Friday, January 25, 2013

Dare to Dresden + Giveaway

So do you "Dare to Dresden"?  I do, along with many others.  Today is the second day of a GREAT Hop and it is also MY day.    First I want to give a BIG Thank you to Christine from Monster in my Closet and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for all their hard work in making this all happen.

I started by digging into my stash and trying to figure out what I was going to make.  I had so many ideas at that time.  I decided to start with this fabric:



I decided to fussy cut a pretty pink rose fabric to show it off in my Dresden.




I decided to make one full Dresden in the center of my square and partial ones in each corner.  I also drew a small rose bud to be embroidered.   Here is the patterns that I drew:




After the Dresden was in the center, I added a 3/4 inch dark green boarder and set it diagonally.  I sewed pink fabric on each side of that to square.  Then added the partial Dresden to each corner.  I sewed them all on by hand.  When completed, I drew my rose bud pattern in the corners of the center block and hand embroidered them at this time. Then added a 1 1/2 inch pink boarder around it all. 

To quilt it, I did echo around all the Dresden's and in the ditch in the dark green boarder and outer boarder. 
  

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I hand sewn a burgundy binding on to match the center of the Dresden's.  Total size is 24 1/2" X 24 1/2"

THEN, I got another idea.  I seen this article in a quilt magazine the other week.  (I have a habit of glancing at some of the magazines while waiting in line to get checked out at the local store.)  I don't remember what magazine it was, but I did a quick note to myself and wrote down the designers name.  Her name is Anelie Belden and she had a great idea of another way to use the Dresden Pattern.  Course, like anything else, I have to do it my way.  Some say that I can't follow directions.  Some say I think "out of the box" too much.  Anyway, I came up with this:

Again, I dug into my fabric and I pulled out every red and white fat quarters that I could find.

       

I also drew my own patterns for what I decided to make:




I cut 1 1/2" squares and 1 1/2" X 3" strips along with my Dresden pattern.




Then sewed them all together to make a heart:


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Hay, so far so good, I think!  I turned under all the edges and hand sewn my heart to a large white piece of fabric.  Then cut out my letters and 3 different sized hearts to go around.  I laid them out where I wanted and pressed in place.  Those I machine appliqued on.  After I had it all on.  I cut to the size that I thought looked good and proceeded to layer and quilt.

I machine quilted in an all over random pattern on both the inside and the outside of the heart.  I did two lines on the inside of the heart.  Well, here it is:   



Total size is:   18" X 25"

I had always enjoyed making the Dresden pattern.  My first Dresden quilt was actually the second quilt that I had ever made.  I did the whole thing by hand, including the quilting.




Total size is 96" X 82"  -  I gave this one to my mother.

Well by coincidence,  we moved to Dresden, TN.  I then made another Dresden quilt.  This one was also all done by hand including the quilting.




This one is a total size is 96" X 92".  I gave this one to my Mother-in-law.

I can predict more Dresden's in the future.  They are a lot of fun to make and you can do so much with them.   In Fact.....PLEASE, don't stop here, go see more Dresden's.  Below is a list of all the other quilters that blogged today.  Just click on their name to see their beautiful projects.


But don't stop there.....here is next weeks schedule.  You really don't want to miss a one.
January 28th, 2013
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
January 30th, 2013
Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”
January 31th, 2013

Now, all of you know Missouri Quilt Shop, right??  Well, they gave me 6 Great Fat quarters to give to one lucky person.  



This is a GREAT quilt shop, that has some really great prices on everything.  Check them out at:   http://www.missouriquiltco.com/  And keep going back daily to see their daily specials.  It will definitely be worth it.  You know, you can NEVER have enough fabric.

To enter the giveaway for the above fat quarters is easy.  Just be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment.   That is it!!  Then on the eve of February 1st I will let Random.com pick a lucky winner out.  It will be posted right here on February 1st.  

So Good luck to you all and till then,

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE


To get special designed quilts or to see my gallery, check out my site at: http://janesquilting.com

112 comments:

Martina said...

Beautiful works. Love them very much. And I am a happy follower!

Kim West said...

all of your dresdens are very pretty!!! I especially love the valentine's one!

