I Triple Dare You

To Dresden!  And I took the dare for myself.

I give you Ānuenue – (pronounced “āh-noo-weh-noo-weh” ) – which means Rainbow in Hawaiian. 

if you are just joining me, for the hop, I have lived in Hawaii for the last 5 1/2 years.  We are scheduled to move back to the mainland this coming summer. I have loved our time here and will miss all my friends that I have made here. 


Every day you see can a rainbow here.  When we move back to the mainland in a few months, I will miss my Hawaiian Rainbows.  I had to make me something to remind me of them and my 6 years in Hawaii.

I dyed the fabrics for this using procion dyes.  I started with Clear Yellow, Sapphire Blue, and Fire Red.  Though not a “true rainbow” as it would have been if I Had used the cyan, magenta, and lemon yellows, but I still like it – because Sapphire blue and fire red are my favorite dyes in those colors.


Here is a snapshot of them batching (along with a few other things) from my phone the day I dyed fabric.

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and here are the fabrics after the dye process.


After the dresden was appliqued to the quilt top and then sandwiched, i  used painter’s tape to mark the grid-lines for quilting.  I will have to say though, this is the first time my grid-quilting has come out so flat and pretty.  My Janome 6600 integrated walking foot really did a good job! 



When I visited some of the blogs on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, I was inspired to do the following.

Here is “Puanani” (pronounced Poo-ah nah-nee) which is Beautiful Flower  in Hawaiian. Sorry for the not-so good photo – it was really rainy today so I couldn’t take it outside to photograph it.


I was inspired by these blogs’s posts:

Debby Kratovil Quilts  – inspired by her vortex quilts I saw that the circular shape didn’t have to be just a traditional dresden blade; it could be other things.  From there I wanted to try to make them uneven sizes.  That was the start of this quilt.  That vortex quilt really opened up my eyes to dresdens!

Busy Bee Quilts – inspired the white space in-between the colored blades.

I started working on this quilt on Saturday.  I had the two different sized dresdens and was playing with them to see what to do with them.  I was at a stand-still and thought I would just post this “sneak peak”  below and hopefully find more inspiration after my day of the hop.


Sunday I couldn’t do anything; we had bad weather and with the threat of the power going off, I really didn’t play in the sewing room at all.

Then Monday morning, inspiration struck again!

Rosemary B – showed me the solution to a problem that I wanted to do if I overlapped the “petals” of the dresdens and have it look like two flowers together; by having shorter blades in between.  I trimmed the one blade that was the problem and voila! problem solved!   Sunshine Girl’s beautiful cog quilt helped with this inspiration too!

Quilting Lodge – inspired the double center for the flower.

Thank you everyone for the great inspiration for my quilt.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s blog’s brings!  I was able to finish this up Monday morning (because I have guild tonight- Monday night) and I have to post at 6pm the night before, which is when guild is for me.  The little quilt only finishes about 12×16 – but I couldn’t have made it without the ladies from this hop!


And since you have stayed with me this far, here is a treat for everyone:  A tutorial on how to make the rainbow-striped binding that I used for Anuenue.

Be sure to check out the other blogs that are taking the dare today:

January 29th, 2013

A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!

Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”

L3 Designs

Bungalow Bay Quilts

Quilted Delights

Quilt Crossing

Lixie Makes it

A Quilting Sheep

Charlotte’s Creations


Domesticity and Other Ponderous Things

Sew Much 2 Luv

A Quilt and a Prayer

Amanda Murphy Design

Little Mushroom Cap

Kathy’s Quilts

Sandra Kaye Design

65 thoughts on “I Triple Dare You

  1. Your rainbow is just beautiful and VERY inspiring on its own accord. I have had such a wonderful time visiting the hoppers and participating myself. Thank you!

  2. Ooooh I love your rainbow quilt – the colours are fabulous – I have never tried dyeing fabric before but it looks such fun – I might just have to give it a go! Thanks for mentioning me in your post, glad I inspired you to finish the flower quilt – its beautiful, I like the way you have done a different quilting pattern on the petals to the background.

