Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dare to Dresden ... with ME!

Hello hello!  Long time no see.  But I have been busy in my sewing room!  My latest finish is what I get to share for the Hop today!  First I want to say - Christine from Quilt Monster in My Closet and Mdm Samm from Sew We Quilt - ROCK!  You are experiencing another fantastic Blog Hop put together and cheered by them.  And, as for cheering, don't forget to visit the rest of the fantastic bloggers that I am sharing my day with and show them some bloggy love:
When I saw that there was a Dresden Blog Hop happening, I knew I had to jump in.  I had purchased an Easy Dresden Ruler a while ago after seeing a few blogs and tuts (like this one, this one, and this video) that made Dresdens VERY intriguing.  So, a hopping I went :o)
I pulled a charm pack out of the back of my fabric cabinet and picked up a neutral background for whatever was going to come out of this unknown adventure.  Followed the instructions from a few tuts and voila!  Easy peasy blades - 80 of them.  20 make a plate, so I figured I could make three whole plates and put the four quarters of the fourth into the corners of a table runner.  For each blade, I pointed the bottom as well since I wanted to leave the inside of the plate open to see the background.  Inspired by *surprise* Melissa Corry's quilt here.
Yeah, my math never was great and it didn't do me much good here.  So, I only had room for the three whole plates.  Cool - off I went!  I stitched with coordinating thread around the outside of each plate, then the inside as well.  Then, just for some fun, I stitched down a couple blades on each plate.
 After I got them stitched down, I made my sandwich and brok two nails basting the durned thing.  Had a little trouble with the quilting - I forgot to take the painters tape off my machine table and kept getting the backing caught.  Luckily, the quilting is the same color as the background and I can't see the goofiness unless you're really looking.
I bound the whole thing in the same color as the background during lunch at work and hung it on my blinds to take the final pics.  I think I like the way it looks on my sewing table though... :o)
I am going to use the rest of my background fabric and the remaining plate pieces to make a couple placemats, haven't decided on two or four yet.  I don't know when that will happen...definitely before our quilt show this Fall, I want to put them out together.
Thanks for sharing with me today - my project isn't as inspired as some of the other projects - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G - that my fellow bloggers are putting out, but I had a lot of fun and definitely know I will be making more in the future.
Have fun on the hop and at the other blogging sites.
woof, woof, meow

83 comments:

  1. Beautiful table runner! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Very Pretty! I love that you pointed the bottom... very inspiring to me!!

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  3. I REALLY like your Table Runner idea! Your project is Fantastic!! Thank you for participating. Hugs and Happy Hopping *wink*.

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  4. Super table runner!!! I love the effect your blade points make on the inner circle - really cool!!!

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  5. Oooh its a great table runner! I love the colours you have used and the extra blade points make it stand out too. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Ooh I haven't seen a pointed bottom before that is a great idea, looks fantastic - love your table runner, the fabrics are lovely.

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  7. Lovely dresdens thanks for sharing!

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  8. Great dresdens! I'm going to have to find a dresden ruler - I'd love to have a go!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Lovely job. Thank you for sharing today.

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  10. Hi, Spartan Babe! Love how you also sewed the bottom of the dresden wedges so you have double points! Have to try that sometime. Your table runner is beautiful and I like that you didn't add extra fabric borders - the blocks are done and they didn't want any competition! Thanks for sharing today.

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  11. Nice looking dresdens! I can see that they could become addictive. Thanks!

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  12. Your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

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  13. super duper dresdens...I can see you are on a trip that has no end...great job

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  14. How fun! You've inspired me to make seasonal dresden table runners!!! :)

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  15. Your dresdens are beautiful. I enjoyed your story. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Great quilt to be, love the way you made the inner circle is done.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  17. I really love your colors!! Very nice!

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  18. It looks pretty amazing to me! I'm still trying to work up the nerve to try a Dresden! :)

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  19. It can dress up my table any time! Some times simple is prettier than complex! It is beautiful.

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  20. What a pretty runner! You did such a good job on this!

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  21. If you ask me any dresden is an amazing dresden! Perfect for your table. :) blessings, marlene

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  22. Im usesless with math too...lol. I really like the color of your runner...dresdens look wonderful

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  23. That's a nice touch to keep the center open. Very clever. Great job!

