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March 27, 2017
Dresden Plate Party! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We've been having a party making Dresden Plates with the new Dresden Plate Template Set!


Dad has been piecing dozens of Dresden Plates together since January and I love seeing the variety of quilt blocks you can create using the templates. You can mix and match the templates in many ways to create a huge variety of Dresden Plate Quilt Blocks.

The easiest way to make a creative Dresden Plate is by changing the way the petal edges are finished. Let's learn how to finish the edges of the petals four different ways in this new quilting tutorial ...

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March 20, 2017
Quilty Box! Color Wheel Quilt Blocks from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's Quilty Box time! Yep, this is a post with affiliate links to support our business. I received an awesome box of gear this month filled with beautiful fabrics and supplies selected by Allison Glass and I challenged myself to make this pretty Color Wheel Block with the fabrics:


I've made many Dresden Plates over the last few weeks, but this is the first plate I cut into a circle to create a wheel block. It's not hard, but I do recommend having a good circle cutter to make it easier. I like the True Cut 360 ...

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March 8, 2017
WIP Wednesday - the colourful ones! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner


In between getting ready for our Modern Irish Quilters Sewing Day this past weekend, I have been preparing samples for a Quilt-As-You-Go class showing the ticker tape process and using scraps to make a wall hanging like Wilbur and QAYG panels like this version of a pattern by Stitched in Color called Bottled Rainbows


Rachel's pattern uses 16 rectangles to make up the quilt.  I'm using 9 bigger square blocks measuring 20" square.  I don't have as much variety in my scraps to get panels of both orange and tangerine so I've tried to come up ...

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March 4, 2017
Hate Curved Piecing??? from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Is the curved piecing on the Dresden block driving you nuts? As I have learned over the years, there is usually more than one way to create a block. From my point of view, there is no right or wrong way as long as it gives you the same results as what the pattern is trying to achieve. Well my friend, Lea at Podunk Pretties has taken my Dresden BOM directions and shown a great tutorial on an alternative way to do the center circle. For those of you who hate curved piecing this is a great alternative method for ...

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Hate Curved Piecing??? from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Is the curved piecing on the Dresden block driving you nuts? As I have learned over the years, there is usually more than one way to create a block. From my point of view, there is no right or wrong way as long as it gives you the same results as what the pattern is trying to achieve. Well my friend, Lea at Podunk Pretties has taken my Dresden BOM directions and shown a great tutorial on an alternative way to do the center circle. For those of you who hate curved piecing this is a great alternative method for ...

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February 7, 2017
Enchanted Blog Tour and baby quilt from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone!  The Enchanted Blog Tour is going strong!  It’s my day to show off this beautiful new fabric line, Enchanted, designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow for Riley Blake Designs.  Make sure to read all the way to the end for information about Dodi’s giveaway!!!

Enchanted Blog Tour with Dodi Poulsen and Riley Blake Designs

Enchanted  Blog Tour

There are so many fun and whimsical prints in this fabric collection, I had a hard time choosing just a few.  So, I decided to play with ALL of them in this adorable Enchanted Dresden Baby Quilt.  There is enough variety in this fabric collection ...

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February 1, 2017
February's Blocks, A Cute Puppy and Chicken! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

This month are a couple of cute blocks, a puppy and chicken. I can't even count how many dogs my grandparents had over the years while all of us were growing up. I can say my least favorite dog was Barney, a St. Bernard. Barney was a sweet dog and I probably would have loved him if we would have started out on a better foot. Here's my version of the story.... Imagine a thirteen year old who, well was a typical thirteen year old girl, fussy about her hair and outfits. When I first met Barney he ...

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February's Blocks, A Cute Puppy and Chicken! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

This month are a couple of cute blocks, a puppy and chicken. I can't even count how many dogs my grandparents had over the years while all of us were growing up. I can say my least favorite dog was Barney, a St. Bernard. Barney was a sweet dog and I probably would have loved him if we would have started out on a better foot. Here's my version of the story.... Imagine a thirteen year old who, well was a typical thirteen year old girl, fussy about her hair and outfits. When I first met Barney he ...

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January 15, 2017
The Mystery Piece... from Quilt Doodle Doodles

There seems to be a mystery piece in the January directions for the Quilt Doodle BOM. I've gotten tons of email about the mysterious 'B'. I have no great explanation.... the software I use for designing kicked the 'B' piece out for me. I left this 'B' piece on the pattern sheet, it was a complete oversight on my part to leave it there with no explanation. While working on this block I decided there's an easier way to make this 'piece' of the quilt so I drew up the wedge piece with the 'fold' marked on it ...

