Jag är en kvinna 60+ från Skåne, som sytt, broderat och tecknat i hela mitt liv, men nu är det mest quilt som gäller på min fritid.
I´m a woman 60+ from the south of Sweden, who have been busy sewing, embroidering and drawing all my life, but now I have been caught by the quilt bug.
Dare to Dresden First day
I have indeed been very busy sewing the last three weeks. First the projects for the bloghop In your Words and now Dare to Dresden. I was so excited over these two last bloghops that I had to participate in both of them. And how fun it has been to make something with the Dresden templates, that I have bought several years ago but I have never never used before.
Thank you lovely Madame Samm and Christine for conducting the ladies to dare Dresden.
My first plan was to make only one project with Dresden, but the first plan with only one project was soon thrown away.
The first project is a small tray sewn in fabric designed by Kaffe Fasset, one of my favorite designers.
The tricky moment with this small tray was to make the back, as I don´t have a plate which is big enough to use as template , no pizza plates in this house and no compass with a leg long enough to make a circle template for this tray. But I have solved the problem with making a circle template from freezer paper just by feeling with the pen where I should draw the circle line to make the template.
Small Dresden tray
And I think it turned out very cute with this wonderful fabric.
Then over to the new plan making one more Dresden project. I have had some fabric in my stash since several years ago with pattern from 1930-1940. I have used some of the fabric last year sewing a quilt with Grandmother´s squares, but there were lot of leftover fabric, in sizes bigger than scraps. I then decided to make an old- fashioned table cloth with muslin as back ground fabric. There were several tiny bits to cut out, I have used pieces measuring 5 inch for the petals and a bowl for the middle as template.
I have then quilted with embroidery stitches from my sewing machine and I think it turned out very charming and very old-fashioned.
Table cloth in the snow
I had now two projects, I had in my mind to stop there, but then I got another idea where I could play even more and I had to try this one too.
The start was to dig out white and black fabric from my stash to make a background for some Dresden in bold and bright colors.
I could see the the table runner in my head, making Dresden flowers with zigzag ribbons as stems and with appliquéd leaves and birdies to make something funny and crazy.
But the time schedule was short, as I started three days ago with the table runner and the table cloth wasn´t quilted by then.
I worked very intensely since Sunday with the table runner, quilted it on Monday and quilted the table cloth on Tuesday. I was very happy to go out in the winter weather to take some pictures this morning of my projects.
And best of all, I could buy all the fabric from my self in my sewing room. And I love to stretch my creativity , that´s why I love these blog hops with at theme.
Don´t you think my table runner turned out very fun? It will be a very bright and happy table runner for my old oak table.
Dresden flowers with birds
And as you could see I had time to take pictures in the morning light out in the snow.
Yes, I dare Dresden and I will make more of them. A wonderful way to use scraps and very funny to play with the Dresden shapes.
Don´t forget to visit all the other ladies who don´t are afraid to play with Dresden and be inspired of all the creativity vibrating in the blogs.