Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dare to Dresden Blog Hop

Another blog hop from the creative mind of Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and cheerleader Christine from Quilt Monster in My Closet.

Dresden Plate blocks can have pointed tips, rounded scalloped tips or be straight.  I made pointed and straight ones.

From the Red, White & blue blog hop. I made this Dresden Plate block.
I just finished the above block by making it into this mug rug.
This is actually a variation of the Dresden Plate which is called Grandmother's Fan. It's a quarter of a Dresden Plate. I arranged this quilt in the Mohawk Trail setting. This is an old quilt I made before I was married when I was in college. I had an art class and we needed to make a final project that we had all school year to work on so it had to be something that took time to complete. I chose to make a quilt. It was made all by hand. I traced around each wedge using a cardboard template that I made. The rotary cutter and ruler had not even been invented yet! I made each block and quilted it and then put them all together, so it was a quilt-as-you-go quilt. I took this quilt with me everywhere to work on it in order to get it done by the end of the semester. I wish I had a photo of when I first made this quilt. This photo was taken last year.
Christmas tree skirt I made for my daughter. It's a Dresden Plate with a large hole in the center.
I made this Dresden Plate block for the 2011 Sisters Quilt Block Challenge. The challenge was we were all given 5 fabrics and had to make one quilt block. We could embellish any way that we wanted to. I didn't win, but this block was won by one of the 5 winners and became part of the quilt they made.
I used rick-rack, a yo-yo with beads and embroidery stitches sewn by hand.
Close-up of beads.
 Close-up of center with yo-yo.
Another close-up


I designed and made this Dresden Turtle just for this blog hop.
I added a head, legs and tail to make the turtle and embroidered in blanket stitch by hand.

Center swirl of Dresden Turtle. Embroidered by hand.
I made this Dresden Plate pillow using several fabrics that were leftover from making the Twister quilt I made for my husband out of reproduction Civil War fabrics. I hand quilted the top of the pillow.
I had the quilted top part done for a while, but I just finished it into a pillow. Blog hops can get you going to finish things!
This is a block I didn't have time to finish. Not sure whether I want another pillow or a small quilt or?

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93 comments:

  1. So many great projects, my favourite is the pillow cover! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a host of wonderful Dresdens, hard to choose a favourite - I do like the little turtle.

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  3. Oooh you have been busy there! Love the turtle, in fact I love all of them. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Love your turtle and the center of the Dresden is just awesomely perfect! You definitely went Dresdenuts!!! Seems like you have had the illness for a very long time!!! Fabulous Dresdens all the way around!!!

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  5. What great dresdens - I especially like the turtle!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I love Dresdens and yours are all so beautiful. The turtle is a fantastic idea the the quilt is so special. I love them all and have enjoyed looking through the other blogs participating. Thanks so much for sharing these.

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  7. Lindas suas placas e peças,amei a ideia da tartaruga,parabéns.

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  8. ok, dang it you are good...now the turtle is pretty amazing...you continue to inspire me

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  9. Very nice. That's a lot of pretty Dresdens.

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  10. I just loved the turtle!! All the others was also marvelous. The pillow with all levt owers was awesome too.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. The turtle is amazing! How clever. You have a lovely collection of Dresdens. Each is special in its own way & that's what makes quilting fun!

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  12. Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

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  13. Great projects! Love the turtle...I am always looking for ways to use/make turtles.

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  14. Awesome display of dresdens but that turtle takes the show! :)

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  15. You made some beautiful things Daryl but I must say that quilt you made in college really catches my eye! blessings, marlene

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  16. Wonderful show of so many dresdens. Love the turtle the best! I also remember making templates and cutting out everything one by one.....we have come a long way, baby! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. WOW - You definitely dared to Dresden !!! Wonderful projects :)

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  18. I do think a tree skirt might be a great idea for me..hmmm thinking now.

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  19. Love your turtle!Wish I had known about your little turtle years ago when I used to teach a unit on turtles...this would have made a great project to do with the kids.

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  20. What a fantastic selection of Dresdens Daryl. I especially love the turtle; that is so cute!

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  21. I sure do love your turtle - so darn cute and colorful! Looks like you had loads of fun with Dresdens.

