Friday, May 7, 2010

dresden plate quilt progress

I am making great progress on my 100% hand-stitched dresden plate quilt.  I made nine 18'' blocks and am in the process of sewing the blocks together with 2'' blocks as sashing (these were leftovers from when I repaired my grandmother's antique postage stamp quilt).  I have 3 blocks sewn together now and it looks like it is going to be a wonderful size (should be around 60x60 finished, unless I decide to add borders).  I used one of my grandmother's antique linen tablecloths for the backing of these blocks, and I will NEVER do something so crazy again in my life, LOL.  The grain does not stay straight like on cotton, it is a PAIN to work with!!!  Once it's framed in the cotton blocks though, it's better.  I bought wool batting for this quilt and have not yet decided what to use for the backing or binding.  This will be my first attempt at hand quilting a quilt too.  I want it to be as authentic looking as possible  though to a 30's quilt.  A lot of the fabrics in the small squares are from my grandmother's stash - some flour sack material and some yardage from the 30's-40's.  The plate pieces are made from Mama's Cottons from Connecting Threads.


  1. Your quilt is looking so pretty. Even though it is a pain using that tablecloth, when it is done it will be such a treasure to have that as a part of your quilt.

  2. Beautiful! Maybe muslin for the back?