For those of you who don’t me well, I’m going to tell you a secret… I’ve never met a Dresden I didn’t like…
When I first got into quiltnetting (checking out quilts and quilters on the net) and discovered swaps, I was frustrated that most involved mass producing pieced blocks, usually in a tight timeframe that didn’t suit my snail’s pace hand-piecing.
Being the little control freak that I am, I jumped in and organised an international handpiecing swap. What block could we make? Well, Dresden’s of course. We just swapped plates, in the colour scheme selected by each member, making one block a month. Leaving it up to everyone to choose their own backgrounds. We made Dresdens in brights, 30s reproduction, pink/green, red/green – discovered that mauve means a different thing in the US than Oz, as does homespun! Mum choose greys and apricots (at least her quilt has made to the basted quilt top stage), and I chose browns and creams (my blocks are in a pizza box somewhere in my own version of the Wardrobe*** from the Lion, the Witch and the…)
Then on QDU I organised a couple of swaps, again – just plates no backgrounds – first time people made 1930s, hand-dyes or scrappy. 2nd year we had red/green and christmas prints. You can see aubirdwoman’s quilt she made from the scrappy dresden swap, which featured in a magazine in 2007. It was her Scot who saved the day by drafting a template so we could make the Dresden’s in the ‘you beaut’ easy peasy machine way described here. Though interestingly, though we sent everyone the same template, the plates varied hugely in size!
Between us Mum and I also have another couple of Dresden’s on the go, including some giant ones made with 40s/50s era prints I bought online.
SO…. when someone was selling a kit of Robyn Pandolph fabrics, with background fabrics, several completed plates and lots of precut petals and a metal template – guess what I did?
I didn’t like the background fabric, well not for these blocks anyway. And unpicked the machine pieced blocks and cut out more petals from the remaining fabric and slowly over the last 18 months or so, I’ve picked them and put them down again. I’ve now completed 20 plates, just need to find a background fabric (thinking a pale cream, as the lighter colours brightens these prints up a little, whereas a dark cream really dulls them down) and want to find a soft blue for the centres and a simple sawtooth inner border – no sashing – and a wide plain white border – thinking just cross hatching?
*** I swear my spare bedroom wardrobe leads to Narnia as I don’t seem to ever get to the end of the fabrics and projects that materialise out of there!
Psst… don’t tell anyone… but over the holidays I spent a day watching BBC Jane Austen movies and cutting out 4 petals from about 60 different 1930s fabrics! Just in case, I need something do… lol And I’ve just found this gorgeous framed Dresden on Bloomin Blog – My name is Frou, and I am a Dresden addict!