Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dare to Dresden

Today is my day on the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop. I love Dresden Plate blocks, so I was excited when I read about this hop. Many thanks to Christine from Quilt Monster in My Closet and Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt for all their hard work putting this blog hop together. It has been a cold, dreary month and so I wanted something that felt like spring. I used fabrics from "Nature's Notebook" by April Cornell, "Summer Breeze II" by Sentimental Studios, and some fabrics from my stash. The design is mine. The quilt is 34 inches square.
 Here's a close up of the central block. It is 12 inches square.
 I used a ruler called the "Fat Cat's" Ruler by Darlene Zimmerman for E Z Quilting. It makes a circle that is made from twelve wedges and is fun and easy to use. I used blue painter's tape to mark where the ruler runs along the top of the fabric strip.
 OK now is confession time. I had planned to make a four block quilt, but I quickly realized I didn't have the time or desire to make four blocks, so I had some leftover wedges. I used some of the extras in the inner border, but I see a wedge quilt in my future! I am thrilled with how the quilt turned out and am happy I changed the design.
Now for the giveaway. How about a pattern for a Dresden Plate quilt of your own. This pattern is by Hearthsewn. It contains instructions for two quilts, a Dresden Hearts Quilt(20" x 20") and a Crossroads Quilt(51" x 59"). Leave one comment(please not more than one) on this post. I must have a way to contact you, if I cannot I will choose someone else. I will choose the winner on Feb. 2, 2013.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to see the other Dresden projects today.

154 comments:

Scrapatches said...

I like the "fat cat" dresden ruler. I am going to have to look for one of those. I love blue/green/yellow quilts and Summer Breeze. These fabrics look wonderful in your design. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just lovely in the blues and yellows - very sweet. Thank you for the generous give away, too.

Kristy said...

What a darling quilt! I love your color choices. The pattern looks like fun too. Thanks for the giveaway! K-

whistlebet57 said...

I just love all your patterns.
Thanks for the opportunity to win the patterns.
Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

Cecilia said...

Very pretty! I love your design. Thanks for the giveaway.

Patty C. said...

I loooove Dresdens- lovely post & great Giveaway- thank you ;)

Sunshine Girl said...

Oh I love this - I like the way you have incorporated lots of little dresden pieces around it.

Nati said...

Very cute quilt, love the colours and thanks for the cance to win.

Theresa said...

ooh I like this, so pretty - I think I may have to add a Fat Cat ruler to my stash! I like how you've used the ruler to make the border, that's a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win that lovely pattern.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

How beautiful! Love blue and yellow together! How funny I'm also using the Summer Breeze fabric for a BOM project I'm starting. I had not heard of the "Fat Cat" ruler but now I'm going to be on the look out for it. I like the bigger wedges. Your quilt is gorgeous and such a beautiful design. Thank you for sharing it with us, awesome job!

Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Britt-Inger said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt and the idea to use the Fat Cat Ruler. I have one in my stash. I love the color choice in your quilt

Farm Quilter said...

Very cool design! Great ruler - looks like it makes wedges easy. Great color choices and I love how you used the extra wedges!!

quiltma said...

That is so cute. I love blue and yellow.

Sheila said...

I do not have that ruler, but may have to splurge. Love your little quilt, thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Ooh, never made anything with scalloped borders, lovely pattern.

Gill said...

I like your 'fat cat' ruler - I've never seen one before!
Thank you for a great giveaway!

Julie said...

Love the colors -- thanks for a great giveaway.

Chiska said...

Fun quilt!

Catskill Quilter said...

Love your quilt - it is always good to know when a project is "done!"

Cathy said...

Sweet quilt! It does remind me of spring.

Cathy said...

Your quilt is like spring! Beautiful colors.

charlotte said...

Very pretty in such soft colors.

Madame Samm said...

stunning piece...ok, you girls are just wayyyy too good at this dresden thing...we should have called it dare you
Mdm samm and Christine...who have not done dresdens...lol.

beautiful!

Fiesta said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

Die Butjenterin Abschnitt said...

It´s a beautiful quilt.

Debby said...

Yellow and blue are such wonderful traditional colors. I come back to them often and your choice for the Dresdens is marvelous. Beautiful block!

Jeanie said...

