EZ-Dresden Mini Quilt

This quilt is my entry in the EZ Dresden Challenge:

I considered trying to do a queen-sized traditional Dresden quilt and then decided that, really, I’d like to come out of August with my sanity intact. So I took the little mini-Dresden medallion I’d made up for practice, added a larger one and some fans, and ended up with this:
FinalWhole2

I’m pleased that this fabric set worked so nicely together: it was a lot of fun to play with it, and I was really pleased when I could cut out a little teacup and have it be just the right size for the center of the medallion.

I’m proud of the way some of the spokes line up:
FinalBladesMatchy

Though there are spots where they don’t line up quite as well as I might have hoped:
FinalBladesNotMatchy

The fans in the corners aren’t perfect, but I think they came out pretty well:
FinalFanDetail

I’m proud of the way the quilting looks on the back of it, though I’m sorry I didn’t go get more fabric: the seam is more distracting than I expected:
FinalBackStitching

Still, it’s going to hang on a wall (see the little corners?) so I suppose the back won’t get all that much attention:
FinalBackPocket

And one more shot of the whole thing:
FinalWhole

Now I have a question for all of you who have made Dresden quilts before: do you find rounded or pointed spokes easier to make? I found the pointed ones much easier than the fans, and I’m wondering if there’s a way to round the edges that I didn’t think of.

About Alisa

I'm a graduate student studying medieval European history. I knit, spin, quilt, and occasionally sew other things. I learned to knit and sew from my grandmother as a child: spinning I picked up on my own thanks to stubbornness and the internet. I have two spinning wheels and one sewing machine, and more knitting needles than I probably really need. My yarn and fiber stash is large enough that I think I'm probably well supplied for the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.
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3 Responses to EZ-Dresden Mini Quilt

  1. Oh Alisa, it’s beautiful! I love the colours! I’m yet to try Dresdens though, so no tips here, sorry! Although I do imagine the points would be easier! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Heather says:

    Beautiful! I love the colors, and the teacup in the center is just perfect. Great job!

  3. Jenny C says:

    Very sweet!
    I haven’t done the points on dresdens but I have done plenty of playing to get circles right.
    I cut myself a template (finished size) out of non-melting template plastic. Then I sew a gathering stitch in the seam allowance. Put the template onto the dresden’s wrong side and draw up (pull tight) the gathering threads from both ends until you get a tight fit around your template. Then press. Pop out the template and you should have a perfect circle to applique. This could also be starched.
    Good luck.

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