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The Mystery Piece... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

There seems to be a mystery piece in the January directions for the Quilt Doodle BOM. I've gotten tons of email about the mysterious 'B'. I have no great explanation.... the software I use for designing kicked the 'B' piece out for me. I left this 'B' piece on the pattern sheet, it was a complete oversight on my part to leave it there with no explanation. While working on this block I decided there's an easier way to make this 'piece' of the quilt so I drew up the wedge piece with the 'fold' marked on it ...

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January 1, 2017
January's Blocks! A sweet little kitten and piggy! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Happy New Year! I finally have this month's posting done! Sometimes technology fights with me and things take a little time. Which reminds me of all the long car rides we took to grandma and grandpa's house! They lived on a farm in North Dakota and we lived either in Texas, New York or the closest state, Minnesota. We were always so anxious to get to grandma's! I've been so anxious to get this posted that it seems it has taken be twice as long, sorta like how all those car rides felt. So for this ...

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January's Blocks! A sweet little kitten and piggy! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Happy New Year! I finally have this month's posting done! Sometimes technology fights with me and things take a little time. Which reminds me of all the long car rides we took to grandma and grandpa's house! They lived on a farm in North Dakota and we lived either in Texas, New York or the closest state, Minnesota. We were always so anxious to get to grandma's! I've been so anxious to get this posted that it seems it has taken be twice as long, sorta like how all those car rides felt. So for this ...

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December 27, 2016
A Black & White Christmas from caledonia quilter

Modern quilt, from a Drunkard's Path base.

Love the pillow ticking fabric.

Modern Dresden Fan.

The turquoise really pumps up the black & white prints.

Labyrinth quilt.  So graphic!

You don't dare mix up your piecing with this quilt.

I knocked off work at 2:30 pm on the 24th.  Went directly upstairs and cracked open the Baileys.

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December 16, 2016
Scrappy Dresden Baby Quilt from Pink Doxies


No Pressure Quilts

Can I tell you what I love most about making baby quilts?  I love that when someone looks at this quilt, it's only going to be for a moment before their eyes go back to the new baby. They aren't going to see the little imperfections you and I might pick apart with our eyes. This is about the baby--not the quilt! No pressure. But for the sake of letting you in on what I learned, I'll pick apart the process. 


I made this after watching Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co. make ...

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December 12, 2016
Mish Mash Monday: Piecing, Projects, & Partnerships from Pink Doxies



A Little Bit Sweet

Oh, Sweet Monday! Through the wonders of air travel, I woke up in foggy Florida, and was back in a snowy Ohio by lunchtime. I was travelling very light, and my computer was stashed at home--not my choice. My little phone had such a workout to stay connected, but with big limitations for me. Can I please do a quick catch up for you?

Last Friday morning I started a quickie project with 2.5" strips, and a Creative Grids ruler. I turned out this Dresden Plate early in the morning, then used the rest of ...

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December 10, 2016
Deck The Halls Blog Hop for Benartex from madebychrissied

Wall Hanging/Table Topper tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Deck The Halls Blog Hop.

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December 8, 2016
How To Make A Dresden Plate Blade Template from madebychrissied

How To Make A Dresden Plate Blade Template @madebyChrissieD.com

Don't have a Dresden Blade template and want to make a Dresden Plate in a hurry?
This is how you can make your own.


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November 23, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving. . . already??? from Blooming in Chintz

Well, Thanksgiving is already here, can anyone believe it?  I'm not sure where the last few months have gone.  I know I feel like someone pushed me off a speeding train and I am still living back in July.  I never seem to be ready for this time of year, but like it or not, I've had to get a grip and come to terms with the fact that the holidays are really here.

I thought I was actually ahead of the game for once when I was inspired in early September to work on a fall-inspired quilt ...

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November 12, 2016
Friends, Please Bring a Dresden Plate from The Chester County Criswell Quilt



Dresden Plate is the most familiar name for this block but other traditional names are Aster, Friendship Ring and Sunflower.



The pattern wasn't well known until the late 1920s.  Ruby McKim calls it Friendship Ring.  Her pattern has twenty petals and she suggests a quilt border of individual petals.  It is a Friendship Ring because 'one usually has to call upon many friends for a proper assortment' of different patterned materials.



This is a 12 inch block.  I traced the petals onto washaway applique sheets, ironed each petal onto the fabric and hand stitched like English paper piecing.  The ...

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November 10, 2016
Small Christmas makes - Fabric Wreath's and Dresden Cushions! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner


Our branch of the Irish Patchwork Society usually has a demo or two before our meeting officially starts and from time to time I make up a project with step outs to share with the group. In order to try and recruit new members some of us are also doing demonstrations in a local haberdashery shop in town, so I have been making Christmas cushions, table runners and fabric wreaths and step by step bits to show how to put them together!


Last year, it was all hexagons (trees and snowflakes); this year it’s all about the Dresden Plate ...

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