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    Quote Originally Posted by maryellen2u View Post
    And often they did it by candle light or gas lights. I'm with you- - I am full of respect and awe for those practical artisans!
    Maryellen, I couldn't agree more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caswews View Post
    very nice .. pretty purples .. Have fun !!
    Thanks, I will love every minute. Very cute puppy, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rj.neihart View Post
    I finally made some Dresden Plate blocks...and I got a little carried away and made so many blocks, there may be three queen sized quilts in the future! I don't know what got into me...I cut so many without any thought as to how many I needed for the quilt top - so I placed a few on a large piece of white material, did a little appliqueing..and now quilting. Will post a pic as soon as I have it all completed. As for the 'orphans' waiting for a place on a quilt, they are in my clear tub along with many other blocks waiting for a new home on yet another quilt. Eventually, I will create a design for them all!
    I can certainly see how that could happen. Using a wedge template makes it so easy to cut pieces. It is easy to just keep on going. You may be very happy one day that you have all those extras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scakes View Post
    Love all the purples! Hope to see a post of the finished quilt top.
    Never enough purple...Since I'm sewing these by hand, a whole quilt top may take me a while. But that's OK. By then I'll be really ready to take on the quilting. That's the fun of quilting--so much variation. Just when you get tired of one activity, there is always another. Never monotonous; always enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    love these and grandmother's fans too.......our "ansisters" we so talented and gave us so much to work with..........
    I know what you mean. Dresdens, grandmother's fans, and even grandmother's flower garden--they are all so traditional. It is like reaching into history when we work on them. At one time I thought quilting was a dying art--but now I believe it will live on forever. And that is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I love the dresden plate as well. Our quilting guild made a beautiful one a few years ago for the yearly raffle and I loved it so much that I copied it and made one for myself. I would have loved to win the one the guild made but, alas, that didn't happen. Anyway, good luck with your quilt and since you said you're new at this...... hoping you will enjoy quilting for many years to come. Perhaps some others will post their dresdens for all of us to drool over.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt. It is beautiful. I had actually considered doing a center medallion with the blocks on point, but decided instead to go really traditional. I may even do the double sashing with the cornerstone. I really like this--perhaps I'll have to make two. hehe.

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    Love the Dresden Plate pattern but so far have never been brave enough to make a quilt. Yours is going to be beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rural01 View Post
    Hah, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product too. Could be a long time though. I am loving the process though. Yes, I'm fold and stitching the ends to make the points. I have a pretty assembly line process going from cutting the blades to stitching the ends, to pressing each one. I was opening up all the seams on the plate as Eleanor Burns describes, but decided that was just too cumbersome. So now that I'm pressing the seams all to one direction, it is going so much faster. I had a problem with the first block--actually the one pictures--it wouldn't lay down flat. I have since purchased a new 1/4" foot for my sewing machine. It has a little guide on it. Since I started using that, I have no more problems. So apparently sewing was my problem before. It is so nice when it all works.
    I cheat even more -- i draw the 1/4 inch line on one side of each ray....that way if i happen to be doing it by hand, i know exactly where to stitch. ... and if by machine --- the little bit of time it takes to draw the line is made up for by the speed with which i can sew. I press all my seams one way as well.... Maybe i just have a very attentive sewing angel - but thus far i have never had one that didn't lie flat using this method.
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    I love it in purple too! I made a dresden plate while in Junior High--about 45 years ago. Oh horrors! Can I possibly be that old this soon? Any way, it was a copy of my grandmother's quilt. I asked my dad the name of the pattern and it was known (by him at least) as a single wedding ring! It was years before I knew the real name.
    Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain

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    Your Dresden block is very pretty. I haven't tried the Dresden pattern yet. Maybe this winter I can sit by the fire and do some handwork. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt. I haven't tackled the dresden plate yet but it's on my to do list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepita View Post
    I love it in purple too! I made a dresden plate while in Junior High--about 45 years ago. Oh horrors! Can I possibly be that old this soon? Any way, it was a copy of my grandmother's quilt. I asked my dad the name of the pattern and it was known (by him at least) as a single wedding ring! It was years before I knew the real name.
    Thanks Pepita. I have always loved purple. Funny though, I don't have one purple room in my house. When I finish this, I might have to repaint. That is really neat that your dad knew what to call your grandmother's quilt, even if it wasn't exactly right. Who knows, maybe that was what it was called in her day? It is very ambitious that you made a quilt in junior high. I never even knew what a quilt was in those days. We must be about the same age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitches4u View Post
    Your Dresden block is very pretty. I haven't tried the Dresden pattern yet. Maybe this winter I can sit by the fire and do some handwork. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Thanks for your kind words. Quilting in the winter is such a natural fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt. I haven't tackled the dresden plate yet but it's on my to do list.
    Me too! I can't wait to see how it turns out. For now though, I'm just enjoying the heck out of the process.

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