Monday, December 14, 2009

Dresden Dilemma

I thought it would be fun to make some Dresdens with some of my Christmas stash fabrics. At first I was going to make the Dresden Plate Table Runner by Kim over at the Moda Bake Shop. So, I used 3 3/4" dresdens with a three-inch center just as her pattern calls for. But then I saw this really cute Christmas pillow by Allison over at Cluck. Cluck. Sew. I can't decide which to make now...probably both...but if I use these dresdens for pillows I may not have time to get the runner finished before Christmas. Oh well...there's always next Christmas, right?

Another quilt is bound and washed...this one I was really nervous to wash.

I've never washed a quilt with applique' before...most of the applique'd quilts I make are wallhangings, and I've just never washed one. But I knew I wanted to use this quilt and was just a bit nervous as to what the applique'd blocks would do in the wash...I was pleasantly surprised!


I love the look of the applique'd blocks after they've been washed!


And, I finished a goal this weekend for Kelly's Charming Girls' Quilt Club!


My Cobblestones quilt top is finished. I really enjoyed making this little quilt...a lot of pieces, but so fun! And I loved using four different background fabrics for a scrappy look!
That's all for now...just ten quilting/sewing/stitching days before Christmas! Have a great day!

49 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

Gosh those are the cutest ever!!!

rachel griffith said...

ooooh pillows definitely.
i was drooling over allison's pillows.
{and almost bought one!!!}

your quilts look great!!!
:)

Jenny said...

oh your Christmas dresdens are adorable. whichever you choose will be fabulous!

Luv 2 Kreate said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the appliqued quilt! The fabric is yummy and the quilting is perfect!

Kim Walus said...

I'm loving the Christmas fabric you picked. Either way it's going to be beautiful. I really love your other quilts too!

Stephanie said...

The project doesn't really matter because dresdens are gorgeous in anything...LOVE those Christmas fabrics.

badlandsquilts said...

Love the dresdens...just ordered some Christmas fabric to save for a few next year!

Lisa D. said...

Your dresdens are cute as cute can be! And your applique quilt came out looking great after its washing!

Lurline said...

Gorgeous quilts - love the colours! You will find your applique stands the test of time - use it and enjoy!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Kate said...

Your dresden plates are awesome!! I'm obsessed with them lately myself. I recently made one for a centerpiece for my table. I can't use a tablerunner because I have a round table. But the large dresden plate works great! I also love your applique quilt. It came out great!!! Thanks for posting. Very inspirational!

Cara said...

Those are so lovely! I adore the crinkle that washing adds

paulette said...

Your quilts are gorgeous!! Well done!
Paulette

Paula said...

Very happy Dresden's, to be sure!! Cute.

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love all of them. I just love everything Fig Tree. The applique turned out so cute.

Julia said...

I love them all...
I'm sure youe quilt will wash just fine..
I love the Cobblestones quilt..could be my next project!
Julia ♥

Kaaren said...

Everything you touch turns out wonderfully, Sherri. You must lend me your golden needle.

I look at the first photo and I think I'm in love. Then comes the second and the third and I love them all! Stunning...every single one of them.

Janet said...

I love your Dresden plates! Definately you need to make both the cushions and the runner! :0) I think your quilt washed up great - it looks very snuggly. I'm always a bit nervous about washing applique too.

Jackie said...

The Dresdens are fantastic! I say make the runner and the pillows. But if you have to choose one, make the runner!

Nedra said...

Wow I love those fabrics you chose for the dresdens. Are they from the Hurst sale last year? Either project is going to be wonderful.

Carol said...

OMG those Dresdens are as cute as they can be. Whichever project you pick will be great. Oh the quilt with the applique is wonderful all washed and squishy...love it. Oh and your Cobblestone quilt is soooooooooo good.

