I actually managed to finish my Color Block Dresden Neighborhood block for this months Charcoal theme! Things are starting to calm down at the orchard. I did some of the work between customers and then my kids finished school a bit early and gave me some time to add the final stitching this afternoon. It feels so good to be at my sewing machine again!
It’s never too late to join in the #DresdenNeighborhoodCBSAL – here’s the list of all the colors. Feel free to join in anytime or go back and do a previous month!
+ 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!
OCTOBER IS CHARCOAL
I’ll admit – pulling fabrics for this month was tricky. I had to try not to go too monochromatic but also not too light or pattern-y.
I also added some fun vinyl and cork fabrics into the roofs/doors/windows to just add a bit of depth to the neighborhood. I love mixing in different materials to create more texture. While this isn’t my most “defined” neighborhoods ever I really like the subtle-ness of this one. it reminds me of a neighborhood at night – some folks are completely done for the night and some still have the party going!
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