I thought I’d do a little follow up post or should I say pre-post for what’s next on the Bari J Quilt Along. If you remember, I discussed the progression of the quilt and what’s to come here. If you are not following along with this quilt along or want more information about this, you can find all released patterns here.
I’ve been getting emails and DMs about the next pattern. You know it’s the Dresdens. There are a lot of them. And there has been some concern about the large background pieces.
The Dresden’s are one of the biggest parts of the quilt, so you know they’ll take you longer than some of the other patterns that we’ve done in the quilt. Unless you are like some lightening Dresden maker, of course! Because of this I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and tell you the background requirements so that you can hit the ground running as soon as the pattern is released and not have to wait around just in case you are going to order your fabric.
Here are the pieces you will need for the background of this section:
- (2) 12.5″ squares in two different colors (that’s 4 squares total)
- (1) 18×24.5″ rectangle
- (1) 9.5×12.5″ rectangle
If you are working from your stash and have nothing this size, that’s okay! Piece fabric together until you do. This is your quilt and you can have as many seams as you want. Make do!
I will be providing templates for the Dresden blades and these will work perfectly fine, but if you want to purchase yourself a Dresden ruler, you can do so right here. A Dresden ruler will help you cut your blades more quickly, but please don’t feel like it is a MUST.
We will be making seven Dresden plates. However, only three of them will be full Dresden’s. There will be two halves, one corner, and one wonky Dresden plate as well. This is going to be so much fun! I really hope you are excited!
I’ll be showing you several ways to attach a center to your Dresden plate. You can choose for yourself what you use. Awhile back, I made these crochet pieces to use in my quilt for the Dresdens. Those two on the book, I actually made with my grandmother (who taught me to crochet). She passed away this past December, and even though I made these pieces for my quilt I don’t think I can part with them now. I’ve made a few more to compensate. I know that I’ve shown them off in several of my pictures during this quilt along and I felt like I needed to explain why you won’t see them used in my quilt.
There’s other ways or creative things to use besides crochet pieces, like embroidery, fussy cuts and more. I’ll be showing you the quickest and easiest method which is simple raw edge applique, along with a few more challenging styles. I will not be showing you how to crochet though (I’m not good enough to teach that!), but you can find several free tutorials for how to do these simple pieces on Pinterest or here is the simplest one I’ve found. (the crochet pieces in the picture above took me about twenty-thirty minutes each)
So start thinking outside the box for adding your center to your Dresdens, this is a bohemian quilt after all! Feel free to look at the boho inspiration board here for more ideas.
I’m very much enjoying this quilt along and I hope you are too! There have been several new friendships spark for me. Don’t forget to follow the #barijquiltalong and comment on other participants pictures. Everyone needs a kind comment now and again or a little encouragement. If you have been working at this craft for some time, be the quilt maker that you needed when you first began to someone just beginning their quilt making journey. Kind works from even a stranger can go a long way!
Happy quilting everyone!
PS. Oh, one last thing! If you haven’t read about the Morning Sun Quilt Along hosted by me (only once a month), you can read the details for that here.