I’m really glad I looked the calendar this afternoon! Happy March 28th! If my Grandma L was still alive she would have been 100 today. That’s just crazy to think about. She was such a wonderful woman.
Anyway – the 28th of the month also means I have to reveal the Dresden Neighborhood Color Block quilt I created this month!
It’s never too late to join in the #DresdenNeighborhoodCBSAL – here’s the list of all the colors.
+ January – Classic Blue
– check out the top @quiltkt made!
+ February – Honeysuckle (aka Pink)
– @quiltkt’s neighborhood is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
+ March – Cactus (aka Green)
+ April – Violet
+ May – Jaffa Orange
+ June – Mint Leaf
+ July – Lemon Zest
+ August – Turquoise
+ September – Molten Lava
+ October – charcoal
+ November – Caramel Cafe
+ December – Snow White
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
Purchase my downloadable Dresden Neighborhood pdf Pattern either on my website 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!
- Dresden Neighborhood Roof, Window and Door Vinyl and Cork Scrap Pack
March is Cactus
I chose green for March to go with the St. Patrick’s day theme. I also realized that I am scheduled to teach a “Make a Modern Dresden Neighborhood” workshop at the end of May (we’ll see if that still happens) and I wanted to make my neighborhood with some modern homes. I chose most of my green fabrics as either solids or some modern geometric prints. If you don’t have enough greens in your stash and you want to supplement it you can find some great fat quarter bundles of green on at the fat quarter shop like “Sew Colorful Green Fat Quarter Bundle, 2019″ “March 2020 Sew Colorful Green Fat Quarter Bundle, 2020″ and/or the “Greens Bella Solids Bundle“.
I have to tweak my neighborhood each time I make it – at least a little. So this month, I was inspired by modern architecture. I used standard wedges with some double wedges (cut using the Me and My Sister Designs Me and My Sister Double Wide Dresden Ruler) ) to make this happen. I also then cut parts of some of the wedges off to help create more of a modern feel. Vinyl and cork were used to embellish the houses. I think my new favorite is using sparkly clear vinyl in the windows to really add a pop! I also quilted each “section” with a different quilt pattern. My Bernina 880 was still working smoothly at that time. Right now I’m super frustrated with it. Every time even a little something goes wrong it seems I need to bring it in to get maintenance-d. It’s so computerized I can’t fix anything! So frustrating! Plus – it’s ridiculously heavy so to have to haul it in every single time something gets jammed or out of place just a little is quite annoying. AND I paid a ridiculous amount for it so my frustration is even higher. Anyway – thanks for letting me rant about that!
I also decided to embellish the roofs with different fibers and ribbons. While some of the doors and roofs are made out of standard fabrics I also mixed in some fun vinyls and corks. (If you like the look of the cork and vinyl I have a sampler pack for sale in my etsy shop HERE.) I also made the center of the neighborhood in the shape of a heart!
I hope you decide to join in the fun of this sew along and if you do share your progress with us!
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