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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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. 

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!

Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”

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Quilt Crossing

Lixie Makes it

A Quilting Sheep

Charlotte’s Creations

Quilt-n-Queen

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