In just under two years I can say I have finally finished this Dresden Neighborhood Sampler quilt. It has been quite the journey and it is definitely bittersweet to be calling it finished. Don’t worry … I have a plan for 2020!
This quilt is comprised of the twelve Dresden Neighborhood blocks I made in 2018 for my Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along. All twelve blocks are completely different and the only real cohesive element between them is the fact that they are all neighborhoods.
The challenge in this quilt was figuring out a way to put them all together and help it sort of mesh together. After letting the blocks marinate on my design wall for awhile I decided to start by trimming them all down to 21″ squares. There was plenty of background on each block to do this and it helped make the final quilt be not quite as big. Then, I used ombre green fabrics to add wonky triangles to all the corners of the block. These triangles formed a star when the blocks are all put together. the border is made of an orange fabric, then strips of fabric with houses printed on it and finally a purple fabric to finish it off. I think that I didn’t do too bad of making all these completely different blocks fit together into one big quilt. Sure – it’s a bit crazy, and busy, but that’s all part of the fun and whimsy of this pattern!
Let’s take a look back at each of the themes of the month and I’ll include links to any of the special templates I created. This will also give you a chance to take a closer look at the amazing quilting job Kim Van Etten did. She did a different style in each neighborhood and had to deal with all the different fusible I used plus some of the blocks had trims and lace to quilt over too! I’m beyond impressed and thrilled with her work!
Block by Block
Month 5: Architectural Elements
Month 8: Black and White – Kim Style
Month 9: Solids
Month 10: Halloween Night
Month 11: 20 Days of Christmas – Did you see there is currently a fun little contest going on for December Holiday themed Neighborhoods? More details HERE.
Month 12: Around the World
What ruler do you need?
Dresden Plate Ruler. I recommend the EZ Quilting Dresden Quilt Tool Set to but if you have a different one (for instance – Creative Grids) already that’s not a problem. Optional – 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.
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