Anita said...

Love the embroidery and your Valentine's quilt!

Farm Quilter said...

Look at creative you making a heart using your Dresden pattern!! Beautiful quilts...all of them and I can't believe you hand quilted and then gave away your other two Dresdens! I follow you by email.

Die Butjenterin Abschnitt said...

Your Dresden Plate are beautiful and the Hard is sweet.

tubakk said...

So beautiful work you've done. I love your Valentine quilt. And I'm your follower too.

Sunshine Girl said...

They are all so stunning and how lovely to have sat and sewed them all by hand too. Love the valentine one - so creative. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Your heart is fantastic, what a great and inventive idea.

Nati said...

Great projects, thanks for sharing and the chance to win

charlotte said...

Love all your lovely Dresdens. Your Valentine is awesome!

Lavonna ZWB said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts with us!

Chiska said...

I love your valentine! Thanks for sharing it.

Gill said...

What great dresdens! I love the heart! How about a 'heart-a-long' ready for Valentines Day!!
I'm a happy follower!

Jeanie said...

Your dresdens are wonderful! So much love has been put into those quilts....treasures for a lifetime! Thanks for sharing!

Thearica said...

Love your dresdens! The heart is really cute! Great job!

Brenda said...

Lovely Dresdens. I like the Valentine one a lot..very creative. I am a new follower.

Mommarock said...

Wow you got so much done! And they are fantastic. I love Dresden quilts, and I have still not got any done. I didn't think to make them without the quilt ruler, and now hmmmm I realize it is possible. YAY. So much quilting to do so little quiltin time.

Sowing Stitches said...

Dresdens and hearts.....oh my!
Both are just lovely!! :)

Britt-Inger said...

Your Dresden are so beautiful. And the Valentine quilt is super cute. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I do follow....You did great work on your Dresdens..love the heart

Madame Samm said...

your heart is filled with yours...lovely dresdens...you dared and you did it ...wow

Charlene S said...

Thinking out of the box is a sign of a creative person. If no one did that, we would still be in the stone age.

Joyce said...

What a beautiful job..the Valentine is my favorite. I am a new follower!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

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Barb said...

You've definitely got the Dresdens down pat. I like them all.

Cherilyn said...

Love your dresdens! That heart is so cute! I am a happy follower on GFC!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

LOVE your Dresdens, especially your super cute Valentines! Absolutely beautiful!
I'm a new follower - thank you for the giveaway - and I LOVE Missouri Star, I make sure to check their daily deals every day! (just bought a layer cake on sale from them last night, actually!)
Thanks for sharing!

Gwen said...

I'm a follower and I love what you've done with the Dresdens--both the rose one and the heart. I especially love the nice touch the rose embroidery gives.

Kasey said...

A city named Dresden- how fun! Do you watch Jeopardy? There was a quilt category last night!!! Your quilts are gorgeous, and I am beyond impressed that you did the two big ones all by hand. Amazing!

patchouli moon studio said...

Lovely dresdens all of them.

Linda said...

What a great idea! A Dresden heart for Valentine's Day! I love it! The quilt is also beautiful!
( I am a long time follower!)

Vivian said...

After this hop, I think we will all "heart" Dresdens! Love the V-Day hanging and kudos on your two bed quilts (all hand done!!).

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Thanks for daring to Dresden!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Very pretty indeed :)

Scrapatches said...

Your Dresdens are beautiful! I particularly love your Valentine one. Thanks for sharing. I am a follower ... :) Pat

Sandra said...

Like your projects

Patty said...

Your quilts are so pretty. I always grin when I read your blog and was glad to see that the gal from Dresden was in the blog hop. Of course I am a happy follower. Love to see your pretties.

Cecilia said...

Beautiful quilts! Your wallhanging is pretty too. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Wonderful dresdens. I especially
love the valentine dresden. What a great idea.

Judy B said...

What a fantastic Valentine Dresden! Love all your others too. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

vicki said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Joyce Carter said...

Oh Jane! Your quilts are so beautiful!! I love the way you added the embroidered roses to the first one. It really adds so much to it. And the heart- shaped one--WOW! What can I say!It is truly beautiful. I know your mother and mother-in-law really cherishes the one you made for them. You are so talented.
Thanks for the giveaway. I am already a follower.

