Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Dresden Plate

It's time for Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side! I love this Festival or online Quilt Show so much. It is just great fun to go see everyone's quilts. I find it very inspiring, and because they are blog posts, there is usually more info about the making of the quilt or the inspiration behind it than just the simple posts on Instagram or Facebook. You should click on the link above and go check out some of the quilts!

So my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Dresden Plate.

This was a long time UFO that had been sitting in my closet. Last year my quilt group and I set a challenge for ourselves to finish some UFO's and this was the one I really had to get done. All I had done back in June 2017 when we set the challenge were the 12 blocks without the circles appliqued onto the dresdens.
I wanted to make the blocks look a little more modern so I chose the black fabric with gold specs on it and decided to make huge circles. I really love the look of them.
The dresdens had all been hand appliqued but in order to save some time, I decided to machine applique the circles using steam a seam lite2.
I added sashing using the same fabric as the background, to give myself some interesting options for the quilting.

I finished the top of the quilt in the fall and then took some time to decide how to quilt it.

In April, I finally put it on the longarm and picked some patterns on the computer and started dividing my spaces.

It took a few days and I used a mix of computerized designs, freemotion and ruler work.

I used a layer of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting and a layer of Hobbs Polydown so I could get the lovely texture from the quilting to show. I love the final result.
Here are more close-ups of the quilting for you to enjoy.

This was a great challenge and I am happy this quilt went from the UFO pile to the finished pile.

Don't forget to go check out the Festival. It truly is like an online quilt show, and who doesn't love a quilt show?!