Hi all and welcome to Sew at Home Mummy, and to the next stop in the "Dare to Dresden" blog hop!
A big thanks to our head cheerleader, Mdm Samm at Sew WE Quilt!, and our cheerleader for the hop, Christine at Quilt Monster in my Closet!
When I saw this hop on Mdm Samm's blog, I thought - huh! Never done a Dresden before, let's give it a go and see if I can put a modern spin on it.
So I'm going to just list a few tips here for those whom have never 'Dresdened'... just really more the tips and tricks I thought useful during the construction of this beauty!
Once you're done here, you should head over to the other ladies on the hop today - here is the schedule:
January 25th, 2013
Sew at Home Mummy: **You are HERE!!**
I started with the "Wine Cellar" Colorstory FQB from Kona, some Kona white, and pictured here is a Riley Blake polka dot I was going to use for the center, but decided against at the last minute - ended up using Kona Med Grey. Also useful is a Dresden ruler and a 1/4" presser foot.
Tip: Put some InvisiGrip on the back of your Dresden ruler - the ruler is SUPER slippery and is difficult to hold still while cutting! (I have a previous post on InvisiGrip HERE)
Tip: in reference to the pic below: (I'm sorry I didn't take a pic of this, thought of it later) trim the top corner on an angle center-out to seam line (see red line below). This'll allow a nice sharp point when you turn your petal.
Tip: Fold the petal lengthwise in half; finger press. Use the finger press line to align your seam with to ensure a nice, straight and even end.
Tip: when you lay your Dresden out on your background, secure it with a lot of pins so it doesn't shift while you're sewing it in place.
Tip: I made a little stencil for myself to trace a guide in each petal for quilting lines.Finished project, 20" x 23":
|"He loves me, ..."|
Close up of my very first free motion quilted project!!! I'm pretty proud of myself, I think it turned out not too bad!
Now for the giveaway!
My beautiful friend Linh at LiMa Sews heard that I was participating in this hop, and she wanted to offer up the chance to win a giveaway from her store to everyone who stopped by!
She has a gorgeous store - lots of Designer Riley Blake solids and some beautiful bundles, just to name a few! (There's a Joel Dewberry bundle there I've been coveting... don't tell my husband! lol)
Linh has offered up one 8-piece fat quarter bundle of the new line, "New Leaf" by independent design house Daisy Janie, for one lucky winner!
It is 100% GOTS-certified cotton, from planted seed to packaged bolt.
leave a comment here telling me whether you've ever 'dared to Dresden' before, and what the project was.
If you'd like a second entry in the giveaway, follow my blog and leave a comment saying you did so.
If you'd like a third entry, head over to Linh's store and tell me which precut bundle you love the most!
Giveaway is now closed! Good luck to those who entered :)
Contest fine print:
The contest is open to international respondents. I'll use Random.org to choose a winner.
The contest here on my blog will be open from January 24 - January 31.
If you're a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave your email address in your response. If a no-reply blogger wins and doesn't leave their email in their comment, I'll randomly choose another winner.
Good luck, and happy hopping!!
And, again, a HUGE thank you to Mdm Samm and Christine for organizing this hop!