Antique Dresden Plate Quilt Timeline
Started: February 16, 2007
RE-Started: May 5, 2018
February 16, 2007: I go on an antique unfinished quilt block buying spree on eBay and one of my purchases are these gorgeous antique unfinished Dresden Plate blocks. Of course the plan is to finish the quilt and use it. I’m stymied by exactly how to finish it because the blocks aren’t all the same size. And then everything gets packed up for storage to be moved to the new house AND I have a baby.
January 5, 2012: I get the blocks out again to try and make some decisions about sashing colors. I am still confused by the quilt and also about the fact that I know I’ll never use it. I put it away.
February 25, 2014: I give away these quilt blocks to a friend as an effort to reduce the number of UFO’s.
May 5, 2018: I know that the quilt blocks are languishing, so I offer to finish the quilt for my quilting friend. She will love and appreciate it! She brings the blocks back and helps to decide on trim size and with trimming.
August 26, 2018: We decide to set the quilts in black sashing (she loves those strong colors) using a simple black civil war print for the sashing and Kona Cotton in Black for the cornerstones. When there isn’t enough of my friend’s civil war print, we just use more Kona Black just like a quilter from the period would have done. In the spots where we don’t have a Dresden we put a blank square using Kona Melon. I’m planning to embroider a Dresden motif in those spots before quilting.
August 27, 2018: The quilt is assembled and then I show her some possible options for backing. We decide to order a coral 1930’s reproduction print from the Bread N Butter line from American Jane.
August 31, 2018: The backing has arrived and it looks great!! Now the problem is that my house is under construction and there’s nowhere to pin a quilt this size. So it’s back into the queue to wait.