Tiny Dresden quilts


New Pattern #8

is Dresden Sundaes.

It’s my favorite new pattern.

It uses my Tiny Dresden Template.

You’ve seen bits of it here & there on my blog.

It uses Jo Morton’s New Hope Collection by Moda.

It started with my challenge to cut & sew as many Tiny Dresden petals as possible from a jelly roll.

That was fun, but not necessary for the pattern!

After I made all of the petals, I sewed them into half plates

I worked on a lot of this quilt while on a quilt retreat.

Aren’t these scrumdiddlyumptious?

Who knew that was a real word??? Look it up!

Next, I went to work to design the bottom of the blocks.

First I needed to decide on a background fabric.

Ultimately the decision was made to go outside the collection to use a lighter fabric so the baskets would show up much better.

Choosing a center for each half plate was fun.

I have even more fun photographing them.

Can you tell?

I called these baskets from the start of the design.

HOWEVER… my sewing “Friends” (they look in-the-know, huh?)

told me they weren’t baskets, but instead sundae cups.

I got a lot done that weekend.

And so my sundaes grew…

Soon all of the “sundae” blocks were complete.

At this point I thought it needed one more element.

Since there were a few leftover petals…

I put a little bazinga in the corner.

I sewed the rows together.

If you’ve never pieced a quilt “on point”,

it’s just as easy to sew blocks together on point as in horizontal rows.

You just sew the triangles on like they’re another block.

And I always over-size the triangles a bit

so that you can trim them down after they’re sew onto the quilt.

When I finished the top I took if for show & tell at my guild.

Everyone there also saw sundaes so I named it Dresden Sundaes.

Meet Dresden Sundaes.

I’ll have you know that this was my best-selling pattern at spring market.

I’ll also have you know that almost every quilt shop owner that bought the pattern called it my “basket” quilt! Peer pressure…

There are instructions for scalloping the edge of the quilt

& also how to make and sew the bias binding.

Don’t let that scare you.

You can make the edges straight if you prefer.

I also designed this smaller, 8 block version for my pattern tester, Chris.

Perhaps it’s more appealing to you?

All the same pieces to cut & sew, just a lot fewer of them!

 Dresden Sundaes is available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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New Pattern #7

Love & Dresden Kisses.

This is a fun quilt to make!

Of course you can use just 1 red fabric, I however cannot!

Where is the fun in that?

Once I decided on the reds I needed a background.

It looks like at this point some straightening up was necessary.

I guess I couldn’t find a suitable background in my mess.

It must have been so bad that I needed to photograph it?

I do see shiny wood floor there…

It may or may not look the same today.

 

This little red star print by Minick & Simpson for Moda was the perfect choice.

It’s from their Snowfall Christmas collection last year.

Next I needed to decide if the reds would actually work.

And would the red plate show up on the charcoal background?

This red one will do.

And now that all the pieces are cut it’s time to sew.

At some point I decided it didn’t need the piano key inner border.

Probably when I decided I’d prefer to start working on Dresden petals instead.

Of course I took a pic of the petal pile!

This reminds me of a line from Madagascar, Lol..

A bit of pressing, turning, pressing and voila!
This is where according to my phone’s camera I took a hiatus
& we bought a new van.
12 1/2 years & 251,000 miles later.
It was time!
Notice it’s in the red family too.
Come to think if it, it’s the second “red” van that we’ve bought in February!
Weird!
I also took in an antique mall,
where I often tend to find my entertainment:
But then got back to work.
These quilts don’t design or sew themselves!
The cream dot in the center of the “O” makes me smile.
Meet Dresden Love & Kisses.
My friend, Loraine tested this pattern for me.
(if you find any mistakes that she didn’t it’s her fault.)
She also helped name it for me.
Thanks, Loraine!
A little bit of fusible web applique, a few X’s and a few O’s, but a lot of fun!
You guessed it, it’s on my website.
Just Keep Sewing…
Susan

 

 

 

New pattern #6

Star Bright.

I used the new Grunge Seeing Stars collection by Basic Grey for Moda on this quilt.

I showed you many of the steps of its creation back in March.

Tiny Dresden petals, yada, yada, yada…

The pretty petal pile…

Changing out a plate because of the lack of contrast with the center fabric…

Drying the plates…

Choosing just the right Sulky thread colors…

& the magical tiny blind hem stitch.

Then the stars…

& the leftovers of making the stars for the awesome “bonus” border!

The hardest part for me a lot of times is deciding a name for each quilt.

Meet Star Bright!

It’s like a rainbow in itself.

Yup, it’s on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #5 is

“Dresden Daisies”.

This is the only new pattern that uses both my Tiny Dresden and Mini Dresden templates.

I designed this quilt a while back.

