LOL Pat, I was going to start a new thread but then I thought this swap is all but over unless there is someone who didn't receive blocks due them. Of course everyone is more than welcome to keep discussing Dresden Plates here.
I'm in charge of designing my guild's 1214 Raffle quilt. I'm thinking I'm going to propose we do something using Dresden Plates. That way piecers can piece & those good with applique can do that. Luckily I still have almost a year to come up with some proposals. I love the look of the 1/4 plates in the corners.
This is NOT finished!!! I need pictures, LOTS and LOTS of pictures and inspiration!!! (since I don't post ANY pictures, you ladies gotta carry the ball for me!)
Some of the links and pictures you ladies have sent have been so BEAUTIFUL!!!
Will I ever get any time to sew?? We're headed out of town this weekend. Next is Thanksgiving, then back out of town for my follow up MD appt (6 months post bariatric surgery), then husband has cataract surgery... and on it goes. Last time I took day off and was looking forward to sewing and playing my Dad was hospitalized and we spend all day everyday at the hospital.
wait till you see Dresden Christmas runner, can't go out to get camera in car upstairs neighbor calls police because "the automatic garage door opener is loud" well he is up all night and sleeps all day. Grills food at 3 AM in front of my BR> Anyhow will post pic tomorrow.
I too - addicted. The runner is rather nice. can be made into sunflowers the same way.
Pat, I'll ship it out this week coming. prb. in one of those if it fits, it ships boxes. The small one.
The Camera, the installation disc, the battery charger, not sure if I have the transfer cable. (from camera to computer to transfer pix into the "Zoom brouser"} can be bought from Cannon. Haven't used it for 3 years, should be ok. if not no need to send postage.
Camera ready to ship. all is there. just to say white cord to trnasfeer pictures from camera to cannon software in your computers, black cord to transfer pictures directly into printer for printing pictures...you'll see
Thunder - he is ADORABLE!!!!! One of these days I will make table toppers for me!!!!! I have that triangle log cabin sitting on a chair in the studio to finish. Thought for sure it would get done this year - maybe for next year!!!!
Thunder, the Dresden plate Santa is adorable. Nice job!!
I lost this thread for a day or so...what ever was I thinking?
Wishing all a very nice and Happy Thanksgiving. Kim and I will be sharing it with her brother and family as it was best we not go down to see mom. Kim has/is sick and no way do we need to bring in something else for mom.
Oh Thunder I love it, like the pointed dresden fans vs. the round ones that were in the magazine..recipient will be doing the happy dance...too late for Xmas this year but certainly is a project to be on the lookout for xmas fabrics when all the sales are on in January.
It is amazing what kind of mail there can be at a previous address that they don't bother to let you know about...If I hadn't called her about a book I ordered who knows when I would have gotten it. I had 2 Christmas cards, a signature block from another swap, and a lovely Dresdan Plate from Heavenscape that she mailed Sept28.
I hope I don't upset anyone when I disassemble these plates to make my quilt. I just could not get "happy" with using them whole & remembered a pattern I'd seen with 1/4 and 1/2 plates. So I'm going to "break the plates"...
Besides, by now I think you have all realized I have problems following any pattern!!!!
hoping to get ambitious this week so I can visit her on Sunday and give it to her.
I posted a novel with a few pictures of the scrap quilt I was making..you make the one and the 2nd one develops out of the cut off pieces .. I'm almost done all the blocks for the two, have to sew it together but disappointed in the fact the dimensions given didn't work, now I may have done it or heard the instructions incorrectly, that's possible so rather than 6 1/2 inch blocks it turned into 4 1/2 blocks after squared..I mean it's still useable BUT..
From same company I ordered papers/template to do the Periwinkle Quilt only to find out they made the template wrong..they had a solution but it meant more fabric and lining up just wasn't as easy as they said..ooops they said, didn't offer to refund me $$$.
Guess moral of my story is try one 'block' before cutting everything
Yes break the plates and let us see what happens with the pieces.
Years ago an ambitious copule in our neck of the woods, had a shop where you could go in and break plates and glasses to unwind, didn't stay in bus. too long, as this is something you can do at home, which I did. I had a full set of "Franciscan" pottery with "Fiesta" and found out they discontinued it because of lead content.
I was so angry that they did not notify people, after all it was a registered pattern. My kids and I had a blast breaking every piece except a Pitcher. I love pitchers. NUTS
I didn't think of health, hell the whole country was painted with lead in the paint.
I was angry because I couldn't get a replacement... They were my Kitchen dishes and mega $$$$ for my pocket at that time. Had to have. Kids loved being crazy a bit, they didn't reaize the $$$ down the drain.I do not regret one iota for having been crazy a bit at times.
