Friday, February 20, 2015

a Dresden block

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My Gruber's retreat friends and I are doing a quilting bee this year. It's been a few years since I've been a part of a bee and I'm excited to be a part of this one. It's funny, one block per month doesn't seem like that much of a commitment, but the months fly by. (A sure sign that I'm getting old. ha!) February seemed to go especially quick!
This block is for Cindy. She requested a bright colored Dresden block with a black and white center. She will be attaching the blocks to a background, so even if it doesn't LOOK like it's finished, it sure is! This was the first full sized Dresden block I've made. It was fun, but appliqueing the center was tricky since there was very little fabric to attach the circle to for basting purposes. One and a half tries later, the center is attached. Yay! So, a small finish, but a finish nonetheless. I'll take it!

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!

37 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

Such a bright and happy Dresden. Cindy will be thrilled to get this! Beautiful!

Mari said...

What a beautiful happy block! Cindy is sure to love it! It's a nice bright spot in a very cold and dreary day.

Melissa Corry said...

Love how happy and bright it is ;) Have fun in your bee ;)

Stephanie said...

Love the black and white centre! Stay warm everyone (^_^).

Stephie said...

Any finish is a finish! I love this block, the colours are so cheerful. I've never made one before either… *runs off to find to-do list*!

Teri said...

I glue my centers down before stitching them

Christine Feldstein said...

Lovely block! Thanks for the party!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

That is really pretty. I haven't tried on of these blocks get but I love this bright scrappy version.

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love the bright, cheerful colors you chose for the dresden block. She's going to love it.

Karen Ackva said...

Lovely Dresden! We had the same idea this week. ;-)

charlotte said...

So bright and cheerful. This is bound to be a happy quilt.

Terri said...

Cute! I have had my fabrics cut out for a couple weeks now. I'm excited to finally have time to assemble my block for Cindy this weekend. Should be a fun quilt when she puts it all our blocks together. So happy you were up for doing our new Bee!

Dee said...

Super sweet block for a fun reason! Hooray for the small victories!

Thanks for hosting!

Suzanne said...

Your Dresden reminds me of sunflowers and when I look outside, all I see is snow. I want to print this out and make garden stakes with it on top.

V Hair said...

Beautiful Dresden! I love how modern a traditional block can look.

Dolly said...

Yes, that reminds me that I should mark my 'blade' templates with advice to cut them a bit longer at the skinny end, so that I have plenty to trim away after the center circle is attached.

But that is a gorgeous block !

Dora, the Quilter said...

Very pretty. I don't think I've made a Dresden Plate blocks since the 1970s, but that will change!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Really bright and happy dresden! Cindy will love it!

Judy said...

That's a cheerful and bright Dresden!!

Cut&Alter said...

What a beautiful Dresden plate - I am sure your pattern will be VERY happy. I am really excited to link up to your post for the first time today!! x

Jen said...

So pretty! I've only ever made one dresden block and I had a little trouble with the center circle. I think I might like mine more if I had used a dark center like yours!

tubakk said...

Your dresden plate block is just smashing.

Carie said...

It's gorgeous, like a giant wonderfully coloured sunflower!

lindaroo said...

When I saw this very pretty Dresden on Flickr, I asked, "What is your secret to your perfect circle center?"Now, I'm even more impressed, realizing your sewed it to the blades alone! Do tell: how did you do that??

mindingmomma said...

No active blog here, but today I got to go to a "Sit 'n Sew" where I appliqued on nine flowers by hand to my copycat panel.

Lyndsey said...

I love your bright and cheerful dresden block.

Di~ said...

Wow, that is a very pretty block!

Dominique said...

Great block, and thanks for hosting Finish up Friday!

einfach bunt said...

Your Dresden Block is soooo beautiful!! :-)

KaHolly said...

So bright and cheery! I love dresdens.

lalaluu said...

Bees are the best way to get you outside your comfort zone, and they even provide support while you do it! Hope you enjoy yours and congrats on a beautiful finish!

Kath said...
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Kath said...

Your Dresden block is stunning! And it's not only us quilters that think so because:
Your Dresden photo was selected to be on Flicker's Explore - top (something) list. Means it was chosen out of thousands and thousands of pictures (many amateur photographers would die to get on Explore.)
Congratulations! It truly is a beautiful picture and a truly gorgeous block. I love all those colors together and the black center sets them all off so nicely.

Karen said...

Very pretty Dresden plate. I love the bright colors.

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Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love the dresden block. I hadn't made one until a bee member (Rene') requested it and now want to make my own. Showed your post to Cindy Live a Colorful Life when I got this because we're rooming together at QuiltCon and had a blast.