Beautiful dresden! I love the color choices and the layout. Thanks so much!

Patricia said...

Very nice project! I like the 'fat' wedges.

Christine L said...

Wnat a pretty Mini you made! Thank you for participating in the Hop!
Hugs & Happy Hopping!!

Gwen said...

What a great idea for using the extra wedges! I had some leftover from a project and wondered what to do with them. Now I know! Thanks!

evelyn said...

I love how you have framed your block. It really is ok to change your mind.

Linda said...

How beautiful! Yes, you captured spring!

StitchinByTheLake said...

One of my best friends loves everything blue and yellow - she would adore this quilt! I'm going to forward this to her so she can drool over it. :) blessings, marlene

Sowing Stitches said...

I'm glad you changed your pattern! Your quilt reminds me of the first crocus of spring popping up with a grand tada! :)

Stacey Napier said...

Beautiful project - just lovely!

Thearica said...

Love your Dresden quilt! The blues and yellows are lovely!

gpc said...

I love the colors you chose -- very pretty!

Mommarock said...

It is a wonderful quilt!!

AnitaS said...

It turned out beautiful. Thanks for the give away.

Rosa said...

It looks fantastic and love your design and fabrics choice!

Linda said...

I love the blue and yellow colours, beautiful quilt.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I've never seen the Fat Cat....great quilt you are showing us...love it
Would love the pattern;thanks

Julie said...

Interesting variation to put the Dresden segments in the corners! I love it!

pinsandneedles said...

Sweet design and the colors are soft and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

JudyCinNC said...

Wonderful opportunity - I really love two-color quilts and yours is beautiful. Judy C

Teresa said...

I've never tried to make Dresden blocks but would love to have a chance at making a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristen King said...

Wonderful fabric choices!!! :)

JudyC said...

Very Pretty. It would be fun to try to make!!

Lorene Holbrook said...

Dresdens are on my someday list!

Vicki H said...

Very nice design. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Patty said...

Your quilt is pretty. Thanks for the giveaway. I've always liked Dresdens.

krislovesfabric said...

Nice job on the corners...I like!

Barb said...

I really love your quilt! Very creative in using up the spare blades. A winner in my book!

Vivian said...

I love the border on your quilt and the corner pockets. So cute. Thanks.

Joyce Carter said...

Love the colors that you chose and the design of your quilt.It is very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Parabéns pelo lindo projeto.E obrigada também pelo padrão estou de olho nele faz um tempo.Tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

KatieQ said...

I love how you used the wedges for the border. I never would have thought of that.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love your quilt- the blues and yellows just sing to me!

DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

Vickie said...

I did not know DZ had a "Fat Cats" ruler, I'll have to search one out.

Mary Ann said...

Pretty color choices!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I have yet to try a dresden, they are so pretty and versatile.
Thank you for the chance :)

patchouli moon studio said...

Lovely colors on your Dresden.

Celtic Thistle said...

Sweet quilt!

Vicki B said...

So springy on this cold Nebraska morning. Love the colors.
tvbart@charter.net

Deb C said...

Very nice! I especially like how you finished the borders.

Lis said...

That heart quilt pattern is to sweet, would make a great baby girls quilt!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Kathy said...

Love it! and all those smaller dresdens! I have never made a dresden so I am going to get that ruler and give it a try.

Thank you for the chance to win a prize!

kearley75860 at yahoo dot com

MooseStash Quilting said...

Very pretty colors and I love the corners that are Dresden!

Peggy said...

I also love Dresden plate block, and have made a Dresden quilt. I use the Easy Dresden Ruler by Darlene Zimmerman. The pattern looks really interesting and would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

Heide said...

Looks like I need to add the fat cat ruler to my collection. Nice!

Needled Mom said...

I have always loved the blue and yellow combination. Very nice job.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Beautiful. I love the green, and the design. Yours turned out really pretty!!
thank you for sharing your creativity

Lyn said...

Thanks for being part of the hop! I just love your quilt and the fabrics you chose. Thanks again.

Ariane said...

Your quilt is beautiful!! I love how you incorporated the wedges in the border!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for the giveaway!

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt and I have the Fat Cat ruler!!

Diann said...

We're having very cold weather in NJ right now so it was great to see your sweet and springlike Dresden quilt. Very nice.

suemac said...

