Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks Revisited
So a few years ago I went on a bit of an eBay spree and bought up several antique, unfinished quilt blocks and pieces. I found two sets of ocean waves (one light and one bright) a set of double wedding rings and these beautiful coral Dresden Plate blocks.
I’ve been meaning to finish them ever since, but I get intimidated. There’s so many amazing fabrics in these. Just check out those 1930s feedsack prints and the 1940s cottons mixed in. I love how eclectic and thoroughly authentic these are — you can really tell it was made from gathered fabrics instead of just buying a collection off the shelf.
Plus, shall we discuss the very, very many teeny tiny stitches? I really don’t want to ruin these!!
So, among other things, one of the things I’m most stymied by is deciding what to use for sashing. I want it to look vintage but also fresh. Since the background is such a deep coral color (which is what I loved about these blocks), I’m thinking going with cream, Kona Cotton in Bone, for the sashes. But I can’t decide on the cornerstones. I’m torn between this green, Kona Cotton in Pond, which I think looks really vintage…
… or this turquoise, Kona Cotton in Azure, which I think looks really fresh.
What do you think??? I don’t want to be stuck on this tiny little choice! :-)
The good news is that these blocks are just soooo pretty that I think no matter what I do they’ll be amazing. Now to just DO IT.
P.S. You can track my progress on this quilt by checking out the Antique Dresden Plate Quilt Timeline.