Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I've Dared To Dresden and Lived to Tell About It!

Wow - here we are on the final day of the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop. I, for one, am going to be sad to see all the Dresden creations come to an end. Hopefully they have inspired many of you to try this out for yourself! Many thanks to Christine from Quilt Monster in My Closet for being the Best Cheerleader Ever, to Madame Samm for her continued great support (she's awesome), and to Windham Fabrics for sponsoring the give-away of their new fabric line, the Amy Sardis Collection.


I enthusiastically signed up to participate in this Hop. But then I had Signer-Uppers Remorse. What in the world was I thinking? I'd never made a Dresden blade. But it sure would be fun to give it a try.


My actions reminded me of something my husband always says when I prepare meals when we have friends over for dinner. He rolls his eyes and says, "What are you thinking? You've never made this dish before? What if it's awful?" But you know what? If you don't try, you'll never know. And my friends are always nice enough to be discreetly honest with me. So I jumped right in without looking back.



Dresdens have such a solid history in quilting that I hoped to find a way to give it a bit of modern flair. After searching for a design (I'm not very creative and lack time to come up with an entirely self-made design), I found this great pattern called Serenity by Cat's Creations. It came as an instant download from QuiltWoman.com. Then I searched through my stash and discovered some amazing fabrics I bought last fall. I had no project in mind when I bought them - I just loved how they blended together and figured I'd come up with the project later.



So I made this table runner with fabrics from Northcott's Cosmopolitan Collection. It features half Dresden fans which formulate the background leaves of a beautiful lily.


The process was not without it's challenges. I cut a template from the pattern, but after putting all the blades together, found that I hadn't cut the template 'exactly' right. I had used that plastic template material, which wasn't as thick as an acrylic template. When I sewed the blades together, they didn't come out to a point, which was necessary for the placement in this runner.

So, after tearing my hair out, setting the project aside, and then sleeping on it to figure out a solution, I came up with an idea. The template was the exact size of the inside (without seam allowance) of my EZ Dresden ruler. So I remade my template, re-cut the blades (fortunately I had enough fabric), pieced them, and eureka! They came out perfectly!!!



The black background fabric I used is a bit dark and makes some of the blades fade away. But after adding the thin gold inner border and the snappy outer border, I think it works.  And if I can borrow a different sewing machine from a friend, I'd like to add a satin stitch around the lime green stem and leaves - my machine just doesn't do that stitch justice.  This was supposed to be a table runner, but I  believe I'm going to use it as a wall hanging so I can see it better!

If you have a minute longer, I must share with you what I found when I was cleaning out a store room last week. These are Dresdens that have been hand pieced by my grandmother. I'm not sure how old they are, but they probably date from the 1950's or earlier?  That would make them about as old as I am, so I treasure them. And there are so many!



These are definitely on my UFO List, but I need to take time to think about how to arrange them. It would be an honor to my grandmother's memory to finish this quilt. After all, watching her lovingly and tirelessly hand quilt many bed-sized quilts for each of her grandchildren is what inspired me to learn to quilt.




The photo below is the back side of the block.  I hope you can see from this photo, but the Dresdens have been appliqued onto the white block that has been cut out. Do you suppose this was to save on fabric?





As a thank you to all of you who have stuck with the Hop through this final day, I have a Give-Away!  Hot off the press is an awesome 'Get A Clue with Nancy Drew' charm pack by Moda. If you're not the lucky winner, just stop by The Quilt Barn to pick up your own!





To enter, just leave a quilty comment below.  For a second chance, I'd love if you'd become a follower.  I'm not a prolific blogger; I just like to share with my fellow quilters who give me great inspiration and virtual friendship!  Leave a second comment to let me know you're here.  The drawing will be open until Sunday, Feb. 3 at midnight.

And certainly don't forget to visit the other blogs on the hop today. You can find them at

190 comments:

  1. Love your colors and thanks for the great inspiration. what a great treasure you have in your Grandmother's project.

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  2. I love your version of the dresden block, the flower is great and perfect with the green!

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  3. I follow in google reader, love your grandmas blocks too - colors are beautiful :)

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  4. Wow your Grandma's Dresdens are amazing, and I love your table runner too!

