Dizzy Dresdens – The Pieces are Done, Man!

Dizzy Dresdens – The Pieces are Done, Man!

Congratulations to me! I now have a quilt top for Dizzy Dresdens!

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When we left Dizzy Dresdens, it was the four striped dresdens in the center. I added a small circle applique in the center of the four green blocks. The corners are large triangles of white fabric with 1/2 chevron dresdens tucked in the corners.

I started to make quarter chevron dresdens to save time/fabric but soon realized that I needed a full half to complete the effect. Here it is before applique.

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And here it is getting cut to size. I know – it looks like I’ve lost my mind, but check it out when I turn it over to cut it.

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I don’t lose a single complete point. If I had only done a quarter dresden, it would not have fanned all the way to the edges creating a very different effect.

I finished this up late and was determined to get the back ready. I really like plain quilt backs that make the quilting work pop. This quilt is 60×60 so I would have to use a piece of WAY too wide fabric or put two 44″ together which would create a seam right down the back that I really don’t want. I decided that I had enough of the stripe fabric left to do something a little interesting. I set off to calculating –

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Then started sewing…

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UGH! Remember what I said about forcing it late at night?? Backwards! dang. Alright, seam ripping at midnight to try again and ended up with this.

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I’m really happy with the way this is coming together. It is taking FORever, but I think it is pretty darn cool!

I’m still a bit distracted with the technical side of switching platforms from Blogger to WordPress. My crafting has slowed down significantly! I’m going to keep working at it and will share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. If you follow me on bloglovin, be sure to check your feed and make sure you’re following the active one: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/9760557.

Bonus – Do you know what movie the title of this post references?

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51 Comments

  1. Love this quilt! Your use of the chevrons and stripes is genius! Great job 🙂

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    • Thank you Karen! I’m happy you like it. 🙂

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  2. The title of your quilt is so fitting! I love the dresdens 🙂

    I’m thinking up a quilt for fall with Dresden and I know a lot of people had problems with the plates laying flat. Did you also share this struggle?

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    • I did have some trouble! I figured out how to fix it though – a little bit of lightweight embroidery stabilizer made all the difference in the world. I have a post that shows the bunching around the dresdens that didnt have the stabilizer vs those that did:

      http://theboredzombie.com/2013/07/dizzy-dresdens-applique-and-trusting-instincts.html

      Another thing I noticed – if the seam allowance is off, the dreden will still make a circle but will create a little “fold over” down the side of the pointed piece when pressed. Easy Peasy fix though, I just adjusted the seam allowance where I saw the folds before I appliqued them down.

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  3. Dropped by from N&T Thursday. Your quilt looks great and I love the four corners – you’re so right that it wouldn’t have looked so good with quarter Dresdens there – this way they’re popping at you. Oh and it’s a pattern by Victoria, we’re in the same Quilt Guild 🙂

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  4. Really nice……front and back!

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  5. This one just keeps blowing my away! Fantastic work Susan, can’t wait to see it all quilted up!!

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    • Thank you! I’m looking forward to it too. 🙂

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  6. Wow! Susan, this looks fabulous. I thought the center was the whole quilt. I have to say those corner pieces really make it stunning! The back is awesome too. Can’t wait to see how you quilt it.

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    • Why thank you! I agree, the white is really what makes it. I think the binding is going to be my favorite part on this one. If I could just get to work and get that quilting done!

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  7. The result is amazing! You must have been very patient.

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  8. Wow!! I love your Dresden project!
    I just made 4 Dresden blocks and I don’t have enough of the matching background fabric to make more blocks. I love your idea of putting them on point (didn’t think of that) and adding 4 more corners. Mind if I steal it? 😉

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    • Oh please do! I’ve love to see it too. I keep my on QTquilters, if I miss it and you think about it, ping me! 🙂

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