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  24. Your Dresdens are just wonderful! Pointing the bottoms of the blades was such a great idea...I love the look it gives the blocks!

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  25. Rosemary B here:
    I love your dresdens. Love the colors and the nifty open center. gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your process and results!
    well done!

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  26. Your Dresden runner is beautiful! I love the colors and placemats would look great with the runner. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. A fun runner! Love the Double Dresden design, thanks for sharing the design you found!

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  28. Lembre-se estas placas são tão viciantes quanto os meus hexágonos...agora que começou,não para mais.Mas vamos combinar?Nada é melhor que a diversão de trabalhar e ver pronto.Vá fazer o seu jogo americano,sua colcha,pegador de panela e até um agulheiro...Está pronta????Vamos que vamos. tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  29. Very pretty tablrrunner! I love dresden plate placemats. These will be a wonderful addition to any table. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  30. I like your runner. Very pretty. I like the colors.

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  31. Beautiful! and I love your puppies - we had a pointer growing up, and my hubs and I have a chocolate lab now :) Both wonderful breeds!

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  32. I like it ! (Said with much enthusiasm )

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  33. Love the colors! You did a fantastic job!

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  34. Well Annie Oak...you got me at the Dresden plates...those are beautiful. GREAT JOB!

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  35. Great minds think alike! I used Melissa Corry's dresden tutorial to help me too! Love how yours came out too!

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  36. This does have a fall feel to it! Very pretty.

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  37. It turned out very well. You did a very good job.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I just want to say you're awesome. I love you and want to quilt like you. THat's all. <3

    Muchas smoochas!

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  39. Your table runner is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  40. Love it and the colors are awesome.

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  41. Love your table runner. The colors are beautiful and I especially like the way you made the bottoms pointed as well. Very cool! I am going to try this the next time I make these blocks. thanks for sharing.

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  42. Just lovely! Runners are like the perfect project aren't they?

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  43. The colors are wonderful and so is your Dresdens. Thanks from Judy C in NC

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  44. Love the colours, fabulous dresdens.

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  45. I liked the way the centers look with the points - great idea! I'm going to check out those other tuts, too.

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  46. Lovely runner , you can't beat the dresdans to make a lovely block ,thanks for sharing.

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  47. That is a very cute runner and placemats would look great in those blocks.

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  48. I just love the fall colors. Your runner and placemats would look great at my house. LOL Thanks for sharing for you did a beautiful job.

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  49. Very nice runner. I love the effect when you make the points on the inside as well as the outside. Yes, I know Melissa Corry did it first-I liked it when she did it too. I'm going to have to try it.

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  50. The colors are very pretty. I love the runner.

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  51. I absolutely love your colors.

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  52. I like your cozy country colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Very pretty! Sorry about your nails! I hate it when that happens :)

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  54. Love your colors and two pointy ends per blade. Would never have thought about doing that.

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  55. Love your take on the Dresden. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Dont put yourself down. This is very pretty. Sometimes simple is nicer than fancy.

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  57. youre dresdens are gorgeous, I love your fabric choise fits this traditionel pattern just perfect.

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  58. Love the table runner.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  59. OH my goodness - your project is inspiring. I love the color choices. Such a pretty runner.

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  60. Very inspiring to someone like me who is a beginner. I love the way you places the colors since the red look like they jump around!

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  61. I like the points that you put on the bottom. It takes it up a whole new level. Great runner.

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  62. Very nice! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  63. Your table runner is amazing...luv how you pointed both ends...how did I miss that from Melissa's blog. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  64. Beautiful! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  65. I love the way you pointed both ends of the blades. That is not something I had noticed before. That is very intriguing to me. I like that for a change from the circle in the middle. Someone had placed a square in the middle. I really like the points on each end of the blades.

    A beautiful job. I hope you post a picture of your place mats with the table runner. The colors are outstanding. Thank you for taking time to participate and inspire us.

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  66. Beautiful. I absolutely love your colors!

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  67. Beautiful table runner. Great range of colors. Thanks so much for participating in the hop.

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  68. Pretty table runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. your dresdens look great! I LOVE the fact you've pointed the inside of the blades too, they look fab

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  70. Your blocks are beautiful. Love the spikes in the center circle.

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  71. Great dresdens! The palette is soothing and restful. Very nice!

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