I've decided to get over my shyness and join the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by parkcitygirl.blogspot.com. This is the quilt I've chosen to share:
I wish I had a better picture of the entire quilt, if given the chance I'd reshoot with my new camera, but the quilt is long gone... gifted to my niece's 2nd baby.
This is the first quilt I made after purchasing my Babylock at the Int'l Quilt Festival in Longbeach last summer (08). I came home from the show energized and inspired to sew! I had met Elinor Burns at the show when I purchased the Babylock, already owned her book "Egg Money Quilts" and had a sizable stash of depression-era prints calling out to me. It seemed apropos that I make something from her book. I opened the book and my eye went immediately to the Dresden Plate block. I knew I wanted to make something bright and in primary colors. I also had my eye on this cheerful fabric at Beverly's for the backing. It coordinated so well with with the fabric in the Plates.
Surprisingly, I did not find it tremendously difficult to piece and assemble. I followed Burns' instructions which are very clear and use many time-saving techniques such as chain piecing.
The Plates are attached to the background fabric by machine using non-filoment thread and my machine's blind hem stitch. I chose silk variegated thread to stitch free-motion with the machine a swirl in the centers of the red circles and free-motioned (no marking) large swirls in the background.
I chose from my machine's various embroidery stitches to create the label: