My Dresden Chain Quilt
Today I finished piecing this pretty quilt called Dresden Chain using the pattern from my new book Angles With Ease 2 by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures. This is one of my favorites in the book, and I had these nice bright batik fabrics saved together intended for a different pattern, but I changed my mind and made this quilt top instead. I only had to purchase the background fabric which is a soft yellow. Most of the batiks are tone-on-tone prints except that center square fabric (purple with rainbow circles) which inspired the whole fabric combination.
Below are a few pictures of my sewing process. I used That Purple Thang tool to turn all of my Dresden blades right side out and make that nice neat point. Did you know that this tool was created by Lynn Graves who can usually be found stitching away at The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe in Evans City, PA? You should stop in and say hello!
Those Dresden blocks look really different before the purple circle is added. I cut out the centers so that the block would lay flat with less fabric layers for quilting. They looked so cute, even my son walked by and saw them and told me I couldn't throw them out, I needed to make something else with those. For now they are stored away until we come up with a good idea for them.
You've heard it said that a quilt is not a quilt until it's quilted - well this quilt will have to be finished for now until I have some time to get it on the longarm. I still have a few client quilts that need attention first.
This week I quilted a sweet little baby quilt for Kathy. She is expecting a grandson soon. I quilted it with white thread and the Bubbles pantograph. I love the bright, happy colors. Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Kathy!
Also this week I have been working on this patriotic quilt for Betty. The picture below was taken at the beginning stages, but just a couple more rows and this quilt should be finished tonight.
Thanks for visiting and checking out my work. I hope you have been inspired to do some sewing!
I'll be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
6/12/2015 05:13:57 pm
Beautiful work with the batiks, they are shown off so well in that pattern!
6/12/2015 10:10:12 pm
6/12/2015 08:56:41 pm
Did you randomly put in the dresden blocks or did you turn them every which way deliberately. For example, the yellow piece is at a different orientation of the square...and light purple doesn't appear in a few of the 'petals.' Just curious...It is beautiful! Love the irish chain piecing an how it compliments/frames the dresdens!
6/12/2015 10:17:40 pm
Thanks, Jenny. After I made all of the Dresden blades I tried to separate the colors out evenly between the 13 blocks that I needed to make. There weren't 13 blades from each fabric. I think I could only get 12 from each fat quarter and I had to mix in a few extra fabrics from my stash. So yes, not every fabric is in each block. Glad you like it!
6/14/2015 05:27:14 am
Love your Dresden quilt!
6/16/2015 01:09:18 pm
great job!!! I love seeing your projects. :) You do wonderful work!
6/17/2015 01:19:51 am
Thanks, Katie. I'm glad you were happy with the mermaid quilt. It was so adorable, I would have had a hard time parting with it, too!
Leave a Reply.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!