I have wanted to try a Dresden plate for awhile so I just could not resist getting involved in this blog hop. Make sure you stop by and visit the other participants. There have been some amazing Dresdens shared in the first two days. You can find the full schedule here.
If you're a regular reading you know that we recently purchased a new house but we won't move in for another 12 months. This year I am trying to make one to two items a month for our new house. Our current sofa is SUPER uncomfortable so I am starting with cushions for the sofa ;) I'm dreaming of quilting comfortable goodness :)
So without further faffing (I could spend all day dreaming about our new house!) here is my very first dresden plate.
I used this free tutorial (including template) which was super easy. So easy that you can just print the templates, scroll down taking a quick peek at the photos and you're on your way :) The only slightly tricky bit (which I had to redo) is making sure that your center circle covers the ends of your points (is that what they're called?) I used some scrap wadding and echoed the dresden shape first in grey and then in teal with Aurifil 50wt (2605 and 2810).
So what's a girl to do with her first Dresden? Turn it into a cushion cover of course! (which I think some of you in the northern hemisphere call it a pillow, here we have pillows on our beds and cushions on the sofa.)
I LOVE the text fabric that I used for the centre. You may remember I used it for an iPad cover for a teacher gift last year, I'm slowly eating through that fat quarter... It has lots of lovely sayings such as "The purpose of life is to grow", "The spice of life is to befriend" and "The secret of life is to dare".
The points of the dresden are made up of some favourite prints and reflect the colour palate that I am using for all of the cushions. Don't they look cute together (the one on the right is an ikea cover that lives on my bed, I love the bright colours and it kind of goes)?
|L-R: Curves cushion, Dresden cushion, Ikea cover|
Incidentally I've tried to make both cushions reversible using fabric covered buttons. I think the backs are almost as lovely :)
I used a favourite print for the back (washi) and decided to bind the cover. I like how it frames the dresden plate but it does add a little time making the binding. I opted to machine sew down the binding as I always stall when hand sewing is required.
The only bad thing about making this dresden was having to wait until now to reveal it LOL And now I'm off to check out all the other hoppers and so should you :) Here they are:
January 28th, 2013
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”