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Monday, January 28, 2013

Not Only Did I Dare to Dresden...

...I took tons of pictures.  I hope you don't mind.  I started with jelly roll strips of red, white and pink polka dots.

 I loved the way they went together when I was chain piecing them.  So cool...
                                               More fun...
                            Then I started playing with arrangements...
 This is the one I finally went with.  It seemed to me to be the best for this application.
And before I even finished the project I had in mind for these, inspiration struck again, so I quickly jumped on it before the idea could be lost.  I still had a bit over a quarter yard of my Ombre Dots!

 Sew I fussy cut them to come up with this arrangement.  I used almost every scrap in this, but I love it.
 I put a dark green Kona circle in the middle, and then I stitched in the ditch up and down the fan blades with my machine.
 And I did accent stitching with Perle Cotton.  I was thinking maybe pillow, but once I did the accent stitching, I wanted more.
So I think I am going to make more of these and make them into a quilt, because I just can't stop at one.  Now about that first Dresden...this is what happened to it:

 I wanted to make a pouch, but I sort of forgot that it would have a flat bottom.  I forgot to compensate for that...
 So a lot of it ended up on the bottom.  At first I was bummed, because it didn't turn out like I had pictured it, but it is sort of cute after all...
I used Anna at Noodlehead's wide mouthed pouch tutorial.  I love the way those turn out every time!
Could I stop now?  NO! I had to make more...

 I wanted to see how small I could go...these fan blades are 2 1/2 inches, but the circle in the center is still too big.  They are Sunkissed by Sweetwater and the center is the new Noteworthy line by Sweetwater.  I realized I needed to make the narrow end even narrower to get a smaller center.
This one became my new mug rug for my desk and I love it.  More stitching around the outside with Perle Cotton.  But I still wanted a smaller one...


                       This is more Sunkissed, I am almost out of it now. 
I adjusted the size once again to make it smaller still.  The small Ackfeld hanger is 5 inches wide.  Want a little perspective?  Here you go...

That's what I wanted to achieve!  I love this little cutie!  And now, my tale of Dresdens is done.  Thanks to Madame Samm and Christine at Quilt monster in my closet.  Another fabulous hop and I learned so much and I thought I didn't really like making Dresdens.  Who knew?  Here is the rest of the schedule for today.  Enjoy the hop.

 January 28th, 2013
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
Threading My Way
Pink Ribbon Quilts
Thimble Mouse & Spouse


108 comments:

  1. Your dresdens are sew pretty. I love the way they kept getting smaller and smaller. Sew cute. The pouch is really very nice. I love the way you used the perle cotton to accent the blades. Sunkissed was one of my favorite lines, too. Thanks sew much for sharing ... :) Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat. I am going to miss my Sunkissed when it is all gone.

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  2. How cute is that last little Dresden!!! I love the accent stitching around the blades... very effective.

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    1. Yes, Pam, I think that is one of my favorite parts.

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  3. Love all your Dresdens! Your mini and the pouch are adorable. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Gorgeous Dresdens, especially your pouch that is very pretty.

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  5. Love your mug rug, but the pouch is my favorite! All beautiful!

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  6. Oooh they are all so lovely and yes they are very addictive arent they! I love the way the pouch turned out - the side looks great by itself but then you have the added joy when you look at the bottom too. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Your pouch is incredible but that itty bitty mini at the end is PERFECTION!!!! Especially on that little hanger with closepins!! Awesome!

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    1. You made me laugh Amy. I love anything tiny.

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  9. Ooh there is so much loveliness here that I don't know where to start. Love your pouch with it's very posh bottom - actually, I like how the blades just peek out up the sides of the pouch. The Ombre dots look marvellous - that's going to make a wonderful rainbow quilt and I love the teeny, tiny Sunkissed - wish that fabric was still available.

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    1. Me too, Theresa. Hands down my favorite fabric line ever!

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  10. Your works with the Dresden Plate are beautiful.
    Thanks sew much for sharing

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  11. I love all your pictures showing your playing with the Dresdens. And best of all they are so cute and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  12. Great blocks. Even though you didn't plan it that way, the tiny blades peeking out on the pouch are utterly charming. Still, I loved them all!