Very cute. Love the fat cat ruler.

cyndiofthevortex said...

Wonderful giveaway! I'm really enjoying this blog hop. cynzoller(at)gmail(dot)com.

The Slow Quilter said...

Loving this hop, so many different Dresden. Your springlike Dresden is great.

Teresa said...

I love the colours you have used. Such a good design. Thanks

Solstitches said...

I love your Dresden Jill. I especially like the way they are peeking out of the outer corners as well.
I have an Easy Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman but I've never dared to use it yet!

Margaret

Crickets Corner said...

Very Pretty,love the colors you chose. I'm going to have to add the Fat Cats to my ruler collection.

VickiT said...

I'd not seen the Fat Cat ruler before. I'll need to check that out further. Thank you. I love the quilt pattern you've created using that ruler. So pretty.

sandra said...

Very pretty in the blues and yellows. I haven't seen that ruler before. Thanks for sharing

Just Carol said...

My Dresdens wouldn't even want to be in the same room with yours because they'd be too embarassed to be next to your beautiful work. I love the idea of using a heart in the center of a Dresden! Thanks for sharing your amazing Dresdens. :O)

Shepody Mountain Crafter said...

Your ideas are inspiring. I'm a first time blogger and a first time dresden creator. The ruler is going on wish list thanks for sharing and keep smiling!

Nancy said...

Your Dresden quilt is nice. The ideas on this Dresden blog hop are inspiring me.

Kim West said...

I love the "Fat Cat Ruler" - very cool.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

I saw Darlene demonstrate this ruler at Quilt Market in SLC a couple of years back - love the look! And it only takes 12 wedges instead of 20 to make a circle... this is adorable!

Linda said...

I like the "fat cat" dresden ruler. I am going to have to look for one of those. This is the first time I've seen it. Your design is great. I like the border made out of the leftover wedges.
Very pretty in the blues and yellows. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your great prize.

vicki said...

Very nice quilt. Hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Katherine said...

Beautiful! Perfect spring palette and I love those fat wedges for the blades.

Mary Ellen said...

Love the pattern for the Dresden Hearts

Michelle said...

Oh sew pretty Dresdens!!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

your quilt is beautiful, great design!
Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
Bente
I like to QuiltBlog

MoeWest said...

Your design and fabric choices make a very pretty quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

Lou said...

I have that ruler:) haha!!!!
Too cute of a quilt and so springlike!!! It is 80+ here in Texas today...not normal but we will take it!!!!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Beautiful! I love your color choices - they're so soft!

Lori said...

Love the color choices in your quilt.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

That is so fun and fresh. Beautiful fabrics!

Sheila said...

I think the fat cat ruler would be wonderful to own and your quilt is gorgeous , love your color choices . Thanks for the chance .

pippirose said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the colours.
I'd love the chance to enter your lovely giveaway.
:o)
Rose
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Michelle May said...

Beautiful! I love those soft colors in April's fabric collection. I'm happy to share this day with you today.
xx

oknonnie said...

I have that ruler! Now I know how to use it - thanks! The border on the Dresden quilt in the pattern give-a-way is very eye-catching! Thanks for a chance to win.

oknonnie said...

I have that ruler! Now I know how to use it - thanks! The border on the Dresden quilt in the pattern give-a-way is very eye-catching! Thanks for a chance to win.

HQT said...

How creative and unique your quilt turned out to be! Love the colors!

Shell said...

The quilt is so pretty, I really like how you designed this one. Thank you for the inspiration!

Sherill said...

Great use of the dresdens! Thank you for showing you quilt.

Liz said...

I haven't ever made anything with dresden plates, but I love seeing all these inspiring posts!

Rhonda D. said...

Love the dresdens! Love the Fat Cat
ruler! Thanks for sharing with us.

Gmama Jane said...

Lovely dresden and I love the fat cat ruler
Gmama jane

Just Quilt It said...

Lovely project. The fabrics are really beautiful, the design is great, and you did such a beautiful job putting it together. Thanks for having a giveaway!

Kim Q said...

Nice pattern! Thanks for the chance to win.

Quilt n Queen said...

Beautiful!! I have a blue and yellow bedroom...your quilt would be perfect for that guest room. Thanks for sharing! Happy stitching, Pauline

Pamela said...

