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‘Peppermint Pinwheel’ Dresden block tutorial

I’m so excited to be part of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild’s EZ Dresden Challenge blog tour today.  This Challenge is in honor of Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th anniversary of creating tools and rulers for EZ Quilting.  One of these classic tools is the Dresden ruler, used to cut wedge-shaped pieces typically to create a very traditional Dresden Plate block.
Here is my own traditional Dresden quilt created a couple of years ago. (And still un-quilted, I might add. I should really work on that…) There are lots of excellent Dresden tutorials that show how simple it is to create this very classic block. It has been fun as part of this challenge to see the variety of other ways to use this ruler and how versatile this tool really is!
This is the block that I came up with, using Darlene’s Dresden ruler.  My pinwheel has a diameter of 16″, and here’s a brief tutorial for how I did it.  (I suggest reading the whole tutorial through before you start cutting and creating.)
Fabric requirements for one block:
  • 1/4 yard striped fabric and 1/2 yard white fabric
Fabric requirements for 41″ x 60″ quilt above
  • 3 different 1/4 yards of striped fabrics
  • 2 1/4 yards white fabric
  • 1/4 yard border fabric
  • 3/8 yard binding
  • 1 3/4 yard backing

 

The short-cut trick for this block is using a striped fabric. You could, of course, piece strips and cut them with the Dresden ruler as well, if you want a custom stripe.  I used this stripe from Bonnie and Camille’s latest collection Vintage Modern.  The stripe print comes in three color ways, red, pink, and gray.  (You can find this fabric here, herehere or here.)  A 1/4 yard gave me exactly enough fabric for the colored wedges for 2 blocks. If you want a little leeway for mistakes, get 1/3 yard.
From your 1/4 yard, cut 5 pieces of fabric that look like this: with a dark stripe at the top and at the bottom. My piece is 9″ wide and just over 7″ high.  (Of course, you can use any striped fabric you like, just make sure there is a dark stripe at the top and the bottom to create this effect.)
I then cut my wedges 7″ long, so line-up the 7″ line at the top of the fabric and cut fabric into the wedge shape.
Turn the ruler upside down and cut a second wedge. Continue cutting wedges alternating the ruler’s direction.
You should be able to get 4 wedges across a 9″ wide piece of fabric. (As you can see, I trimmed off the ends at the bottom to make the wedge exactly 7″.  Hindsight, I would have just left the bottom edge intact, so don’t feel like to you have to trim off that little piece.)
You will need 10 striped wedges and 10 white wedges per pinwheel block. Using a 1/4 yard each of the red, pink, and gray stripes I was able to get 20 wedges from each – enough for two blocks of each color.  From the white fabric I cut three 7″ x wof (width of fabric) strips and cut them into a total of 60 wedges – 10 for each of the six blocks.
Using one striped wedge and one white wedge sew them together in sets of two. Combine 8 of the sets into sets of 4 wedges. Combine 2 sets of 4 wedges with a set of 2 wedges to create a half circle, always keeping the striped wedge on the same side of the white wedge.
Repeat the process with remaining wedges to create a second half circle and sew the two half circles together to create a whole circle/pinwheel.
Ta-da!
From remaining white fabric cut 6 squares 20.5″. Fold into quarters and crease the sides. Unfold.

Using the four creases as your guide, line up your pinwheel lines with the creases. You should have 5 wedges per quadrant.  Turn your raw edges under a 1/4″ and carefully press and pin in place. You can then hand applique the wheel block to the backing fabric. I just used my machine to sew the edges down.

Once your wheels are sewn down, square up your blocks to 20″. Assemble the blocks together 2 across by 3 down. Cut your outside border fabric into (5) 1 1/2″ strips and add to the outside edges. Quilt and bind as you desire.

Now is your turn to come up with a project using the EZ Dresden ruler and if you do so, you could enter to win some amazing prizes.  September 1-6th you can go to the SLMQG site and enter your projects. All the details are found on the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild site.