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  5. Love your Jack-in-the-Pulpit - at least that is what it looks like to me! I love the more modern uses for Dresdens, but your grandmother's traditional ones are lovely. I quilted a Dresden for my MIL and they were appliqued on those lovely white squares and sashed...reminds me of the start your grandmother made!

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  6. Oh, I'm a new follower! I want to see what you do with your grandmothers Dresdens!

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  7. Love Dresden Flower, And the find of your Grandmother's blocks is a wonderful find. Thank you for sharing. Jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  8. I follow via GFC Great giveawst, jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  9. WoW! Love your runner! Your colors are just awesome together. I love it when stash fabric works out so great, hehe. Your border fabric is yummy! How wonderful it is that you have your Grandma's dresden blocks. I'm glad you have them and what a treasure it must be. You asked about the block fabric being cut away from the back of the dresdens. My guess, as I've done the same thing before, is that after the dresdens are appliqued on, the back block fabric is cut away so only one layer of fabric is left and hand qujlting will be much easier then going thru two layers of fabric, dresdens and back block fabric. Hope that made sense, hehe.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I'm a follower via GFC.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Oooh I love the runner - such fabulous colours and what a great treasure trove of sewing you have there of your grandmothers - I would definately make it into a quilt so you can see them all better. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lovely project and I do hope you get to finish your grandmother's quilt, what an absolute treasure! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  13. Love the wall hanging and I bet it looks real nice on the wall. That was a different way to use the dresden plates and it worked quite well. I wish I was that creative.

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  14. I also follower you by e-mail. Thanks for the chance to win the charms.

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  15. ooh I love those fabrics they are absolutely delicious and your runner is beautiful, what a great pattern. Hope you manage to finish off your Grandmother's quilt, how wonderful to find those Dresdens.

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  16. Love your wall hanging, thank for the giveaway.

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  17. I love your lily runner - what a great use of dresdens!
    How wonderful to have inherited all tour grandmother's dresdens - I'm sure you will honour her memory and make them into a quilt one day! Perhaps for your grandchildren????

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  18. I love your quilt! Black and white are a favorite of mine and then to turn that into a lily...wow, what great work. And your grandmother's dresdens are amazing. You will have to post photos when you figure out what you are going to do with them!

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  19. are you kidding me, first time...ok, if i this is your first dresden..I worry what your next projects will be....YOU rose to the occasion....lovely flower..

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  20. What a lovely flower. Your first Dresden is beautiful and I love the border fabric. It really sets it off.

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  21. Idem ao comentário de Madame Samm.
    Achei uma obra de ARTE.Parede nela rápido.
    Congratulações antecipadas.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  22. Wow,love your take on the dresden and I have really enjoyed reading your blog :)

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  23. Just beautiful!! I would use it hanging on the wall. You really did some thinking on this one.
    And I would love to be part of your give away.
    thanks for sharing.

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  24. By the way,I'm a new follower.

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  25. Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

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  26. You so lucky to have the blocks from your grandmother. That is definitely a project your have to complete. Can't wait to see it when you finish it.

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  27. I am also now a follower of your blog.

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  28. Your Dresdens are so pretty! You did a great jobE

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  29. You really know how to think through your problems...quite a gift if you ask me. Stunning work!

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  30. oh my word!!! I got goose bumps when I got down to the photo of your granny's dresden blocks!! That is certainly a treasure! I have such a treasure but it is the umbrella girl. I need to get them made in to a quilt as well. maybe we can challenge each other!

    I adore your tablerunner!! I knew it would make top honors today!

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  31. Love your version of the Serenity pattern!

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  32. I'd like to be counted in if this is open to all!

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  33. Your Serenity wall hanging/table runner is simply stunning! Unlike many of my untested pieces (I'm kind of with your husband on that recipe thing!) it takes my breath away, in a good way. :) And what a treasure your grandmother's blocks are! blessings, marlene

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  34. I just adore your lily dresden! The fabrics and layout are just perfect. I'm glad you didn't back out of the challenge!

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  35. I'm so glad you survived - lol
    Great Dresdens
    I am a follower ;)

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  36. Oh my gosh, it would be such a thrill to find something like that of my grandmothers! Your quilt too is just beautiful.