2MuchFun said...

Thank you for sharing.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: I typed up a comment and it got lost in cyber space I guess.
I adore all of your creations. Love the roses dresden, and the valentine is marvelous
I have been following for a long time and really enjoy your blog immensely

Tammy said...

I'm a follower. I love love love teh valentines day quilt. They all turned out beautiful. But the Valentines one is my favorite of all. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

SIMPLESEW said...

I love the heart, gonna pin it for Valentines.. beautiful. I always buy from MQC, on their great deals..

Rosa said...

Fabulous.It`s hard to choose only one.Love all them and your V-wallhanging is a great idea.Great job.!!

I`m a happy follower.Thanks

mary mahoo said...

Lovely Jane,,as usual! I always love seeing your emails pop up in my inbox! Thanks for the chance to win.

Christine L said...

Those are ALL beautiful Dresden's! I am sure your Mom and MIL BOTH love their Dresden Quilts! What lovely gifts! Thank you so much for participating in the hop and adding next week's schedule. Hugs and Happy Hopping!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Your Valentine's Day wall hanging has me swooining with jealousy- WOW!

kathy said...

All your work is just beautiful. The heart is breath taking. I'm so glad I found your site.
Kathy

kathy said...

All you work is just beautiful. I'm so glad I found your blog. The heart is outstanding.
Kathy

Linda said...

I am a follower, well done lovely dresden plate.

Linda J said...

Following on sage feeds but I don't know if that counts. Anyway, I love your heart idea with the dresden plates blade---clever!

The quilts you made are lovely as well.

SpartanBabe said...

Holy cannoli! Look at all those dresdens! What a great variety to show us :o) the rounded ends still freak me out a little bit, but I did dare to dresden and I liked it! Thanks for sharing :o)

Myself said...

Your projects are perfect! Loved the quilted heart- going to try it! I'm your follower, Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lisa said...

I'm a follower of your blog! Such cute stuff!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

BizyStitches said...

Nice designs, thanks for the giveaway, these are my favorite, civil war. Thanks

BizyStitches said...

I am a follower.

Unknown said...

I especially like your heart! That really turned out nicely. I have done the dresden plate a couple of time, but have not done a whole quilt. Thanks for such a great give-away. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Vicki H said...

Beautiful quilts. How special that you hand quilted for your mom and mil. Thanks for sharing.
vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Michelle said...

Beautiful quilts! And I love the Valentines variation :)

Amy Campbell said...

The Dresden plate pattern is beautiful!
I'm a new follower.
Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

JudyCinNC said...

Wonderful Dresdens and your Valentine Dresden is so unique and inspiring. Thank you from Judy C in NC

LJ said...

I am a follower. What can I say...just wonderful! Each of your projects is so creative. "Happy Valentine's Day to you." That is my favorite!

barbara woods said...

they are pretty and i follow you

Diane Swett said...

Hi I'm a follower I love your dresdens.

Vickie said...

OK Miss Jane, I am now your follower. I would have joined even if you weren't having a giveaway! Your Mom was lucky, what a labor of love!

gpc said...

You've been busy! Love them all -- love the hearts, LOVE the pink roses!

lynaeve said...

thanks for the chance! I'm a follower

Mimi said...

Beautiful creations - the embroidery is lovely!! I follow you via GFC!!

Jeneta said...

I am a follower. Your Dresden quilts are beautiful!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Beautiful work. What a fun idea for a heart. Why I heart it!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love the Valentine's Dresden!

Lyndsey said...

Very pretty Dresdens and I love your valentine dresden.

Val Spiers said...

i have always admired dresden projects. Your quilts look amazing. I love the fussy cut roses too. I am now a follower and can't wait to win :)

Emily C said...

Love the dresden quilt. very nice.

DeAnna S. said...

Enjoyed reading your blog. Great Dresden projects. I simply love the heart..wonderful idea and very creative! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy H said...

I am a happy follower. Great dresdens. I want to try making some. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the valentine too.

Just Quilt It said...