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For more inspiration, check out these other sites for ideas:
Don’t have a Dresden ruler of your own? You can buy one at most local quilt shops, directly from Simplicity.com or from Amazon.  I also have one to give away! If you want the chance to win one, leave a comment on this post. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

If you are looking for more Dresden inspiration check out these rainbow Dresden wheels, my favorite Dresden quilt, and this Dresden circle pillow tutorial.

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161 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz
    June 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Very cool. I love how it turned out.

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    Anne
    June 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Fabulous!!! (Imagine me singing that for greater effect!)

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    Jacqueline
    June 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Love your use of the striped fabric.. it does a lot of the work in this quilt. Just a great looking quilt.<br /><br />And enter me please.. I would like to try this tool.

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    Jaime
    June 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

    The peppermint pinwheele is awesome. So creative! Thanks for the chance to win the tool.

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    randi--i have to say
    June 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I absolutely LOVE this quilt! So glad you made a tutorial for it. Thanks, Amy! 🙂

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    Johanna
    June 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Great idea with the striped fabric!

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    Cindy
    June 13, 2012 at 6:54 am

    LOVE this quilt!! What a great idea to use the striped fabric and the backing is perfect!:) I&#39;m glad too you made a tutorial! Thanks for sharing!:)

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    Kiera Vanella
    June 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Love this! So original…definitely going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

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    Leah
    June 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Great tutorial. I love the movement in the quilt. Another great Dresden pattern!

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    A Seam to Sew
    June 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I really like your quilt! Very smart to use striped fabric.

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    VickiT
    June 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I love how you&#39;ve used a striped fabric to create your block. What a great idea. I really love it. And your choice in backing fabric was just perfect. You need to get that quilted to show it off. I&#39;m sure you would get a lot of compliments because it&#39;s beautiful.

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    missfitz63
    June 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

    What a clever way to use striped fabric! Your quilt is lovely! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial.

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    fera-festiva
    June 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    pforgerson
    June 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I love the colors you choose! and how it seems to fade away

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    Minnie
    June 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This is a great tutorial and I love the white and red striped fabric! Thanks for the links to the ruler, it may be time for me to get one 🙂 x

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    Jenny Wren
    June 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Just delightful!<br />2 of my loves combined – peppermint and quilting!

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    Leila
    June 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    That stripe is PERFECT!!! Beautiful work!<br />I have loved seeing all of the fun projects made with the ruler.

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    Marion
    June 13, 2012 at 7:56 am

    That is so clever and FANTASTIC!!!! I see a table runner for Christmas in my future!

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    Jenny
    June 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

    This is so, so cute I can&#39;t stand it. That was clever of you to think of it!

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    Melissa
    June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I could go for a peppermint right about now. Love the design.

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    Live a Colorful Life
    June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    This is a great quilt, Amy. Fun design!

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    Kathleen
    June 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I really like the way you used the colors for this quilt….thanks for the giveaway…

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    Terry@ iluvmybugs
    June 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

    What a fun quilt…love the striped fabric!

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    LC
    June 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I&#39;ve been holding out on buying myself a Dresden ruler, in the unlikely event that I win one 🙂 I&#39;m just about fit to burst seeing what everyone has done. Your peppermints are too sweet! I&#39;m excited to try my hand at Dresdens. I was terrified of them for the longest, but now ican&#39;t wait to do some!

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    Books_Bound
    June 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I&#39;ll admit, the traditional Dresden doesn&#39;t really get me going, so all of these entries for the contest that have been cropping up all over blogland have been fun to look at, but haven&#39;t really beckoned me to consider them. But this…. this I like. I may have to take the plunge on this Dresden thing after all. Thanks for the alternative idea!

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    Angela Nash
    June 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Love your pinwheels! So tricky using that striped fabric 🙂

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    Kati
    June 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This is so cute Amy!! I love how your project turned out.

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    heatherL
    June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! It makes this quilt seem so much less intimidating to me. :0)

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    heatherL
    June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! It makes this quilt seem so much less intimidating to me. :0)

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    Gnomemade
    June 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I love the use of the striped fabric! It&#39;s such a great use of those stripes!

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    Annabanana
    June 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    So cute ! I love your idea of using the striped fabric to save time…thank you for the ideas !

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    Martina
    June 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Great quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Spare Room Quilter
    June 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, I really want to make something for the Dresden Challenge now!

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    christinaree
    June 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

    So pretty!

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    Jeanne
    June 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Love this clever way of making a dresden.Thanks for the chance to win the ruler.

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    AlyceB
    June 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    What a fabulous design! You&#39;ve inspired a similar design that just popped into my head… Hmm, must try it out some time. Thanks!

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    Alisa
    June 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

    That&#39;s a really neat quilt! It&#39;s simple but has a great impact!

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    Kerri S
    June 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

    So pretty…love the combo of colours! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

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    Mary
    June 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I love your quilt. The stripes are so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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    Myra
    June 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I love your peppermint pinwheel block! What a wonderful use of stripes! This is a great tutorial and very newby-friendly. Thanks!

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    Karen P.
    June 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    what a fantastic way to use a dresden ruler! I love it!!

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    { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n }
    June 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    That looks awesome–I love all the different ideas people come up with. The alternating wedges would also make a cute flower patch. Hmmmm … Thanks!

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    Alexis
    June 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I really, really like this. It&#39;s so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nedra
    June 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Oh, Amy, I love yours the best of all!

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    RaeLyn
    June 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    love these peppermint twists Thanks for sharing!

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    Des
    June 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Okay, I&#39;m sold. Brilliant.

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    jennipher
    June 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I have 2 old Dresden Quilts that I need to fix, maybe this tutorial &amp; a ruler will help me in the process

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    Gill
    June 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great tutorial – thanks! I love the peppermint pinwheel!

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    Chelsea
    June 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Wow, great use of that fabric!

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    Kmcassie
    June 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love your design! Genius!

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    Julie
    June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Oh Amy, I would love the Dresden quilt ruler. I have just started quilting and absolutely love it! I want to make all my Christmas presents this year. Your blog is very inspiring, Thank you for taking the time.

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    A.J. Dub. (Amy)
    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I LOVE this! This is such a fun hop! You all are so creative.

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    stitching under oaks
    June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    how fun..I like the stripey version a lot! So cute. I have been using your tutorials as I&#39;m working on a quilt top. I wanted to thank you so much. When I post about it, I&#39;ll link to you as your tutorials have been invaluable! Love your blog!

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    Lisa Marie
    June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wow, another amazing project on this blog tour! I have been so inspired by the projects I&#39;ve seen. I never had an interest in a Dresden ruler before this tour but now I feel like I need one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Quilted Squid
    June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Omg this fancy…LOVE it!

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    RutegersWife
    June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What a sweet quilt (pun intended)! Thanks for your very clear instructions.

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    Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    SUCH A NEAT QUILT!<br />LOVE THIS RULER!<br />THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!<br /><br />msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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    Katy Cameron
    June 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Ooh, very cool, love the effect of the white interspersing the stripes. Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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    audrey
    June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    oh i adore your peppermint pinwheel! how sweet is that? thanks for the giveaway!

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    Diann
    June 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Nice use of stripes on your quilt. I would think you could get a wide variety of effects depending on the stripe you use. Did you also just turn under 1/4 inch on the inner circle? That seems like it might be hard to do.

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    Jessica Jo
    June 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    When I was going to art school one of my classes made us make an advertising campaign for ice cream. I chose to do a specific flavor: Jolly Peppermint Dango, which was a Christmas peppermint ice cream with a hint of cinnamon. I still want to make it. Why am I so lazy?

