Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dare To Dresden


Today is Day 4 of the "Dare to Dresden" blog hop, organized by Madame Samm  and hosted by Christine .


 Over 100 quilters signed up for this blog hop, with several bloggers each day  sharing their adventures in making Dresdens.  I'm glad you have dropped in today for my turn. 

When I first learned about the "Dare to Dresden" blog hop, I immediately knew which Dresden project I would like to try.  It's a pattern called "Kaleidoscope" from a book by Amanda Herring called "Big Fun With a Little  Fabric", and has been on my "to-do" list for a long while.  Here is Amanda's quilt:


I love how varying the size of the  petals on the dresden flowers gives them such a different look.   

I started with this fabric as my inspiration,

and chose to make Dresdens in these colorways:

Amanda's quilt is big enough for a bed, but I wanted a wallhanging, so I made all of my Dresdens smaller than the pattern called for.  In doing so, I had to come up with a different arrangement, but here is what I have on the design wall so far:




I'm not quite done with my design.  I'm thinking of  adding  some smaller Dresden flowers in the blank spaces.   I'm also thinking of raising up the bottom border, and having part of  the large green flower extend over it like it was falling right out of the quilt.

The center circles are not sewn down, and I may make them bigger.  The whole look of the Dresden changes when you adjust the size of the center circle.  For example, from this:

to this:
Lots of room for adjustments yet with this quilt, but it has been fun to play with making Dresdens of various sizes.


I'm glad that I took the dare.  It encouraged me to just get out those fabrics and give it a try.

Thanks for visiting!
Be sure to visit these other bloggers who have also 
Dared to Dresden!






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93 comments:

  1. Lovely colors for your Dresden wall hanging! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. What a super project, I like your lovely bright fabrics.

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  3. Oooh its great - lovely colours - thanks for sharing.

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  4. A really fun quilt! Love all the colors and the happy design :*)

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  5. very fun and colourful, thanks for sharing

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  6. The wall hanging is going to be gorgeous when finished and I love your colour choices.

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  7. Lovely, just lovely. Fun to play with them that way.

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  8. I have that fabric (the swatch that was your inspiration)! I have used it for several things and may have a little bit left. How awesome to see how it inspired you with your color choices. Thanks for sharing that part of your creative process!

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  9. It's going to be wonderful when it's finished. I love the bright fabric choices. Thanks for sharing!

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

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  11. Fun colors! This is going to be a "Happy Quilt!!!

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  12. What a fun project! I do like the larger centers on some, the mix of sizes is very visually appealing.

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  13. I would never have thought to make them like this- so pretty!

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  14. Your inspiration fabric not only has those great colors, but it looks like some little Dresden shapes are in there too, which is great. Like the variety of sizes of petals and centers.

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  15. Your inspiration fabric is beautiful. And wow--what a difference the center circles make!

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  16. you know it is true..a diff't circle size and voila a new dresden...what a great project..

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  17. What rich and gorgeous colors you chose!

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  18. Fantastic!! Great color...love the size variations. Very interesting piece.

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  19. Can I come over and play with your fabrics? Can I? PLEASE!!! I won't be any trouble at all!


    That is going to be a fabulous wall hanging!

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  20. Very nice, you can quilt dresdens in the background area. This is going to be a pretty art piece! cw

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  21. Ooooh I love your Dresden quilt---this is spectacular!

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  22. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I'm glad you took the dare, too, because your Dresden wall hanging will be gorgeous when it is completed. Love it!

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  24. Hi Auntie Em. Imagine my surprise when browsing through today's blogs on the latest Sew We Quilt hop and I came across your Quilt Crossing. From a fellow "Jewel tone gal" I love the fabric and the overlapping plates give added dimension. Love it.

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  25. Your wall hanging is so cheerful and pretty! I know that when you finish it will be stunning!

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  26. Your wall hanging is already a beauty but when it is finished it will be stunning. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  27. This is going to be just beautiful. Thanks for showing the different sizes for the center - that really opened my eyes to how much difference that can make. (I liked the larger circle better). :) blessings, marlene

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  28. Hi!!! WOW!!! Beautiful!!! Love the different ways you have shown!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  29. Love this! The colors are wonderful and the fabrics are heavenly! It's going to be a beauty!

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  30. Your beautiful fabric choices will make a stunning quilt. Luv the different sizes and the different look by changing the circle size. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us today. Great job!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  31. Stunning colours!
    I love all the different sizes of your dresdens!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  32. thanks for sharing. All are just beautiful.

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  33. Beautiful colors. Lovely flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wow, Amanda's quilt is beautiful.

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  35. What a Beautiful Wall quilt this will be.. I love the idea of the large falling off the border too! Thank you for participating..you did the Dare GOOD *wink*. Hugs and Happy hoppin'.

