This weekend I was in need of a little project. Something that would go together fast and give me that unmistakable rush you get from playing with new fabrics and starting something fun. More importantly, something that was small and would be FINISHED and not become my latest addition to my UFO list. Mission accomplished on all accounts.
I found this little Dresden Plate sew-along over on Sew, Mama, Sew!'s blog and just loved it right off the bat. In fact, I went online and ordered most of the same prints so I could make a twinner one just like hers, which is something I rarely do. Duplicate pattern pictures, that is. I am not usually influenced by the fabrics and colors on a pattern cover. But I just loved the freshness of her black and white combo, with a touch of gray, and that delicious spring green! Yum! And what is it they say about imitation being the best form of flattery...? Go on and have a look. Make one yourself this evening. It went together in just a couple hours.
I made mine out of Origins fabrics from Moda. We got the whole line in the quilt shop this past summer and I have been itching to play around with it. I just used a charm pack, which worked out great. You can cut two wedges from one charm with just a smidgen left over. Bonus! No wasted fabric!
Once I had my 20 wedges cut out, I arranged them how I liked, and then took a picture so I could remember how I had them as I started sewing. After I had my wedges sewn on to my background piece, I was getting ready to add my center circle. I was worried it would shift as I was sewing, so I affixed it to my block with a little fusible web first. I just cut a little 1/4" wide ring and ironed it along the outer inside edge of my center and then ironed it on my block. It made it so much easier to sew down, and since I just used a little ring, there isn't any stiffness from a full circle of fusible web. You can just barely see it in this picture. This is before I turned my center over and sewed it on.
I. Love. This. Block.
It's fast and fun and I would love to make a whole quilt out of these. Wouldn't it be a great in Fig Tree fabrics? Or any theme of fun novelty prints? I'm telling you, I'm looking at charm packs in a whole new light now.
I was trying to take pictures, and of course, someone had to test it out. Yes, yes, it's pretty. Now move along.
And because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I want to share the love, I'm having a "Be Mine" giveaway. Chock full of pink and red goodness! So leave a comment between now and Thursday and this could be on it's way to your home:
*Sandy Gervais Hearts Aflutter panel
*Five coordinating fat quarters
*Two wooden stenciled hanging hearts
PS. How about a Valentine Dresden Plate?