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WIP Wednesday (9th November 2011)

by Clare Mansell
WIP Wednesday (9th November 2011)

Double Dresden

This week I have some progress to show on my wall hanging. The first two Dresden plates are now complete, and I’m cutting fabric for a third. Having always been put off making Dresden plates because I thought they were difficult, I was pleasantly surprised by how easily they came together and how much I enjoyed sewing them.

Unfortunately I hadn’t really taken into account how much the plate would shrink during sewing though. It’s now 17″ across and the intention is for the inner part of the quilt to be 24″, hence the need for a third larger plate. I’m also planning to fussy cut a design for the centre of the plates, but I’m quite enjoying muddling along and letting this quilt evolve of its own accord…

For the next two weeks I’m down at my parents home on the south coast (600 miles from the Scottish highlands) and amongst other things, I’m  getting the chance to indulge with a little shopping at my favourite fabric store, The Eternal Maker.

I’ve been here for less than 24 hours and already picked up this pile. Far too many projects on the go at the moment really, but isn’t that always the way just before Christmas?

Eternal Maker fabric pile

Talking of WIP. My parents lovely minimalistic house is starting to look a little less minimalistic since my arrival, although actually my sister (also visiting for the day) is about 50% responsible for this mess… My mum, my sister and I have 7 sewing machines between us.

Sewing bits and bobs

By the way if you are a crafter, tomorrow I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY on this blog for My Memories digital scrapboooking software – please pop back for a chance to win…

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Cassie November 9, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Oh those dresdens are beautiful! I have been wanting to make some for a while and those are certainly helping convince me I need to do it 🙂

Mary@QuiltGenius November 9, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Great dresdens!

I’m heading to my mom’s for a week for Thanksgiving. My sister will also be there. I don’t take my machine, though. 🙁 Neither my mom or sister sew and I would be banished to another room to sew alone if I did. My mom actually stapled my girl scout badges on when I was a kid. LOL


Jennifer November 9, 2011 - 4:30 pm

I see that dresden and all I want to say is “DOUBLE RAINBOW!” (youtube reference? anyone?) haha great work love it!

Heather D. November 9, 2011 - 5:11 pm

The dresdens are absolutely amazing. Also had a peek at your previous post and your baby is so adorable. 🙂

Colby November 9, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Love this! I’ve never seen two dresdens on top of each other! I might have to steal this idea..

LynCC November 9, 2011 - 5:45 pm

*love* your dresdens!! And I had to chuckle at the “mess” shot

A Home In The Highlands November 9, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Steal away Colby, almost everything I make has been inspired by something along the way, either consciously or unconsciously…

Kristen November 9, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Those Dresdens are beautiful. Definitely pinning this under sewing lovelies! I think you have all my favorite fabrics in there.

Julie November 9, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Looks like a fun mess to me! I love the stacked dresdens, that is really cool and so colorful! And I peeked and saw the adorable baby too. I think if I didn’t already have 4 my uterus might be crying or another right now!

Kathy November 10, 2011 - 12:14 am

I’m sure that in the midst of all that ‘mess’ a lot of creating, fun and laughter was had! Your Dresdens are beautiful and very inspiring to one who hasn’t tried them before 🙂

Maggie November 10, 2011 - 3:52 am

I can only imagine the chaos! I’m a mess all on my own; I can’t even picture what it would look like if my mother and sister sewed as well!

Foolish Feathers November 10, 2011 - 5:22 am

Wow, what a great eye for color in your Dresden’s, makes me want to try them out again (almost)!

Leanne November 10, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Your dresdens are very inspiring! And it looks like you are having a great family sewing retreat!

A Seam to Sew November 10, 2011 - 3:25 pm

I love your Dresdens! I’ve been wanting to try them.

Christie, Describe Happy November 10, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Your dresdens look amazing, and its the second time this week I have heard how much easier they were than originally expected. Must be a sign that I should finally try one. And happy sewing with your mom and sister… that should be a blast!

KristyLou November 10, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Your Dresdens are awesome!

Marci Girl November 10, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Those double dresdens are AWESOME! I love it!

Dee November 10, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Oh wow! I just love this double Dresden! Such a happy block!

Lindsay Conner November 11, 2011 - 1:13 am

Oh, so pretty are those w.i.p.s!

Elizabeth D. November 11, 2011 - 2:12 am

Wow, a triple dresden? That sounds fab – the double you’ve already finished is pretty darn awesome!

Marsha C November 12, 2011 - 1:20 am

Looks like my kind of room. LOL
I wish my mom and daughters also sewed….and that we could all get together to sew.

Cille November 12, 2011 - 8:10 pm

Wow – that double Dresden is fantastic!

Rachel November 13, 2011 - 3:23 pm

The brightness of the dresden is lovely. I haven’t ventured to try one yet, either.

Katy Cameron November 13, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Pretty dresdens :o)

Allison November 14, 2011 - 1:42 am

love the double dresden!

Leila November 14, 2011 - 3:39 pm

The the dresden. How fun to be sewing together!

Allegory November 15, 2011 - 6:14 am

Loving the fabric in the dresden! And the little elephants next to the bobbins!


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