Finish something new, pick up something old, that should be my motto for this year. I was so happy to finish up The Madness (my black and cream half square triangle experiment), and decided to return to an unfinished project that has been neglected for some time. Remember a couple of years ago everyone was making a Dresden Plate quilt?
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill organized a Scrappy Plate Sew Along, complete with tutorials and had such a huge following. I jumped on the bandwagon, using a collection of scraps from leftover Fig Tree projects, but got distracted by something and put the project aside. The instructions and loads of links to photos of finished blocks and quilts is still on her website, you should check it out if you are interested. There are downloadable pdf files for making the quilt top, which you can print out and reference as you make your own version of the Dresden Plate quilt.
I think this quilt will be the prettiest addition to my front porch this summer, with its vintagey faded colors and the old fashioned block design. I want to make twelve blocks and have three of them nearly done. I think it was the applique that was holding me back on this project. Sometimes I drag my heels at doing hand work, even though once I get into it I enjoy it. This applique is super easy and really does go very quickly. The project is a great scrap buster and very fun to work on. Those little plate blades are quite addictive!