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    ritainalaska
    June 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    nice idea, using big stripes fabric instead of making your own stripes. love the wheels! there&#39;s going to be a big run on big stripe fabrics at the quilt shops!

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    Jenelle
    June 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love how the striped fabric really adds a whimsical touch to this. The colors are fantastic with the white and the backing is just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenny
    June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Love the use of the stripes! What a fun way to use the dresden plate ruler!

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    Angie
    June 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I love the stripes! This would make a great Christmas quilt!

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    Chrissy
    June 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What a fun way to use the stripes! 🙂

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    snickerplum
    June 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I adore that quilt! And it gave me tons of inspiration for my babies room! I thinking pinwheels! Love it! Thank you!!

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    Sallie
    June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love the stripes! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply
    Lara
    June 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Love this quilt Amy! You make it look so easy peasy 🙂 thanks for your tutorial. I would love to win one 😉 thanks for the chance!

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    Jordan
    June 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Oooh pretty circles… thanks for the opportunity!

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    Avondster
    June 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    What a beautiful idea with the striped fabric.

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    Barb and Sharon
    June 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I really like the stripe fabrics. They look like they are older, vintage or faded from time and love. Thanks for sharing.<br />Barb@Witsend

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    Abigail Cashelle
    June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Tricia
    June 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    That&#39;s a great idea! That ruler is on my want list…I&#39;ll need to push it up on the priorities list!

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    Marcia W.
    June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The backing fabric looks great with your pinwheel Dresden block. Thanks for sharing your project, and the giveaway too.

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    Jennie P.
    June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love your peppermint quilt! So cute and would be a great Christmas quilt to give someone!

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    Tiara
    June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I so love vintage modern!

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    annemarie
    June 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    What a cool item! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    June 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    What a fun quilt! So many great designs with this ruler. How inspiring!<br /><br />Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Queen Mary
    June 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    LOVE the peppermint idea and I love your excellent photos of the step by step!

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    sandy
    June 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Very clever to use striped fabric. Your photos and instructions are crystal clear.

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    Simply Sandy
    June 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial, Amy. You are so clever to use striped fabric. Love this quilt.

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    Melanie
    June 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    How clever! Love this quilt!

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    Vroomans' Quilts
    June 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    What a cute way to use a dresdie! Thank you for sharing.

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    cherylj
    June 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love love this quilt. I love the quilting too. I inherited some Dresden blocks and was wondering how to quilt them. Thanks for the inspiration.<br /><br />C_kaminsky at yahoo dot com

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    Lee
    June 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    A sweet sweet dresden! thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

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    hueisei
    June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I&#39;d love to win..thanks for the chance 🙂

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    sandyb
    June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Love the dresden – I would love to try to win the ruler as I do not have one. Thank you for the tutorial!!!!! It is great!!!<br /><br />sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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    LeAnne
    June 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    That would be so great for Christmas!

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    StacyOK
    June 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It makes me want to try a Dresden block and I&#39;ve never wanted to before!

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    Jo
    June 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, what fun! I would love to have this ruler and give your quilt a try! Thanks!<br />boppiesgirl@gmail.com

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    sandra
    June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Amy really love your quilt it is so modern and would look lovely in my living room. I sure hope that I win one of those dresden rulers as I can&#39;t find one up here in Canada at least close by.

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    KatieQ
    June 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Very cool. I love the way you used the striped fabrics.

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    Georgette
    June 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This is an awesome way to use those striped fabrics. Great time saver and so pretty. Thanks for such a great tutorial too.

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    JoyceLM
    June 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Your quilt is amazing – love the spinning dresdens. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    ivyworis
    June 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    i like your dresdens quilt. would love to make one just like that. thanks.<br />ivyworis@yahoo.com

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    Fran
    June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Your dresden quilt is amazing &amp; such a clever way to create a new &amp; unique block – even better that it&#39;s deceptively easy, with the use of striped fabric! Thanks for the inspiration &amp; for the chance to win one of these great rulers.

