She wrote the nicest post about it and made me blush all over with the sweet things she said about me. It is a joy to make gifts for fellow quilters who really appreciate the effort you put into your projects.
This 20" square was made using almost every charm in a French General "La Petite Ecole" charm pack, one fat quarter from their Rouenneries line, some charcoal yardage for binding, ricrac & buttons on the closure and Rouenneries yardage for the pillow back (this is a textured fabric almost like tea toweling).
The dresden blades were easily cut using Nifty Notions 22.5 degree dresden ruler (at the narrowest end). You can get two blades from one charm with this ruler! I machine pieced the blades together, but then hand appliqued them to the background using the Piece 'O Cake method I learned from Becky Goldsmith in a workshop a few years ago.
The flying geese in the border were also made using charms from the same pack! Luckily, one charm had the crown sitting right in the middle, perfect for fussy cutting the dresden centre, and perfect for naming this Queen of the Dresdens for Tracey (who has made MANY dresden plate blocks!!).
Thanks to the encouragement of many of you and some of my guild members, I plan to make this into a pattern this year, both for teaching a workshop and (gasp) maybe even selling. That would be a big step for me, but you could help by telling me what your preference is: paper pattern or .pdf download?
Personally, I have bought several .pdf downloads spontaneously and only ever made one of them. I think it's because I forget they are somewhere on my hard drive!