Sunday, May 3, 2009

Moda Charm Plus Easy Dresden!


I've been anxious to try the Easy Dresden ruler Stephanie sent me...and so I gathered the ruler and a Moda charm pack of Collection for a Cause Legacy by Howard Marcus. Using a charm pack you can make the smallest size (one inch) up to the 5" sized Dresden blocks. I decided to start out with a 3 1/2" Dresden which meant I could get two Dresdens cut out of each charm square; since there are 44 squares in this charm pack, I'll be able to make four complete Dresden blocks. I actually did the math and realized that by using a 3" Dresden I could get six complete Dresden blocks from this charm pack--and with two charm packs I could make an entire Dresden quilt using this size template. (If anyone is interested in all the numbers... comment or e-mail me, and I'll give you the numbers of templates that can be cut from each charm square depending on the size template you use).
I love the way this block turned out...what do you think about the Moda Beach House polka dot fabric I'm thinking of using for a background?

It's going to be fun seeing the other blocks come together...they'll all be different since only 20 different Dresdens are needed for one block. I used freezer paper applique' to do the circle for the center...and one charm square is large enough to make each circle.



Making the Dresden block was a lot of fun! I loved the Dresden block made by Vanessa of V and Company and had to make one similar to hers (made out of the "Sweet" line by Moda); however, I used both "Sweet" and "Swell" (the same fabrics I'm using for my Tisket a Tasket blocks by Anne) in my block.

I'm looking forward to a lot of quilting this week...as soon as I finish my daughter's prom dress! Have a wonderful week!

55 comments:

Stephanie said...

oooooooooo and aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. GORGEOUS! See, easy!

Vickie E said...

wow I bought some of that brown dot...and I have tons of legacy charms, honey buns etc. So I would love to have your calculation..I have an easy dresden template.

Terriaw said...

I can't believe how easy dresden plates are with that rule. I have always wanted to make a dresden plate block to frame and hang on the wall, so I should really get one of these rulers. I like that polka dot fabric for the background - it's subtle but gives it movement. I especially love your block in the Sweet fabric line.

Good luck with that prom dress!

Quilt Hollow said...

I've looked for that exact template and have never found it. I think those fabrics on that background are stunning!

dotti white said...

Sherri...I love the background for your dresden plate! It is so beautiful. I think I will have to do a lot of other small projects and then move toward trying that. I admire your work--it is very precise. The Sweet and Swell is so, well, sweet! Those fabrics are just delicious to look at! Did you have fun at the women's conference? Have a great week!

Tara said...

I'm gonna have to try that! Love the polka dots for a background!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I take it you are also recommending the easy dresden ruler? Your first is perfect and yes, the Lakehouse dot looks great with it.

Sandy said...

I'm going to have to look for Collection for a Cause....love the browns and pinks. Great block!

Carol said...

I would also love to have your calculations for the Dresden block. Love both of your blocks. And would you share the name of the Dresden template?
libertythreads@charter.net

ferne said...

I really like it! All of it! I think you should post a little more about the measurements. I love that you can use charm packs that makes it all go together so nicely.

jabeybaby said...

Your dresden blocks are beautiful and I love the polka dot fabric! I would also like to have your measurements for your blocks.
jabeybaby@yahoo.com

Julie Isa said...

love them! gets me thinkin' i should finish mine!

Millie said...

What a neat ruler for the charm packs. Thanks for sharing and your blocks are gorgeous.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, you see that is the one problem I have with quilting, the MATH!! I love your work and would love to see your daughters prom dress!

Nedra said...

The Dresden Plates are wonderful. You'll have to bring your Japanese books next time we get together so I can peruse with you.

another amy said...

Sherri, These are beautiful. I love how different the look turns out based on the fabric - how old-fashioned and antique the Collection for a Cause looks and how fun and cheerful it looks out of the Urban Chicks collections. Really great.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sherri, I think your hooked and what a great pattern to be hooked on. Love the blocks you made.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Vicki said...

Okay, I am coming over!! You have a lot to share with me...

Material Mary said...

Love the Dresden blocks. I got the ruler when Kim at Bitty Bits and Pieces showed hers. I would be interested in the math for the charm squares. My email is meatsmj@aol.com. Thanks for sharing.
Mary

Darlene said...

Beautiful!!! I finally got a template yesterday - I'd love it if you'd share your numbers with me!

ivoryspring said...

LOVELY - Sherri! The browns looks so classy!

Will you post a picture of the prom dress when it is completed?

Joy said...

Love your dresden plates!! They're one of my favourite blocks :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Mel said...

The Dresden block is one of the few techniques left that I want to do. Your post is very pursuasive!

Beautiful fabrics in all 'plates' posted, I love the polka dot background!

Carol said...

That background is perfect...I love it. That is going to be just beautiful.

Sheri Howard said...