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    Jeanne Gwin
    June 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    What an amazing take on the dresden plate. thanks for sharing and the giveaway

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    tubilinha tiacarminha
    June 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Muito bonita sua colcha,diferente.Segui o tutorial e gostei.Obrigada por me ensinar e sorteio.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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    Krista Hansen
    June 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful!! Using the stripe fabric was brilliant!

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    Lisa
    June 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love your dresden. I just used some of that striped fabric and still have some left. Please put me in your giveaway and thank you for the inspiration and giveaway!

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    Donna F
    June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I am seeing so many projects with this ruler. There are so many choices on how to use it I really want one. I have some ideas for this. I would love to enter my completed project in September too. Your quilt has inspired me. Thank you.

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    Amy
    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Such a cute quilt! Thanks!

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    bethanndodd
    June 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Those peppermint pinwheels make me happy 🙂 <br />Smiles~Beth

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    Deonn @ Quiltscapes
    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Sweet stripey peppermints, who knew you could do so much with this ruler! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Lisa Langford
    June 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I don&#39;t know how you do it, but you keep coming up with the cutest quilt patterns. This is my new favorite. Awesome!

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    Goldogmom
    June 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I really like your pattern, it makes me think of windmills ;-)<br /><br />I would love to win the ruler as I do not have one and would like to try a modern design.<br /><br />Michelle

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    CathyK
    June 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    What a wonderful tutorial and an adorable quilt! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    bruinbr
    June 14, 2012 at 1:23 am

    This is just adorable! Love the shortcut of using striped fabric too! Thanks so much!

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    charlotte
    June 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Oh, I love the peppermint pinwheels. What a great idea for a dresden. Very different.

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    Deidra
    June 14, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Oh, what a great tutorial.

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    materialgirlquilts
    June 14, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE your design! Thanks so much for a great tutorial and a chance to win.<br />Amanda

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    Sew Very Sherry
    June 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Wow! The way the stripes look like they are floating on the white background is stunning. Love the skinny border too!

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    james and bess
    June 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

    love those blocks! thanks for the chance to win!<br /><br />bess 🙂

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    Artsy-Craftsy Ivy
    June 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    What a brilliant idea! I love it!

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    Mindy Fawn
    June 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I just love the fabric you picked for the back of the quilt! I took a gander through the rest of your blog and loved and enjoyed your work.<br />Thanks for sharing and being a part of the ruler contest!<br />Mindy

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    Jenn M
    June 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This quilting thing gets addicting. I will probably have projects until forever .. but this will definetly become one of them!!

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    Sara
    June 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

    OMG!!!!! 🙂 I want one too

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    jomaj
    June 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    So glad you posted this – and so glad I read ALL the way through it, I would have been sewing strips of fabric together to make those stripes!!!!! LOVE love this quilt, it&#39;s definitely on the &#39;to do&#39; list. Genius – THANK YOU.

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    Julie
    June 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Yet another fun design. I&#39;m just loving this Dresden kick! I would love to win the ruler to make some of these things that keep showing up on my pin boards!

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    Mev_Lohman
    June 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I love your pinwheel design! I love that it could be Christmasy, but could still be used year round. The ruler is definitely something I could use; it looks so useful!

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    Claire Jain
    June 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This is so cute! I love, love, love these dresden blocks. Thanks so much for sharing this cute quilt! I can&#39;t wait to give it a try.

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    sassyteach
    June 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Love it-just starting to quilt and I love the shortcut of using the striped fabric!

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    Carolyn S.
    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    wow, I&#39;m loving the dresden blocks I&#39;ve seen, count me in for a chance to win a ruler! Thanks.

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    GoodsonFL@aol.com
    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    i would love the ruler!

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    Heidi
    June 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Such a cute quilt! I&#39;d love to win the ruler.

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    ruralkansas
    June 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Love the Dresden quilt. I actually bought my first one 23 years ago at the first auction that my husband worked after auctioneers school.

