Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Dresden Day

Just home from running my 13 hour retreat Quilt By the Bay. As luck would have it, I received Corey's fabric packet just yesterday. It's Corey's month in the VIBees and she put together the most adorable dresden fabrics. Fun, modern prints all floating on a dotty centre and background. The plate went together in a jiffy because Corey very kindly pre-cut all of the blades for us!

Almost a third of the regular 24 or so quilters that attend my retreats are proud owners and users of Featherweight sewing machines. I have not properly introduced you to my family's 'Agatha'. She deserves a full post because I have to share her back story with you...but for now this is what she helped me with today.

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I completed the block with the help of my secret quilting weapon, the incomparable Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love this stuff.

Roxanne's glue baste-it love

It is incredibly helpful for so many jobs. In this case, it held the centre circle in place so that I could topstitch without having to deal with pins. The glue dissolves instantly in water and with this new teensy container, it is easy to apply in small dots wherever you need a hit of glue!

Corey's Block by poppyprint


I made another Dresden today as well, but it needs a bit more work before I share it with you.

Have a fabulous Sunday. We'll be busy here preparing for the arrival of Grandma and Grandpa on Monday. The blog will take a back seat to visiting with my parents for the next couple of weeks. We only get to see each other about once a year so you'll understand if posts are a little sporadic for a while. We are all excited to spend Easter together and the timing works out perfectly for my Mom to attend a couple of guild meetings with me, too!

21 comments:

creativedawn said...

Hi there,
Amazing dresden block!


Pam

Amy said...

Enjoy your time with your parents! If I only saw mine once a year, I would certainly want to enjoy every minute.

badlandsquilts said...

Have a fabulous time with your parents! (Great Dresden block!)

carol said...

Have a great family visit. That is certainly more important than anything!

Jackie said...

Wonderful dresden! Very happy block, I love it! I hope you have some wonderful family time over the Easter holidays.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

What was the other dresden you were working on? :-)

Jackie said...

Enjoy your visit with your family. Your dresden is beautiful!

felicity said...

I'm having Featherweight envy.

Terri said...

Lucky!
I still need to try that Dresden bought templates months ago and never opened them LOL

PS I got my giftee from you, it's GORGEOUS thank you it made my whole week.

traceyjay said...

gorgeous! :)

Mette said...

....I must find a place to buy that wonder flue.

angelina said...

what delicious pics. that sewing machine is super gorgeous. x

Heather said...

I love your enthusiasm Krista! You are infectious (in a good way of course)! Cute project and, I too, love that glue.

happysewlucky said...

Thanks for inviting me to QBTB. Had a great time. Always sorry to have to pack up at the end of the night. Have fun with your parents.

ayumills said...

Ah every time you talk about new tools/materials, I feel I must get it. The glue is definitely something I have to look for.
Have a great time with your family :)

Michele Pacey said...

Krista, I'm in awe of your craftsmanship. Your dresden is so perfect. Everything is just right. Wow. I really have to work on that aspect of my crafting, you know? It's in the details.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Mrs Moen said...

Happy Easter, Krista! Your block look frest, and I'll try out the new glue bottle, I have the old one.

Mrs Moen said...

Ok, it should say looks great, but my new toy keeps replacing words without me noticing...

Kristen said...

Great choice of fabrics! Love those machines!

rubyslipperz said...

Dresden plate is an ALL-time favorite quilt block for me...your colors are pretty and add lots of "spunk" to an ol' design. =)

I have a Featherweight...had it in it's case for probably 15 years...I've been afraid to take it out and sew on it...I might break it... or do SOME kind of damage...lol

hugZ,
annie
rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

Kerry said...

I am a big fan of the Roxanne glue, very handy! I love my featherweight too, I like the fact that they always have names!