EZ Dresden Quilting Challenge, Tutorial

Zippy the lap quilt (EZ Dresden Challenge)

June 9, 2012

Yup that’s what I’m naming this quilt I did for the Dresden Challenge. . .

Rewind a little, when Elisa asked me a month ago if I was going to help promote the EZ Dresden Challenge I thought, Sure why the hell not. But have I done dresdens before? Nope. That’s right – I’ve never done a dresden block.

Luckily for me there’s a boat load of great tutorials online to help me (and you). The best one that comes to mind is from Elizabeth Hartman for Sew, Mama, Sew.
Dresden Block Tutorial

(Dresden Plate Block Sew-Along by Elizabeth Hartman on Sew, Mama, Sew)

Another great resource is youtube.com, here’s a great video by the Missouri Quilt Company on how to make a dresden block:

One of the first things I bought when I got into quilting was the easy dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman:

Easy Dresden Ruler

(about $10.00)

With any project, when I need inspiration – I head to flickr.  There’s a couple of great groups that are dedicated to just dresdens:

Dresden Plates in Quilting

Delicious Dresden Plates

Dresden Favorites

(Small sample of my favorites)

You know what’s the best for dresdens fabricwise?  Precuts!  That’s right grab that charm pack, layer cake, or fat quarter bundles and go to town with your dresden rulers.

I had a handful of r.k new kona charms and v&c0’s simply color and thought they would go great together. . what do you think?

Simply color + new kona solids

(the coke can is to show you how tiny the dresdens are)

I thought about layout for a while and made them alternate like so. . and in all honesty, I wasn’t thinking of making a quilt just a small mini in hopes to inspire the group:

I had so many blades that I thought I should put them in a quilt. . so I zig-zag stitched them to 12.5×12.5 kona white squares and then sewed the blocks together and it looked like this (doesn’t it remind you of a zipper??? Hence the name of the quilt):

Dresden blocks sewn together

At this point, I’m starting to doubt my design, but I’m too far down the rabbit hole.

I did a random excel spreadsheet to show what the quilt would look like. I’m really drawn to green, pink, blue, and orange colorways right now.


Well after some really late night sewing sessions here’s what my EZ Dresden quilt looks like (if you’re interested in the pattern I’ll update this post later on with the dimensions of each block):

Zippy the lap quilt

Zippy the lap quilt

I hope my quilt inspired you to start on your dresdens and make something awesome to enter!

Fabric used:

2.5×2.5 charms: Simply Color & New Kona Solids

Solids: Pink (Kona Camella 190 & Kona Sour Apple 144)

Sashing: Kona white

Orange: Lucy’s Crab Shack Green Apple and Orange Beach Blanket

Blue: R.K  Dimensions – Surf

Giveaway time!  I haven’t done a giveaway in a long, long, long time!  Here’s what’s going to (1) lucky winner:

  1. Your very own EZ dresden Ruler
  2. (2) Pack of We Love Color buttons (they’re stinkin cute!!) 
  3. Scraps from my project above – you’ll be getting some generous fabrics leftover from the green,blue,pink, and orange I used in the quilt


Scraps for Giveaway

How to enter! Ever fill did a comment for a picture. . Well fill in this word bubble of Mr. Finger playing dress up with a dresden blade as a cape.  What would he say? (keep it pg-13 please!)

Giveaway time

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Reply Sarah June 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Love the quilt!

  • Reply Mary on Lake Pulaski June 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Sorry Robin Hood, I lost my sword.

  • Reply lynn June 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

    mullets are back in style.

  • Reply Vidya June 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    The Monsoons are coming ! But I’m prepared with my rain gear !
    ( The Monsoons bring heavy rain and farmers wear woven palm rain gear that looks like this )

  • Reply Miranda Evans June 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I vhant to bind your quilt, mwha ha ha!

  • Reply Elizabeth McDonald June 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Looks like rain! I’d better hurry!

  • Reply Shari June 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

    How you doin’?!?! You like what you see? I know I do! (In Joey’s accent from Friends)

  • Reply Heidi June 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hey, where did everybody go?

  • Reply Ella June 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    “Our house…in the middle of the street!” (Sorry…he looked like he was playing house and the song popped immediately into my head.)

  • Reply amy dame June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    shazamm! off to save the world from boring tone on tones!

    (cause that’s what i love about the V and Co line – finally, tone on tones prints that aren’t florals!!)

  • Reply amy dame June 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

    also, yay! thanks for including my dresden in your favourites!

  • Reply marion June 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    “Does this hat make my butt look fat?”

  • Reply VickiT June 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    *I* am Super Dresden. I carry a rotary cutter to protect! I am here to protect your sewing room from those who want to steal your creativity or scissors.

    (yea I am not good with things like this so just laugh because it’s just so goofy. haha)

  • Reply pam cole June 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

    hello my little quilting friend…please come and play with me xoxox

  • Reply Evelene Sterling June 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Yippie Skippie I am yours!

  • Reply Lindsay June 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    This is so cute, Amy!

  • Reply Naomi A. June 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply MarciaW June 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Darth Vader in blue Dresden! Isn’t this a fab ensemble!

  • Reply Katie B June 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Okay, I think I entered. The fancy-pants raffle copter intimidated me.

  • Reply Beth T. June 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Am I too early for the Christmas pageant auditions?

    (Because he reminds me of little kids with homemade Wise Man, Shepherd, Joseph, etc. costumes.)

  • Reply LJ June 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Look, Ma, no hands!!

  • Reply Rachelle June 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hey, where are the ties; I fly in this and it’ll just slide straight off me!

  • Reply rosa June 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

    shall we dance?

  • Reply Leslie June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    “These are not the droids you are looking for…”, said Obi-wan Kenobi as he peered beneath the hood of his blue robe.

  • Reply Becky/Quilting Booklady June 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    And away we go!!!!!

  • Reply Sally June 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I am the Sheik of Araby

  • Reply Amber H June 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Look at me, I’m dresden up for the challenge, join me!

  • Reply Gayle June 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    cone head undercover

  • Reply Allison C June 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Fear not! The caped crusader will rescue your quilting nightmares! To my quilt-mobile!

  • Reply Fran June 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    does my finger look fat in this?

  • Reply Toya June 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

    “Hey, they call me ‘Drez’, what’s your name”?
    (In Clint Eastwood voice)

  • Reply phyll June 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I’m here whats the problem Thanks

  • Reply Patty June 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    “What was I thinking?! Why did I make those blades so small?!!”

  • Reply Annie June 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    “the hills are alive with the sound of singers (sewing machines that is)” (Sound of Music inspired)

  • Reply Kate Brown June 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Love the quilt, very creative!

  • Reply Kimberly P. June 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I manage the stash…yah, that’s right..the stash. Hoarders need not apply.

  • Reply Cheryl June 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Are you gonna eat that?

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