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    Poppyprint
    June 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Very clever!! This is super fun.

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    WhereIsTheFire
    June 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I love this!! And the striped fabric makes it so much easier! What about the centers? Is there anyway we could get an upclose picture of the circle and how you finished those edges? Thanks!

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    Natalia from Piece N Quilt
    June 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    You rock Amy! Seriously this is like the cutest thing EVER!

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    Beeaunka
    June 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I love this quilt! I especially love the backing fabric.

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    Tamie
    June 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    You are so creative. So cute. I&#39;m off to check out your blog. Thanks for participating in the tour.

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    zees5
    June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I love this. It has so much movement. This would be great in a Christmas quilt!

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    Jill
    June 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I would love a ruler like that! So much more fun than squares all the time! Thanks! jillsstorey(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Heather
    June 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    How clever to use the striped fabric to create the blocks! I love how they look like they&#39;re floating on the quilt. Well done.

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    Karrie S
    June 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I love this quilt!! It&#39;s so awesome. Thanks for the chance to win. I am definitely going to make a quilt like this in the future and it&#39;s marked away in my TO-DO folder 😀 Thanks!

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    Rachell
    June 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    How much fun! I love the little Starlight Mints candies, and your quilt reminds me of those! This would be a fun quilt for anyone to make.<br />Thanks for a chance to win! After all this blogging, I can tell this ruler would be great to have and use.

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    the girlfriend gap
    June 15, 2012 at 4:29 am

    This is adorable !thank you!

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    Cara
    June 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

    This is lovely! Love the colour combination.

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    Michelle
    June 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Love both of your quilts in this post! I love Dresden plate quilts

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    Lisa
    June 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    The pinwheels are so stinkin&#39; cute! What a great way to let the fabric help with the design.

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    Sally
    June 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Really cute, love the dots!

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    Snoodles
    June 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This is such a unique block – thank you for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win!

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    aiah23
    June 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I am a new quilter and this makes dresden quilting look far less intimidating, thanks for that! it&#39;d be awesome to win a dresden wedge tool.

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    Amy at Ameroonie Designs
    June 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful quilt Amy! I just love it. :)<br />xoxo

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    L. Siyam
    June 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful! I just started to gather my first quilting tools, I hope to show some final work soon. In the mean time I will keep visiting and learning more from you. Thanks!

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    Nancy Sue
    June 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    VERY cool tutorial!!! Thank you for sharing and for participating in the blog hop 🙂

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    Laura
    June 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, so many ideas you&#39;ve inspired here! Now if only I could find the motivation to go with the inspiration. Maybe the ruler would be just the ticket? Love the quilt!

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    The Quilting B
    June 16, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Love! My next to do quilt is a dresden. The ruler would be awesome.

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    notqnot
    June 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I would love a Dresden ruler!

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    Ann Lewis
    June 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    You&#39;ve done it again, Amy. Another Perfect Quilt! love your work.<br />Ann Lewis

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    Jennie
    June 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    your quilt is so pretty and delicate – thank you for sharing!

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    Betty
    June 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love the tute and I love the result.<br />I&#39;d love to win too!

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    Carla G
    June 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    What a cute quilt! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

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    barefootT
    June 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    love it 🙂

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    rbjaneite
    June 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Lovely! It reminds me of Milly-Molly-Mandy in her peppermint striped dress.

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    amandajean
    June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    ack!!! i love those sripey dresdens! you are a genius!!! i read 3 posts from you and now i have 3 new projects i want to try. the bummer is i&#39;m trying to work on my WIP&#39;s, just like you. you are NOT making it easy for me! (but i love the inspiration all the same.) 😉

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    Karen Deskins
    September 6, 2012 at 1:24 am

    An inspiring quilt! Great job.

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    Jenny Wren
    September 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I love peppermint – fresh and inspiring – congratulations!

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