Thursday, May 6, 2010

Color Me Bright

I'm a girl who likes to use up scraps.

 
So when my Sister-in-law Brittany {totally amazing quilter - check out her blog!}, told me about a really easy dresden tool, I knew I had the perfect fabrics to try it out on.  A lot of these fabrics are left-over from my Mod Medallions quilt, some are from my Wagon Wheels quilt and I had to buy just a few to freshen up the stash a bit.

I'm roarin' to go on a {bright and modern} 12-block dresden quilt.  I'm excited and determined that this will not be a 5-year project. 

2 nights ago - I got all of the wedges cut out.

1 night ago - I got all of the ends folded in half and sewed together to create the tips.  Like this:


Today, I cut them all off the chain and will also cut off the inside corners so that my tips will lay flat.


Over the next few days I plan to get all of the wedges above looking like the wedges below.


So this wonderful little tool, makes dresden's easy!  Full instructions, a
tip-poker-outer-thing and the ruler were included for the cost of $9.99 {minus a 40% off coupon.}  I'm not scared anymore! :)  It was really fun!


See?  I've got one and a half done!


I'm still auditioning fabrics for my centers, but aqua was my first inclination.  Any thoughts on that?  How do you feel about the polka dot background?  Kind of crazy right?  I think I like it though.  This ain't your grandma's dresden plate quilt. 

Now, I better go get snippin' and ironing before I get sidetracked.
(And I know I will because I'm expecting a treat from the UPS man today!  Yay!)

28 comments:

L Johnson said...

Amber I like the brown polka dots and you dresden is beautiful, I think I might try a solid brown in the middle to see if it draws the eye to the dresden a bit more. I do like the aqua though.

trish said...

Beautifully done. I have not tried the dresden plate, but it is on my list. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Sewn With Grace said...

Love this, I have not tried a dresden plate yet either, but that tool makes me think I ought to!

Cara said...

It looks wonderful! I love the aqua

Catherine said...

Love the fabrics you're using and that polka dot background really makes them pop out! Might have to get one of those tools!

quiltytherapy said...

Love it. Great use of scraps. Can't wait to see more pics.

b davis said...

Gorgeous! I love everything. The background is so fun and fresh. You are amazing pumping those babies out. UPS man? LUCKY girl!

(and thanks for the little shout out - you are always so sweet to me)

Keri said...

Ambs, I love the fabrics, and I can't believe you said it might take you 5 years...you're always busting out projects in like a day! I like the aqua center. I also think pink or orange would be cute. And I LOVE the polka dot background. You know me...I like a little craziness. :)

CJ said...

I have the ruler but have not been motivated to try it out yet. I LOVE your bright dresdens!! I love the polka dot background (I never would have though of that!). You've inspired me to give it a try in the near future.

Summer :) said...

Very cute! :) I like the polka dots as the background it just pops the dresdens right out! That's great! :)

badlandsquilts said...

I love the dresden plate! I think I would use a stronger print than the aqua and one that is not in the dresden petals?

Mama Spark said...

Love it! I really like the polka dots. Reminds me a little of the Material Obsession quilts. That blog always has some crazy dresdens on it too. You go girl!!

Heather said...

OMGosh... we were totally twinsies!!! that's the same tool i used too... plus the park slope fabric!! how fantastic are we??? LOL :) i think i could handle a whole quilt out of these little babies too!! can't wait to see it finished! :)

Jackie said...

That tool is the best!! Love what you are doing with your dresden fabric and I love the background!

The Speckled Hen said...

Love the dots - go with the hot pink for the center.

Joyce said...

i love it. the colors are perfect.

Karyli said...

Love it! Love the aqua centers! Dresdens still scare me.

Barb said...

Oh wow!!! Love the colors...

Beverly said...

Amber, you have such an eye for color. It is going to be beautiful. Polka Dots and aqua center. Love it all.

Kim D. said...

Beautiful!! Love your fabrics choices!!

Sally said...

This is beautiful!

Pokey said...

Oo-o, Yummy! LOVE the colors, and your background! You are off to a very fun beginning....

Tasha Horsley said...

Hi Amber,

thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is great! What a beautiful banner! The dresden helper kit looks interesting and fun! Great fabrics too!:)

www.tashahorsley.typepad.com
(A Little Sweetness)

Tasha Horsley said...

oh and i meant to say i have always wanted to have pretty white pitchers!! they are so simple, yet beautiful.

have a great weekend!

Lizzie said...

Amber! I just sent your Christmas gift today. I know... better late than never. I did contribute to your habit. Tell RJ and the kiddies I said hello. Love, lizzie

Elizabeth said...

I've been thinking about doing a dresden quilt. Your tool looks so cool! I'm going to have to get one! Love your colors! The aqua in the center is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Crafty Chookie said...

Fantastic...I've never been a fan of the 'dresden plate' but you have made it look really good with your colour choice...Well done..
Cheers :-) Michelle

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Same same Amber. My machine looks just like that with those little chains of dresden points. I'm making them too. They are so fun.