Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Busy Bee

I've been busy in the studio. I ironed and folded this massive 8.5 yards of fabric to ready it for cutting.

I carefully measured my lengths and cut them out. I pin any fabric this long before sewing. It is so heavy it can easily stretch! I had to maneuver the fold-out table next to me at the machine to hold up the bulk. 

I sewed my three pieces together and ironed the seams open. My backing is complete!

Ready for quilting!

I got nervous of my ability to sew dresdens. Or maybe I was just intimidated to learn how to do it during the retreat...in front of witnesses? Not wanting to make a fool of myself, I sewed a test block. It took a bit of fudging a couple of the seams fatter but it lays flat as a pancake. Beautiful! 

Now, I need to teach myself how to blanket stitch this block on! And how to make the center part. Oh, this is such fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!


NanaDiana said...

Love that backing fabric and that dresden block turned out beautifully. I had two of those quilts from my grandmother and somehow they disappeared over the years. it was just kind of sad for me. Blessings to you- xo Diana

deb said...

Top and backing all ready to go - woohoo for you! Will you quilt it yourself or send it out? (I've never done anything larger than a throw/small twin myself - anything bigger gets sent to Stover)

The Dresden plate looks lovely! Interested to see what method you use for the centers since the open middle gives you extra options. You're giving me the itch to get back to the sewing machine.

Mary Kupcho said...

I love your backing fabric for your quilt, it's going to be so pretty when done. Love the Dresden plates, I felt the same way about hexies but I seem to have gotten the hang of them :) can't wait to see the finished product

moosecraft said...

The purrfect backing for your quilt! Love it! Great going on the dresden too! That's next on my list...have a SUPER Sunday! :-)

Khristine Doiron said...

I love those blues!! And I would be like you about trying something I wasn't sure about in front of witnesses. Much easier to do it at home by myself :)

Janet said...

Wow! Is that how much backing needed for En Provence? No you must have just pressed the whole amount that you bought and then cut pieces for the backing. I be it will look fabulous when finished!

Janelle@SewGod.com said...

You have been busy! Fab fabrics. Thanks for the tip on pinning. :D

Janelle@SewGod.com said...

You HAVE been busy!! Love your fab fabrics and especially the tip about pinning your large pieces of fabric. Thanks. :D

Julie said...

I do love the Dresden pattern,

Jackie said...

Love your fabric choice for backing! Your desden is beautiful too - flat as a pancake is always a good thing when it comes to quilting!

diamondc said...

Oh my goodness that fabric is lovely.