Good morning everyone! Happy day after Christmas! I don’t know about you but I woke up super early on Christmas morning – 5am. And it wasn’t just because I was excited about Santa coming – which I was, and he did – but because I had an idea. In 2018 I’m going to run a #DresdenNeighbhoodSAL. That’s right! I’m going to sew 12 Dresden Neighborhood blocks in 12 months! By the end of 2018 I’ll have a full size 72” x 96” quilt (at a minimum … there may be some border treatment options) and I’d love to have you join in.
It won’t just be “buy my pattern and sew 12 Dresden Neighborhoods” either. On the 9th of each month I’ll feature a new idea or option that you can utilize when making your quilt.
There will definitely be ways to make it into a “memory” quilt … remembering the different towns and cities you’ve lived in my incorporating unique architectural elements into the houses of your neighborhoods.
I will share different options for doors, windows, roofs and even different sized houses!
Perhaps you’ll decide to make a rainbow of neighborhoods? Or a completely black and white neighborhood quilt? Whatever you decide – it’s going to be a year full of fun making these mini quilts!
What do you need to participate?
Purchase my downloadable Dresden Neighborhood pdf Pattern either on craftsy here or etsy here. (If you already purchased the pattern you’re welcome to join in the fun. But if you look at the pattern and think you can make it without the pattern I’d still appreciate it if you purchase it since you are then supporting me as a designer.)
Fabric Scraps! This is a great project to use up your scraps! The background of each Dresden Neighborhood is 24” square but this can be pieced so again – scraps work just fine.
Me and My Sister Designs Me and My Sister Double Wide Dresden Ruler – this will enable you to easily create “double-wide” houses for your neighborhoods! It’s completely optional.
10″ Diameter rotating cutting mat (or larger but not too large so it doesn’t fit in your sewing area) – this just makes cutting your Dresden Plates easier. I have one and it’s awesome when I remember that I can just rotate the cutting board and not myself … I just have to actually remember that!
For Month 1 some optional supplies/tools
I hope you decide to join in the fun! I can’t wait to see all the different versions of the Dresden Neighborhood that will be created!
Be sure to follow me on instagram – @PersimonDreams and the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL so you don’t miss anything! Also – join my Facebook Group “Dream and Quilt Along with Kim Lapacek” for even more fun!
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