New Pattern #8
is Dresden Sundaes.
It’s my favorite new pattern.
It uses my Tiny Dresden Template.
You’ve seen bits of it here & there on my blog.
It uses Jo Morton’s New Hope Collection by Moda.
It started with my challenge to cut & sew as many Tiny Dresden petals as possible from a jelly roll.
That was fun, but not necessary for the pattern!
After I made all of the petals, I sewed them into half plates
I worked on a lot of this quilt while on a quilt retreat.
Aren’t these scrumdiddlyumptious?
Who knew that was a real word??? Look it up!
Next, I went to work to design the bottom of the blocks.
First I needed to decide on a background fabric.
Ultimately the decision was made to go outside the collection to use a lighter fabric so the baskets would show up much better.
Choosing a center for each half plate was fun.
I have even more fun photographing them.
Can you tell?
I called these baskets from the start of the design.
HOWEVER… my sewing “Friends” (they look in-the-know, huh?)
told me they weren’t baskets, but instead sundae cups.
I got a lot done that weekend.
And so my sundaes grew…
Soon all of the “sundae” blocks were complete.
At this point I thought it needed one more element.
Since there were a few leftover petals…
I put a little bazinga in the corner.
I sewed the rows together.
If you’ve never pieced a quilt “on point”,
it’s just as easy to sew blocks together on point as in horizontal rows.
You just sew the triangles on like they’re another block.
And I always over-size the triangles a bit
so that you can trim them down after they’re sew onto the quilt.
When I finished the top I took if for show & tell at my guild.
Everyone there also saw sundaes so I named it Dresden Sundaes.
Meet Dresden Sundaes.
I’ll have you know that this was my best-selling pattern at spring market.
I’ll also have you know that almost every quilt shop owner that bought the pattern called it my “basket” quilt! Peer pressure…
There are instructions for scalloping the edge of the quilt
& also how to make and sew the bias binding.
Don’t let that scare you.
You can make the edges straight if you prefer.
I also designed this smaller, 8 block version for my pattern tester, Chris.
Perhaps it’s more appealing to you?
All the same pieces to cut & sew, just a lot fewer of them!
Dresden Sundaes is available on my website.
Just Keep Sewing…