Sew Sunday March 11, 2018 – There is a reason this is a UFO.

Todays post is about #1 on my PHD list: Dresden quilt.

I remember a quilt I had on my bed as a little girl. At the time I had no idea where it came from but now I believe it was likely made by my grandmother. It had little fans on it that mezmorized me as a child.

So when I saw a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial called Checkered Dresden I wanted to try it. It looked really fun! And it turned out that it WAS really fun.

It was a great learning opportunity to decide how I wanted to topstitch them to the background. My Janome 7700 (affectionately named Ruby) has lots of decorative stitches, which I know I will never use…that’s just not my flavour of sewing.

Here’s where the problem is…and why it was the inaugural entry on my UFO list. When I was cutting the blades I wasn’t aware that there was pretty much ZERO room to be generous. When I say zero, I mean zero. In the end I only had enough blades to make 8 Dresdens (with 7 blades left…each Dresden needs 20 blades).

Now what am I gonna do? Each block is 22″ square. A flimsy with 2 columns by 4 rows would be 44 x 88. That’s a rectangle and it would look odd (to me, anyway).

I’m not a fan of rectangular quilts, so 3 x 3 blocks with an extra top and bottom border is more what I had in mind.

But what do I do with the centre? What would you put there? A solid white square is the easiest option, and does give me a spectacular spot for fmq, but I’m thinking its a bit too big.

I am planning on making prairie points for this one..the style really lends itself to them, IMHO.

I’m hoping someone has a brilliant idea, or at least an idea that provides me with the inspiration I need.

Summary of my PHD list (3/12 Done):

  1. Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks done – progress made this period
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – in progress, some blocks partially done – no progress this period
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017 – no progress this period
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  5. Little Girl quilt – DONE Jan 2018, gifted March 4, 2018
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started – flimsy and borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending – no progress this period
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased – pattern: Alter-ego; no progress this period
  12. Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period

Cheers all and enjoy spending your Sundays Sewing!

Author: tlcquiltsblog

I started quilting June 2016 after the announcement that my first grandchild would arrive February 2017. It was an instant and complete only wish I had started earlier.

5 thoughts on “Sew Sunday March 11, 2018 – There is a reason this is a UFO.”

  1. How about a thread painted dresden in the middle? Or, perhaps another dresden in all light (or black) neutrals? Or even a white block with an outlined trapunto dresden?

    The completed blocks are just plain beautiful. . . this quilt is going to be a real stunner!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Gail. In my mind I don’t see a full block. If I had enough fabric I would do a quarter dresden in two opposing corners. But on the other hand, I’m not sure I want to put in more work than I have to. Lol
      We will see. It’s a ‘sleep on it’ task. šŸ™‚


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