Completed Quilts

A Little Fairy Quilt

Now that I have a shiny new website I have no excuse not to use it.

Its been a busy week here in our little Dutch house with Sinterklaas celebrations, and pincushion swaps over at SewCanShe, but I have managed to make some time to quilt this little beauty.

The fabric is a single panel called Fairy Tip-Toes by Tina Givens.  I found it in a corner stall of a quilt expo some time ago.  I finally decided I could not possibly cut it up and do it justice so I simply backed it with bubblegum pink and quilted it as is.

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My Dresden Obsession

History of the Dresden Plate

The first known example of a dresden plate can be found in the infamous ‘Anna Tuels Quilt’ dated 1785.

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The Dresden block however did not derive its name until the height of its popularity in the 1920’s and ’30’s.

It was during the great depression that it became increasingly neccesary to use even the smallest scraps of fabric.  The Dresden plate is certainly a pattern that lends itself to a cohesive and striking quilt using a range of different fabrics.

It was also known as Grandmothers Fan, Sunburst, Sunflower and Dahlia among names but became known as the Dresden plate after the rise in popularity of porcelain plates from Dresden in Germany.

Here is an example of a dreden plate quilt circa 1930 American Folk Art Museum.

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Completed Quilts, Free Motion Quilting

Applique and Free Motion Quilting

With the excitement of Christmas its been a little quiet on the blog front.  Christmas tree is up,  carols are playing.  I love Christmas.  Last weekend we made an escape to the Christmas markets in Cologne.  Christmas lights, mulled wine and good company.  It was fabulous. Cold but fabulous.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on this little applique tree quilt for several weeks now.  Its been several weeks because I did the applique, basted it and started quilting only to get halfway through quilting and discover that it simply wasnt going to work the way I wanted it to.  I put it aside until I could decide how to continue and there it languished for weeks, threatening to become an eternal UFO (Unfinished Object).

This week however I got up the courage to pull out my free motion foot (which I purchased almost six months ago and have simply not been brave enough to use) and I put needle to fabric…

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When I first started I was trying really hard to control the quilting and to be super precise but as I went along I relaxed a little and the quilting flowed and the pattern created itself.

Its not completley finished, but its going to have to wait until after Christmas – its time to move from the sewing room to the kitchen.  I can almost smell all the Christmas goodies already.

Merry Christmas everyone!