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  37. I absolutely love your pattern. The green palette is lovely. So happy you are persistent!

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  38. I just love your piece!! I think you did a wonderful job on the flowers...unique. thanks for the giveaway

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  39. Great job on your dresdens! And what a treasure to have your grandmother's dresdens!!!

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  40. What a treasure to have those Dresdens blocks that your Grandmother made. Love your entries too.

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  41. As to the back of your grandmother's blocks being cut away - some people cut the back away to reduce bulk, especially those who hand quilt. It's much easier to get that needle through one less layer of fabric when hand quilting. Also, they did use that cut away fabric for other projects.

    You sure did a wow job on me. I would never of guessed that your project was such a nightmare for you. It certainly is a labor of love. Sometimes the projects that we really labor over become some of our fondest (and sometimes, not). This is astounding. I think you are wise to make it a wall hanging. It deserves a place to be seen easily. You did an outstanding job on it. Thank you for Daring to Dresden and sharing your creativity with us and for the inspiration.

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  42. Love your limes and black and white. Nice updated flair! How neat to have all of your grandmother's blocks too. You'll have fun finishing them off, and what a keepsake they'll be!

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  43. Beautiful wall hanging!

    Am a new follower too!

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  44. It sure is a treasure to have those blocks by your Grandmother.Just love your wall hanging .

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  45. Barb, this is beautiful! And I love your grandma's Dresdens! You did a beautiful job with your Dresden!

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  46. Your wallhanging is stunning. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  47. Your wall hanging is beautiful! Congratulations on being a top pick today!
    The fabrics in your grandmother's blocks look older than the 50's. I have some similar fabric scraps from the 30's and 40's. Many of mine are from feedsacks, so yours could be also. What a treasure!

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  48. Love your wallhanging! VERY creative! I mean VERY creative! This has been an amazing hop - and as far as I'm concerned - you're right up there at the top! Thanks for sharing! AND I hope you find time to finish your grandma's Dresden plate quilt!

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  49. Wow. Your wallhanging is amazing. I do have a question. How did you attach your grandmothers dresdens to the backing fabric? I have some really old, maybe from the 20's or 30's and I am not sure how to attach them to the backing block. They are very fragile. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. Your wall hanging is absolutely stunning.You did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for sharing.
    You have such a treasure in the blocks from your grandmother. The back was cut away so that it wouldn't be so bulky when it was quilted.It made it a lot easier to hand quilt.

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  51. Really do like your green Dresden - and so perfectly perfect. What a true treasure you found that was your grandmother's and have fun putting those together. Thank you for sharing from Judy C in NC

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  52. I am now a future follower and thank you for this extra wonderful opportunity from Judy C in NC

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  53. Gorgeous wall hanging! Thanks for sharing.
    I also inherited several Dresden plates that look pretty much the same as yours. I made one into a pillow cover and the rest will go into a quilt. I believe that they were probably appliqued on a square and then the double layer was cut away to eliminate bulk. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Very nice. Loved the flower. Thanks for being part of the hop

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  55. Those dresdens from your grandmother are priceless!!! You should make a quilt ASAP in her honor. I agree with pins and needles about cutting away to eliminate bulk. Your Give-Away is Fabulous!! I am a new follower and hope you will return the favor if you're not already a follower at Grandmamas Stories.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  56. I love your wallhanging. What a treasure to have your Grandma's dresdens. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. I like the wallhanging. You did good, and it was nice to share your grandma's plates with us. Very pretty.

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  58. Wow You have definitely done a Fabulous job with your First Dresden project!! Oh my! wonderful...and your grandmother's UFO will be priceless! Thank you for participating! Hugs

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  59. I am following your blog. Thanks for the 2nd chance to enter your giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I love those fabric you used to do the dresden project. I think it turned out awesome to be your first Dresden .. And your grandmothers dresedens are a true treausre....How lucky you are to possess such a treasure. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I had to laugh about your dinner comment--I too have made untried dishes for guests, but fortunately they've usually turned out pretty good. And I understand your "creativity" comment as well. I don't think I'm especially creative, but I'm good as using ideas from others in new ways. All that being said, I just love your beautiful Dresden piece and think it turned out wonderfully! And what a great treasure to have your grandmother's blocks. Good luck at finding the best way to use them.

