Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks Revisited

 
Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

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.

Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com
Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

Plus, shall we discuss the very, very many teeny tiny stitches? I really don’t want to ruin these!!

Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

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…

Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

… or this turquoise, Kona Cotton in Azure, which I think looks really fresh.

Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

What do you think??? I don’t want to be stuck on this tiny little choice! :-)

Antique Unfinished Coral Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

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.

Much love,

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P.S. You can track my progress on this quilt by checking out the Antique Dresden Plate Quilt Timeline.