Friday, November 28, 2014

Hard to let Go

Mug Rug


As I near the end of a project I always find it hard to let go. After all the time, sometimes months that go into a quilt or project it is hard to realize that it will soon be over. Part of my quilting retreat focused on getting these projects done and letting them go. I also have a tendency to take my time getting labels on quilts that I make for myself. I am committing to getting all of my labelling done by the end of the year. The quilting retreat made me realize that it is time to let go and move on to other things. I am going to use this in my life as well.

Linking up to TGIFFFinish It Up Friday and Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful for friends

Today is a day to be thankful for friends! Thankful to my friend who encouraged me to go on the quilting retreat and thankful to my friend who I saw today who I hadn't seen for a while. You know a true friend, when you talk as if you had only seen each other yesterday. Thankful as well to my friends who take the time to listen to me. I feel as though I talk to them, more than I listen and I appreciate them so much! While I continue to feel as though I am a Work in Progress, they always point me in the right direction and get me moving forward.

Part of my quilting retreat weekend was spent putting together some old projects and using up some blocks.

Fall Table Runner

These had been made for a larger size quilt that got turned into a wall hanging. Now I have a beautiful table runner to go along with it.

Cherry Windmills

I also worked on My Oh Cherry Oh quilt.  I had bought a couple of charm packs years ago and started working on it. I loved them and wanted to make it bigger but could never find any more fabric for it. I decided to work on it again. I have a couple of ideas of how to make it bigger but I am not sure which way I will go with it.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Moving Foward

Life can be hectic. I am definitely feeling the moving one step foward, two steps back lately. I can't seem to get any momentum. Life has not been that nice lately, but I am trying to keep it all in perspective, especially since I have so much to be grateful for. That is one of the things I love about crafting. Usually, with persevance, and joy you can see something beautiful being created. I am hoping to apply that to my life as well.


I suddenly realized last Tuesday that Christmas is fast approaching. While I don't have any quilts that need to be done for Christmas, I do have a number of small gifts that I want to make. I decided I had better start working on a pair of socks for my son. I had gotten the yarn in the summer time when they had a sale, and it was picked out by him. It has a very nice feel to it. It has been a while since I have knitted plain socks and it feels good to get back into it and know that I am knitting faster and easier than before. It reminds me that I am moving forward!

Linking to Linky Tuesday.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Patches - Design Wall Monday

A couple of weekends ago, I got to go on the most amazing quilting retreat. I got some projects done, and got further along on some others.

16 patch blocks

These were 3 1/2 squares that I had been given to by a friend. I was originally going to use them as sashing in a different quilt. It did not work out so I decided instead to turn them into 16 patch squares. I have seen quite a few cute patterns using these squares and I am going to turn this into a baby quilt for a friend who will be a grandmother soon.

Under the Stars

I also got further along on my Under The Stars project. I had lost the middle squares for the stars, so had to find a replacement fabric for them. I had lost my mojo to work on this project and it was great to have the retreat to get it back.

Linking to Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dresden Quilter - My Stop on the Blogathon Canada Tour

Welcome to my corner of the quilting world! My name is Michelle aka Dresden Quilter and I have been quilting for over 20 years and blogging for 5 /12 years. It's in my blood, and while I get frustrated sometimes it is something I am never going to give up. I chose the name for my blog as the Dresden Plate was one of the first blocks I ever learned how to make.

Dresden Plate Block

How would I describe my style? Simply a potpourri of love. Whether it be traditional, or modern, whimiscal or straightlaced if I think the receipient of the quilt will love it and I will enjoy making it I do.

 Hot Dog

 Woodland Trails

Pinky Owl


 Pink Swirl

 Log Cabin Love

 Sometimes I stick to a pattern, sometimes I add some sugar and spice to it and sometimes I make my own patterns. For me quilting, is my raison d'ĂȘtre, a way of bringing beauty to the world and leaving stress behind, and I would rather do it, then spend lots of time defining it. If you enjoy what you are quilting, then that's good enough for me!

 Rainbow Bright

Storm the Castle

 Sunshine on my Shoulder

I also enjoy other crafts such as redwork, which have seeped into my quilting.

 Love Is

One of the best parts about quilting and blogging is all of the amazing quilters I have gotten to know, and all of the quilt alongs, bees and exchanges I have gotten to participate in.

Happy Halloween

Merry Christmas

Red/Aqua Swap Quilt

I would not have been able to do any of this without my three loves, my children and husband who are my inspiration, my support and part of my creative process.

My Three Loves

Now that you have gotten to know me, please continue on your journey of the Sew Sisters Blogathon Canada. I am so proud to participate in and get to know such amazing Canadian quilters!

Blogathon Canada

Friday, November 14, 2014

Woodland Trails

My Woodland Trails quilt is finished and I love it. I was trying to create a bit of a camoflauge effect and I love how the fabrics blend in together. I have never made something before using these colours, but as always with the help of a wonderful pattern it looks great. The pattern is Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts. Her patterns are always fantastic and go together so easily. This will be going to a special person in my son's life. Gratefulness is something that is very important to me, and I like to share my gratefulness with others. I would not consider myself a hugely emotional person but the people that are dear to me I hold very tightly.

Linking to TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday and Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop!