Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dresden Plate Blocks, A Charger and Table Runner

Back in the city one day and I'm already at the local quilt shop, Quiltz - they had a sale, 30% off all fabrics and I needed a 30's repro for my vintage 30's DP's that I bought from eBay a while back.
After some deliberation I chose this........
I think it goes nicely, don't you? There appears to be a preponderance of blue fabrics in these DP's and this fabric looked best with them IMHO! After all, isn't that what counts, my quilt, my choice, no quilt police allowed!
I bought three yards to make all the setting triangles-I am setting the blocks on point- and I also need enough for the center circles and the binding.

The maker of these had already drawn an outline of the quilting design she planned for the centers, if you click on the image for a close up you can see her designs.

Three or four of the blocks came with muslin centers like these....

but the rest were like this, missing their centers and since I have no hope of matching this very old muslin I think it best if I replace the circles with the same fabric as the setting triangles.

Then this evening I just came across this adorable Dresden Plate charger and table runner on the Bitty Bits & Pieces blog, with a really nice tutorial on Moda Bakeshop and if you don't feel able/ in the mood to make them Kimberly is actually giving away a charger so you could get lucky! If you are at all interested check it out, the tutorial is very good and the whole set is really pretty and sweetly old fashioned.
Now I just happen to have a few bits and pieces left from my DP eBay purchase that will not fit into my quilt, so I think I will have to make one of the chargers.
Yikes, another project...........

9 comments:

GARI said...

Are you going to be hand quilting these? I have 6 dresdens that I plan to set this week and then I have to figure out how to machine quilt them. I am not very proficient in custom quilting so this will be a new challenge for me.

Deborah said...

these are going to be lovely

Gramma 2 Many said...

What's keeping you girl? Get busy!!! They so much remind me of the ones my grandma made. The ones my aunt stole when grandma passed. She took every quilt she could get her hands on and she was not even gramma's daughter. 44 years later and feelings are still raw.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home GF!!! As I am sure you have noticed it is still hot as hinges!!! Awesome fabric choice (per usual - as you have a good eye), will be beautiful. Thanks so much for for my b-card and gift certificate---Luv You Loretta

Miri said...

Great blocks and your fabric choice looks like a good one! I love how the original lady was thinking and even drawing her quilting design while she had tons of blocks to finish-that's me!:)

Lis said...

Lovely colour combinations, love the Dresden Plate, never tried it though...one day! And 30% off, wow , how could you resist?!!

Reddirt Woman said...

Those spokes around the center plate look like the ends off of ties. I wonder if one could use ties to make that block? I may have to start going to garage sales looking for ties and try out the idea.

Hugs

Kate said...

I saw the Dresden Plate post on Modabakeshop and fell in love!! I actually have the template from a BUNCH of years ago and never used it. (go figure!) When I saw the post I decided to make some chargers for my daughters for Christmas. I may end of just doing table runners depending on how detailed this is to put together. I'm super excited!

I'd love to see how your's turn out. The fabric is fabulous. :)

GRACE said...

ros, your retreat photos are sooo luscious! you are tempting me big time here....i want to go!!!