Wednesday, June 20, 2012

To Dresden or Not to Dresden

There are some that love Dresden quilts and there are some that don't.  I will always love the Dresden pattern, because she was my first pattern.  I blogged about that lovely quilt here.

I've learned a lot since that little lovely and I have a lot more to learn. :)  Sometimes I forget that the treasure is not always at the finish line, but instead is discovered along the way.  Some of my greatest memories are from forgetting about the finish line and just playing along the way.

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is having a Dresden Challenge.  They are celebrating Darlene Zimmerman's 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools.  I used her Dresden ruler and pattern for my first quilt.   I don't know if I'll actually enter the contest.  The deadline is not until September, that seems like lots of time, doesn't it?  In any case, I've been inspired to make another Dresden Quilt.  Mama has already been spying it and asking if it's hers. ha!  She knows that I'm secretly working on her Birthday Quilt too.

Below are some pictures of what I've got so far.  Little Ladybug has been helping me too.  She likes all the tiny petals.
Rooftop Garden by Moda

Cutting and sewing tiny petals!  Melissa's quilt at Happy Quilting gave me the idea of sewing both ends of the petal. They remind me of tiny little Dutch shoes. :)

Ironed all the petals!!

And now I'm trying to decide what I want to do.  I thought I knew but I never follow the plan.   ;)  I can feel and see it in my mind, I just have to find it.  And I will, I always do.  Sometimes I just have to wait.  Some call my waiting procrastination; I call it mentally creating. ;)  Boy, I wish I would have thought of that line back in high school!  I remember be scolded once in school.  The teacher told me I hadn't done any of my English work; I told her I had it all done and pointed to my mind.  She did not appreciate my ability to compose volumes of literature without any outlines or rough drafts.  lol   

So, Do you Dresden? -Little Mama Hen



  1. What beautiful contrast! That's what I like about your quilts. . . your colors! Anyone can easily "pick up" on your love for creating artwork with fabric. I hope you will enter some of your work in the State Fair one day! Keep up with your creating. I also love your sharing with your blog!

  2. I love this and can't wait to see the finished quilt. Connie is right your colors are amazing:-)

  3. Absolutely, I love the Dresden pattern. I'm working on a Dresden pink and white baby quilt, just need to put the borders on. Yours look so unique, I love it!

  4. I saw a dresden too with both ends sewn and it was the first time i thought........OH.....ok...... i can do that too......

    i LOVE what you do with your dresdens. they are amazing!!!