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  22. Wow! Fabulous projects. I love the turtle - very creative. I certainly understand about the Grandmother's Fan. I have a UFO that is a sampler quilt that is apparently done in a similar fashion. It is beautiful. The taupe shades are pretty together. Thank you for participating in the blog and inspiring me.

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  23. Wow...what a lot of Dresdens! Impressive. I love your turtle idea--how creative!

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  24. These are wonderful! Love the turtle! Until this hop had never even considered trying this block, but now I love it and see that it is a grat way for using scraps!

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  25. Oh MY Goodness! All your projects are amazing! I loved the turtle and the quilt and the pillow and-well you get the idea. I loved the tree skirt, too and I would never have thought to make a Dresden Tree skirt. Very pretty. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  26. You have been really busy with all the wonderful Dresdens. I love your turtle Dresden it is so cute.
    Thanks for sharing

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  27. Wow! You've made some beautiful Dresdens! My favorite is the one with rick-rack in the center.

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  28. Very pretty Dresden contributions - hard pressed to select a favorite and thank you from Judy C

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  29. Very nice. Loved all of them. Thanks for being part of the hop

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  30. You are the Dresden Queen! Your turtle is so dang cute with that swirl in the middle! Love it! Your college quilt is beautiful...I'd love to try making that one (NOT hand sewn of course, and I'd use a ruler--LOL.) Thank you for all your inspiration!

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  31. Daryl, All your projects are wonderful. My favorite is the quilt you made during college. You do good work.

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  32. The little turtle is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Love the turtle. Thanks for sharing all your great dresdens.

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  34. All those great Dresdens, and all that handwork. Marvelous!! I like them all.

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  35. You Nailed it on your Dare! Wow Love your Dresdens and that Turtle is inspiring! Way to go! Thank you for participating and Hugs!!!!

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  36. Love the dresden turtle...And the mug rug. They are my favorites...But all of your projects are fabulous.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. I just love that turtle! He's SO cute! And the pillow really caught my eye as potential for a future project of my own. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us!

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  38. Wowzer...prolific dresdener!
    Love the block with had the rickrack and the beading...that's my favorite!

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  39. So many great ideas! Love it! The tree skirt is now definitely on my "to make" list! Thanks for sharing :)

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  40. Thanks for sharing all of you wonderful Dresden projects. I really love your Dresden turtle. It is really unique.

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  41. what an array of dresdens!!!! Love love love the tree skirt!!!! Oh and the turtle is just adorable!!!!
    Thanks!!!!

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  42. wow, so many divers projects and each one lovely! The turtle is so original, the christmas tree skirt is a great idea and your original Grandmonther's Fan quilt is wonderful!

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  43. Wow what fabulous dresdens. The Turtle is just over the top. I absolutely love it!

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  44. Of all your fantastic Dresdens, the sweet turtle is my favorite! Thank you for sharing. This hop has been amazing.

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  45. Lovely Dresdens! So many over time. I really love your turtle. Beautiful work!

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  46. Such a wonderful selection! My favorite has to be the Rick Rack Center!!! So awesome not to leave it plain!!! YOU DID GOOD GIRL!

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  47. So many beautiful dresdens but that turtle was amazingly cute.

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  48. Every one of the is so beautiful -- and the turtle made me grin from ear to ear!

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  49. You have made such a wide variety of Dresdens, and each one is beautiful. My two favorites are the tree skirt and the quilt you made in college.

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  50. I just love your turtle. Very cute. Thanks for sharing :)

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  51. I enjoyed your story about all the dresdens you've made - wonderful! That turtle is adorable and I totally love the hand-embroidered center.

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  52. beautiful! I think the turtle is my favorite!

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  53. Wow! You have made some amazing and very pretty dresdens over the years. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. many great dresdens, but that honu (turtle) is awesome!!

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  55. Your dresdens are wonderful! Red, white, & blue is one of my favorite color combos. I absolutely LOVE your turtle dresden!! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. i think your turtle was genius, it works perfectly and the details give it even more depth. i really like the grandmothers fan, i've never seen that variation it looks a bit like a drunker path.
    these are all fun ideas and i it was very inventive to have the center circle be underneath the plate.
    great job
    tara

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  57. Holy over-achiever, Batman! Your work is STUNNING!! I adore that little turtle. I've got my eye on some surfing-themed fabric for my sons' big kid quilts, and that little turtle would be a fantastic addition to their beds once those quilts are done... Inspired!! Mind if I pin the to my Pinterest?

