Pattern: Traditional 12-step Dresden
Size: 17.5” x 17.5”
Methods of Construction: Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used: hand dyed fabrics
Completed February 2013
I made this wall-hanging for a blog hop (a listing of different blogs all talking about the same subject, organized by one or two “host blogs”) in February. It was called “Dare to Dresden”. I had seen it advertised to gather participants. I suggested to my friend Maureen that she should join the blog hop; she had the cutest little mini Dresden quilt she could showcase. The more I thought about it though, the more I had wanted to join too. I had never made a Dresden quilt of my own before.
When I thought about what fabrics to use, my immediate response was “Rainbow”. I had previously created my own hand-dyed fabrics and knew one of the basic learning to mix the primary colors was to make a 12-step rainbow. I dyed the fabrics. The only problem… most of the Dresden plate templates I came across was for a 20-part Dresden. Even the “EZ Dresden tool that I ordered was for a 20-part Dresden.
What to do? I didn’t want to waste the fabrics that I had hand-dyed and I really wanted to use them in this project. After many attempts of Googling “12-step Dresden”, that I came across an actual pattern. It showed how to make your own. I then drafted the size of circle that I wanted to use and then divided it into twelve parts to make a template. From there I completed it like any normal Dresden.
The cross-hatching in the background was gridded with tape and I used scraps for the binding. To see more photos about this quilt plus a tutorial on how to make the binding visit here.
I have seen rainbows from day one since I came to Hawaii and this made me think of all of those beautiful rainbows. I had to look up on Google what “Rainbow” meant in Hawaiian – “Anuenue”.