I love your Dresden projects. The rose fabric is beautiful and made a lovely pattern. I loved the embroidery you did around it. I also loved your Dresden heart--and your original Dresden quilts. Thank you for sharing and for the give-away!

Nikita said...

beautiful quilt! and i love miss. star quilt co.

quiltma said...

I love your Valentines Heart.
And I'm a new follower.

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Beautiful dresdens and fat quarters. Thanks for sharing!

lefuntz said...

Two hand quilted dresden quilts and yet I'm more impressed with your heart. Love the creativity of it as well as the colors. And I Love Missouri Star. They do have great deals!

Just Carol said...

Your Dresden quilts are so beautiful--and hand quilted no less! Wow! The Valentine one is so creative and such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy's Chatter said...

I am a follower. Love your creativity! I am impressed with the number of dresdens you have made! Thanks for sharing.

MaryBeth said...

I love your heart - I've never thought of using Dresden fans in that manner - very clever of you!!

Diann said...

I really like that you added embroidery to your Dresden block. It's so pretty.

Needled Mom said...

I'm a new follower. I just love the Valentine's quilt. That is so clever. The other Dresdens are great too.

OhioLori said...

Love your Quilts!!! And 'specially the Heart forValentine's Day! Soooo creative!!

I'm already a follower of your Blog too, thru GFC.

Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! :)

sandra said...

Your Dresden quilts are all beautiful. What a creative lady and nobody can think out of the block to much. I really adored your Heart one the best because it was so different.

usagypsy said...

I love your valentine Dresden! So original! The quilt you made your mom is just beautiful! I made my aunt a huge quilt that was grandmother's fan. I think that was my second quilt ever. Though I did it on machine.

quiltmom said...

I think your heart is sweet - perfect for Valentine's Day.
I love the Missouri quilt shop tutorials - lots of fun projects.
I follow you on facebook and on your blog.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
Warmest regards from Alberta,
Anna

Pamela said...

I absolutely love your Valentine's Day wall hanging. It is fabulous. And your other quilts...all by hand. So amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Jane, your dresden quilts are adorable, beauties!!!
Thanks for the chance to win, I do follow your blog.
Bente
I like to QuiltBlog

Julie said...

Your heart is stunning and your quilts are so beautiful!

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Teri said...

I love the valentine wall hanging......the bed quilts are beautiful and I'm sure your mother in law....loved the one you made her....great giveaway...thanks.

Lyn said...

I enjoyed all of your Dare to Dresden! Thanks for being part of the hop.

Shell said...

Love your heart and the beautiful quilts. So very glad you are in this blog hop.

Quilt n Queen said...

Jane, you are the 'Queen of Dresden quilts'. They are all beautiful and it is safe to say....you will be making more Dresdens. Thanks for sharing in the hop! I follow you via GFC. Happy stitching, Pauline

Sewgirl said...

I love your Valentine quilt! What a clever way to incorporate the dresden plates! And I love the Missouri Star quilt store...have had great success purchasing there!

Suze said...

The Valentine quilt is adorable. I had no idea there is Dresden, TN. Not that I know many towns in TN even though I have been to TN a few times. It is fitting to have Dresdens if you live there, eh? Thank you for participating and taking time in this busy world to share your talent and creativity and inspire not only me but also many, many others, I'm sure.

carla said...

Hi!!! WOW!!! I love the heart!!! Beautiful!!! The rest of them are amazing too!!! Glad you get out of the box!!! Thank You

hueisei said...

Beautiful Dresden quilts. I am a follower :D

Ellie Q said...

So impressed that you did all that hand stitching and quilting...wow! But I love the valentine's day design best.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

The roses and heart are amazing and then WOW you handstitched it all?? WOW!
Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.
I am a follower.

Wendy said...

I love your heart Dresden, it's so unique!

Leah said...

Beautiful dresdens! The heart is very clever. Thanks for sharing.

Frances said...

Love your "old" dresdens. All ready for Valentines too. Nice idea.

Katherine said...

Lots of Dresden eye candy! Wow. Love that dresden heart.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love all your Dresden's but the heart is just amazing! Great job! I am a happy follower too. ;-)