Thursday, August 10, 2017

and another dresden

One of my retreat finishes last week was this crazy dresden quilt! It was another one of those designs I woke up with early morning and had to make right away. In some ways I love when that happens, those seem to be my most creative moments, just before the day begins. But really, it throws everything off! Nothing else gets accomplished around here until I give in to the ideas and get them made. Oh well!

I grabbed two contrasting Kona cottons that were in my stash, my usual slate gray and a bright orange, and went to work. Each wedge is made from a seamed strip of the two colors, cut with a 9 degree dresden ruler. This means there are 40 total wedges in the spiral. I did the math & cut each dresden 1/4" longer than the previous one. I'm not going to lie, this took a while! But it was oh so worth it in the end!

I was so in love with the final result, I knew I had to take it to my pal Diann (Happy Quilts) for quilting. I couldn't risk ruining it. And I'm so glad I did!
Diann custom quilted it. Check out some of her incredible work...

All that was left for me to do at retreat was the binding!
Finished quilt is 31" square. Also, it needs a name.....


8 comments:

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Great quilt. I love Dresdens and this is a beauty. I would call it Nautilus

Kathy E. said...

This quilt is beyond gorgeous, Ellyn! You had quite the vision and bringing it to reality is genius! The quilting is spot-on. What a treasure!

Maria said...

That's an amazing design for your quilt. Nautilus is a perfect 👌 name for it....

Material Girl said...

WOW,That's simply amazing!!!! Congrats!

I am said...

wow Ellyn your quilt is amazing,love the colours too,very clever my friend xx

Ondrea said...

"Going round in circles" LOL Love the orange and grey together. So clever!

Debbie said...

Wow! Such precision! Very cool tho!

Kristin said...

This ia stunning! Way to go! I think you should call it 'Operculum'