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  36. Love your color scheme for this quilt! I am glad you brought to our attention the difference in Dresdens when the center circle is larger (or smaller!)...food for thought!

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  37. That is just beautiful! I so wondered about layering dresdens to get the flower effect and seeing how you varied the sizes really makes it clear to me. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Your Dresden Plate are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Just love this! Perfect project for using up some scraps.

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  40. A wonderful Dresden quilt and so colorful and cheery. Thank you for sharing from Judy C

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  41. That is so pretty and the colors are just gorgeous.

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  42. Lovely! Great use of color in these projects.

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  43. Your colors are simply stunning! I like the vibrant purple. Good job!

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  44. Oh Wow...they look like they are floating around! Love your color choices and changes you made. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Great colors in your Dresdens. The project will look great when you finalize the design.

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  46. Oh my goodness. This is extroidnary...Magnificient job...Love love love how they pop off the backgrounds. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. your wall hanging is looking beautiful, what a fab pattern.

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  48. Well Auntie Em, those are all my most favorite colors! The design is so great too!

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  49. Gorgeous!! Is that border fabric from JoAnn's quilter's line??? LOVE IT!

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  50. wo, wo, wo, wow!!! What fabulous Dresdens.

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  51. this is beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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  52. Awesome Dresden's!!! Love how you did them...just make ya' Smile!! :)

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  53. Stunning Dresdens! I am so in love with the second set with all those yummy saturated colors! Just stunning! And will be beautiful when finished. I have the same fabric you used for the border!

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  54. I love all the bright colors of your dresdens! You did a great job!

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  55. Just beautiful, I love the colors and the way you brought them all together.

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  56. This is so neat to have all the different sized dresdens on a quilt. It will be beautiful when it is finished. Thank you for sharing.

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  57. I love those bright colors, the quilt is just beautiful.

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  58. The bright colors are beautiful. I hadn't realized how changing the size of the center had such an impact on the Dresden. Thank you for enlightening me. Not being a fabric waster, I thought you just put a small circle in the middle. Not now! Thank you for the aha moment. I thought it was the entire Dresden that was changing. That's what happens when you don't play with the block yourself and experiment. You really need to touch and feel and play. I love how you are overlapping the Dresdens, too. I think it would great to raise the bottom border and have the Dresden overlap the border. Sometimes it's difficult for some of us to think about possibilities such as that. Thank you for participating in the blog hop and inspiring us to try new things and give us great ideas.

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  59. That's a wonderful dresden project! I love the variety of colorways you used. Wow, I wonder how big Amanda's largest flower is if the quilt fits a bed!

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  60. I love what you have done so far. If it was mine I think I would make the center of the green flower more towards the yellow family, just to give it a pop. I love your idea of making one of the flower falling off the quilt!

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  61. Rosemary B here: GORGEOUS!
    I love the colors and this is a lovely idea!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity

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  62. I love your colors! Instead of adding small flowers how about a few leaves? But then I love leaves!

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  63. I love, love, love your Dresden colors, so vivid and vibrant.
    Could you possibly share the brand of fabrics you used? I would love to make a large quilt using some of the same fabrics.

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  64. How great those look. Who knew just changing the centers made such a difference. Now I will have to try.

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  65. Very neat and what fun to play with making all the dresdens different sizes. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  66. Wow! It's a piece of art - it looks like a big painting. It's absolutely beautiful - I really like how you stacked the Dresdens - gives it a lot of depth.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  67. Beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Your version looks fantastic! Great job! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  69. I like the idea of extending one Dresden past the edge, it would make it more three dimensional.

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  70. Beautiful colors - so rich!! And how fun to group them together like you did!! I really like the big center - it gives the Dresden pizazz!!

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  71. Love your quilt and the wall hanging! Very cool way to use the Dresden!!!

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  72. Your colors are great together and it's turning out to be a great quilt. Yes, the size of the circles do make a difference. Love it!

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  73. Love to see a quilter have fun and you certainly are! Your inspiration fabric is gorgeous.

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  74. Beautiful colors love the Design and wall hanging.

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  75. ooooh this is quite pretty----sort of reminds me of fireworks burst and of course, a floral feel. Very nice!

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  76. your dresdner quilts are stunning, thank for sharing!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  77. Beautiful way to arrange the dresdens. Color sew pretty.

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  78. I love this arrangement, and your colors and fabrics are beautiful!

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  79. I love this! So bright and Cheery

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  80. Your quilt is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  81. Wow, your quilt is amazing. Fantastic work.
    Greetings from Germany,
    Grit

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  82. This blog hop was one of my favorites. I'm so glad I participated. I love yours - can definitely see the Jewel Tone Gal coming out.

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