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July 21st, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Craftsy – Block of the Month – July

FREE Block of the Month This month in this series is 2 Dresden Pattern Blocks: Traditional and Modern.

This one took me quite a while to do, for a couple of different reasons.

  1. I am doing this series with the left of material from the 2011 Quilt Minnesota fabrics
  2. I had to purchase the template
  3. These two are very time consuming, not like some of the others have been so far.

1. Because I am using the left overs of the themed material, I don’t exactly have a lot of some of the materials left.  The first block was the Traditional Dresden block, which calls for 20 pieces for the wheel. These are small enough that I was able to fussy cut pieces out of my scrap box.  The bigger problem is that it calls for a large background piece. Because these pieces are so busy it was really hard figuring out what to use. And I knew that I had two to do.  So I found a piece of the green monotone pattern, but I didn’t have any of the blue and I didn’t want to do them both on the same material, not to mention I didn’t really have enough for the second one – it takes twice as much.

So I went on the hunt to the local quilt shops between home and work and found some of the blue monotone pattern.  Whew, was I lucky. Most shops sold out last year, and others are making room for this years patterns. But I found some at Cottage Quilts in Elk River. I spent way too much time in there and found way too many things I want to make. I have to stay out of these shops, after all Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop is only weeks away and I have my eye on a couple of kits/patterns.

2. Template – either there are a lot of people in my area doing this series or some other series that required this template, but I had to go to 4 different shops to find it. But now I have it in my template stack for the next time I’ll need it – when ever that is.

3. So I once I got the template and figured out what I wanted to use for background and blades, I was able to cut the blades all out and I could even sewed the Traditional Wheel together and had it ready to go.

HINT: Because I was using some specific material and I wanted the blades to be in a certain order (on both patterns) one thing that I did was lay them out in the order that I wanted them and I snapped a picture and printed it out. That way I didn’t have to stress over what went where and it gives you a nice template to use.  This really cut down on my stress of doing these blocks. This is something that I wish she would have mentioned in her video. If you are doing a scrappy quilt block positioning won’t matter as much. But if you are like me, it always matters.

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