Well perhaps one dish will give you the idea no need to do a whole service.
So we often vacationed on the NJ shore. Wildwood crest. Never used a car just bikes. Girls and I went to the Ice cream parlor for a huge Banana split, OMG delicious. Each took a Doggie Bag - Now mind you 100+ degrees, dangling off the bike handle, dripping dripping, clincher. come to motel and we did NOT Have a fridge or freezer... Crazy in my opinion.We did have a good laugh and that what it's all about I think.
I spent the night in Spokane, I took my 2nd son to an all day class and testing. He's getting is aquatic exercise certification. I have no doubts he passed. I tired and happy to be home. gong to bed... on call again this weekend.
Good morning all. I did not join in the Dresden Plate fun but I recently made a couple of things with Dresden Plates. There are a few more ideas bouncing around in my head. It was great fun to make these.
The first one is a small wall hanging I made for Linda Kay for our Valentine exchange. I call it Cactus Flower. I'm thinking about making a larger quilt using the same fabrics. I was so thrilled about how it turned out that I was tempted to keep it!
The second was a lot of fun to design and make. I call it 'My Desert Bloomers'.'
Well, now I have inspired myself so I'm off to the Tuesday House to play.
Pat, yes, the ends of the petals are loose. The seams are quilted in the ditch. The centers of the 3 have extra batting to make them puff a bit. I thought I had a pic of My Desert Bloomers after it was finished but I can't find it. Maybe it is still on the camera. I may have to traisps down to the cafe and take another one...
Gloria - I just love the colors/fabrics you use. I'm disappointed my LQS don't carry any "local themed" fabrics. To get the FL/beachy looking fabrics I need to head out to the coast. Heck, I'm only 30 mi inland!!!!
Looking forward to seeing what you've done so far..brought my bag of ties to work today thinking I'd get to them, done in 1/4 panels, even cut the background strips and background fabric but somehow got sidetracked, tomorrow's another day.
Thank you for the birthday wishes, it was a very nice day. My oldest son even asked if I wanted to get something to eat so had dinner with him (and he paid). Then my ex-husband even texted me Happy Birthday, that did surprise me.
Well, I looked at the blocks & decided there was too much background.
So I put 2 together, sewed on the diagonal, cut apart, and had these blocks that had 2 BG fabrics.
Have looked at those for a bit & still don't like them. Now I'm taking them all apart and I'm going to put a narrow sashing btwn the 2 triangle pieces and then also sash btwn the blocks. Hope to also use the sashing fabric to make the centers of the plates.
I'll be taking out seams for awhile. Of course I also used the small stitch setting!!!!!
Jean, check out this site, She live in TN where my granddaughter does and I just met her online. She said I could post her site here too. I think she'll be joining us, but look at what she has done with Dresdens.
Awwww.. Thanks for sharing my page... I am still having so much fun with my Dresden blades I have.. (Right now I have a whole basket of blades just waiting to be turned into... well... something... I keep it where I can see it when I am in my sewing room and every time I look at it I see something new.. Flowers, a path, maybe borders, Place mats (I have several orders for those they were a HUGE hit) maybe arrange them so it's like a maze using 1/4 plates.. so many FUN options!!!
What a wonderful sight and I am thrilled that you don't HIDE it!!!! It was so much fun wandering up and down and up and down your site. You are very creative and do so much in such a short time. I'm so impressed!!! And most of all - Welcome to our little corner of the world...Hope you will come often..
Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there. Would you believe, it's snowing again here?
Heidi, we do a lot of swaps in these forums. Right now a bunch are doing bird house blocks, I really wanted to play in that one but we were supposed to be moving so I was packing up my sewing room. Sale fell threw, so I could have but was too late by then.
I'm making quilted tree skirts for all my grands. I have 5 done and 10 to go so will be busy for a bit. Most swaps lately I requested Christmas fabrics so I could use them in the skirts. The next one is going to be a large Dresden Plate with smaller plates on each blade. At least I think so, I have it all worked out in my head. The quilting shop in LaFollette rents out time on their quilting machine, I would love to play with it sometime.
Hopefully soon I can get involved in a block swap thinggy.. Right now I have so many WIP's and orders that I have gotten.. Trying to get caught up on that.. (I've been working on planning and making the Owl quilt for my Sister FOREVER it feels like) My problem is I get to working on something and then strolling through the internet, get inspired and HAVE TO TRY IT NOW!!! So what ever it was that I was working on gets pushed back.. THEN i share my newest inspiration and it sells before I get done with the 4th block... Right now I have 4 WIP's that I have started and are already sold..
