Friday, July 6, 2012

50th blogpost and quilt top done!

Yaaaay, it's 50th blogpost time! :) I can't believe I'm at 50 already!  And to celebrate I finished my Dresden plate quilt top. Doing the happy dance right now :) Unfortunately it's too late to take some nice photos so I can only provide one that I took in our bedroom. I didn't even have enough space to hang it without bumping in the dresser, I tried to move it out of the way, but there was so much I could move it... See my little 3-D pinwheels in the corners? I love them!

Now here's the dilemma: how should I quilt this? I was thinking to quilt the sashing differently from the blocks themselves. Should I just make the petals look like flowers or simply outline them and stipple the background? I'll have to figure it out soon to be able to keep moving. If you have any ideas please leave a comment below!

In my last post I forgot to mention one of my new favorite quilt books. I pre-ordered Angela Walters' new book Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. It came a few weeks ago (a lot earlier than expected) and I started to go through it  right away. A few days later I decided to start reading it. It was the first quilt book that I read from cover to cover without skipping any parts. I also did it in maybe 3 evenings when I was home by myself. I totally recommend it if you need ideas for machine quilting. The illustration is just incredible and I love her explanations, they're very simple and understandable. The quilts are very inspiring. It will definitely be my go-to book. I was even thinking to start practicing her designs after I quilted the Dresden top. 

I've go to run now, but hopefully I'll be back soon!

'Til we blog again! :)


  1. So pretty! I love pink so I love this quilt! Not sure about the quilting. I would probably do what you said. Maybe your new book will give you ideas?!

  2. Pretty quilt indeed! Outlining the petals and stippling the background does sound lovely!

  3. It is so beautiful. I love the pinwheels in the corners.

  4. Oh Kati, it's simply beautiful, you must be so pleased :) I think it's so light and delicate that it would be a shame to overload it with heavy quilting that might detract from the Dresden plates. I have 2 ideas - one has already been said and it's what you said yourself, outline the plates and stipple the background to make the plates stand out. My other idea is to stitch 1/4" from the ditch on either side of the ditch but with no lines actually crossing each other thereby creating a square outlining each plate and rectangles within each sash (if you get what I mean?). Oh and the 3D pinwheels are just adorable :)

  5. This is really pretty. Do you seriously recommend ANgela's book. I only know how to straight line quilt and I am so afraid to try anything else. So many times quilt books are a disappointment.
    Let me know.
    thanks, di

  6. Thanks for your link to the Dresden quilt. I love it! If you need to drive yourself crazy about how to quilt the top, just plunk in Dresden plate quilts in Pinterest! I have (what do they call those sections?) a whole section devoted to Dresdens, and another called Quilting the Quilt. Angela Waters is doing a class on so there's another idea! Could you let me know how to make a firm decision on quilting? :D Have fun!


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