Sunday, July 1, 2012

Color Palette Challenge - June

Hello all.  This month's color palette was chosen by Vicki Welsh at Field Trips in Fiber.

When I first saw this month's colors, I was inspired to work with a vintage sheet.  However, my mom wouldn't give me any of hers (bummer).  I went to my LQS and then to Joann's, but didnt find anything that matched what was in my mind.  I did find in the remnant bin at Joann's a piece of floral fabric.  Now I am not at all floraly, but thought it may work. 


This month, there were several new ideas that I thought I would try out:
  1. Using a traditional block, but making it very small.  Maybe a monkey wrench, shoo-fly, or star.
  2. Inspired by the recent EZ Dresden quilting challenge blog hop, I thought I may try using my EZ Quilting Rulers by Darlene Zimmerman (a dresden & a traingle).  I have never used the rulers before.  
Now, I have never made a dresden before, but since I wanted a mini block I thought I would work with the 2 1/2 size plate.  Since these plates seemed so small I figured that I would make 3 mini dresden flowers.  I cut the plates or blades out of scraps.  I think that the tedious part was ironing each blade to create the pointed petal ends.

Once I started sewing the blades together the flower is made pretty fast, but I did not have a mini block.  I am still trying to figure this one out.  My flowers measure about 7 inches across.  The flowers were hand appliqued to the floral fabric with a straight line running stitch.  The stems were also appliqued with stash scraps. 

It was hand quilted and hangs in my mom's house.  I am glad that I managed to just get this piece finished to be posted on this month's Color Palette Challenge at Patchwork Times.  

Action photo shot

Today, I feel like I spent more time trying to get a good shot of this mini than I did quilting.  A small break in the rain today, but no sunny shots.

I am also linking up today to Hand Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts.


  1. So fresh looking and the colours match perfectly!
    Thanks for linking up!

  2. Beautiful! You nailed the color palette. Love the mini-Dresdens. I'm sure your mom loves it! I sure would enjoy having such a summery little mini.

  3. Wow! I love your dresdens - great job!!! The background is perfect and the flower just look really happy :*)

  4. Love your quilt squares. I found 2 vintage sheets and 3 pillowcases at the Goodwill and they were in great shape. I put them on my blog and I also have an outfit I made out of 2 vintage pillow cases. Come and join me at

  5. This is such a great use of dresdens! I love that they are so little. :) The action shot is cracking me up!

  6. Great color palette, so fresh and summery. I love your block, great job on the dresden plates!

  7. Very nice job - I love the colours.

  8. Lovely way to use the desden ruler, with a great colour choice of fabric.

  9. Love the dresden block - the colours are so summery... =)

  10. Wow, I remember seeing this photo at the beginning of the challenge. I love your little quilt you made! Totally the colors in the picture. I feel your pain with the photo shoot, most of my pictures include my kitties who just have to be posing :))