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.
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:
With any project, when I need inspiration – I head to flickr. There’s a couple of great groups that are dedicated to just dresdens:
(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.
(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):
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):
I hope my quilt inspired you to start on your dresdens and make something awesome to enter!
2.5×2.5 charms: Simply Color & New Kona Solids
Sashing: Kona white
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:
- Your very own EZ dresden Ruler
- (2) Pack of We Love Color buttons (they’re stinkin cute!!)
- 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