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  62. I am totally in love with your grandmother's dresden blocks. NO seriously...I made the photos as large as I could on my computer and they are so pretty. They remind me of my own wedding quilt I guess!

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  63. I loved your design and colors! Great job!

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  64. Well now, you can tell your hubby that your creation just put the local eatery out of business. We have a new head chef in town!!! Your dresden is just fabulous. I love those fabrics!!! Winner Winner!! Chicken Dinner!! LOL

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  65. Love your wallhanging and your grandma's plates are beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  66. I am a follower. vickise at gmail dot com

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  67. Love the wall hanging!!! What a grand idea!!!!
    I have a bunch of dresdens to sew that were donated to Project Linus...just need to get after it:) haha!!!

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  68. I would love to make this pattern. It is so very pretty!

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  69. I have a friend who made a Dresden quilt from inherited pieces very similar to yours. She appliqued hers to a beautiful yellow fabric with no sashing. It was stunning. So you may want to audition some background fabrics that will really show them off.

    Your wall hanging is really clever. Nice job.

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  70. Well, I loved what you had for "dinner" today!!! That is VERY ORIGINAL! You really made me want to start on one of those too!

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  71. Beautiful runner. I saw how some of the darker plates blended into the background but I thought that made it look leafier. I had to look more closely to see all the actual plates. It is so pretty.

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  72. How lucky you are to have those dresdens from your grandmother. I am a follower.

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  73. I love your Dresden -- you definitely don't need to doubt yourself again! Your grandma's Dresdens are a real treasure, and finishing them in your own style will be a beautiful way of linking the two of you together.

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  74. Oh my goodness, this is a beautiful flower...love it! Those Dresden circles from your grandmother are an amazing find. Thanks for sharing!

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  75. your flower table runner is beautiful!

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  76. Love your flowers. Very creative. :)

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  77. Congrats. Great job and great fabric.

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  78. I am a new follower and am looking forward to lots of creative ideas!! (See next comment.)

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  79. NOT creative! OM goodness! You are short-selling yourself. The lily is totally marvelous and your sense of color is wonderful. This is one of my favorite projects. Congratulations on a spectacular dresden.

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  80. I agree that your project would look best as a wall hanging, but it's wonderful however you decide to use it. I also think it would be a great tribute to your grandmother to finish her quilt.

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  81. What a treasure you found! I believe that your Grandmother would be very proud of you wonderful dresden creation too!

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  82. Your project is just Stunning!
    and your find, what a treasure.

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  83. I love your take on the dresden! Lovely table runner.

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  84. Wow! WOW!!! So creative - I love it. And your color choices are perfect!

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  85. What a wonderful legacy you have from your Grandmother! I seem to remember reading a old set of directions for a Dresden that said to remove the backing fabric after the applique was done. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  86. Love your flower! Love the colors & the creative idea behind it. Funny how "first time fright" can lead to something so fantastic! Congrats!

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  87. I love the big flower design! I also have some dresdens I inherited from my mom. I had to revamp a few of the sections, but it's ready to quilt when I can get someone to do it.

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  88. Following you now.


    www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

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  89. your wall-hanging is absolutely stunning!

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  90. Great story and a beautiful tablerunner. Congrats on being one of the chosen.
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  91. Wow Barb! This is one of my favorites in the entire Hop! You definitely deserve Top 2 today :*D Top 1 in my book! Great job and great fabrics for the project! And your grandmother's dresdens are gorgeous - can't wait to see how you decide to set them. You are really blessed to have such a treasure! And thanks for the giveaway too.

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  92. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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  93. Hopped each day. Love the black and greens variation. Nice job!

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  94. I'm also following you with Linky.

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  95. This is a neat table runner. My husband likes cala-lilies, so I might have to mark this for later consideration. :-) I can see it done also with a low volume background too.

    What a great treasure for you to have those Dresdens made by your grandmother! I hope you find a design you like and can get them made into something nice. :-)

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  96. I looked around and am going to give your blog a try. I'm following now. :-)

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  97. I loved seeing your grandmother's blocks! It reminded me that I have 3 or 4 quilt tops from my Mom's attic, that were made by someone in my Gram's generation - or possibly earlier! I am going to have to get brave and see what I can do with them...

