Full disclosure here – I’m a sucker for learning and recently I committed to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group hosted by Yvonne at Quilitng Jetgirl (I’m in her Quantum Quilters hive. Woot!), Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design, Stephanie at Late Night Quilter, and Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination. Wow, our hosts and the entire group is all in and there is so much good information. Keep me accountable to blogging more often (dare I say weekly? gasp!).
The problem with being a workshop addict is that you can add a lot to an already too long works in progress list. So, I have learned I need to do technique workshops, not project workshops. Every now and then I fall off the wagon and succumb to a class like the one I recently took, Dresden Plate Update.
There is only one Dresden Plate in my quilting past and it is in my beginner’s sampler quilt. It is hand-pieced and hand appliqued and, while I enjoyed the process, I never felt compelled to make an entire quilt of Dresden plates.
A friend posted a Dresden Plate Update workshop she was teaching and I was intrigued. We used a Dresden plate wedge rotary cutter ruler (no templastic template, like my first Dresden). The entire workshop was a “what if” discussion and trying different things. Like, what if the blades were pieced or what if the blades were split? Could I make it look like you are looking up through a live oak tree at a clear blue sky?
And, what if I set the Dresden plate by machine per the instructor’s directions? The class is called “Dresden Plate Update” after all. Turns out the method was much easier than I expected and there was a stage when it looked like dim sum. Or, maybe I was just hungry at the time.
I’ll post more on this project when it’s done. But, for now, there is one thing I did on this Dresden Plate which was the same as my first Dresden – I hand appliqued the center and I enjoy that reference to my first quilt.
How about you? What have you tried to do in a new way?