Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm Daring to Dresden - Day 5

Welcome!
I hope you've been enjoying every stop on this inspiring blog hop.  I've been amazed to see just how versatile this traditional block is.
 
Huge thank you's to cheerleader Christine and head cheerleader,
 Madame Samm, for all their work behind the scenes that make these hops possible.  Brilliantly done, ladies!
 
I decided to try a few different ideas for my own "Dare to Dresden" project.  I made a huge dresden (it's 38" in diameter!  :o)...to serve as a table cloth on our kitchen table. 
 
 
I made blades using 8 different fabrics combined with blades using quilter's linen.  Then I took my scraps from cutting out those blades, pieced them together and inserted them randomly into some quilter's linen blades.
 
Loving that stripey binding... even if it was more work to make sure I matched those stripes when piecing it! lol
 
 
I also thought it would be more interesting to play around with the grouping of my blades - in some places I put 3 blades made from strips together, interspersed with scrappy blades.  My idea was to make your eye keep moving and not find the layout too predictable.  Do you think I accomplished that? lol... 
 
 
Here's a collage where you can see my scrappy blades better as well the texture I achieved by using wavy line quilting. 
 
 
I had so much fun creating my kitchen table dresden and it really perks the room up with those happy colours.  Hopefully my project will inspire you to "Dare to Dresden"!
 
Thanks for visiting, hope to see you again. Now please go say hello to these lovely ladies who are also sharing their dresdens with us today...
 
 
January 30th, 2013

Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”







Sew Me Something Good (you're here!)

I Piece 2 Mary

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89 comments:

  1. Love your Dresden and choice of colors! Perfect :)

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  2. Love your big Dresden table cloth! Wonderful and different layout. Thank you for sharing

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  3. Seriously good Dresden, Katherine. Love the innovative way you mixed it up.

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  4. You also dared to be different! Your dresden looks wonderful, Katherine. Well done!

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  5. Wow! that was a huge project! I love the idea of making a table cloth...and those colors!!! GREAT JOB!

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  6. Great table cloth - love all the colours and the way you have interspersed them in different sized groups - very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. It is gorgeous. I have been thinking of making a little table cloth for my coffee table and I wanted it to be round for the rectangular table, you just convinced me dresden it it! Did you make the ends of the blades round or just straight? Love it!

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  8. HI Katherine...welll look at how many are up before me...how surprising to see we all think you always dare us to be awed....wow...this is lovely...I kept looking at your dresden and thinking...oh wow...this is WOW

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  9. I love the way you "play" with me who looks at your work.
    I must keep on looking to see how you made it :-)
    So nice and funny tablecloth!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. oh wow that is a wonderful Dresden Katherine.

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  11. Oh My Word - How awesome is that HUGE Dresden piece - love it !!!!

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  12. Katherine your use of Quilter's Linen to offset the bright joyful colors is simply wonderful - I love the combination. blessings, marlene

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  13. Love your fabrics and your gray background! The little connectors are great additions. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I will love to try this block. Did you piece the stratas and then cut with the dresden blade ruler? Congrats on a great design.

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  15. Very pretty Dresden tablecloth.

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  16. Fabulous! Ok now I've got to make me one of those!!!!

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  17. Wow what a treat to the eyes. Love your little scrappy strips in between the blades!

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  18. This makes me wish I had my grandmother's giant round kitchen table! :)

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  19. it's lovely! I love the pieced blades. and the fabric, but you knew I would!

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  20. You certainly accomplished your goal to keep my eyes moving. I love your choice of colors and the stripey binding. The quilt is very interesting as well as beautiful and useful. It had to be very time consuming. Thanks very much for participating and giving us yet another fresh look at the Dresden plate.

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  21. OMG...this is my most favorite and creative Dresden on the hop! Love your colours, your original design...great job!

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  22. Beautiful! great idea to do this with it

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  23. Oh this is SUCH a great idea! I have three round tables in my living room, and they would love to have something like this on them... hmmmm. Did you have a huge ruler, or did you make your own??

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  24. Oh, what a nice Dresden design, and very interesting to add the random touches between the blades. You'll enjoy this to brighten your room!

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  25. That makes a gorgeous table cover!!! I love it!

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  26. Just lovely!!
    Regards from Skåne.

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  27. Your tabletopper is fantastic! I love how you staggered the pieces... and kept it from being so uniform..

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  28. You are so creative...it's beautiful! I love the randomness of the blades, the colors, and the design. You are so amazing (but I already knew that!)

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  29. I must say this has been one of the most inspirational blog hops. Your beautiful and colorful table top gives me an idea, of course, and I really do like the randomness of the "connecting" blades. Great work and thanks from Judy C.

