Three cheers for the completion of a long-time WIP! I started this Dresden Plate quilt over 5 years ago. (uh, yeah. Could be worse, right?) I know this because I remember appliqueing the dresden blocks while watching the 2010 Winter Olympics.
I had the four Dresdens done and knew what I wanted to do for borders, but never actually did it. Until my vow to dig out those long-standing WIPS (works-in-progress) (also known as UFO’s: Unfinished Objects) a few months ago and get them done.
For the backing I used a vintage sheet that, in addition to being perfect colors, was also just the right size, requiring no piecing. Nice.
I found this binding fabric in my stash, which originally came from my mom’s stash, so it’s pretty old. But perfect vintage-retro-inspired to go with the rest of the quilt. And I’m a sucker for red.
The custom quilting was done perfectly by Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting. I love it!
And one more look at the full thing. Hooray. I’m a sucker for Dresdens. There’s something I really like about the process of making them. And their looks can be so versatile.
You can see a few of my past Dresdens including this (American Jane Dresden that coordinates nicely with this new one), a rainbow-inspired Dresden, and this Peppermint Pinwheel free quilt tutorial. You can find a tutorial for a classic, basic dresden plate block here. And the best part is that they are so much easier than they look!I like them so much that I’m starting a whole new Dresden project. I know I’m supposed to be knocking out WIPS, but I saw this and couldn’t resist. These Dresden blocks are made from a pattern by Jen Kingwell to go with her cheater prints from the Gardenvale Collection. I’m such a sucker.