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Mini Dresden – Applique

on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog, quilt | 0 comments

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


Ok, I need a layout for the mini Dresden Modern Baby quilt design. I made all my mini Dresden circles before I decided on a composition. I really didn’t calculate how many circles I’d make from my two charm packs. Turns out, I had 7 complete circles.

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


Let me tell you why I wrote the name “Elspeth” on the quilt designs. This modern quilt is filled with negative space and will have that name trapunto’d into the quilting design. The quilt will be like the Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt. In fact, this quilt is going to be for Tessa’s little sister, Elspeth.

So I did pin two ideas from the sketches onto my temporary design wall. ((Um, yes, I did staple the background fabric to my blue living room wall… don’t judge. ))

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Idea 1, with a simple staggered grid with loads of symmetry and order.

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Idea 2 (not blurry in real life!!) This design has some asymmetry and is much more interesting. It also let me use the little 1/2 circle I have.

I decided to go with Idea 2.

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

I had to place my faced circle Dresdens on just right. I measured from the middle of the circle, out to the cut edge of my quilt background. ….then pin like crazy…

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Straight stitching holds the Dresdens in place. I’m not a big fan of the decorative stitches for a more “modern” applique.

Mini Dresden Baby Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

When I put the circles end-to-end, I did find they reached over the edge. Honestly, I kinda think that is going to make it cooler than a completely contained circle.

Once all the Dresdens were on, it was iron time. I also did not remove any fabric from behind the applique’d shapes.

Hum. now I have to plan my fill quilting design. I’m pretty sure the letters will be Cooper Std font. Stay tuned.


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