Sunday, June 3, 2012

EZ Dresden Challenge

Welcome to day three of the blog hop for the EZ Dresden Challenge.  The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is hosting this challenge in conjunction with Simplicity.  Check out this post for full info regarding the challenge and the prizes.



For my post today, I opted to make a simple, modern baby quilt.  I love these colors together.  Because I was again trying to work from my stash on this project, my design was limited to the small scraps I had left of these fabrics.  The solids are from the Pure Elements (Tile Blue, Dark Citron, Light Citron, Fresh Water, and Burnt Orange) line by Art Gallery.  The neutral is Essex Linen in Sand by Robert Kaufman.

I started by cutting my fabric into a 5" strip.  I only had enough fabric to make six tumblers from each color.  I lined the top of the ruler with the edge of the fabric and sliced the blocks.

Next, I started playing around with a layout that would work.  I arranged and rearranged pieces until I liked what I had.  

To sew the blocks together make sure to off-set the pieces just slightly so everything will line up in the end.  

To attach the row ends, I simply cut my linen sashing strip on the same angle.  

I estimated my fabric such that my strips were 40" in width.  I wanted the resulting quilt to be a 40" square.  

Finished piecing!

I spray basted this project.  I have a feeling the linen would have been much harder to quilt if I had pinned instead.  It had a habit of shifting on me while I worked on this project.  I quilted this using wavy lines.  To keep them "straight" I marked anchor lines with my hera marker to make sure I was sewing the lines reasonably straight from side to side.

If you haven't used a hera marker, it simply leaves a faint crease in the fabric that comes out with washing.  It's perfect for marking straight quilting lines.  

After stitching the anchor lines, I filled in the space between with more wavy lines. 

After washing, it crinkled up quite nicely. 

The back is more Essex Linen in Sand as well as a stripe of Essex Lime.



A fun, simple modern quilt for a new little boy!

Now for the giveaway!  Enter to win your own ruler.  The winner will be announced on Friday, June 8. This is my first time trying out Rafflecopter so I'm hoping all goes smoothly.  Simply login with Facebook or enter your email address and click to enter the drawing.  I tweaked a couple things since posting.  I do love your comments but this is no need to leave a comment to enter.  (Edit: If you have problems with Rafflecopter, please send me an email, and I'll enter your info for the giveaway.  I don't want anyone to miss out because it doesn't work on your computer.)

Giveaway has ended.

Don't forget to hit the other blogs coming up in the next two weeks.  You'll find lots of fun ideas for your EZ Dresden project.




37 comments:

  1. Not sure if I answered the question so I'll answer it here - more traditional!

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  2. Same problem as above!
    I would rather go for something creative! I love what you did! I wonder, which fabric "name" you used...

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  3. I would love to try this ruler out, thanks for the sharing your sweet baby quilt!

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  4. Love your quilt..this ruler would be perfect for me to give it a try. Thank you!
    boppiesgirl@gmail.com

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  5. I dont get raffle copter, I clicked but it wouldnt let me answer and then my computer crashed. So here's my answer I would free piece something that comes to mind.

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  6. I would probably do something non traditional, but it may not be original. I love what you did on your quilt. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. Innovative and creative for me.

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  8. Haaaa! You just gave me an idea! I have Marti Michell's ruler, but I just made 12 Dresden blocks and have some of the un-sewn "petals" leftover. Now I can piece them together and put in on the back of the quilt! Genius!!

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  9. Love this - so unique and modern!

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  10. I couldn't figure out how to answer the question in the correct box so my answer is here. I would love to try something innovative, but I have to admit, I'm a traditional kind of girl.

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  11. Such a pretty quilt! It reminds me of a tumbler quilt! Thanks for the chance at winning this awesome "ruler"!!!!!!

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  12. I would love to win this ruler!!!

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  13. love the concept, the colors, the wavy quilted lines... this makes me want to use the dresden ruler to make my own 'squat' dresdens!

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  14. Simple and fun - really nice! How does the Essex wash up with repeated washings??

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  15. Love the colors. Lucky baby.

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  16. that is really lovely little quilt!

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  17. Eu não tenho Facebook logo, não posso participar.Parabéns pelo trabalho lindo.Beijos.

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  18. Lovely quilt and quilting. I do appreciate hearing your insights on what you did with this ruler. Looks more versatile than I originally thought. I definitely want to create with it.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  19. It looks so awesome! I love how the quilting really compliments the design. Very nice! Thanks for the giveaway, I definitely want to give something like this a try.

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  20. Great use of colours. The ruler Would be very useful.

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway! I prefer traditional. I love the quilting on your quilt!

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  22. Wow. That is so cool. This is exactly the reason I live in blogland. LOL I love making things but I have the creativity gene the size of a gnat so I need to read the blogs of awesome bloggers like you which come up with such great ideas and great looking quilts or projects. Thank you so much. I NEVER would have thought to use something with the name of "EZ Dresden" to make a Tumbler type block. Ok, well maybe after another 20 yrs of quilting I may have but for now I will continue reading awesome blogs.

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  23. Love this quilt. I just bought this ruler and used it like this to make a strip too. Great minds.

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  24. I'm unable to use the 'copter' thingy too - maybe my firewall/security??? Although you can use the dredie ruler many ways - I prefer the traditional.

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  25. I don't know whether my entry happened but I'd like to tell you that I love the wavy quilting. That's something I might try as well.

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  26. Your quilt goes so well with your blue chair!

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  27. I love the simplicity of that quilt! I definitely want to start doing that - the "modern," "easy on the eyes" approach, just featuring certain colors or fabrics without it being all about piecing. Thanks for the chance!

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  28. How clever! I love your design and the quilting is amazing. It is just saying "wrap me around you" hehe. I have not heard of a Hera Marker, I'll have to check it out.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Kati - I love your quilt! And it coordinates with your blue chair SO perfectly!

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  30. Oh shucks, one of my computers doesn't like Rafflecopter, and I rarely remember to come back to posts I've already read on my computer that will let me enter Rafflecopter giveaways. Oh well... good luck to everyone else!

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  31. love the quilting on this! I'm definitely more comfortable in a straight line quilting pattern, but I'm looking for ways to expand it out to being confident with curves, and this seems like a great bridging pattern!

    Did you use your free motion foot, or a walking foot for this?

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  32. I live the quilt and the quilting! Would love to have this ruler!

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  33. Such a cool way to make tumblers! Love how this came out :o)

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  34. i love the quilting on this one. i probably wouldn't grab the hera marker for a curvy quilting project but it does look like it works well for this purpose.

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