Sunday, August 7, 2016

Dresden Quilt

I was looking to make a baby quilt for our friends who just had a little girl. Inspired by this fabric I picked up from Dry Goods Design a while back I decided to make Dresden blocks in matching colors. 

Kona color chart comes in real handy on such occasions. I was able to find the colors that closely matched the colors in the fabric.
  • Cactus
  • Citrus
  • Azalea
  • Breakers
  • Jade
  • Petal

I skipped the burnt orange and found a print by Lotta Jansdotter that matched the color for binding.

I used Wrights EZ Quilting Dresden Ruler and the petals are 3.5" in size. The center circle is 3.5" in diameter. I recently purchased a Grace Company 360 TrueCut Circle Cutter which made cutting the circles a breeze.

I machine appliqu├ęd the Dresden plates on to 12" x 12" blocks of Kona white and pieced the top together.

For the quilting I went with stitch #4 on my Bernina and the walking foot. I increased the stitch length to 2.5 to get a more gentle curve. I like the texture it created. I think it tones down the otherwise stark lines of the blocks.

The quilt finishes at  36" x 48" and has a real fresh look to it. It reminds me of a kid's drawing.

This is a great quilt for a beginner and if you have any questions please free to contact me.

I recently got some labels printed from MadMadGraphics. I love how they turned out. One label attached and quilt packaged.


  1. What a fun and bright quilt, perfect for a baby. Looks so professional with your new labels.

  2. It's so striking and bright - it's going to be cherished forever. That will be one lucky baby! I love the pops of white in that binding you chose, and your labels are beautiful!

  3. Rachel I love the whole quilt but am especially interested in the quilting. I have used Bernina stich #4 (what a great discovery) but yours seems to look more complicated. Did you start it at different points, or reverse the direction or do anything tricky? In any case, it looks terrific@

    1. Not really. Just stitched from one end to another using #4 stitch on my Bernina. It will produce this great texture as you move along. I try to keep my stitches about an inch apart.

  4. Hi, this quilt is adorable ! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, your work is stunning, please keep on blogging :-)

    1. Thank you Heidi. I am slow at finishing things but do continue to catalog everything I make on the blog.

  5. It's perfect. And it screams SPRING, doesn't it?

  6. I love the colours used in this quilt. It's beautiful and hopeful

    1. Thank you Lisa. They were definitely baby appropriate colors. :)


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