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  58. Rosemary B here:
    Ohhh everything is lovely!
    I adore the pillow with the olden fabrics. It is divine!
    Thank you for sharing all of your stuff! You are super inspiring!

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  59. I have enjoyed looking at every single picture you have posted. You are a very creative woman!

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  60. Great projects! My favorite is the tree skirt. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I love all you've made but the turtle makes me smile from ear to ear! Too cute :)

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  62. I love all your Dresdens, but the one I really LOVE is the Turtle. As you know it is my totem. That is one of the reason I name myslef the slow quilter. Love it.

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  63. You have many beautiful dresdens but that turtle stole my heart. Sew creative!

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  64. Great projects .Love all them!!

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  65. Hi!!! WOW!!! These are all wonderful!!! I love the one you made in school!! The turtle is awesome!!! I love them all!!! Thanks for all the fun!!!

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  66. Oh, my goodness! Look at all the wonderful dresden projects... excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor... ;o)

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and inspiring parade of beautiful dresdens, Daryl!

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  67. I love the turtle. Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Wow you do love your Dresdens. Loved the little turtle , and your mug rugs.

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  69. Daryl - ALL of your Dresden quilts are wonderful!! You are the artist type, I can tell!! And I am so jealous because I would love to have that artistic flair in my quilts!! How to pick just one fav?? I think impossible, but I do LOVE the yoyo and the turtle is sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful work!!

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  70. LOVE your Dresdens!!! The turtle is precious.

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  71. You were one very busy lady. Love your turtle. Great job on all of them. Thank you for sharing.

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  72. Sure glad I didn't have to pick a favorite!! lol They are ALL Awesome!!! Turtle is soooo creative tho!

    Thanks for sharing your amazing projects! :)

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  73. I am so thrilled that I stopped by yo ur blog...you are an amazing quilter/artist with such fabulous ideas! Thank you so much for sharing and know you have inspired me big time. Thank you.

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  74. Ooh! I love all of your fun dresdens!

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  75. Love the turtle dresden! So cute.

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  76. Awesome Dresden's.. I thought I liked the embellished one the most until I saw the turtle.. I LOVE it!!! You did a fantastic job on all of them! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  77. You're a Dresden pro! Your college project is very impressive. I really like the turtle too!

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  78. WoW!! Amazing!! What a great variety of what can be done with the dresdens. Love the quilt you handmade, what a super heirloom. My Mom loves turtles so I'm keeping yours for inspiration k? hehe. Fun Christmas tree skirt as well. Thanks for sharing all your projects with us, awesome job!

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  79. Oh, I love the turtle!!! That would make such a cute baby boy quilt. =)

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  80. I love the turtle, I have a Pinterest board full of turtles, I am going to add yours, if you don't want me too, just let me know.

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  81. Wow Daryl,
    thats amasing!!!!
    You know I love Turtoise so I´m absolutely keen of your dresden turtle ☺ And a yo-yo for the center, thats fabulous!
    Grest blogpost, amasing bloghop.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  82. Love all your projects. The old Grandmothers Fan quilt is precious. The turtle made me smile. Great works.

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  83. wow, you have been busy.. I love the turtle especially!

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  84. Lots of creativity with your dresdens! Love the patriotic one with the Pledge of Allegiance! We need much more! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. Hello Daryl:) I'm sorry I've been MIA, work has been extremely busy for me:) OMG! the blacks are just lovely and I LOVE LOVE the pillow cover!! WOW! all just lovely!! I hope you are doing well and enjoying your weekend!! I'm off to check out the rest of your projects I've missed!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  86. OMG !!!! All your projects are beautiful, but absolutely the turtle is the one that catches my attention, is amazing. You are a source of inspiration for us all, thank you for sharing your creations with us, they are all adorable.
    Every time I see your projects using a Dresden, I tell myself that one of these days I have to make one ... and now that I just saw all your creations, I have to find time and a good tutorial to get started...I just love all what you did!!!! Marisa.

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  87. All your Dresdens look great, Daryl, but I really love the creativity of the turtle.

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