Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dresden Addiction

I warned you in my last post, this desden ruler can be addicting.  I wanted to show another Dresden version for my class on April 27th at Fabric Etc and when I saw the post Randy did about her purchase at Sisters, I knew what my next project would be.

The flowers were machine appliqued and so were the stems. The top part of the stem is also a dresden blade on the 2 half flowers. The pot, leaf and center circle were hand appliqued. Once the center was done, I knew immediately that a border was necessary. The problem was that I started the center on Thurdsay at 5:30 pm and when I finsihed the hand applique, I had to get to bed; it was midnight!

As I layed in bed, my mind would not shut down, it continued to pondered my options and I kept having visions of this spiky scrappy border, a la Gwen Marston. I really like the bits of green and cheddar in the border, I think it really adds to the overall look of this piece. If I was to do it all over again, I'd have put the side borders on first, then ran the top and bottom borders to the edges.  Just a design decision, but I'll live with it like this. 

So here's the details. The finished size is 30 x 50, the border pieces are 4" wide, and the bottom left flower had to be unsewn and then restitched so I could add the border. Now it floats a tiny bit into the border.  All fabric came from my stash, so no fabric budgets were hurt in the process of this. The border is a bit time consuming, but worth every minute.  I'd do it all over again!

I look at this and I smile so that must mean that it worked.
What makes you smile?


antique quilter said...

OMG I love this, adorable what makes me smile
red, green and cheddar quilts
you outdid yourself ok make another one and I will let you know where to send it!

Karen said...

A unique piece. The little pops of cheddar here and there, such a good idea. And the small flowers with just a few blades another creative idea.

Barb said...

LOVE LOVE the border saw teeth! what a great way to finish such a fun and happy quilt!

Missie of Traditional Primitives said...

Very cute! Love those easy flowers! Love your new blog look too! I's been a while since I've had time to read this a recent change? Looks nice!

Sue said...

Well this certainly makes me smile! This is gorgeous and I do love the pops of cheddar! Such a nice piece!

Nancy said...

3 AM you are certainly a night owl.
These dresden flowers are too cute.

Mimi said...

what fun you are having. I really love all your plates. Makes me think I want to jump on the bandwagon.

Janet O. said...

What a wonderful creation! I did love that piece Randy bought, but it never crossed my mind to make my own. Your interpretation is fantastic--and I give that happy, spiky border a big "thumbs up"!!

Jan said...

Makes me smile, too!

Lori said...

I love it! The spikey border really sends it over the top!!

Candace said...

Totally cute and I would never have thought to use the dresdens as petals! Genius!