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.