Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate?

Flea Market Fancy Dresden Plate

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate pillow created with Flea Market Fancy? I love the Dresden Plate, it’s so easy to whip up and the results are satisfying. I’m working on a blue version to go with our new duvet cover from Ikea. The pillow above is backed with the same blue floral print as is in the centre of the plate with a simple envelope closure for easy washing. The feather cushion was purchased at Ikea for $6 and measures 20″ square.

Dresden Plate

New hair cut, sorry about the crappy pic.

Swooning the Cuckoo Clock

Fabrics: Hideaway Cuckoo Clock in sun by Lauren + Jessi Jung for Moda, Kona White, Punctuation Tutor Stripe in yellow by American Jane and Quilter’s Linen in grey by Robert Kaufman.

I’m expecting more Hideaway within the next two weeks and am debating on whether to use this as a mini quilt for my Covert Robin partner or make a full size quilt as a treat for myself. I really, really, really love this fabric, I’ve found an online shop which seems to have a lot of it. My plan is to deplete it’s stock, muhahaha!

DH are planning our second week in Germany, we’re going to rent a car and drive into the alps again, this time to Hallstatt on the Austrian side. The scenery is truly stunning and purported to be the oldest settlement in Europe. Hallstatt is known for it’s salt production and salt mines dating back to 5500 BC. I just know that it’s going to be one of those places so beautiful that I’ll start crying. Yeah, I’m sucky that way.

And the Winner is…

#65 according to Random.org!

cath on February 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm said:
“OOhh, so many things that could be done with $50 of fat quarters – my mind is tingling!”

An email has been sent and once I receive confirmation, her $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop will be sent. I would love to know what she chooses and what she makes with it.

A Big Thank You to everyone who entered and left comments, I enjoyed reading each and every one!

Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m participating in the Covert Robin gift swap hosted by Imagine Gnats and I received the name of my recipient yesterday. This is only the second swap I’ve ever participated in and I’m so excited / nervous! I’ve been scouring her blog looking for something we have in common — colour, pattern, style. She likes yellow and grey and so do I and it just so happens that I’ve been collecting fabrics in these colours.

Last night I started cutting grey and yellow Dresden blades but I’m not sure if I’m going to make a plate with them or something completely different.

Have a great Saturday, now get sewing!

Off to Germany

This Dresden Plate table runner if off to Germany tomorrow, for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday. It’ll arrive about a week late, I hope she doesn’t mind. Her livingroom is painted pink and Moda’s Dogwood Trail fabric reminded me of her.

The backing fabric is from Kitty Yoshida’s City Girl and the binding is Joel Dewberry. I used stabilizer for the Kona yellow centres and they’re a bit stiff, I hope they soften up in the wash!

Hand Quilting Sunday

Hand Stitching Tula Pink's Parisville

Yesterday I decided to make something for myself, DH ordered a Touch Pad for me when HP had a fire sale, it arrived last Thursday and it’s all mine, I don’t have to share! 😛  Tula Pink’s Parisville is one of my very favorite prints, especially Cameo in Sky so I cut out a vignette and put some cotton batting behind, secured it with my cheap wooden hoop and drew a design directly on the fabric with pencil. The fabric design itself is just too detailed and intricate to trace each and every element. I didn’t quilt over the lady’s face but instead outlined it, as well as the ship and her mask.

After quilting around the woman, I turned the hoop around, cut a small slit in the batting and stuffed her face with tiny pieces of batting. It doesn’t really show up well in the photo and it is subtle but I had fun and like it nonetheless.

Keeping it girly, I’m using Melissa Averinos’ Swoon Waves in Cherry {love} on the back and am going to scatter a few of my favorite Parisville Damask Dot in Pomegranate fleurs (an odd number of couse). I have a light pink 14″ zipper I can use, not sure if I’m going to insert the zipper by hand or machine. I love the control I have when I do things by hand.

Another hand sewing project I’m working on is a Dresden Plate table runner for my Mother-in-Law who lives in Bremen, Germany.

Dresden Plate table runner

Because today was so lovely, DH wanted to go for a drive to take photos of the changing leaves so I prepared this project to bring with me. I cut the yellow centers, pressed and pinned them down then sewed them by hand as we drove. I attempted to quilt by hand on either side of each blade but I wasn’t happy with the back. Although my stitches appeared to be straight and even on the top, they were tiny and scattered on the back. Unhappy with the results, I cut the knot and tried again. After a second unsuccessful try, I drew lines on one of  the blades  and attempted to hoop it but my cheap wooden hoop was too small to accomodate the quilt sandwich. For now, this project is on hold until I can make it to our local fabric shop.

Yesterday we met Emily for the first time and gave her the quilt I finished last week. I was able to embroider a circular label and hand stitch it to the quilt in time. Mom and Dad were over the moon and we couldn’t be happier! Emily is absolutely adorable and what a good little girl! She came to the Royal Tea House with us for some delicious dim sum and was an absolute angel. Dad is going to send me a photo of Emily with her quilt for my blog. 😀

Progress is slow

Today we had brunch at the Royal Tea House, I think they hired a new chef because everything was extra delicious! This fabric was used on a bag I saw at the Pacific Mall in Markham, no, I didn’t buy the bag but I would have loved to have purchased the fabric if it were available! I love the little cactus girls as well as the milk carton and milk bottles with horns. Where is the connection between cows and cactus? Cactus milk of course!

Yesterday we drove through St. Catherines, Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls. We brought the Pugs with us but it was a big mistake, it was 33c, far too hot for them to walk around. More hexies were sewn on our drive to and from the region, a 2+ hour drive each way.


Last weekend I pieced together the Dresden Plate table runner I’m making for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday at the end of October, I don’t know how I’m going to quilt it, I don’t want to echo the plates as I did in my pillow. Suggestions?

Also working on the Spin Dr. Seuss QAYG baby blanket, I need more green dot for sashing, thought I had more but don’t, damn!

Dresden Plate #2: Table Runner

Mum will be getting her table runner / topper / lap quilt / whatever, today. She thinks she’s getting a skirt, won’t she be surprised!

My Mother-in-Law’s birthday is coming up in October and I’ve decided to make a Dresden Plate table runner using Moda’s Dogwood Trail. After dinner Monday, I cut the pieces and all are ready for sewing. I see a piece or two that needs to be shuffled…

WIP Dresden Plate in Dogwood Trail

I’ve started working on a modified hexie (by hand of course) which I’ll add to my hexie array, based on Summerfete’s fussy cut hexie which really caught my eye. I’m beginning with Joel Dewberry’s herringbone in pond, a favorite of many. We’ll see where that goes and how it fits into my ongoing hexie project. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have enough for a quilt!

I’m not a member of WIP Wednesdays but I still have works in progress besides the ones I’ve already mentioned including my Spin Doctor Seuss baby quilt, disappearing 9 patch using the 1930’s reproduction fabrics and matching cathedral window pillow.