Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dresden Plate quilt finished!

When it's hot outside, what else can you do but keep sewing? I've managed to get another project to completion. I think I said it before - well, I know I have - love this quilt. It's my current favorite; if you're allowed to have favorite quilts.In case you missed it - I showed how to make the blocks here. There were a few changes from the original plan. I switched to solid centers and decided to use all white for the backgrounds. I had planned on using a variety of pastels for the background, but intuition told me after a few blocks that it just wasn't going to be right. Intuition is never wrong!
I'm pretty pleased with the quilting. You may remember I decided to hand quilt the centers with perle cotton. It took a couple of attempts and some unstitching before I found the perfect design to use there. I love how it mimics the Dresden block itself.
I stippled the background after some straight line quilting in the sashing. I was stumped as to how to quilt the plates and started searching on flickr for ideas. I found this and this and it was super easy.
The backing is Soul Blossoms with a strip of the solids to make the length.
I also struggled with the binding. I spent at least an hour auditioning different fabrics, including solids and stripes. I flipped the backing over the edge and found it was perfect. And luckily I was able to use the excess backing for the binding.
I feel like this quilt and I have been on a long road together! But i've enjoyed every minute of it! I discovered this last night. You may think it's a polka dot at first glance, but I'm guessing it's a drop of red wine. (Caution - don't drink and quilt!). Not sure how to get that out. Hmm... maybe I'll just leave it there to remember the good times we've had together.

21 comments:

  1. It is absolutely beautiful, i think it might even be my current favourite quilt.
    I love everything about it, the colours, the corner (9 patch) stones, the quilting. It's stunning.

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  2. Beautiful! I love it! Good intuition!

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  3. I love this too!

    Hydrogen Peroxide took red wine out of my anthropologie rug when I had a spill.

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  4. It's just lovely. I love the bright colors against the white. Good choice.

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  5. This is absolutly beautyful. I love it! Everything about it. You've done great :-)

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  6. Stunning and I love the quilting pattern

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  7. It's all been said - what a truly stunning quilt! The front, the back, the nine-patches, the machine quilting, the hand quilting - all so harmonious and beautiful!

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  8. I LOVE this quilt! So bright and cheery! The colors remind me of Summer House. I have a Fat Cat Ruler on my shopping list - hoping I can find one at JoAnn's on Saturday while on our road trip! :D
    cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net

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  9. So fresh; the fabrics really pop! Congrats on the finish and being able to drink wine and quilt...I'm impressed (even if you did drip a bit, I'd have spilt the whole glass). ;)

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  10. Gorgeous rendition of an old favorite of mine. Love the bright modern colors and the print between the plates that sets them off so well. Great work! I am inspired by the new bright colors...Thank you

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  11. So pretty! I love those 9 patches!

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  12. Your quilt is stunning! I love the colors and how you have quilted it. Love the 9 patch in the sashing too.

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  13. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous! Love it!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  14. Can hardly take my eyes off of it, Cindy. Lovely!

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  15. What a beautiful quilt! I love your quilting and the perle in the centre of your plates is such a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Everyone said it all.. I can't top it all they said. Awesome everything! Made me want to make my own! Wooowwwww!

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  17. Gorgeous I love your colors. I just found your blog, love your work!

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  18. It's so beautiful!!! Congratulations on a great finish. :)

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