Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lemons to lemonade

Well, I don't know about you, but I could certainly use a nice glass of lemonade!  The hubs and I went away for the weekend, to a place that is generally not warm in February, and it was over 60 degrees!  Not saying it wasn't wonderful, but it was quite odd. 

If you recall, last week I started making some blocks that can only be made with templates.  One turned out well and the other was a failure, mostly because of the set-in seams.  I've worked on it some, and there's a picture later, but mainly it served as inspiration for a Dresden Plate quilt.  Take a look:


I love turquoise and yellow together, don't you?  Looks like I have to reposition the center circle here.  Oh, well.  One of my goals for this year is to make a Dresden Plate quilt, but I initially didn't know what type of Dresden quilt to make.  I think I've found it.  In fact, I'm so sure I made two of these lovelies:


Okay, I'll straighten that one up, too. Not sure what happened when I was appliqueing these down.  I wanted 12-inch blocks, but miscalculated a bit and ended up with 10-inch blocks.  I'm actually okay with that and I'm pretty sure that I can come up with a layout that incorporates a few different sizes.  Not sure if this is an RSC project or not, but the turquoise was a good place to start.

As for the Gardener's Prize block which started the whole thing, this is the mess it was last week:


And this is the block now:


The center still needs to be stitched down, obviously.  I ended up stitching the diamonds to the backgrounds and the sides of the yellow sections, then appliqueing the yellow peaks to the background pieces.  There just wasn't a better way to make it work.  I'm still pretty sure that no one ever used those templates.  It would make so much more sense to make it like a Dresden Plate and then applique it to a background.  I gotta learn to go with my instincts!

So there's my "lemons to lemonade" idea.  I think the Dresdens will work out, and the template block will be finished and I will not have to make another.  Hope you are having a lovely and productive week, and all the lemonade you want.

Sharing at Let's Bee Social, Oh Scrap! and soscrappy for RSC17.

17 comments:

  1. Love the Dresden blocks. Use your template block as a pocket on the back and make it a quillo

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  2. The weather has been quite unusually warm...just hoping it stays that way. I love this version of a Dresden Plate. I'm not sure I've seen it before. Will you do the whole quilt in the turquoise and yellow colors? It's such a fun color combo together.

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  3. Love those blocks! Good save on the templates block!

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  4. Oh I love the Dresden block and the colors are fabu;ous together. Can't wait to see the finish.

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  5. Good job Mari - Turquoise and yellow would be gorgeous or scrappy - that would be great as well. Your save on that first block worked out wonderfully. So creative of you!

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  6. well I really like them. Good perseverance! Lime and turquoise... yum

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  7. I admire you for your patience. You certainly made them look beautiful. Who would every know you had a problem?

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  8. That's a new take on Dresdens to me - I like it! I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it.
    Good save on that template block. I think you're right about the applique approach!

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  9. Congrats on hanging in there and finding solutions during this frustration. Love the color combo. Could see a whole quilt in it. Keep up the good work!

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  10. What a great block. It will be fun to watch this one grow.

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  11. Very fun blocks. They are so neat and tidy!

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  12. i like them! The colors are really beautiful

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  13. Very pretty blocks! These are going to make a really happy quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  14. Well, yes turquoise and yellow do look lovely together and kudos to you on recovering from the mess/miscalculation etc. Do you take a break?

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  15. I really love your Dresden Plate blocks. Vert cool. You did a great job with the Gardener's Prize block. Great save!

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  16. Those Dresden Plate blocks are great! Love the color combination - it's so cheerful!

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