Monday's mail brought something wonderful...Heather Mulder Peterson's new book, Stop, Drop and Roll--thank you Heather!!! This is a terrific book; not only do I want to make every single quilt, but I also love the fact that Heather gives measurements for using either jelly rolls or fat quarters for every project. There are some great applique' patterns inside as well that go wonderfully with her designs. You can see the quilts on Heather's blog post here (she also has another new book coming out that you can see here).
I've been sewing, sewing, sewing the last few days...18 yards of beautiful sky blue satin and organza into a prom dress that is coming along well (last night younger daughter said she liked it)! I've sewn nearly every seam with french seams, the bodice is lined and underlined, and I've even used my rolled-hem foot that worked beautifully. The bodice and skirt are done; once I sew them together and put the zipper in I will be breathing a lot easier. Thankfully, my friend Dawn was at a quilt shop Monday and picked up the latest issue of Quilt Sampler for me--I love this magazines and can't wait to read it (thanks Dawn)!
I just had to share a picture of my lovely honeysuckle...I have several honeysuckle plants in the back yard around the patio...and this time of year the aroma is wonderful! I wish I could just sit outside all day and sew.
I've had a lot of requests for more information on the Dresden blocks. First, there is a wonderful tutorial for making the blocks on Stephanie's blog here (her post today has some WONDERFUL Dresden blocks, too). The template manufacturer also has a great web-site here with free tutorials, information and patterns for their templates. It takes 20 dresdens to make a complete circle, and then you also need fabric for the center circles. Since all charm packs have different numbers of squares in them, there will still be a little math left for you to do, but here are the numbers I put in my notebook to have when shopping. First, you'll need to decide how many blocks you want to make and then multiply that number by 20 (that will give you the number of templates you'll need to cut ). Dresden templates from one inch up to and including the five inch size can be cut from charm squares (these sizes can also be cut from jelly roll strips). The first number in the following list will be the template size, and the number following it in parenthesis is the number of templates you can cut from one charm square. 1 (16), 1.5 (9), 2 (6), 2.5 (6), 3 (3), 3.5 (2), 4 (2), 4.5 (2), 5 (2). So to make 6 blocks using the 5" template I first multiply 6 by 20 to make 120 templates; then I divide 120 by 2 (the number of templates that I can cut from each charm square). That gives me 60...so I need 60 charm squares plus an additional 6 charms for the 6 circle centers (or other fabric for the circle centers). I hope that made sense. I really think using a charm pack (or several) is a great way to make these Dresden blocks and get a great variety of fabrics. Using charm packs from different fabric lines is also a great idea!
Have a wonderful day...oh, and this morning my husband asked what I wanted for Mother's Day--of course I told him fabric!!!