Dresden Plate

I was talking to a lady that I met today.  When she found out that I was a quilter, she told me that she had  bought a new sewing machine a few months ago.  Her 13 year old son was looking at it and asked her to teach him how to sew.  She did and he has made his first quilt and has started on his second.  He has gone into the local quilt shop and they have answered his questions.  His color sense is awesome.  The quilt was made of rectangles and was his own design.  His Grandmother  bought a sewing machine for him so he has his own.  He saved his money and bought a trunk.  He keeps his sewing machine in the trunk along with the start of a stash. He has asked to have lessons at the quilt shop so that he could know how to make a quilt “the real way”.  The best part is that he doesn’t have his fingers attached to electronics.  His Mom is very proud of him.

I’ve been so busy lately with yard work, appointments, meetings, etc. that I haven’t been in the sewing room very much.  I’m hoping that I will be able to sew for a whole day soon.

IMG_1723A friend gave me some Dresden Plate blocks that were made in the 30’s or 40’s.  They came with the muslin.  I have appliqued the blocks onto the muslin and stitched the blocks together.


IMG_1725Fortunately, I had several 30’s Dresden Plates pieces that I purchased at auction several years ago.  I was able to cut them to make the border.  The fabric, even though it isn’t the same patterns, has the same look.  It goes very well with the blocks.


IMG_1726I bought a piece of green 30’s fabric from a vendor at the Guild quilt show, intending to use it for something else.  It just happens to be the right size for the back of this quilt. I think that I was going to use it with the auction Dresden Plate pieces.  They’re both in this quilt now so I don’t have to think of what to do with them.

Where the whole quilt is made with antique fabric, I feel that it needs to be hand quilted.  I’ve been checking Pinterest to see what others have done with the Dresden Plate.  There are several that I like.  When I figure out which one or combination of several that I like, I’ll make a template and start quilting.

I am designing a wall hanging that will go over my couch.  I’ve been thinking about it for weeks.  Up until this week, I had only the dimensions.  I want it to fit on the rod that is on the wall and hang down to the top of the couch.  Yesterday, I found a setting diagram that I like.  Now, I have to think about what I want to place in the spots on the diagram.  As thoughts about this wall hanging come to me, I’ll let you know the progress.  Maybe even show some pictures.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

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