Great job on branching out and trying something new -- I think a Thanksgiving Dresden quilt would be absolutely fabulous! :) I am going to hang this one in my office, it will go perfectly with my orange walls. Thanks again!!!

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