April 1, 2011

Happy Dresden Flowers

I made these Dresdens last year in the spring time in my quilt along. The kids call this the flower quilt: Happy Dresden Flowers. I was too lazy to take pictures of it earlier in winter light. I've been a terribly lazy photographer and actually have two finished quilts that met the same fate. Once a finished quilt ends up on a bed it doesn't get its picture taken. It might take another year to get this finished so I'd better share the work in progress.

30s Irish Chain Dresden Plate Quilt 
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I chose the Irish chain because there was space and I was on a nine-patch kick for a while last year. It just seemed more fun than sashing. I already have the hand quilting pictured in my head for those spaces.

30s Irish Chain Dresden Plate Quilt 
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I figured out how to paper piece the traditional ice cream border using Golden Threads tracing paper. Yeah... I have to get to that part. There doesn't seem to be a tutorial on this at all and most Dresden quilts today use a solid border! I spent hours looking in frustration, but I didn't find anything that looked right. Michelle had a beautiful picture of her grandmother's quilt that she sent me a pattern tracing of, but I realized that I had to increase or decrease the size to make it work along two 18 inch blocks. So...

On the copier, I messed with this pattern, called the Friendship Ring or Aster Quilt in this book,  until I had the right widths to fit my quilt. Yeah, fancy borders have lots of math.

I am not sure you have heard of Ruby McKim and her patterns, but she was one of the top quilters of the 30s. Her work was published in One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns in 1931. Many of her patterns were released in magazines and newspapers and she sold quilt kits and precut kits associated with her book. I bet you she would have been a popular blogger today. The book is free online now at her family's website and worth a look through! Some of her embroidery patterns like Roly Poly Circus are still being sold. I adore Monica's. When I saw the hand writing on most of the patterns I let out an squeak since I had it in my sewing room the whole time! (The garish 1962 version instead of the soft lavender 1931 version.)

Here is one of my favorite parts.

THE DRESDEN PLATE QUILT
A PICTURESQUE quilt named for exquisite old-world china comes to us as the Dresden Plate. It must be of dainty colors, irregularly placed so the whole will blend as a flower garden.

Our pattern, No. 419 at 10c, gives cutting units for blocks and border, even for the border corner, with instructions. Or this pattern sheet is included in order 419A at 20c which also has twenty different ready-cut prints for one block. These are finest 80-square prints, specially selected patterns in lovely light colors, and enough for 20 blocks ready-cut is order No. 419X at $.2.00; or No. 419M at $4.00 includes the 20 background squares and ready-cut border for foot and sides. It is left straight across the top.


So, if you were wondering if I got to play with my fabric yesterday, I did at 11:00 at night and should have my units completed for a Supernova block today. Yay! My giveaway comments will also close today. If you haven't entered today is your last chance!

I am adding this to Whoop Whoop Friday and see you Monday!

22 comments:

  1. Fantastic! The irish chain looks great with the plates. That border is a neat idea.

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  2. Oh my gosh, I just love the colours and the setting you've chosen for your dresdens! I can't wait for ice cream border. It is going to be the happiest quilt ever! Great job!

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  3. I love the quilt. Somewhere, I have several Dresden plate blocks from my grandmother. Not enough for a quilt, but, with your Irish chain idea, I think I could make it work. Now to just find the blocks again. Maybe my son could help me with the math for the border.

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  4. I love, love, love your Dresden Irish chain!

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  5. Love your Dresden, and thanks for the link to One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns.. Great site.

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  6. That is so so so pretty, I love the colors you chose!

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  7. Did we ever see this before? I don't remember and I was in your quilt-along! It's just gorgeous, Kristen. It's going to be even more awesome with that border. Thanks for the link to the old quilt patterns. I've bookmarked it to look at later. Stuff like that reminds me of how my grandmother would have quilted and what she may have been looking at back then in her quilting heyday.

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  8. Wowwowowow!! That is such a lovely quilt! I just can't get enough of color filled flowers like that! Must be a spring thing :)

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  9. What a great idea to combine the two patterns - so beautiful!! Whoop Whoop!!

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  10. Oh, you dresdens are just perfect set between the rainbow of irish chains, I L.O.V.E. it!!!
    I hear you on the math of the borders, yours will be great, and so worth the extra work.
    Really. This Is Beautiful ~
    :-}pokey

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  11. I am so inspired by your quilt - I'm making one similar and was having trouble trying to figure out what to do along with the Dresdens - I love the nine-patches! Hmm....

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  12. I love the dresden plates! I have been itching to try some myself. Love this!

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  13. It's a very nice combination of the patterns! The colors are very springy:) Beautiful!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous Dresdens and I just love the setting -- I've never seen that before! Can't wait to see more! Whoop Whoop!

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  15. I've never tried the Dresden design myself, but I'm totally digging your quilt. Because I secretly LOVE Irish chain quilts too. Shhhh.... don't tell anyone. LOL! Sew On! Love your blog1

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  16. I just found your post via Leila at Sewn.
    This is simply stunning. I'm off to have a look through your blog.

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  17. WOWOWOWOW
    I LOVE IT!!
    I have a dresden quilt on the go and I really want to make the ice cream border too... Are you going to post a tutorial of how to do it? I have been trying to find something to help me in the web but there is nothing!
    I cant wait to see yours!!!
    Hugs
    Sandy

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  18. By the way... have you seen this one?
    http://www.txstrsrs.com/dresdenplate.htm
    I love that border!
    But.. I dont have a clue of how to make it! :(

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  19. Kristen, I just came across your Dresden/Irish chain picture and am in love with it. For Christmas, I'm making some Dresden tablerunners for my children, a lot of work, but worth it, since they really appreciate the handmade items they receive from me. You mention that your blocks are 18", but was wondering if you could give me the dimensions on your 9 patch squares that make up the other 18" blocks. Thanks, Sylvia

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  20. Thank you! I used measurements that are divisible by 3. 18.5 => 6.5 => 2.5 Think of them as all being 9 patches. Hope that helps!

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