Thank you to everyone who made the Happy Scrappers Quilt Show a success! It was great to see old friends and make new ones.

 

My new obsession!

Good Morning!

I know it has been awhile since I have written. Since my last posting I retired from my teaching position at the university and had knee replacement surgery. I also began a very structured transformation program and have lost a lot of weight and am much stronger. I am eating healthier and working out 6 times a week. This has afforded me more energy to do the things I didn’t have time for when working….YEAH!!!

The biggest thing was time in my studio. I never felt like I had enough time to really be creative there. Now after recovering from the surgery I have been working every day to get ready for two up coming quilt shows. I will be vending at each.

I decided to pick a theme this year…”Tradition meets Modern”. I also decided to pick one quilt block and see what modern looked like. My block, I don’t know how it happened, is the Dresden Plate block

I know this block has been around a long time and many quilters know it. It was one I had never made. It looks daunting but it really is easy to put together. It uses a wedge ruler and who knew there were so many different degrees of those wedges!!!

So I set out to see what was modern with this very traditional block.

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While searching on Pinterest I came across a Dresden Neighborhood. Halloween Dresden Neighborhood

I was immediately smitten with it. That was my first block

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and my very first block was with one of the smallest rulers you could use…LOL

Here it is!!!!!!:

From there I have gone plum crazy!!!! (these did get turned into a wall hanging. It is being quilted as I write this. 🙂

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There are so many ideas I didn’t get to yet. When the shows are over I am planning on continuing this Dresden journey. Use of a 9 degree ruler will be in my future!

 

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That’s it for now!!! Off to the studio for more fun.

Happy Creating!  Anita