I have thought about renting the long arm machine at the Quilt Shop.. Ive even sat and watched them do a few when I go in there.. My problem is that I have "Instant Gratification Syndrome" and as soon as I get the quilt top done I just HAVE to quilt it right away... Don't want to wait.. I have so much fun doing the FMQ on my little machine (its my favorite part of making my quilts) for me it is so relaxing..
It's Mothers day which means its MY DAY!! so I am going to lock myself up in my sewing room listen to my audio books and have yet even more fun with FABRIC!!!! :0)
Welcome, welcome, welcome. I need to go check out your link ..putting on my list today for "the don't bug me time...it's Mother's Day". I do believe you will fit into the groups perfectly from reading what you posted. It describes many of us! Not naming any names...:-)
Have a wonderful Mother's Day all...even if you are mothers to 4 legged babies, they count too.
Kathy, I have following Sondra's progress...incredible.
I did see that Kathy, I think I filed it away for future reference,I'd love to make one from all those Christmas squares I got in the swap It's very similar to the swirl one I make, In fact, I'm just finishing one up now.
Heidi we call the WIP's UFO's we have a thread just for those.
LOL.. I have what I call WIP's - things that I am working on currently and then I have UFO's - Things I started and lost all inspiration to complete.. (those are in my closet just waiting for the inspiration to return)
Who did not give MOTHER Nature her gift today?? Drats, all year round I ad to my Mothers' day to do list , weather isn't conducive to being outside so have to take a raincheck..
Within a 1/2 hour we've had high winds, sleet, rain and snow..
Karen,getting photo's out of our Frankenmuth trip so I can share with Joyce ( joycet) when she and a few friends arrive Thursday. Looking forwrd to seeing you Christmas dresdens, are using the large Dresden!
Going to turn up the heat, put Jammie's back on and head downstairs and see if I can finish the black/white quilt on the fame . Am random quilting to gain experience, am hoping to graduate to something more intricate on the next quilt I put on the fame.
My friend Darlene picked up the Memory Tie Dresden throw I made for her mom, know it will be received with mixed emotions.
Let me add my "Happy Mother's Day". I think my kids are learning. My husband (their step father) let them know last year before my birthday that they really hurt me when they didn't even phone... this year I have had 2 out of 4 call and ask to take me to dinner when I'm back in Tri-Cities (TC).
Heidi WELCOME, I was hoping you would join us after I strolled thru your work online. Unfortunately, my WIPs quickly become UFOs.
I'm going to go outside and hopefully get an hour or two of work in. PLEASE pray I do not get called out AGAIN. It's been an exhausting week and DH has surgery on Tuesday.
I love what you did with the blocks Jean. It is unique for sure. Your fabric choices are so great. You have a wonderful sense of color and of what goes well with what. Did you machine sew or hand applique the plates?
Plates are sewn down along the very edge with a straight stitch & normal piecing thread. I used the "hens foot" stitch & blue poly thread (I know the heaven's quaked when I did that) for the centers.
The originals were just so many different fabrics, prints, & colors that using them whole just would ot come together, no matter what I did. I originally split them in 1/2 and that didn't work either. I"m glad you all approve of what I did.
If anyone else wants to try it, I'll share my "thinking/directions".
Just wanted to add my thanks Karen, didn't see the posting to join but you were all great in allowing me to follow on..did get hooked on all the beauties you were doing and ended up doing a dresden piece for each of the DIL's..one day will do a entire quilt with them
I think we were all a bit intimidated by this block until we "Had" to try it. When it became obvious that it really was easy we ended up with such beautiful blocks. I thank you too Karen for pushing us out of our comfort zone!!!
I need to try something with curves. I'm thinking of trying Drunkards Path just to see if I like it. Curves do intimidate me and I have not looked into any methods yet. Any suggestions?
Barb, I too like being pushed out of my comfort zone...curves definitely are in that group. Hummm, maybe that should be our next swap. A pattern with curves. That is the only way I will sit down and actually make myself learn something new. I know, bad me.
Thanks Karen. That looks like an easy way to make that block. But I want to learn how to sew curves. The closest I have come to that was with some paper pieced medallions that had to have background sewn around them. I know I can applique a circle to a background also but that won't teach me either. Maybe Drunkard's Path isn't the best block to learn with. Any suggestions anybody?
What about the apple core template. I bought one and have never used it. I can't even remember what size block it makes. But it won't be long now until I can put my hands on all my lovely sewing "stuff" again. Our daughter called to say that she and the family were heading up to Cocoa Beach for a weekend of swimming and relaxing at Camp Blackham. I know when we arrive the fridge will be stocked and there won't be a speck of dust to be found. Looking forward to seeing all the grandkids. I miss them, no fun baking when there's no one to share it with.