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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Have you ever....

...met one of those people who never read the fine-print? You know, the type that jump in 'boots and all' without thinking before they leave solid ground? If so, then you've met me.

I had been carefully following Stephanie's Dresden tutorial, freshly printed out (in full colour so I didn't get confused), and propped by the side of my sewing machine guiding my every cut and stitch.
Those little 2 1/2 inch blades were fiddly and my fingers fumbled more than I usually allow them, but I persevered and ended up with 20 sweet blades about 30 minutes later.

But as I got to the part where I'm supposed to sew the 20 blades together, Stephanie's instructions have this to say - "The smaller the blades the fussier they are to work with so here's a 5" blade. I definitely recommend starting with a larger size blade."
Start with the LARGER size??
Yep, that would have been easier. ;-) But I didn't read her instructions, did I.

Thank goodness I was patient and chose to go slow. In the end this is what I created...

Sweet, huh!? I've just found a use for all those 2 1/2 inch strips I save!
I'll work on the centre tonight. Not sure what I'll use...I thought something embroidered or appliqued would be nice, but I'll be printing up Stephanie's extra tutorial for the circle first, and READING it through before I start.

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Finally I found a frame to display Vicki's first "On My Heart" BOM block. You can just see the little Swarovski crystal on the bottom leaf, but it catches the sun in the afternoons. It's hanging above our bed and I just love it!


Have you made a dresden plate block yet?

Hugs
Jenny

27 comments:

Jo in TAS said...

It looks beautiful! You've done a fabulous job. I haven't tried one yet but I might have to one day soon.

zetor said...

Your choice of material is so pretty!

barb's creations said...

I have a quilt i started working on a few years ago and the border has half dresden plates.Lets just say it still osn't finished.....You've inspired me to hunt it out and finish it off.I have soooo many WIP I need another lifetime to finish them all hehehehe :) Barb.

The Faerie Queen said...

That is fabulous, I have not even thought about a dresden plate - it looks far to complicated for me. yes I am one of those people who go in feet first and dont read the instructions until too late. xxx

Fee said...

That's absolutely gorgeous Jen. I love the fabric! :-)

Love Blossom's new slippers too ... I could do with a pair here - it's freezing today!

Fee x

Tozz said...

Jen it looks fabulous and I love your little dresdons :) I am like you and go in boots and all and wonder why things arent going like they should be and so back to the instructions...Hmmm!! Yours has turned out great and I love your Blue Bird in the frame :)

Joy said...

Oh I'm JUST like you Jenny LOLOL!!! I skim through the instructions and think yep, yep, got it .... then realise it could have been soooo much easier. Oh well, you'll know next time he he ... and even if they were a fiddle they've still turned out GORGEOUS!!!! Love the cheery print :o).
Oh, and your On My Heart block is adorable :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Vickie said...

Oh you are sucha bad girl...you are suppossed to be giving your hand a rest not a wrist...your dresden looks lovely and fresh...
my fabrics for my dresden are sitting on the work table along with my wonky's screaming to be completed...
cheers Vickie

Crispy said...

Your dresden is wonderful, I just love the fabrics you used. The very first quilt I ever made was a dresden....no one ever told me they were a challenge to make LOL.

Crispy

GrandmaK said...

Oh my goodness, Jenny. We could find ourselves in the same boat, bailing!!!! How is it I always miss the MOST IMPORTANT words? This was grand!!! Cathy

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Dresden plate was the first quilted piece I ever did! My husband's aunt taught me 25 years ago. I made several pillows from the pieces. After that, I never did anymore!

Your Dresden is lovely! An embroidered center would be stunning as would simply quilting it in a grid pattern.

How did you frame your piece so perfectly? I always seem to get a wrinkle somewhere!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous!!! One of your beautiful stitchery creations would be a perfect center. Smaller is cuter but definitely fussier! Your fabrics are just so pretty.

sonia said...

en Argentina no tenemos ninguna regla para hacer patch, hacemos el Dresde con cartones marcando la tela y con la plancha me encanto como quedo tu trabajo un beso

Robin in New Jersey said...

YOU are such a talented sewer. It looks beautiful!

Stina said...

I knew it.. It looks GORGEOUS!!! :o)))) Long to start mine!! :o)

Terry said...

Your dresden plate is beautiful! I've just bought that tool and have to print out the tutorial and give it a try one of these days. I'll remember to start with the bigger size! :0)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

As soon as I get my sewing room back from use as guest room, I am starting my dresden journey. Reading everyone's experience is sure to help me. I love your little dresden!

why not sew? said...

Oh I love your dresden plate, your framed block too! I have made dresden plates and I enjoyed it. Although mine were not pointed but rounded. I love the colors in yours. Your patience paid off!

Loralynn said...

Your dresden plate is gorgeous! I may have to try that one out! Thanks...just what I need...another project...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Jenny, I made a Dresden Plate 25 years ago when I took my first quilting class. It was the first and ONLY one! Never ventured again :-) Yours looks lovely.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

The dresden plate looks beautiful. I think it might be a while before I try that :))

Nancy said...

I got the bug and bought the ruler also....It's next on my list..
Thanks for the tip, I will start with a bigger size now...

Allie said...

LOL, I read the instructions and just don't comprehend them until I start! That is lovely, Jenny. And I love your framed stitchery, really pretty!

call me crazy said...

I had to giggle at your subject line~ yup, I have! :-)) Your plate is really cute!

Bobbi Jo said...

That is so pretty! I am the same way I don't always read all the directions. he he Maybe that is the way God created creative people.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

CindyMae said...

Oh that looks great! Wonderful work and I can not wait to see what you end up putting in it! Love the framing as well

jugglingpaynes said...

LOL! I love that you didn't read the instructions completely before you started. I do that all the time!

On the plus side, your project came out beautifully, so all's well that ends well!

Peace and Laughter,
Cristina