Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dare To Dresden

Dare to Dresden Hop is going on this week and today is my day to post.
It has been a weekend of dresdens for me as I prepared for the hop.
First, I had been itching to make a tiny dresden. This one measures 3 inches from point to point.
I turned it into a spiffy pin cushion. For my dresden template I took a small circle, folded in half over and over till I got eight wedges. Then I cut one of the wedges out as my template. Super easy and fast.


I also fiddled around with a 10 degree ruler and made a dresden with 36 plates.
The ruler I used orginally makes a 25 inch circle, but I cut my wedges from a 2.5 inch strip and got small flower petals so my circle measures 10.25 inches. I plan on turning this into a table topper. The wide center circle is the perfect spot to place a nice spring basket.



 I also worked on adding some more wedges to my pastel Dresden Quilt project that I started in September.
I still need to find 8 more pastel fabrics I like to finish up the circle.

It has been fun playing around with dresden plates the past couple days.  Make sure you check out all the other great posts going on today.  You can see them all here:


January 29th, 2013



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93 comments:

Judy B said...

Your tiny Dresden is darling! Also love the table topper. Thanks for tell how you made the little blades.

Amy said...

Your mini-Dresden is sew cute!

Theresa said...

Love your super cute Dresden pincushion, it's gorgeous.

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love your little pincushion - so cute and the larger dresden is fabulous too. I didnt realise you could add or remove petals as I am new to dresdens - will have to have another play now! Thanks for the inspiration.

Patty C. said...

LOVE your pincushion & your Dresden - Gorgeous !!!!

Teresa in Music City said...

Your little pincushion is just too adorable! And I love your tabletopper too :*)

Nati said...

That pincushion is adorable!! pinning it to my small treats board on pinterest! thanks for sharing!

Lyndsey said...

Your little pin cushion is so cute and the table topper is great, the centre is perfect for sitting a bowl or flowers on.

charlotte said...

Very cute. Love the pin cushion and that one with all the blades? Wow!

Debby said...

That 36 blade dresden is AWESOME! It is so beautiful and I can see all sorts of applique items taking center stage on that circle! Thanks for sharing today.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

What a cute pin cushion and a great way to use a Dresden.

Jeanie said...

Great dresdens! Love the large center circle to set things on. Nice job!

Fiesta said...

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

Sowing Stitches said...

Such a fun little pin cushion! :)

gpc said...

I love your pin cushion and your beautiful 'sunflower'!

Thearica said...

Your tiny pincushion is so cute! I wonder just how small someone could actually go with the dresden... Maybe good for a dare all in itself. :)

patchouli moon studio said...

What a sweet little Dresden pincushion. Your table topper is great too.

Mommarock said...

Love that cutsie lil ol pin cushion!! It is truly darling!

Madame Samm said...

ohhh how lovely..you ladies and your dresdens are remarkable.. I am sew pleased you joined in...the pin cushion is exceptional

Gwen said...

Your colors are just beautiful and I love the projects you made! Very creative!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This one is really different with the huge center...and I love it!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Beautiful! Love the cheery colors- they make my heart sing!

Angie said...

Love love love your pincushion. :) And I was thrilled when I found a picture of a long-haired wienie dog---I am owned by one long-haired and one short-haired. My love affair with these little dogs has lasted over 20 years and two sets---I adore them---add those to quilting and I'm hooked on your blog. :D

Nancy in IN said...

Pincushion idea is great. Thanks for sharing.

Just Carol said...

Beautiful Dresdens...I love both of them! Your little pincushion is adorable. :o)

Linda said...

Your projects are all just beautiful!! Your table topper will be so pretty with a vase of flowers on top!(Well, it's pretty without the flowers, too!!!)

Britt-Inger said...

Your small pincushion is very lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your pieces, especially the table topper. That's a perfect place for any centerpiece! blessings, marlene

Charlotte Thompson said...

I enjoyed touring your blog. You are so talented~!

Charlotte Thompson said...

I love your blog and your dresdens are great!

Gill said...

Two great projects - I love them both!
Thank you for sharing!

Quilt n Queen said...

Leah...your pin cushion is sEw sweet and your pastel blades sEw pretty. They will make a gorgeous quilt for sure. Thanks for sharing in the hop, happy stitching, Pauline

InGa said...

Lovely Dresdens.
Thanks for sharing.

Vicki H said...

I love your dresden pincushion. Thanks for sharing.

Christine L said...

Love your PINNIE! Way to take the Dare and run with it. Thank you for participating. Hugs and Happy Hoppin'.

Kristy said...

I do too! What a cute size! Thanks for the ideas of how to make our own. K-

Vickie said...

The pincushion Is "sew" cool !

Theresa said...

Lovely fabrics and your pincushion is adorable!

sew.darn.quilt said...

