Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've Dared to Dresden

Welcome to day one of the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop brought to you by M.Samm of Sew we Quilt and Christine from Quilt Monster in my Closet our wonderful cheerleaders for this event.

I have been quilting for maybe 20 plus years and in all that time I never have Dared to Dresden.  The notice came out for this Hop and I couldn't resist the challenge. I had no idea what I wanted to do but decided that Valentines day was the next event so I went with the reds. Using the Missouri Quilts tutorial that M. Samm suggested I was off.


I am happy to say that I put the spokes together the first time and the circle was flat.  I did find that I needed to slow down considerably from my usual break neck speed.  Bless that speed regulator on my machine. I am generally not a quilter who is into accuracy, as in I will never do a Mariners Compass.


I generally stick to pieces large enough to stretch or squish into submission at corners that may need to sorta match.  So flat was an unexpected bonus.  My Dresden Measures 12 inches across and my table topper measures in at 19 across.   I was also thrilled that when all was said and done it finished square.  I don't know if it shows up well in the picture but when I put it on my table on point my table has a seam and a straight line in the design that would show unsquare immediately.


I did some very simple outline quilting with my machine to complete the project.  

Please stop by and visit the other very talented participants for today and the rest of the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

January 24th2013



105 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Mine is Valentine's themed too. Check it out on the 25th:)

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  2. Oh, love it! Good for you in challenging yourself and thank you for sharing.

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  3. Very pretty Valentine Dresden. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  4. Love the reds in your Dresden! Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Very nice,i like your colours!

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  6. Lovely, I like all the different red prints that you've used.

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  7. Red and white always makes a great quilt! Nice job on the Dresden - tough to slow down for sure!!! You now have a lovely wall hanging to enjoy for years!

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  8. What a great table topper for Valentines Day. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  9. Well done, the only dresden plate I have sewn was by hand many, many years ago ... not sure if I would try again
    Judy

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  10. Fabulous! I've never made a dresden either!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Yay for you! Finding something new to try, after 20 years of quilting, probably makes for a very short list! So glad you could give this a go. It looks really nice.

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  12. I liked the way you made the center circle smaller so that you created a ring of white between it and the petals - very nice!

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  13. I love the reds and the white. Sew beautiful!

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  14. welllll it is a bullseye for me...I love your dresden...where are the darts...did I just say that lol
    no really ...this is amazing.

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  15. Love, love, love the reds on white. And perfect for Valentine's Day. Come to think of it - I don't have a Valentine's quilt. Now I'm thinking . . .

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  16. What a great colour choice, I love the double centre too, just adds that extra little something!

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

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  18. It's beautiful. Love the colours you've used and really like the two coloured center.

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  19. This is very nice! I've never made a dresden either and this hop is certainly inspiring. Thanks so much!

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  20. That is a Beautiful Dresden...I will sharing my first Dresden's too! LOVE the RED. Thank you for participating in the HOP! Hugs...

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  21. Beautiful! (You are a quilter after my own heart! That's why I do applique most of the time!)

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  22. It's really beautiful, and red was a perfect choice!

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  23. What a great Valentine's Dresden!! Good job ~ I will be following in your footsteps with a similar project on the hop next week :)

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  24. My mothers favorite color was always red so it makes me smile when I see a red quilt. Love your dresden!

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  25. Thanks for showing the back! Strange I know, but since childhood I have always been facinated with with quiltbacks! :)
    Your reds are stunning and a beautiful table topper.

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  26. Ahh beautiful color choice! I think it is lovely!

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  27. I love this - the reds are just perfect. blessings, marlene

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  28. It`s very cute and love your red fabrics!!

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  29. Mais uma viciada em....não tenha dúvidas disso.Parabéns pelo trabalho.BeijoGRNDE

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  30. very pretty Selina!! I like the white space between the wedges and the center circle

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  31. Gorgeous! The fabrics are so rich and the white ring really sets it off.

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  32. Love all the reds. You just can't go wrong with reds & white.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Great job and the red was a wonderful choice! :)

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  34. Very successful and a beauty. We thank you for sharing all of your "red goodness." Judy C

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  35. Love the reds in your dp! Thanks for sharing today!

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  36. Wonderful for your first time. Maybe there is hope for me.
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  37. This is wonderful- the reds are perfect for this and I love the double circle in the center- this must look great on our table!

