Anuenue

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”.

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