I STILL love that Swell, and Sweet line of fabric. You are making your daughter's prom dress? GOOD FOR YOU! I am so happy to see people start to sew clothing again...(I think since the apron craze started) Don't you just hate to take a 5/8 seam? It almost is such a waste of fabric! Make sure you post it, we all want to see!

Shasta said...

They are both beautiful. I would love to know HOW you did your calculations. I should have paid better attention in geometry class!

Chookyblue...... said...

I have got to get one of those dresdan plate rulers........

Jackie said...

Sherri, I just love it! I do love the dots for the background... Go with it! Can't wait to see more!

Karen said...

Now this is interesting. I have some charms that could go into something like this.

Kathie said...

love this idea, I need to find one of these rulers too!
would love to know the math formulas!
thanks
Kathie

Kathie said...

love this idea, I need to find one of these rulers too!
would love to know the math formulas!
thanks
Kathie

madrekarin said...

Beautiful! Hmm, Mother's Day is almost here. I wonder what my kids would say if I suggested they get me a ruler?

Linda said...

I agree with everyone else, they are just gorgeous, and I love the dots as the background fabric.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love the dresden plates. But your work is really the stunning part. I've made several of these so I'm impressed with your quality of work. The fabrics are really wonderful.

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love you blocks. Did you hand applique them or machine? Also, make sure to post a picture of the prom dress!

QuiltedSimple said...

How pretty and looks so easy!
Kris

Lauren said...

Wow! I love the polka dot background and I also love it in the bright colors!
I can't wait to see your daughters prom dress. That is "sew" exciting!
YAY!

Karen said...

Beautiful fabric and the Dresden ruler is great. I've made 1.5" ones. Can't wait to make more!

Annette said...

That is just so pretty. And what a great idea for the charm squares. Math was never my best subject so I would love to have what you worked out. Thanks for sharing. I've tried dresdens before and wasn't too thrilled with the results. But I think I could do this and want to try again.

Sinta Renee said...

You are tempting me big time! Those blocks turned out so pretty... I love them!

Kaaren said...

That's exactly how I made my Dresden Plate quilt, Sherri. I made mine out of Moda's Madiera and Shangri-la. I'll probably post about it on my blog tomorrow, so come on over and have a look.

I love the fabrics that you used. It's going to look smashing when it's done!

Lovve that template/ruler.

CJ said...

The dresden plate block is beautiful! I hope you post a picture of the PROM DRESS when it is all finished.

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
as I read your post this morning in my reader before hurrying to work I had to smile: I saw your beautiful DPs from Legacy and thought: that would be perfect for the 'Sweet' Layer Cake that's paitiently awaiting the perfect project ;o) ~ and then I scrolled down and saw that you've already had the same idea *lol*. Oh, I have to get the ruler for it {dang, I really shouldn't read your blog...it's desastrous for my account ~ no, just kidding! I won't miss any of your posts!}.
Hugs, Julia

P.S.: yep, I'll soon share my DT3 quilt ;o)

Gwendie said...

Would you be able to post the measurements on your blog? That way, you only have to do it once - I'm sure there are lots of us out there who want them.

Love, love, love your block! I'm usually a reproduction kinda quilter but I have to make one in these fabrics. Absolutely love it!

Gretchen said...

I love your fabric choices--just perfect! I would love to know more about how to cut DP from charm packs. I have oodles of charm packs and no dresden plate quilts.

Carol said...

It would be greatly appreciated if you could send me the calculations!!!???
I love the charm pack you used!Crcliffe@Yahoo.com

w&v said...

V. here...
dear me, I thought you were working on lots of hexagons!! your a surprise! The polka dot background looks great, but you can't miss with those Beach house Fabrics! BEAUTIFUL dresden! Oh My!!how can you get lots of quilting done this week AND a prom dress. YOU are versatile!!and a WONDER!! thanks. V.

Wendy said...

I made some Dresden plates, I should dig that project out to finish it. I love the Sweet and Swell fabrics you did yours in.

Lori Holt said...

I love the dresdon blocks. The browns are so soft and sophisticated and the swell/sweet combo is bright and cheery.
Your work is fabulous and fun to see.
Lori

Threeundertwo said...

I love how these turned out! I have that ruler but I'm embarrassed to say I haven't tried it yet. I never thought to use charm packs. Genius.

Simone de Klerk said...

This definitely looks great Sherri! And so perfectly done. Love the fabric you used too!

Carrie P. said...

Love both versions.

knit to unwind said...

I love your dresden plate blocks. I bought the easy dresden template recently but have yet to start using it, maybe I should, and fast !! I would love to have your calculation. Thanks.

I read that EZ quilting had a chart to show the finished block size for the various width used for each wedge, but was unable to find it on their web site, do you by any chance have this chart too ??

thanks for sharing. happy sewing.

Lay Ngoh
Singapore

englating said...

They look very nice both of them. Good luck with your project..

Marica

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