Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dresden Plates and More!

I have a lot to talk about today - those who know me well would say "That would be right!" Thought I would show you my Dresden Plate Quilt, made and exhibited in May 2006. I have used feedsack fabrics, reproduced from the 1930's, it is hand pieced and hand quilted.

It was just so lovely to make - playing with all the pretty fabrics of those times. The scalloped border was a bit of a challenge, but fudged, semi-accurate maths won out at the end of the day.

Here is a closeup!

Yesterday, Robin and I went to a great Craft Fair at Clarement Showgrounds in Perth. We met up with dear friend, Jan Reid for coffee and lunch, so that was lovely doing the girlie thing. I didn't go with great expectations, so didn't take my camera and that was a real mistake - well, the traders stalls were beautifully displayed and patronised and a lot of the quilts fabulous. There were demonstrations on fabric and textiles and free-form crochet/knitting - very tempting!Robin (naughty girl!) bought me a colour card of a new DK/8Ply Merino First Cross Softest Pure New Wool by Biggan Design. This wool is fully Australian made, made here in Australia, too, and developed by a Swedish lady , Henrietta Dups, who has lived here since 1988. It is just so soft and beautiful and comes in 64 brilliant colours. So, guess what ... another start to my Babette Blanket! I feel sure I am on a winner this time and will keep you posted.
For all of us who labouriously do tumbler blocks, apple cores, etc. this is new to me, too. Many shapes are available in die-cut freezer papers and if desired, you can send your own fabrics to be die cut by Judy, The Quilt Fairy. The clamshells are a new release and I hope to send some fabrics to her later this week. I will probably sends a variety of light, mediums and darks in reproduction fabrics.

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Hope you are all having a great weekend!

5 Lovely People said ...:

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely quilt.........

Sweet P said...

The Dresden Plate quilt is stunning! The idea of die cutting fabric is fantastic. It will save a lot of time cutting you own fabric.

Helz said...

Luvin your Dresden Plate Quilt Lurline just beautiful fabrics... & those Yarns !!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea the die-cut fabrics.


Candace said...

Your Dresden Plate Quilt is very lovely, and with everything by hand it must have been a labor of love. I bought some die cut hearts from one of the mail order companies a few years ago, but sending in your own fabrics sounds like such a good idea.