Quilting Lessons

Good Friday Morning!

Today it’s a bit dreary in my part of the world…..cloudy, muggy, just waiting to brew up a good thunderstorm. So, to brighten things up a bit I headed for the sewing room.  Ahhhh, beautiful fabric, uplifting music, a soft sewing chair.  Such a girly room.  It instantly raises my spirits.

I’ve started work on a stacked Dresden blade quilt. It’s inspired by a video tutorial I watched by MSQC.  Even though I like the video, there really aren’t any instructions on how to assemble the quilt top so I’m just guessing at number of blades, width of sashing, etc.

I’m using this really cool Dresden ruler I got from MSQC (can you tell I shop there a lot??) BTW, I have no affiliation with them at all……I’m just a customer. A frequent one.  Shhhh, don’t tell my husband!  So far he hasn’t asked me about all those packages that keep showing up in our mail and until he does, I’m not telling him what they are.  🙂

Dresden Ruler

ANYWAY, I laid out the number of blades I thought would make a nice size quilt once I added sashing and borders. Then I started sewing the blades together.  Look at the difference in the size.  The strip on the left has been sewn – the two on the right not. (There’s a total of 4 strips)

Dresden Plates Stacked Quilt

Now, in the video Jenny says there were leftover blades – enough to make that cute Dresden Purse I made a few days ago. So I went back to the video.  BAM, there it is!!!  A comment that I missed the first time – “for this quilt we used almost two layer cakes.”

TODAYS LESSON: Pay attention, Beth!

That means I need to order another layer cake or try to add enough border to make this quilt work.  I really want it to be bigger than just a lap size.  Any ideas?  I really don’t want to get another layer cake, because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for it to ship.  Going to the LQS is a 40 minute drive from my house – yuck!  But, I like supporting them so I guess I’ll be checking with them to see if they carry any of this line.

I hate running into a problem like this when quilting, but I love how it forces me to be more creative.

I’d like to know what size quilts you most often find yourself making. My hubby says a quilt can never be big enough, but I’m okay with one I can cuddle up with on the couch. What do you prefer?

I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this quilt and how I made it work. I hope you have a great weekend and get some time to sew!! 🙂



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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  3. Kate Yates says:

    I’ve done that before! I am bad at planning ahead. Most of my quilts are lap/twin size, 60 x 80ish. One reason I started quilting was to make a king sized quilt for my bed. When I think about it now, that just seems like two quilts (and it seems too big!) so I haven’t started yet. My plan is to have a lot of negative space, to avoid a fabric shortage. Good luck!

  4. I tend to make smaller quilts most of the time, baby/crib to lap/twin. It takes a pretty big time investment to make larger ones, and with 4 that can go on our queen sized bed, we don’t really need much bigger ones anyway. 🙂 Bummer you did not have enough fabric! How about creating a center block and then using these strips as a first border around it before adding more borders?

    • Melissa says:

      Twin, who needs bigger? Most of mine are that size unless I’m knotting(which I find myself doing a lot) is that still a true quilt? I love the idea of a cool center block and using those around it. Come on Beth your creative!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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