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
oh, the quilt is AWESOME, even more in all its washed glory! Hope you'll have many comfy hours under this one.
Regarding the Dresdens: as you've finished a more than beautiful Christmas QUILT I think a Christmassy tablerunner can wait for next year...the pillows will give some instant gratification, won't they? I'm sure you can use that now ;o)
But I'm sure, whatever you decide on, it'll be gorgeous - love that funky Christmas fabric! Could you tell me the name of the red polka dot ~ I'm always on the hunt for the perfect fabric to add to my stash ;o).
Hugs & wishing you a wonderful Advent,
Julia

P.S.: congrats! You are the lucky winner over @ Bonnie's blog! She surely picked the right one ;o)

naoko said...

So beautiful Christmas dressdens! I love your applique.It comes out good and cozy.

Sinta Renee said...

Wow Sherri you have been busy! I love the Dresdens... I say do both! After all... there are 10 whole days left!I love the completed assortment. I want to do the applique one, it's still on the list.

Cindy said...

You're just accomplishing ALOT these days. I'm sure you must be smiling because your creations are just so beautiful.

The dresdens are great!! Isn't Kim the best?

Carol said...

Love your Fig Tree Posie quilt; it looks so cozy after being washed. That is on my to do list for next year, hopefully Jan. or Feb. Oh yeah, love the Cobblestones quilt too, show us again after it's quilted. Good Job!

CJ said...

I would go for the pillows. I LOVE the ones over at Cluck Cluck Sew. Then they are done. :) Start a runner to use next year. Your quilts are lovely. :D

The Quilt Buddy said...

My goodness! It is hard to pick a favorite! I love all things Fig Tree, so of course I love all of your quilts. Congrats on your CGQC finish!

I vote for the pillows.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Love your posies quilt all washed and ready to snuggle. Did you hand applique those? And, the Dresden blocks are so cute! Checked out both the pillow and the table runner -- I see your dilemma! They're both really cute. Love your Cobblestone top --way to sew Sherri!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Sherri,

I think no matter what you decide to do, those dresdens are going to stand out! The colors are just beautiful.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wonderful quilts Sherri!! Whatever you make out of the Dresden's will be cute!

Shasta said...

Wow, you've got a lot of wonderful beautiful finishes to end the year with. Those dresden plates sure are adorable. I can see why you would want to make both projects.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Go for both, love the fabric...and the completed quilts are just o beautiful.

Cardygirl said...

Love the Dresden's...as I always do! The cobblestones look great too.

why not sew? said...

I love your dresdens. Whatever you make will look great. Your quilt and top both look beautiful. I love the fabric you used in the applique quilt!

a little bit biased said...

Oh I love your cameo quilts and your cobblestone quilt. It looks wonderful! I love it after they're washed up! Great quilting, great colors. Good job!

Brenda said...

I would go for the pillows.

QuiltedSimple said...

those quilts are beautiful and i love your dresden plate blocks.....they would make very pretty pillows
kris

Anne Heidi said...

Oooh, decisions, decisions...good thing Christmas comes around every year lol. If you make the runner now, you could make the pillows for next Christmas, or vice versa... Love those Dresdens- they are so pretty!
And your quilt and quilt top are both just gorgeous!

Handmade by Mai said...

Thank you for the link, Your dresden plates are so beautifull

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I LOVE your dresdens! The fabrics are wonderful!

Raegan said...

Love your stuff!!! I am on a sewing pause while we move so seeing your quilts gets me excited to get my sewing machine set up again.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Your quilt are amazing and I adore the Christmas dresdens. I happen to love table runners, but they would look great as pillows too!

Libby said...

The quilt looks so beautiful!
Libby

Carrie P. said...

Oh boy, I just love those dresden plates in those fabrics. So different from the traditional look.
I am like you, I have not washed any of my applique quilts either because most are wall hangings. But I like the look and if I do a bigger quilt I will not be afraid to wash it now.
The cobblestone top is just fabulous. Great job.

Stina said...

Love your new quilts... they are so pretty...
The quilting is lovely...did you make it yourself??

jaybird said...

i vote for pillows!!

Janet said...

What lovely quilts and great finishes. I love the cushion myself because I'm not a table runner type of person.

jen duncan said...

I love these blocks Sherri!

Strlady said...

Sherri your finishes are wonderful! Love Love Love your applique quilt! It looks so cozy and warm. Cobblestone quilt is the bomb! Fabulous!