Monday, April 25, 2011

Christmas Dresdens

If you would have asked me a couple years ago how I felt about Dresden Plate quilts blocks, I would have told you that I had absolutely no interest in making them.  The looks of them didn't excite me all that much and they seemed a little daunting to put together.  Just not my style.  That was, until my SIL introduced me to the EZ Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman.)  These dresdens were actually really fast and fun and super simple to make! 

So, I got started on  this (it's still a WIP).  And another one (it's still a WIP).   And this.  Are you seeing a trend here?

But wait!  I actually finished one!  Several weeks ago!
I can't believe I forgot to show you!
Here she is.  My Christmas Dresden Plates. 
(don't mind me, I'm always a few months behind :)


Kaylene Parry (from My Little Quilting Shoppe) did the quilting for me.


I love that I'm not biased this time!


Do you ever finish a quilt and regret a fabric choice? I know I have done that many times. But with this quilt, I actually felt good about all of it (that is rare). I was excited about the colors and happy with the way everything turned out. I love the binding and thought the back was kinda fun too (can I say that?)  Thank goodness it turned out so different from what I originally thought of doing for it (see this post for where it all started...) 

(Finished quilt measures 52" square)

I haven't washed it yet though.
Didn't even prewash my fabrics.
Are you scared for me (with all of that red, white and green)???

I'm not.
These are a quilting girl's best friend:


Have you heard of them?  They've treated me really well, so far.
I've thrown a few of the sheets in the wash with my polka dot quilt, my zig zag quilt and my Candy Hearts quilt ~ and never had a problem with bleeding!

So that's one less thing I have to worry about.
Now, I gotta jet, I've got one last pattern to write up
(and it needs to be done TODAY).

~Amber

40 comments:

RenegadeQuilter said...

LOVE IT!!!!

b davis said...

That turned out so cute. I love the white sashing. How big is it? You are so good at finishing up your quilts! And you are not behind with Christmas - you are now ahead of the game. :)

Impera_Magna said...

I've never had any interest in Dresden plates.... until recently..... and your quilts are feeling the fire!

*lol*

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh my! What a beautiful quilt! I too have never really felt the need to make Dresdens, but I think you have just converted me! Fabulous! Just added the Color Catcher sheets to my shopping list too! Thanks so much!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Yes, it did turn out cute! Love that tiny green plaid. :)

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

So very, very pretty. I still have a Dresden UFO from waaayyyy back in middle school...can you believe an UFO can be around that long? ~Kelly

Nicky said...

If it were my quilt I think I'd want it to be Christmas now! I'm glad I'm not the only serial project starter - this year with the help of my blog I'm trying to make it a year of finishes! Wish me luck or give me encouragement - I need both. Well done you - that is one peppermintylicious quilt!

Alisa said...

It's beautiful!

Mommarock said...

Swoon! I love your fabric choices.. on all of your quilts.. I think they are super wonderful. I was thinking how great you were at it.. when I read that on occasion you regreted some fabric choices.. and was quite surprised.. I think you are especially wonderful at choosing your fabrics.. and perhaps I will have to ask your opinion on fabric choices on more than one occasion in the future if that is okay.. :) keep on truckin!!

Myrna said...

I must say that I was in the same boat with the dresden's until now! Your quilt is beautiful, and I might even give it a try...only with the ruler though!!

Anita said...

I love this quilt!

Bailey said...

Hey, you're several months early if you ask me!! I haven't been a fan of the dresden look either, but I have to say, I do love it in the red/green/white Christmas combo! Perhaps someday I'll cross over. Your quilt is absolutely lovely. Will have to try the color catchers - thanks!

Brita said...

Everything, especially the binding!, works so beautifully together. Love it!

Brita said...

I just love the checkered look of the binding -- it all turned out perfectly. Great quilt!

Betty Lou said...

Love your Christmas Dresden----I think I have that ruler, going to check now and get busy making some dresdens. Sometimes the old quilt patterns just look new again.

Jennifer D said...

I love it! You are eight months early by the way ;0)

Life In A Pink Bunny Suit said...

Shout Color Catchers are my friend...never had an issue with color running...

Needled Mom said...

So pretty. It reminds me of peppermint candy.

Connie said...

It's great, Amber! It looks so crisp and fresh, and I love the border! Love, Mom

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the candy cane binding.

Cynthia said...

You are a ROCKSTAR. I love it! I've never had a desire to make a Dresden plate...until now. Thanks for giving me one more idea for a quilt I may never have time for!

Maree: said...

Dresden Plate is one of my all time Favourite Block...I Absolutely Love these in this Xmas Quilt...just Stunning.
We have those Colour Catcher's here in Oz too I couldn't live without them just for normal washing...
cheers

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! Those fabrics and colors you chose look fantastic together. Stunning!

free indeed said...

So pretty! I love it! I want to make large plates as chargers....maybe dual sided fall and christmas....we have a large family and it is constantly growing so I'm alittle daunted by how many I actually need...but they would be lovely.

Barb said...

Oh my gosh...totally love your quilt!!

Susan said...

That Dresden Plate quilt is so pretty!! Beautiful job you did with it!

Debi said...

This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the prints, have always loved dresdens, the cute binding....LOVE it! Great job! I haven't used the D.Z. tool yet but now I see I'm going to have to, SOON! Thanks for sharing!
Debi

Roos said...

It looks great Amber,your not behind you looked forward and finished it in time;o)
I use the collorcatchers too however at the start I didn't believe that they would work, but they did.
Roos

Joy said...

Omigosh I love that. Anyone who thinks quilts are old fashioned should take a look at that. So modern.

Jennifer Blosser said...

Very cute! Love the colors.

Hugs & stitches,
Jennifer

badlandsquilts said...

That is just so stinkin cute! I love it!

Sewn With Grace said...

Love, love, love the quilt and thank you for the tip about the washing machine sheets. Will get some for sure!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I am not a quilter, but I have so enjoyed looking through your blog at the gorgeous things you've made and I would love to try some of your recipes. Thank you! Twyla

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Dresden Plate has been on my list for awhile, now this is so stinkin cute, I have to get busy.

Thimbleanna said...

Eeeekkkk!!! It's ADORABLE!!!!

LynCC said...

Hi! I surfed here from A Cutting Edge - what an amazing Christmas Dresden!! I'm in LOVE. I'm going to have to make a Christmas Dresden, too, but I probably won't get enough projects finished to do it before next year.

And the non-bias binding is so perfect for it. :D

Wendy said...

Your red and green Dresden plates are absolutely gorgeous. I'm so hooked on these.

Michele said...

Absolutely amazing! Love the fun colors and patterns! This makes me want to quilt!!

LoriM said...

I finished one recently, too, but used Joanna Figueroa's method of "lollipops". It's so addicting. I made mine with a jelly roll plus a charm pack, and then solids for yardage. I have already bought another set to start one. http://islandtimequilting.blogspot.com/2014/05/fabulous-finish.html

Amber Johnson said...

LoriM,

Oh how fun! Yours looked really cute. They are addicting, aren't they? I love dresden plates!

Happy quilting!
Amber