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  98. I am a happy regular follower of your blog!

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  99. That is gorgeous! Good job. I'm so glad you managed to fix your runner, I always have a mini panic attack when the things I sew don't go together quite right and can't figure anything out until my fixer-husband calms me down! lol!

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  100. Rosemary B here: following --- yippee your blog is amazing!

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  101. Rosemary B here: This is really really cute! I love green! this is very creative!
    Thank you for sharing

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  102. That is such a great and unusual Dresden, and your fabrics are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. I'm a new follower. I want to ang around and see what you do with your Grandmother's Dresdens. :-) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  104. Your Dresden is lovely. Very unique, and I love the colours!
    Your grandmother's Dresdens are beautiful.
    :o)
    Rose
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  105. I follow your blog via GFC.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  106. Your Grandmother's dresdens are lovely and your flower design is beautiful. :)

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  107. I love the way you just jump into the project, that is the only way to do it and worry about mistakes later as they come along. It just makes you a better quilter in the long run. I love the fabrics that you use, it reminds me of tile. It is so nice that you will finish what your gramdmother started.

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  108. Wow!! I love all your dresden creations... when you jumped, you really dove in!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  109. Love the colors in your Dresden that is gorgeous!

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  110. Get started on your granfmothers blocks. One quilt at a time and that pile will disappear. A wonderful legacy for you.

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  111. I love your Lily. And would love to win the charm pack.

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  112. Sew beautiful! I love the fabrics. You do need to finish your grandmother's quilt. How lucky you are to have that legacy.

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  113. So creative.It`s fantastic and your grandmother`s blocks are an awesome treasure.Greata job!!

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  114. Wow, what a find! Old family quilts are such a treasure.

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  115. Oh wow , this is gorgeous and definitely should be hung up to enjoy . I also love the Dresdans your grandmother so lovingly made all those years ago and I hope you will make them into a quilt you can love for years to come. I am a new follower and look forward to many more visits.

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  116. Superb! You really do have a way with dresdens, Barb. Wow.

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  117. Hi!! WOW!!! I love your dresden and lily wall hanging!! Beautiful!!! I love the dresdens by your Grandmother!!! They are so sweet and so pretty!!! What a great gift she gave you!!! The blocks and quilting!!! Thank You

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  118. I am a happy follower!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!

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  119. Oh my...I love the lily. Very creative work and the tile looking border fabric is just perfect. Great choice of colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  120. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. That is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job! I love your grandmother's fabric. Isn't it so nice to have something that she did. Thanks for sharing your accomplishments! :)

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  122. Your Calla Lily is beautiful! Very creative & clever.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  123. gfc follower: nicolesender
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  124. Your Grandmother's blocks are beautiful what a lovely quilt they will make and what a wonderful memory. Love your Calla Lilly do different. Thanks for sharing

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  125. Barb I really enjoy reading what you have to say. The signer-upers remorse is priceless ! Your wall hanging is just great and oh how I love your Grandmother's Dresden's. You're a lucky girl !! Have a great day!

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  126. I really like your creative touch with you flower dresden...and what a lucky person to have all those older blocks from your grandmother.

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  127. What a beautiful wall hanging and your grandmothers blocks.. a treasure indeed!

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  128. Barb, thanks again for visiting my blog yesterday. I enjoyed your dresdens, you have a treasure beyond belief from your grandmother. They definitely deserve to be appliqued by hand.
    Anyway, I would just die for that Nancy Drew charm pack. I am a follower of your blog also.
    Charlotte

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  129. I think they cut out the fabric to reduce bulk, especially if they were going to hand quilt the final product. Love your wall hanging / table runner!

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  130. I'm a follower from a previous blog hop and I love your blog! It's lots of fun.

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  131. I think your dresden tablerunner is so interesting and unique. What a special keepsake of this hop! I'd be over the moon if my grandmother had left me such a treasure as those dresdens. They are so pretty.

