Tuesday, February 15, 2011

hello, Dresden

It still amazes me how quickly a pillow comes together!

Last night, while my supplies for the magazine project were prewashing, I cut into a pretty stack of fabrics for my mama's first pillow. She wanted a half dresden plate pillow, like Kelly's, in colors to match some stained glass in her entryway.  Oooh, I'll have to get a picture of that to show you!

This is what I have so far.

Half Dresden Pillow WIP

I've never done a dresden before, so I poked around until I found a tutorial by Badskirt Amy.  I'm not sure that mine is a real dresden, cause I created the template shape myself on a piece of cardboard and there's no circle at the center, but it's certainly dresden-inspired.  And, did you know that a dresden is simply appliqued on top of the background fabric?  So easy!

loving Alexander Henry's Butterflies

As of this afternoon, I have the front and back prepared.  I'll be adding a little embroidery before putting things together and finishing with a binding trim. 

Right now I'm just loving those butterflies!  They are by Alexander Henry in an oldish collection called "Natura".   I know my mom likes this print, so I can't wait to show her that I used it!  I bought these butterflies in my very, very, very first fabric purchase about 18 months ago.  They've finally found themselves a place to shine.  Love.

There's just over a week left for you to enter your pillow into the February contest for Blogger's Pillow Party. I'm loving what I see so far.  Hope to see you there!

14 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I have that butterfly fabric too, just in a different colorway; it sure is cute!

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  2. It's so pretty! I wonder how available that fabric is -- I'll have to look. It looks great so far!!!

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  3. I've been quilting for 12 years but it's only been in the past year or so that I've decided I like the Dresden plate block. Yours looks great, I love the colours you've chosen.

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  4. WAIT! Did I just read that right? Have you been quilting for 18 months?!? Holy crow! I apparently have to stop saying, I've only been quilting for 18 months as an excuse for why I'm not amazing like you yet!!!!!

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  5. Your pillow top is beautiful! Great selection of fabrics. And who said it's not a dresden if it doesn't have a center circle?

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  6. I love what you've come up with for your mama so far. I've never tried a dresden, but it's nice to hear that the plate is appliqued the easy way!

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  7. Very cool! I love the idea of a half-dresden, and I especially love your fabric choice :)

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  8. I really like the half-Dresden.
    P.S. did you just change the colors on your blog? Or am I imagining and just behind the times?

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  9. Love it! It's beautiful! I really want to make a pillow, but when I look at my ugly sofa, it kills the joy. If I make it the colors that we plan to have in the future, it will clash (well, not more than the current completely not-matching arrangement, I suppose) and I don't want to do that much work and not love it. Boo.

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  10. Your pillow is so pretty I bet your Mum will be over the moon :)

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  11. Miranda - I hope you make one anyways. It'll be the bright spot on your couch. Hey, maybe you'll stop seeing the rest and just smile at your pillow everyday =)

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  12. Gorgeous fabric choices! The pillow is very cheery.

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