I guess was waiting for just the right fabrics to put it together with.

The darker green fabric is from Jo Morton’s “New Hope” collection by Moda.

I’ve used plenty of half Dresden plates in my quilts, but for this one, since it’s going to be appliqued on top of the border and not sewn into it, I had to first press and glue the seam allowances under before adding the center.

To do this, I drew intersecting straight lines on my ironing board cover with an ultra fine Sharpie marker.

This allowed me to place the seam allowance on the vertical line, then press the seam allowances up to the horizontal line.

I’ve done this before with another quilt I was working on that had a lot of 6 1/2″ blocks. It’s a good way to quickly check accuracy before moving on.
Ironing board covers are not permanent.

For instance the one pictured is long gone!

Next I made the centers.

I only appliqued the full plates’ centers.

Since the edge of the half plates’ centers overhang the petals,

they would need to be appliqued down after they were on the border.

Before long, my daisy garden was complete!

Aren’t they sweet???

This is why I quilt.

I love the process!

Next step was to double check my green fabrics.

Then see if my piano key borders were working…

I noticed shadowing of the darker green fabric coming though my daisy petals, so I had to fix that by making a lining for each one.

That was easily done with my Olfa circle cutter and some plain white fabric.

(Instructions in the pattern)

Shadowing all gone!

Now to assemble the quilt.

Positioning, gluing & stitching the half Dresden plate daisies.

Adding the last border.

Putting it on the “to be quilted” pile I noticed how it lined up with the edge of “With All My Heart” and wondered if it needed another border…

“No!” I’m going small & less complicated!!!

But I liked that idea…

Meet Dresden Daisies.

Just 31 1/2″ x 31 1/2″!

Uncomplicated & cute…

They’re now available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #4 is Loads of Lollies.

This quilt makes me smile every time I see it.

Perhaps it’s the brighter than usual fabrics.

I typically photograph the different stages of the design process to get a feel of how the fabrics will look for the cover photo.

Wheelbarrow too dark…

Black fabric too colorful…

It reminds me of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty fighting over the color of the gown. Blue! No, Pink! No, blue…

Liking this…

Ooh & I like those for a border…

Black rick rack was the obvious choice for the lines of the wheelbarrow.

Unfortunately this is too big.

I had to go find the baby black rick rack!

This is much better suited to the scale of the quilt.

It’s just so cheery, don’t you think?

Meet Loads of Lollies.

Just 4 cute Tiny Dresden plates.

Yup! It’s available on my website!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

My next new pattern is “With All My Heart”.

I may have forgotten to tell you that all of my new patterns use my Tiny Dresden Template and one of them also uses my Mini Dresden Template.

With All My Heart uses some of those Tiny Dresden plates that I made in January with the New Hope jelly roll.

Remember that story?

I love the collection.

Just my colors and so many ideas came to mind as I was sewing with it.

This sewing was happening shortly before Valentine’s Day, so of course I was seeing hearts everywhere.

No surprise that I would design a heart block just the right size to accommodate a Tiny Dresden plate, right?

Too big & the Tiny Dresden would cover the whole heart & too small the heart would overpower the Tiny Dresden.

This one would do!

This is one quilt that I didn’t have totally designed in my computer before I started to sew.

Early I decided the center block would need to be different than those surrounding it.

So embroidery with no. 8 perle cotton is my “different” of choice.

And quickly made.

Then to decide what else the quilt needed…

It needed more, but smaller hearts to surround the bigger heart center.

This was my design wall.

Since my sewing room has very little wall (lots of windows & doorways) I typically use the floor to lay things out on, but I chose my hanging quilt this day.

Once decided, I set to cutting more squares & hst’s. for the little heart blocks.

Soon it was time to lay out the blocks & start sewing them together.

It was cold that day! Notice my winter boots?

I love these pics & remembering the progress of the quilt!

I hope you do too.

Meet With All My Heart.

If you hadn’t guessed,

it’s available on my website today!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

New pattern #2 is “Blessings of Friends”.

It’s the prefect little quilt to make for each of your friends!

It’s a small one, just 8″ x 10 1/2″

& it has just one Tiny Dresden plate.

The original design was made last summer with these lovely fabrics.

I displayed it on an Ackfeld 6×9 stand.

For the cover photo quilt I chose brighter fabrics.

Just 1 Tiny Dresden plate.

Notice how FLAT my plate is?

Want to know my secrets?

Mary Ellen’s Best Press & an accurate scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

That’s it!

Meet Blessings of Friends.

I talked with my Ackfeld family about making the feet smaller on the stand so they didn’t come up in front of the quilt.

This is a new stand #35202.

Both the pattern & the stands are available on my website now.

More to come.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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