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  132. How lucky for you to have grandma's stash! They are a true treasure. I don't think anyone in my family quilted, least I have not found any signs of it. Your table runner is beautiful! As a kid I think I read all the Nancy Drew books! I saw this fabric when it first came out and it's on my wish list! Such fun!

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  133. Barb - I think this quilt is the most innovative use of Dresdens I have EVER seen - I love it!! And what an amazing find - your grandmother is watching down on you and I am sure she is so pleased you found all her gorgeous handwork!! You are a lucky young lady!! Have fun making great memories with them!!

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  134. I follow you by e-mail. Thank you.. bpfrimmer@yahoo.com

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  135. I love your Dresden - very very cool. I love that I'm not the only one who has to sleep on things once in a while ;)
    I don't think I've ever seen a Dresden with the white appliqued to the plate - it looks like A LOT of work - but it's very cool!

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  136. VERY creative use of Dresdens! And what a treasure you found in that store room! Thanks for sharing.

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  137. Congratulations!!! You did a wonderful job on your Dresden. Thank you for sharing.

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  138. I have some of those hand stitched block from my mother in law

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  139. Thank you so much for sharing what you have created. I have got to get out my Dresden templates and just play and have fun creating. Absolutely adore your Grandmas dresdens. You are so lucky to have them. Which reminds me I have fabric that belonged to my Great Grandmother, passed to my Grandmother who passed it on to my mother and my mother ordered me to USE it. I do see a Dresden happening soon. Thank you again.

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  140. You are soooo creative...your Lily is amazing!!! What a Blessing you have by having your Grandma's Dresden's!!!

    I have never made one...but I'm pretty new to Quilting...lol...IS on my List now for sure. Thank you for sharing! :)

    Nancy Drew books were my most fave when I was young! :)

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  141. I'm a new follower too! (Your Blog is way cool!)

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing!! Yay! :)

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  142. Your runner is gorgeous! I love the tiled border ... frames your creation perfectly.

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  143. I'm a new follower. Thank you for offering a great giveaway.

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  144. Wow! I love what you came up with. That table runner is fantastic and I your antique dresdens are adorable!

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  145. wow - your runner is beautiful - thanks for sharing.

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  146. Fantastic Dresden's! I love your modern wallhanging dresden! Absolutely gorgeous! Then to have the treasured traditional dresden's that your grandmother made is fantastic! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  147. I'm following! I look forward to reading your posts! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  148. Your wall hanging looks wonderful! I love the fabrics and design. You're grandmother's Dresdens will make a lovely quilt to treasure.

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  149. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  150. what a great design your grandmothers dresdens are a wonderful find hope you make them into a quilt

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  151. Such a beautiful quilt! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  152. Your project is fantastic!!

    I cut the fabric out from the back of my dresden plates, too, if they are large. If they are small, I don't bother. It's how I was taught. =)

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  153. I enjoy seeing a modern twist with the old design. Your table runner is great. Material was a perfect choice. What a gift to have your grandmothers dresden's, so that the history lives on!

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  154. And Of course I am a Follower!

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  155. What a beautiful idea! The table runner/wall hanging was really well thought out. Love the colors and the border! And how wonderful to find your grandmothers hand pieced dresdens. What a treasure to find! I know you will honor her with a completed project that even she would have loved herself.

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  156. I love your wall hanging! I am here from Richard and Tanya Quilts blog. I am a new follower. Your Dresden's are beautiful. Both yours and your grandmother's. Can't wait to see your quilt when it is finished.

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  157. Such amazing creativity, I haven't seen anything like it, great work on your first blog hop.

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  158. Pretty!!! I would love to win. thanks!

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  159. I'm a new follower via GFC. thanks

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  160. Your wallhanging ist absolutely amasing and I love the checkered edge too.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  161. It is a pleasure to follow your blog!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  162. I love your wall hanging. Like you, I buy fabric first, then find a pattern. Your grandmas blocks are a real treasure. Perhaps she cut away the backing after sewing the dresdens on to make it easier to hand quilt?

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  163. Your dresdens are sew creative!

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  164. What a unique way to use dresdens. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  165. I am a follower. I get your email.

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  166. I imagine that the white is cut our to make it thinner and therefore easier to hand quilt. Love the use of the half dresdens.

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