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  13. Wow you have been busy!
    I love your dresdens - the third spotty version looks like a circle of hearts don't you think??
    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Your Dresdens are magnificent. I love the dots. Well, actually I love all of them. Thanks for the hint on the small Dresdens. I love the pouch. It is adorable. Thank you for taking time in this hectic, busy world to participate and inspire us.

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  15. They're all great, but I love you pouch!

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  16. You certainly went the extra mile didn't you !!! Great work ;)

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  17. I love them ALL! I especially liked seeing you group the blades in colors: twosies, foursies. Gives me ideas. Your work is beautiful and I really enjoyed stopping by today.

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

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  19. Dresdens certainly have a way of multiplying don't they? Such a fun pattern to manipulate and so easy to create many indiviual creations! Love your dots!!!

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  20. You sure were a busy Grammie! Your contribution to the hope is Bravo!!! Love those mini's!!

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  21. Betcha can't make just one! Nice line up of dresdens. Your little bag is very cute, even if it's different than you thought. I love making things that kind of evolve from one state to another. Very creative!

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    1. They are rather like potato chips in that you can't stop at one.

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  22. I'm not surprised you couldn't top, they're all gorgeous! I love the first one even if it did end up on the bottom :) the ombré dots are a great idea too!

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  23. I had no idea you could start with jelly rolls! I'm not quite certain HOW you did this.. but it is a very exciting prospect.. and I really want to try this!!

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    1. I used the Easy Dresden ruler and could only make them so big as the larger size blades went off the side of the jelly roll strips. I think they were either 5 or 5 1/2 inches long before sewing.

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  24. Lots of fun dresdens - I love the small ones,

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  25. You certainly had fun with your Dresdens. Oh how cute is that little one.

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  26. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your bag and your minis -- great job!

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  27. They are all so cute! You did a great job on this! Very pretty! Your Ombre Dot quilt is going to be stunning!

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  28. Your Dresden Dare was a success! Love all those great dots... turning into a pouch was a wonderful idea! Also that handstitching is to die for! WOW! Thank you for participating... Hugs and Happy Hopping!!

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  29. I love the gradation of the green dots--what a great idea! Even though the majority of the Dresden is on the bottom, I think your pouch turned out great. The petals sticking up the side are fun!

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  30. Wow, you went above and beyond, love the polka dots.

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  31. Such fresh Dresdens!!! I really like your dresdens blocks...great fabrics

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  32. Hi!! WOW!!! WOW!!! Love them all!!! The smallest one is amazing!!! So pretty!!! Thank You

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  33. how lovely sooo darn perfect all of them..but your mini stole my heart

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    1. I just had to keep trying until I got as small as I could. My fingers probably couldn't handle anything smaller. Thanks!

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  34. I just "pinned" your block showing the big stitching to my Pinterest board. Very nice! Thanks for participating.

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  35. Wow, those fabulous stitches make the dresden jump off my screen! I am loving what I am seeing!

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  36. Oh so many fabulous dresdens! Love them all!

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  37. Your stitches around those beautiful Dresdens are amazing...love it! Thanks for sharing your "tale of Dresdens" with us. :o)

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  38. Rosemary B here: I am drooling all over my keyboard. I love everything, every one of your projects! You are very very inspiring. Could you move and live next door to me? heehee
    Thank you for sharing your creativity. I really enjoyed your projects!

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  39. WOW!! Those are beautiful Dresdens! The Ombre dots look awesome. And your pouch is fantastic!

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  40. Love your pouch! The fans up the side are fabulous!

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  41. WOW. I believe you are hooked. They are all just awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. WOW! I am blown away by all the gorgeous blocks that you made. Great job. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. Those are all gorgeous blocks...You did a wonderful job on them.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. WOW...you came up with some fabulous Dresden's. I love the pouch. It's cute, even if most of the Dresden is on the bottom. Your stitching is wonderful. Love the different colors. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Your Dresdens are gorgeous. I love the dots and especially the tiny little Dresden.

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  46. Gorgeous!!! The tiny one is perfection! Great Job!!!

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  47. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. WOW! Your Dresdens are gorgeous... I want one of each, LOL! Thanks for the awesome inspiration °Ü°

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  49. Love how you used the Ombre Dots.

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  50. So creative...love them all
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  51. All I can say is that your Dresden's bloomed - how lovely all of them are. Thanks from Judy C

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  52. What a wonderful array of dresdens! They're just lovely, and the mini is darling :)

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  53. How Pretty. I like them all, but especially the mini.