  3. Beautiful colors! Hand dying gave you exactly what you wanted. Thanks SO MUCH for giving me a shout out for inspiration with my vortex quilts – that was very nice indeed! Your second dresden has personality because it is “organic” and not cookie-cutter exact. That is the essence of creativity. Thanks for sharing today.

  4. The very best part of blogging…the creative ideas of our blogging friends! 🙂

  5. Beautiful rainbow Dresden! Love hand dyed fabrics too. The flower is wonderful and now you have also inspired me to give that one a try.

  6. WOW I love your Beautiful Flower quilt! What a way to Take the Dare to Dresden, thank you for participating!!!! Great Cheerleading skills too, with those wonderful shout outs of inspiration! Those Hand dyed are Very Neat too! Always have wanted to give that a try…hmmm. Hugs and Happy hopping!!!

  7. what a lovely post my dear….and this dresden will always have a significant memory for you and what reads like a combining effort of many…bravo…

  8. WOW I inspired you??? I am totally honored and over the rainbow too
    Your died fabrics are gorgeous on your first piece of loveliness!
    your flower wall hanging is adorable, now I am inspired by your inspiration. I would love to make something like this too
    I have learned so much doing these hops. Thank you for sharing

  9. I’ve never dyed fabrics before, so I’m totally impressed with what you did. The colors are beautiful and your Dresden flower is gorgeous!

  10. Luv your Dresdens, your Puanani is gorgeous, and your dyed fabrics are beautiful, I have never tried dying fabrics….you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing and happy stitching, Pauline

  11. I love your rainbow dresden! and I’m impressed you dyed the fabrics yourself!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Beautiful Dresdens. The rainbow with your own colored fabrics, just amazing. And the flowers,…. I like 🙂
    thanks for hopping…
    regards Ingrid

  13. “A Triple Dare???” That made me laugh…I can still hear my siblings and friends using that and “double dare” lots when I grew up. What a nice memory and I’m still smiling. Loved your Ānuenue. Fabulous hand-dyed fabrics. I hope to try dyeing one day soon. Now I’m off to check how you made your binding; that’s the perfect touch.

  14. Your fabrics are beautiful colors. Very impressive to hand dye them yourself. The Dresden is awesome.

  15. Kim, absolutely stunning! I love your rainbow dresden!!! (I don’t even dare to try to pronounce it in Hawaiian! LOL). Love the flower too! The dyed fabrics are beautiful. Everytime I see your projects, it makes me SMILE! Because, I know that there is a very special lady in Heaven who is smiling even bigger! SHE WOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!! Great job!!!!

  16. I can’t wait to try dying fabric! You have really inspired me to give it a try. The colors are spectacular! Awesome dresdens!

  17. Great job on both of them. I can definitely “feel” Hawaii as I look at them. We were stationed there for a few years and loved it too.

  18. Wonderful rainbow Dresden. I can’t believe you even dyed the fabrics yourself. They came out great.

  19. Lovely! That was a lot of work to put into that Dresden, and you did a wonderful job with all the dying, sewing, and quilting. Happiness in quilt form! And that is one thing I remember most about family visits to the islands: all of the rainbows! They just have a way of making life happy. 🙂

  20. What wonderful Dresdens you have shared. Love that rainbow Dresden. I so agree with you about all the many wonderful interpretations and tips and news ways of doing the Dresdens. Such inspiration to take the Dresden a little further. Judy C

  21. What a wonderful way to showcase your Hawaii…and the flower is so original! I can see an entire quilt made like that!!!!

  22. Love both your Dresden projects!!! & how Awesome to live in such Beautiful place for 6 years!!! Wowie!! Thanks for sharing your Binding Tutorial too! 🙂

  23. WOW! Your Rainbow dresden is gorgeous! I love the hand dyed fabric. Does it take a long time to get it to look like this? Maybe you could do a tutorial on how you dyed it. Love the flowers, too. Thank you for sharing.

  24. I love those died fabrics…they are beautiful. You were fortunate to live in Hawii, I would love to just visit. I am sure you made great memories that will last you a lifetime.

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