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  38. I love the way the added white center circle makes the reds pop.

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  39. Very pretty. Now I really want to try a dresden plate myself:)

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  40. Lovely reds. I had to laugh about you not being real accurate and squishing corners into submission!

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  41. Love your red Dresden. I've been quilting 20+ years too and have never made a Dresden!

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  42. I love what you have done. The reds are so warm. With Valentines day so close, your all ready to celebrate! Break out those conversation hearts!

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  43. Very pretty. I love the color of red in your Dresden.

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  44. Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Rosemary B here: I love yours Selina! I love Red and I love the design very very much!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring

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  46. Your table topper is gorgeous!! I love it!!

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  47. I love your topper, it is perfect. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  48. I love the reds in your topper. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Nice job on your table topper. Congratulations on getting it right the first time. I made my first Dresden a few months ago and was also afraid it wouldn't fit together right. I was so pleased when it did. Maybe we shouldn't be as afraid to try new things.

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  50. Great block, I love these hops because you get to try things you have not done.

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  51. I too have never done a Dresden. It looks nice.

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  52. Congratulations on your excellent first Dresden! Love the fabrics and layout... just might have to make me one like it!

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  53. Thanks for sharing and your work is wonderful. Keep smiling.

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  54. You did a wonderful job on your first dresden, thanks for sharing.

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  55. Your very first Dresden project is so pretty, Thanks for sharing

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  56. Very Pretty! I love the Double center of yours!!

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  57. So pretty, congrats on havingit turn out flat and square

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  58. Very festive for Valentine's Day!

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  59. Luscious reds make for a beautiful dresden,Selina. Yours is so gorgeous!

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  60. I love red and white quilts, thanks for sharing!
    Bente
    I like to QuiltBlog

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  61. Your dresden is really nice! Thanks for being part of the hop

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  62. Gorgeous - I love the two-toned center. Brilliant!

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  63. You did a great job on this Dresden table topper! I love the reds.

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  64. I love it , great table topper for valentines day , great job!!

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  65. She came, she dared, she dresdened! Woo hoo! Great job girlfriend! Glad to be sharing this day with you.
    xx

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  66. You did a great job on it! Thank you for taking the challenge and sharing it with us.

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  67. Wow, that is perfect! I think you did an amazing job!

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  68. You and I are of the same mindset! You'll see tomorrow. I like that you finished yours as I did not. Nice job!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  69. This is lovely. I love the reds! You did a great job of quilting!

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  70. Selina...your first Dresden shows like a pro! Don't you just luv it when the circle lays flat. Beautiful, luv the red...perfect for Valentine's day. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us today! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  71. Your table topper is lovely. Love the red! Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Love your table topper. All done in reds is perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm really liking that inner circle of white.

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  73. I love the way you did your center with the white circle around the middle circle...so cool looking! I'm new to these Dresden's too, but it looks like you totally mastered it. :O)

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  74. Wow , very pretty with the white circle.

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  75. I love the red double center table topper. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. Looks wonderful. You did a great job! Love the reds.

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  77. You did a great job stepping out of your comfort zone!

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  78. Love the reds. Thanks for sharing.

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  79. Nice, nice. I'm sure you will enjoy admiring it this time of the year for many years to come.

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  80. Looks like you are all set for Valentine's Day. It looks really cool hanging on point as well!

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  81. Fresh and clean. Very nice the way you made the center circle. I have never made a dresden but you made me want to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  82. Selina,
    I love the reds! I learned to make the dresdens last fall. They really are a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  83. What a fun table topper. I love the dresden design though I haven't done much with it yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  84. I love the reds. This would be good for Valentines, or next Christmas. Great job.

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  85. Beautiful! I love all the reds! Thanks for participating!

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  86. What a versatile project! You commented on Valentines Day, but I think it would work for July 4th and Christmas, too! If you celebrate those days! I think red goes for just about any season, if you like red! Nice job and thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  87. it looks lovely! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't do accuracy!

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  88. Hi!!! Beautiful!!! Love it!!! Thank You

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  89. Gorgeous, love the double circle center.

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  90. Nice job! Love the red and cream color scheme!

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  91. Looks awesome! I love it ;)

    Karrie

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