Love the colors and how nicely they play together! and how wonderfully you used the left over wedges. Thanks for sharing!

LJ said...

Your dresden quilt is wonderful! I loved the extra circle; it makes your dresden super cute.

Teresa said...

The fat cat ruler is a new one to me. I love your Dresden pattern. Your giveaway is awesome, too!

Linda J said...

I think blue and yellow might be my favorite two colors together in combo. Your quilt is very pretty. I like the extra wedges used for the pieced border---looks kind of like a little britches block!

jmniffer said...

I love the colors in your quilt, blue and yellow are a favorite of mine. This is the first I've seen of the Fat Cat ruler. Thanks for sharing.

lefuntz said...

Love your choice of fabrics and those short chubby dresden blades.

DeAnna S. said...

Love your design. Especially the quarter dresden plate in the corners...nice design. Thanks for offering the pattern.

Sandra Aiken said...

I love your design and the colors that you used. Also liked the fat cat ruler. My email address is sandrag.aiken@gmail.com

Deb said...

Nice quilt. Love the border.

tink's mom said...

Your design is wonderful. Love the green accent circles.

Clothesline Club said...

Love your design. You do such beautiful work.

Lana said...

I am like you...SPRING!!!! is it here yet? I think it is! You did a lovely job and green is my favorite color! Such a wonderful giveaway too!!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What an adorable design...will have to look for the fat cat ruler! TFS

Kathy H said...

Very pretty Dresden. I have been wanting to try making a Dresden and this hop should be a great inspiration.

Nancy in IN said...

Love the blues and yellows.Thanks

KMSC said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the blue and yellow fabric combination.
Thanks for the giveaway.

John'aLee said...

What a cheery quilt! And of course I love the name of your blog!

Nellie Duclos said...

Thanks for the recommendation of the special ruler for Dresden's. Your interpretation is great-I love it. Thanks for sharing. I love doing Dresden's and the giveaway is a special treat.

Vesuviusmama said...

Thanks for that lovely touch of spring. It is freezing here right now, and all I want to do is pack my bags and find a tropical island.

Alicia said...

Beautiful blues & yellows. Makes me want to go get those ones in my stash and USE them!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I love your quilt.

Gina said...

Beautiful! I love the colors! I haven't seen that ruler, thanks for showing a photo of it! Thanks for participating and offering a giveaway!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

very springlike. I love the soft colors. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. (the heart dresden looks like an amazing quilt pattern)

Simone said...

Nice design - fresh and clean! Cool colors. Makes me feel ready for spring to start! Enjoyed exploring your blog spot!

OhioLori said...

Love your Quilt!!! The template looks soooo cool....see lots of ideas! lol

Thanks for chance to win the Hearts quilt pattern....it's beautiful too.

Cheri said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

vernagrace said...

I love dresden plates, and love the heart dresden. Your design is beautiful and Feb 2, just happens to be my
40th wedding anniversary.
Here's hoping!

usagypsy said...

I love the Dresden pattern! I don't know what it is about it that I love so much. Love the colors of yours! So pretty!

Amy Campbell said...

Wow! What a beautiful take on the Dresden pattern.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Suze said...

I love the color combination. I like the green circle on the Dresden. I had not seen that embellishment before. I love it! Thanks for taking time to create and share!

Jeanne Gwin said...

I would love to win the pattern and make the wee quilt. Thanks and what you did with the Dresden's was amazing.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Very nicely done! =D

Wendy said...

your quilt is just lovely! The range of snazzy rulers out there seems to be huge!

carla said...

Hi!!! Your quilt is very pretty!!! Love the colors!! Thanks for the fun!!

Leah said...

Beautiful. Love the blue and yellow.

Brenda said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I would never have thought of doing it in this layout. Thank you for sharing and for having such a fantastic give away!

Brenda said...

Your quilt is so beautiful! I would never have thought of doing a Dresden in this manner. Thank you for sharing and for including such a fabulous give away.

Ellie Q said...

Lovely spring colors!

Karrie S said...

That is one the BEST quilts I have ever seen in my life! It's so beautiful! I love yellow and blue together, but the middle border of the quilt looks so cool!! Thanks for making this and making my day!!

-karrie