Today I am taking some time out of cutting and sewing to show the process I am following to make Dresden Heaven by Susan Marth. I purchased the pattern and the “Tiny” and “Mini” templates to make the Dresden plates which can be used with all of her patterns. I am using the 1930’s fat quarter fabrics that I had purchased for the FW project that I am not going to make (too many problems with the book).
I cut my 2″ fabric strips for the “tiny” plates and I use my Stripin’ Sews to organize them while I am in the process of cutting the Dresden plates. I noticed the Stripin’ Sews on Lynn Wilder’s Blog on one of her posts which showcased her vendor set up at a quilt show and I asked her about it. (Lynn’s husband makes the Stripin’ Sews so if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org) I love the Strippin’ Sews for the following reasons, it provides a great way to organize fabric strips, folds down to 3″ x 17″ for easy storage, and is shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard box which is great to have to store the holder when not in use.
And here are pictures of the my first 4″ Dresden plate block! I plan on making all of the “tiny” plates first and then make a decision on the color for the background fabric for the plates. That decision will be easier to make after I have them all made. I do not want to cut up my fabric only to find out my “idea now” would not “be a good idea then”!
I originally purchased the Strippin’ Sews to make Lynn’s Grammy Squares pattern Here, but decided to make the Dresden Heaven quilt first (sorry Lynn). Lynn has a great blog and has some neat patterns to look at on her website.
Today I picked up my new glasses….. OK…. I have learned that when you have a good thing going don’t change it. I use Verilux Physio progressive lens and have for years because they provide the widest “corridor” without distortion and do not make me dizzy (Meniere’s). I was advised that the new “S” lens would have a wider corridor, but not for Nanny! I will have a new set of lens next Thursday (hopefully sooner) made with my Verilux Physio lens and not the latest and greatest “S” lens. I believe the old saying is, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”! I do like the new sun shades that clip on with magnets – now those are cool!
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