Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cheatin' Dresden--What do you think?

Here's another WiP Wednesday post to share with Lee @ http://freshlypieced.com.

Humm....do you ever have a quilt block that you're just not sure if you like how it turned out?

We took a trip for Spring Break down to Zion's NP and on the way home stopped at Cove Fort.  On one of the beds was appliqued Dresden quilt with 8 points instead of the traditional 12 points.  This got me thinking (I should have been paying attention to the tour guide...but oh well).  Is there a way to strip piece a darker fabric to a half-square triangle to mimic the Dresden plate?  Obviously it would be a "modern" block version as it wouldn't be appliqued.

So...here's my try and I'm not sure if I like how it turned out.  What do you think?  I have this whole quilt pattern idea in my mind, but I'm not resolved on the quilt block.  Humm, I'd love your feedback.

First, I drafted a template of my quilt block pieces using Electric Quilt.  Since I wanted to use quilt rotary cutting techniques, I didn't cut out the template pieces.  I took the rotary pieced rectangle and triangle and laid them on top of the template seams and pinned them in place.  Then the 1/4 inch seam was sewn, fabric was pressed over and excesses trimmed away.  This proved a waste of fabric and it would've been more wise to use the templates, but if you don't experiment a little, you'll never know.

Then two half-square triangle units were sewn together to create the four corner squares.

The four corners were sewn together to create this block.  I think I would like it better if I took the time to pin-match the colored triangle corners and spun the center seam to get sharp points in the middle.  However, its a "modern" block so I suppose obeying all those piecing rules is unnecessary.  What do you think?


  1. I think you should make whatever block makes you happy. Don't worry about what's traditional or modern--just go with what you like. If you don't like it, try something else. If you do, run with it!

  2. Interesting! Never thought to do it that way either. I think if you made one color section bigger than the other you would not have to worry about matching up and it might give it an even more modern look. Just a thought!

  3. Looks awesome to me! And i love your colour pairings :)

  4. I think it looks great just the way it is!


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