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  54. Oh, I just love your projects! So very lovely!! I really love the hand stitching around the outside of the dresden. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. I really like your Dresdens. I loved the extra stitching with the Perle Cotton.

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  56. I think Dresedn Plates are the most fun block to make. They always turn out wonderful! Yours are fantastic! The mini's are my favorite, too. =)

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  57. I love all your dresdens and I signed up to follow you.

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  58. Wow - you were having a dresden party! What fun! And the projects turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

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  59. Dots, Don't you just love dots. What a great idea to put your Dresden on a purse. It is wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  60. Well that is just the cutest little Dresden ever! I love it....and I love the Sunkissed fabrics. They are some of my favorites.

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  61. all of your dresdens are beautiful!! I especially like the green polka dots!

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  62. I love all of your dotty Dresdens Charlotte, the pouch is a great idea too!

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  63. I love Sunkissed so thought your dresdens were lovely - and the pouch is darling. Can you send me the link to that tutorial - I'd love to try that. blessings, marlene

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  64. I'll be the first but not the last to say..... Dresdens are addicting! Especially love your little mini Dresden. I'll need to figure out how you did that. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop fun!janita

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  65. Love your Dresdens! I've never made one! Oh my! I appreciate your sharing. The bag is precious!

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  66. My favorite is the little Dresden with the pink center.

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  67. You really went Dresdenuts!!! How small can you go and still have a wee bit to sew on??? Zowie, great job on all of them, especially the wee one!!!

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  68. kind of like doing the limbo---how low can you go? but instead it was how small can you go! Very nice interpretation.

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  69. Looking at all the beautiful colors that you have used, you kind of ket stuck on the Dresden. Good Job.

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  70. Oh my gosh...Awesome projects!!!! Love 'em all!! (wish youe were my Neighbor!!! KNOW we would have sooo much fun sewin' up a pile of these!!! lol Is like eatin' tater chips!! GOTTA do one more..one more..ok, maybe JUST one more......LOL LOL Yeah Right!)

    Thanks for sharing with us!!! :)

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  71. I so NEED this pouch! Now where should I send you my mailing address?

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  72. Oh how I love pink and red and polka dots, I love dots and I love your work. How cute is your tiny guy!!!

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  73. OMG these are gorgeous. Love the fabrics and your placement of colours. The mini is awesome!

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  74. Love your dresdens. Those dots are great and beautiful stitching.

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  75. Super cute! I love the fabrics!

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  76. Well didn't you have fun. I just love it when something strike's your fancy and you just can't stop. Loved them all so cute especially the little pouch. thanks for sharing. Sandra

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  77. Wow wow wow - it's almost like you DOUBLE DOG DARED TO DRESDEN. I just love each and every one of them!!

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  78. OM goodness, what an amazing array of dresdens. I love the outline quilting you did with the perle cotton - just the perfect touch. The idea to make a quilt out of the ombre dots is a great one; I'd love to see it completed.

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  79. Ombre Dots! All of your dresdens are great but those green dots are my favorite!

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  80. I think your pouch turned out absolutely darling! That mug rug is one I would go to any day. Thanks for hoppin' along today!

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  81. I love your dotty Dresdens! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. Charlotte, luv luv the dotty Dresdens. I had forgotten how pretty the Sunkissed fabrics are. I have some in my stash somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration and joining in the hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  83. Greatdresdens. Lovely stitching. Cute pouch. Love the little bitty dresden.

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  84. such wonderful dresdens, I love them. The small one is so cute!

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  85. Beautiful! Lots of great fun phots.

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  86. Your dresdens are fantastic! I love all the colors, the uniqueness of the wide mouth pouch and the stitching around the mug rug! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  87. Great projects and thanks for all the photos. Love the ombre!

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  88. I love your bag! And the color of all your Dresdens...especially the dots. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. Thanks for entering. I love your little purse and the mug rug. Very nice.

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  90. Beautiful dresdens, so cute purse, mug rug and quilt. Thanks for sharing!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  91. Love the Ombre dots idea, keep up with it, when you use the Perle cotton are you stitching by hand?

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  92. Did you hear me squeal in delight over your Dresdens? lol I seriously love, love, love them! Dots and dresdens... oh, my!

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