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  30. Now that's a statement! Gorgeous dresden :)

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  31. Stunning!
    I love it!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  32. OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVE IT! I am going to have to make one for my Kitchen table..(it's Round too) Thank you for inspiring! and I love the bit of wonky to it all! Hugs and Happy Hoppin'... So happy you participated!!

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  33. oh my that is absolutely amazeing and very different. You not only dared but you over acheived....lol..Just teasing that is gorgeous though and I know it had to have been some hard hard work to get those reseults.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. VERY beautiful! Love it! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  35. WOW! Your creativity astounds me. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Yesterday I was wowed by the teeny-tine dresdens. Today you've got the SUPER dresden! They are all so impressive. Good job! I love the interspersed bits on the linen.

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  37. Beautiful Katherine...like everything you do!

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  38. That is a wonderful giant dresden and a great table topper. Love that binding too.

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  39. Simply amazing. The thought and creativity that you created is just wonderful.

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  40. Wow! How cool is this! You did a fantastic job and you are so creative.Thank you so much for sharing.

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  41. That turned out to be a wonderful table topper.

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  42. Love it ! It reminds me of a wagon wheel.

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  43. That is beautiful and I love the fabrics you used.

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  44. Katherine-I love your table cloth. You have given me "food for thought" as I have a round table, but had not thought of making a table cloth until I saw your blog. I love cotton table cloths, but the store bought ones frequently end up being too long. And what a perfect way to use scraps. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  45. You must have a big round table too! I love round tablecloths and yours is gorgeous!

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  46. Wow, wonderful piece. Colors are bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing. Robin

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  47. I LIKE that! Now I know how to finish some of my blocks.

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  48. Beautifully done! What size ruler did you use? I would like to make a large one for a table top too.

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  49. Your Dresden table cloth is stunning . I love the scrappy look
    Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  50. So modern looking and cheerful.

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  51. wonderful dresden! I love the dresden design and yours is fresh and appealing. Definitely eye candy!

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  52. Your dresden is stunning! Very modern and I love it!

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  53. What a great Dresden -- and what a wonderful use for it, where you can enjoy it every day. Love it!

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  54. I love it! And it definitely keeps your eye moving. I kept looking for a pattern. Success!

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  55. Very pretty! Your design is awesome. The scrap pieces look like they are connecting the blades. Great effect!

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  56. Assunto SÉRIO este seu trabalho,parabéns.

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  57. Love your dresden, lovely fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Oh, how cute! You must have used a 10 degree ruler? I love the fabrics and the way it does keep your eyes moving.

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  59. Not predictable but very engaging. I love the size and also that stripey binding.

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  60. wow! Stunning, love those fabrics.

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  61. I love the randomness of your layout and piecing. That binding is a nice finishing touch too.

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  62. wow Katherine, I love your dresden.
    Fantastic pattern and fabrics, thanks for sharong.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  63. Rosemary B here:
    this is beautiffffical.
    I love all of the fabrics and I have some of that in the middle heehee love that.
    I think this is a marvy project thank you for sharing it

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  64. Looks great! It's fun to give Dresdens a modern spin, isn't it? I'm planning my next dresden to be a tree skirt for next Christmas, about as big as yours.

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  65. You did an amazing job! Your table topper is gorgeous! Great choice of fabrics and love the design you made. Thanks for sharing it with us, awesome job!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. Very pretty. That would be a great tablecloth to have.

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  67. What an Awesome & creative idea!! Love your Tablecloth!!!

    Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  68. I absolutely love it! It's beautiful and the quilting is fantastic! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  69. Beautiful! That would look great on my table. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  70. I love your large Dresden, what great fabric choices you made.

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  71. Simply stunning Katherine, luv it, thanks for sharing. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  72. Wow, your work just blows me away! I love that so much!

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  73. I like the idea of a big Dresden tablecloth. Good job on this. It has a lot of motion and is cheerful. :-)

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  74. Hi!!! WOW!! Stunning!!! Awesome!!! Amazing!!!! I am sure it would brighten any room!!! Does keep the eyes moving!!! I am inspired for sure!!! Thank You

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  75. Great choice to change it up! It is terrific.

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  76. Now that is one BIG Dresden! It's a lovely table cloth.

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  77. This must really brighten your table. Very modern and striking. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment ... :) Pat

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  78. You re-used the scraps that you cut off? If so that's great, it's one reason why I haven't made dresdens it I don't like the waste.

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  79. This just looks like it was so much fun to make. Great use of scraps. Hm, I bought a very large dresden rules, this could be just the thing.

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