What a charming pincushion :)

Catskill Quilter said...

Amazing that you made your own pattern for the sweet pincushion! It is just adorable!

Quilter Kathy said...

SO FUN! Love your idea to fold the paper to get your template. LOVE the mini pincushion!!!

Crazy Amy said...

Love that pin cushion! I am so fond the small blades for dresdens. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. Thank you for sharing.

Die Butjenterin Abschnitt said...

Your Dresden Plate are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

Terry said...

a cute pincushion and I love your table topper.

Needled Mom said...

Your little pincushion is darling as is your table topper plate.

JudyCinNC said...

I sure have seen some wonderful Dresdens from people just playing around - and yours is no exception. The little pinchcushion is wonderful. Just beautiful and thanks from Judy C

Wendy said...

I love the contast of your huge dresden with lots of thin blades and your tiny dresdent with just a few wide blades

DeAnna S. said...

Great ideas. I love the tiny Dresden pin cushion..so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Diann said...

Your tiny Dresden is so cute. I plan to try something like it one of these days. I also like your larger one with the yellow center. It's like a great big flower.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Seriously WANT your pincushion...Great job!!

Tammy said...

Beautiful .. I lov0e tehm both.. But the smaller one is calling my name...lol
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Regena said...

super cute

littlelixie said...

I love the tiny dresden!

Deb said...

Love that table topper.

suemac said...

Love the pincushion. So cute.

Lana said...

Awwhhh... I really like the last one...looks so happy!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What a delightful difference in size! Adorable pin cushion and beautiful plate.

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Kim West said...

what a great little pincushion... cute!

Kim West said...

what a great little pincushion... cute!

OhioLori said...

Love your pin cushion!!! So fun! Thanks for sharing :)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Your pin cushion is just wonderful!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

The pincushion is darling, and I love all the points on the table topper too!

JanesQuilting said...

You pincushion is adorable. I love the bright colors.

LJ said...

The pin cushion is darling. Thanks for explaining how you came up with the template. Most usually it seems that a special dresden ruler is being used; I loved your explaination especially with such a small one.

Joyce Carter said...

Love your Dresdens, but I am blown away by the one on the pincushion. It is so tiny.So cute! Thank you for sharing.

Suze said...

I think everyone loves your Dresden pincushion. I adore your 36 blade Dresden table topper. A basket will be perfect on it. I know it had to be tedious to get your seam allowance perfect for it to lie so flat. It is astounding. I had heard of a 10 degree ruler and had yet to see something made from it. You have quite an eye for color. Great job. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love the tiny Dresden, but the large sunflower table topper is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
I adore the pin cushion. I am gonna make one now, it is sooo cute. Your large dresden plate will look really nice with a basket on that large center!
thank you for sharing your amazing creativity

lefuntz said...

Cute little pincushion! I need a new pincushion and have been collecting ideas. Maybe a baby dresden!

Lou said...

Cute pincushion!

Patty said...

How cool is that pincushion. I really like that. If you have no objections, I am going to make one.

Betteem said...

Thanks, Leah, your Dresden plates are very pretty! Thanks for the folding circle idea.

sandra said...

I love the mini-dresden so cute as a pincushion.The tabletopper is adorable too.

usagypsy said...

I LOVE your pincushion!! I am going to have to try making one! It's adorable! I never would have thought to use a circle!

Auntie Em said...

From the tiny pincushion to the table topper, you have shown that there is a Dresden for every quilt. :-)

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Oh my goodness, your Dresdens are too cute! I especially LOVE the pin cushion - it's so fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

Sandra Kaye said...

Very sweet. love the big circle in the middle :):) hugs

Cecilia said...

I love the pincushion! But, both Dresdens are pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

Your dresden mini on the pincushion is so cute! I love the flower table topper and agree a basket would look beautiful in the center!

Kris said...

Darling Dresdens!! The pincushion is sooooooo cute!!!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your pin cushion - just too cute!! Wow, that's a lot of little blades on your table topper! Looks great!

Barb said...

Those are definitely tiny blades, but they work so well on the pin cushion. And your large Dresden will be perfect for a table topper. Thanks for sharing!

evelyn said...

Cute little pincushion, but your table topper is wow!

Linda J said...

Here I thought the pin cushion was adorable enough but you topped it with the table topper! Well done.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

wow the little pincushion is so gorgeous and your dresdens so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.
Liebe Grüße
Bente

Michelle May said...

Everything is so pretty! Loving the pincushion. Sweet!

Just Quilt It said...

I love your pincushion, and your table topper will look fabulous!

Frances said...

Love the tiny pincushion and the larger dresden. So many neat ideas in these blogs.

Nikita said...

I love that pin cushion

Connie said...

Beautiful projects and I really love the tiny pincushion!

Pamela said...

Your Dresdens are lovely! Thanks for sharing!