Drummer Boy Dresden Sew-Along

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Here we go!

Dive into your scraps this summer. Sewing with friends or on the go? This scrap quilt is fun, forgiving and portable. It's the Drummer Boy Dresdens Sew-Along, co-hosted by The Makings of Joy and Stitched in Color.

Over 9 weeks of stitching, June through July, we'll create the Drummer Boy Dresden quilt.  It combines scrap sewing, appliqué and traditional piecing.  

New to curve sewing or appliqué? Never fear. This quilt is beginner-friendly. Jump in to learn and win prizes along the way!  You can sew-along, whatever your pace!


the Quilt

Joy’s Drummer Boy Dresden quilt was inspired by a Dresden fan quilt made by Mrs. Lovie McGlothin, one of Joy’s “small town’s matriarchs.” Three generations of Mrs. Lovie’s family helped assemble and hand-quilt her dresden fan quilt. That kind of group endeavor is what Joy had in mind when she planned her project. Joy’s community used the quilt-making process to mourn and honor a loved one recently lost to them. It is a beautiful tribute to Aaron’s precious life.

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Joy’s Drummer Boy Dresden quilt is a large bed quilt made with 5” blocks - an undertaking worthy of her community. For our sew-along purposes, I’ve scaled the block up slightly, to 6” finished. I believe my version combines the charm of the original quilt and its scrappy potential with a few time-saving tweaks to help us make a timely finish.


the Supplies

The Drummer Boy Dresden quilt pattern includes 5 quilt sizes from baby to king. This sew-along will be based on the throw size quilt, which finishes 60” square. But don’t worry, you can sew whichever size you prefer and still join in the fun! Please consult your copy of the pattern for alternative size supplies notes.

for the Throw Sized quilt

  • Dresden Blades: variety of scraps or jelly rolls

  • Quarter Circles: 1 yard

  • Background: 9 different fabrics, 1/2 yard each OR 17 different fabrics, 1/4 yard each

  • Backing: 3 3/4 yards, 44” wide fabric

  • Binding: 1/2 yard

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Other Supplies

  • Point Turner - to poke out the points on your dresden blades

  • 45mm rotary blade - optional, a nice, small size for cutting the quarter circle curves

Also, completely optional - the EZ Quilting Easy Dresden ruler. This matches the template provided in the pattern. Note, that is an Amazon affiliate link.


the Schedule



the Prizes

Stitching with friends is great fun; stitching with prizes is even better!  Share your Drummer Boy Dresden progress on Instagram throughout the stitch-along for a chance to win weekly prizes.  You don't have to keep up with our schedule to win.  Stitch at your happy pace and enjoy!

Prizes are provided mainly by my lovely sponsors! More details coming soon.


Come Sew-Along!

So gather up your supplies and start dreaming of colors and fabrics!  If you’re on the hunt for low volume background fabrics, check out the custom bundles at my sponsor shops here, here and here.

Will you be stitching with us?  Use #DrummerBoyDresdens to start sharing the excitement!