A Mod Christmas!

When I was playing around with ideas for the Dresden Challenge, I came up with this mini. It was ultimately set aside, but I do still love it! I like the wreath shape that resulted from all of the wonky wedges.
Mod Christmas
As time consuming as it is, I went with pebble quilting on this piece. Originally I put some quilting in the wreath as well, but I unpicked that stitching. The pebble background really makes the wreath shape pop, which I love.
detail shot!
As I was finishing up this mini, I ran out of the aqua that I used for the background. That gave me a good excuse to use a knife edge binding. (And I should also note that after I finished the mini and cleaned up my sewing area, I found some more of the aqua solid under another project. Opps!)
knife edge binding
On the back I included 2 small tabs for hanging.
Knife edge binding and hanging tab Typically I would slide I small dowel rod through the tabs, but Matt came up with another way of using them when we don't have a dowel rod:
knife edge binding
Push pins are great for hanging small quilts, and with the tabs on the back I can hide them from sight and also avoid putting holes in my mini quilts!
A corner of the knife edge binding:
knife edge binding
Fabric is 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain and Kona in robin egg.
I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but it will be here before we know it! I've listed this mini in the shop!

Not so traditional dresdens!

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a challenge using a dresden ruler. Over the summer when the challenge was first announced, I had a few ideas pop into my head. As I played with the ruler and the shapes that it creates, my ideas evolved a bit until I came up with these two quilts.
The first quilt is a mini, measuring 23" square. I love using one large block to create a mini quilt - it's the perfect size to display on the wall!
Dresden Challenge - Mini
I reverse appliqued the center circle and pieced the outer seam on the "dresden plate". I can't lie, I held my breathe the whole time I was sewing the outer circle seam! The quilting is simple straight lines that increase in density from the center of the quilt outward.
Dresden Challenge - Mini
I used a charm pack of Kate Spain's Terrain for the quilt top. The backing is a great polka dot: Dumb Dot by Michael Miller in Tangerine. The binding is Quilter's Linen by Robert Kaufman in Orange.
Dresden Challenge - Mini

My second entry is for the Innovative category. The idea for this quilt came along because I love the look of wonky piecing, but I don't enjoy the process because I always seem to generate a lot of fabric waste! I'm often thinking up different techniques to accomplish the look I like, but which also satisfy my Type A personality!
I initially fell in love with this print by Erin McMorris for her La Dee Da line:
(Photo from Hawthorne Threads)
And so I used that as inspiration for this quilt!
Dresden Challenge - Innovative
To achieve this design, I cut strips of my prints at random angles using a rotary cutter and ruler to keep my cuts sharp rather than curved. Next I pieced a strip of grey to either side of the print, and then cut my dresden pieces from the pieced fabric. The entire quilt top is made up of dresden plate pieces!
I quilted the rows of wonky wedges in a linear zig zag style and then quilted around each row of wedges to further accent them. The traditional quilter inside of me can't believe that I left the negative space unquilted (I was taught to quilt a piece with uniform density throughout!), but it gives the quilt a softness while not distracting from the wonky wedges.
Dresden Challenge - Innovative
For the back I used a large piece of my inspiration fabric plus a chunk of coordinating print.
Dresden Challenge - Innovative back
I love that the quilting is obvious in the light print of the quilt back, yet it blends right into the dark print!
Dresden Challenge - Innovative Back
This quilt finished at 36" x 52". I love this mix of prints, so I may make a me-size quilt soon!
Are you participating in the Dresden Challenge? I'd love to hear what you came up with! Here are the links to the 3 categories of entries:
Link ups are open from Sept. 1-6. I can't wait to see all of the beautiful creates! It's only day 1 and there are already lots of inspiring projects out there!