My cousin Tommy and his wonderful wife Melissa just welcomed a new little gal into the world. Tommy and Melissa (and their two little boys Hudson and Ty) are some of my absolute favorite people, so I knew I had to make something special for their new addition. Melissa and I have been talking about quilting a little these days, and she told me not long ago that she likes vintage fabrics, so I knew I would finally be putting those vintage dresden plates that my mother-in-law purchased for me to good use.
I’ve been wanting to make one ever since I saw Aneela’s quilt– I love the way it takes an old, traditional quilt pattern and deconstructs it, makes it into something modern. So, here is the quilt I made for Lily that is inspired from the dresden love story:
I quartered each dresden and blind-stitched a center onto each one (I chose a vintage-looking red/pink fabric to compliment the colors and patterns in the dresdens). Then I appliqued each piece onto an 8″ x 8″ blush-colored square. Then added Kona snow cotton sashing, did some quilting, slapped on a binding, and voila!
I usually just do straight-line quilting, but I decided to be a little more adventurous and outline the points of the dresdens and the round centers. I was really happy with how it turned out.
And for the back I found this perfect yellow fabric with pink flowers that have reddish centers. I sometimes have a problem choosing backing fabric, but this one jumped off of the shelves at me. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
If this quilt had been full-sized I think I would have had a hard time putting it in the mail! Lily is such a special girl, so I was excited to break out the special dresdens for her. I probably won’t get to meet her for many months (she resides in Texas), so I had to send a little something to let her know I’m thinking of her. I hope she likes it.
And I’m happy to say that Lily’s mommy likes it so much she has asked me to make one for her one of her boys! I was so sad I learned how to quilt after the boys were born. Can’t wait to get started on a blankie for Ty!