Wednesday, March 4, 2015

W.i.P Wednesday: Winter Blues

Like pretty much everyone in the Northeast I am totally sick of winter and while I'm still trying to tackle the UFO tower I decided something new was definitely in order.  Looking at my stash I realized I have a lot of blue fabrics.  I love the color blue but I very rarely quilt with it.  I started with this Timeless Treasures Quilt for a Cure bundle and then kept pulling everything that looked like fine china.  I must have been collecting these at one point, I've got a ton of them!

Sticking with the china theme I decided to use then for a Dresden plate.  I cut my strips at 6 1/2" and used the Easy Dresden ruler.  From there it was an afternoon of blissfully mindless chain piecing across the tops to make the points.

I may have gotten a bit carried away with the cutting;-)  I 'm enlisting slave labor my willing children to flip all these.  There are a ton of tutorials out there for making this block but I especially liked this turning tip from Bungalow Bay Quilts for getting your point centered.

I 've sewn together my first plate.  I still haven't settled on a layout but I'll just keep sewing until I figure it out. 

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  1. ooh I like it in these colours - reminds me very much of the Willow pattern on china too!

  2. I have this fabric collection, too! I love what you have done with it. So lovely. And I'm not above using my children for the cause either. =)

  3. Those blues are gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing what layout you come up with for that huge pile of Dresden blades! :)

  4. love your dresden plate, and that you carried the 'china' theme of your fabric through your block :-) I just finished piecing a dresden top about weeks ago and have been quilting on it all week (with very little to show for it. I may need to make some quick project just to feel a sense of accomplishment around here) I didn't find that tip for centering points, and believe me, I looked! So, what I did (and it worked really well!) was, before I pressed my seam open, when I would 'set' the seam, I'd be sure to get the iron a little further down the blade, pressing a light crease in the middle of the blade - then I'd just line up my seam on the crease when I made the point. Easy Peasy :-)
    Hopefully warm weather will be arriving soon ~ Tracy

  5. Beautiful! Recently I have been crazy about blues too! You will see soon ;).
    Great way to kill winter blues!