Thursday, July 6, 2017

Doing the Dresden Spin

Dresdens: a fun block.  This went together well with the templates from the pattern by Edyta Sitar.  It is an oldie. She has a more modern looking one; check out her blog.

But I have had these dresdens made and appliqued to large squares. The layout had even been planned, cut out, and partially assembled. I believe I started this at least 7 or so years ago, but think it is longer... maybe 10 years. Piecing the dresdens was fun; my goal was to use as many different fabrics as possible, all Thimbleberries. 

My delay was what to do with the points as they were not tacked down on the sides. I just decided to  machine applique them with YLI's monofilament.  I am not thrilled with the effect, but I am thinking done is better than perfect. Here is the completed top.  Off to the quilter tomorrow.  I would like some designs in the large triangles, maybe feathers?  

Yes! !!! Another UFO out of the way, and flimsy together. 

Secondly, here is the latest Blockheads block.  Nice 6 and a half inch block.

Have you ever had a day where things just don't go together as well? Yesterday, I had that day.  I remade a friendship star.  Easy peasy.  Maybe to assemble.  Just make sure your layout is right.  It took 2 more tries for me., and then the same thing happened with this block. But it is done, too.

Here are all 18, so far.  For 17, I made the piecework version by Lisa Bongean. I liked the flags, but just didn't want to applique it. 


  1. Those are the days that I figure that I need to be reading, not stitching. Glad you got everything fixed. Nice quilt top.

  2. Loooooove that dresden quilt!!!

  3. Dresden Spin is coming along nicely - thank you for sharing it on Midweek Makers

  4. A really nice group of blocks, such variety. Have you decided how to put them together? That will be nice to see. Keep up the good work!

  5. I agree - finished is better than perfect, and I think the quilting in the blank spaces on this quilt will look really great, can't wait to see it when it gets back from the machine quilter.
    Would you mind adding a link back to within your post somewhere? It helps quilters who check out your Design Wall Monday post to be able to link back to my blog and then look at the next design wall. Thanks!

  6. Your blockheads are fabulous! I'm not sure about the flag block yet... I'd like to make one but haven't figured it out yet!