Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Dresden-a-thon

Recently, I taught a class using my Dresden Pillow pattern to members of my traditional guild. We held this class last year as well, but there were still plenty of keen quilters wanting to try it (many had pieced dresdens by hand previously and were anxious to learn the speedy way on their machines!).  I just love teaching for the guild because the members are so supportive and kind. They welcomed me as a brand new quilter 12 years ago and continue to be as supportive and encouraging as ever.

Betty, our President, even came to the class a second time so that she could get a Christmas pillow made. One of the gals who attended last year has made almost 20 pillow covers! This makes me so happy.  Here's the gang from the recent class with their pillow tops in progress:

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I always build the project along with my students so that I can demonstrate each step of the pattern. This time I used a charm pack of Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. It's so cheerful! The blanket stitch around the fused centre circle is a nice accent.

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I substituted straight borders of the adorable hexie bee print instead of making flying geese. It's now all quilted to Pellon fusible fleece and ready for a pillow back.

Dresden plate pillow top

Dresden plate pillow top

I'll stuff a pillow form in there and this will be my donation to a local charity auction to raise money for schools in Vietnam.

13 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute pillow. I'm sure the class was fun.

Leanne said...

That is such a lovely pillow, and your students did wonderfully!

Dianne said...

What a happy looking group!! The pillow is lovely Krista and how wonderful to donate it to such a wonderful cause.

Di said...

It is fun to spread the joy of sewing. Nice cushions made by the group. Di x

Sonia said...

Gorgeous! And I love your quilting. Dresdens are on my to do list!

Sonia said...

Gorgeous! And I love your quilting. Dresdens are on my to do list!

Kay said...

love it, love it, love it.

Elsa said...

Love this Dresden ~ you used my favorite line of fabric (for the moment anyway) and the quilting is perfect!

Barb said...

Great Dresdens, Krista! Thanks for sharing everyone's beautiful creations.

legato1958 said...

What a pretty pillow! Love your fabrics, plus seeing all of the groups' dresdons!

myBearpaw said...

They all look so happy with their finished Dresdens! I am teaching a crazy version of that tomorrow night - in just 2 hours! Yikes!

Heather D. said...

That's awesome! And you can tell that they're all so pleased with their finished projects. Did you do the blanket stitch by machine or by hand?

Katy Cameron said...

Great job ladies!