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A Handmade Christmas Part 2

January 4, 2011

This was one of my very favorite projects to work on.  I got these scraps back in July from my quilty friend Tracey.  She made this gorgeous rainbow dresden and sent me the cut pieces to make another.  Isn’t the internet awesome like that?

dresden 1

It only took about 30 minutes to make the actual dresden.  I used this tutorial to piece it together.  Then I sewed it to the polka dot fabric by hand while I was on a weekend getaway clear back in October.

dresden 2

I quilted it by hand, just sewing a simple quarter fan in each corner.  I wish I could claim that idea as my own, but it wasn’t.  It was Elizabeth‘s.   Brilliant, right?

dresden 3

I also stitched around the whole dresden, and in each of the spokes.  It was originally intended to be a table topper, but since I started my MIL has completely changed her living room and dining room.  And her sewing room.  Luckily, it will fit right in down there as a cute wall hanging.

dresden 4

I backed it with some cute pink and red and turquoise flowers and the binding is a teeny red stripe.

dresden 5

I finished this project sometime in November, and since then I’ve been on the lookout for a dresden ruler so I can make a few of these for my own.  I sort of have a crush on these dresden plates.  And we all know how I have a weakness for having things in every color.  That means rainbow dresdens are completely irresistible.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2011 7:55 am

    I want!:P

  2. January 4, 2011 8:07 am

    That’s really fun! Wouldn’t it be awesome to make one out of some of Creamie’s old clothes? Then she could have it when she gets older and always remember the little dresses she wore. Just an idea. I wish I had fabrics from the clothes I wore when I was little. My grandmother even made some of my clothes too. How fun and pretty and what a great way to dabble in hand quilting, just a little. Thanks for sharing!

  3. January 4, 2011 8:45 am


    Your hand quilting is absolutely fabulous. That is so pretty and bright and the fans in the corners turned out just right! That red stripey binding is fantastic. I just love this! You did such a wonderful job. All of your handmade gifts are so, so thoughtful and sweet. You amaze me!

    xo -El

  4. January 4, 2011 8:46 am

    P.S. I have a Dresden die cuttter for my Go! We’re going to have to get together.

  5. January 4, 2011 12:51 pm

    Those colours are beautiful ! I just came across your blog after I did a post asking people who their fave blogs were and you were one of them! Check it out here:

  6. January 4, 2011 1:21 pm

    Just plain beautiful. Love that you hand quilted it.

  7. January 4, 2011 1:32 pm

    It’s beautiful! I’d love to have that hanging on the wall.

  8. January 4, 2011 4:13 pm

    When I sent you those scraps, I should have specified that you’re not allowed to show me up! 😉

    Looks awesome. I ESPECIALLY love the hand-quilting.

    As far as the Dresden ruler — I have decided I like the chubbier 22.5 degree one, vs the 18 degree one (like I used for those blades).

    Here’s where I got mine:

  9. January 4, 2011 5:18 pm

    Both my mother and my grandmother have big pieces of the same quilt framed in their houses…….the quilt is made from pieces of Queen Victoria’s dresses. Yeah, QUEEN Victoria. The quilting patter is much like this one, if I can remember right.

    Pretty sweet.

    Welcome back. I’ve missed you. 🙂

  10. January 4, 2011 6:04 pm

    Fabulous job on your sweet dresden quilt. I love that hand quilting!!!

  11. Liz Merrell permalink
    January 5, 2011 10:35 am

    Honestly–where do you find the time? That Dresden is gorgeous and I love the fabrics/colors you chose!!!

  12. January 5, 2011 12:32 pm

    very pretty.

  13. January 7, 2011 2:33 pm

    Super pretty! I might have to borrow that hand quilting idea! I can’t get enough of all that color either!

  14. January 7, 2011 7:51 pm

    This is very pretty. It would be a very pretty pillow also!


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