Friday, April 29, 2016

Dresden Carnival blog tour

Hi friends! Sorry for the delay in posting. I'd scheduled this to post yesterday since I knew I was going to out of town but I just don't have good luck with that and obviously it didn't post. But it's here now, so thank you for your patience.

 Thanks for stopping by for my review of Dresden Carnival! Did you know that dresdens are one of the top trends in quilting right now? Well they are! And as you see the projects in this book you will understand why. They are awesome!

When I first heard that Marian and Yvette were teaming up to write a book I knew it was going to be fantastic and then I saw a little peek of it and I was dying to get my hands on it!

Marian of Pink Hippo Quilts is a long time quilt pattern designer and amazing quilter. She also hosts a quilt retreat in St. George, Utah, Quilt St. George, in January. I have been privileged enough to teach at this retreat and it is wonderful event. Yvette, her daughter, is the artistic genius behind all things at She is a talented designer with fabric, surface and quilt designs all under her belt. 

Together they teamed up with C&T publishing to bring you this book full of 16 original projects inspired by the classic dresden plate block.  But none of these quilts are old timey at all! They took a traditional block and put a contemporary twist on it and the quilts are fabulous. 

The first project that really caught my eye was the quilt above called "Peek-a-Boo Violets." I love how these ladies combined a rounded and a pointed dresden to create this block. Although this quilt was made beautifully in tone on tone fabrics I really think it would look amazing in almost any choices. But whatever fabric choices are picked each block need to be on a contrasting background so you can see those amazing points and curves that bring so much interest to this block.

Another quilt that caught my eye was "Lily Pad." This fun quilt was made with my Rustique fabric collection and I LOVE how it looks. One of the things that I really like is the contrast of the darker blue plaid and the angle of each of those pieces and the white plaid that looks "straight" in the star blocks that form between each dresden. The light plaid gives a sense of stillness while the dark plaid adds movement and tends to draw your eye throughout the quilt like gears in a machine. It's really cool and I find myself looking at the quilt over and over.

Each of the quilts in this books is really amazing. And if you've been following the blog hop you've seen many more. I would show you all the quilts if I could but it's more fun for you to purchase the book and see them for yourself. 

Our friends at C&T are giving away a copy of this book to one of my lucky readers. Simply leave a comment below telling me why you love dresdens and I will choose a winner on MONDAY, MAY 2!

CONGRATULATIONS! Lisa Marie, you're my WINNER!!!  Please contact me (Blogger is being weird and won't let me get your email address!- I'll keep trying)

Thank you C&T and thank you Marian and Yvette for creating such a cool book!

Happy Sewing!


Karen in Breezy Point said...

I have some vintage Dresden's that I was gifted, and I love seeing how they are used in modern settings--it's giving me lots of ideas. I don't know what it is about Dresden's, but they are just fun!!

Anonymous said...

My Grandmother made a Dresden Quilt by hand and it was passed down to me>What a Treasure! Love Dresdens! Thank You for sharing!

Catskill Quilter said...

Dresden blocks were one of the first that I learned how to make. I have always loved them, and variations are more of a challenge!

M and M plus 3 said...

I love the dresden pattern simply because it lends itself to a scrappy palette very well. I've made 2 scrappy dresden quilt for my nephews and they love them!

M and M plus 3 said...

I love the dresden pattern simply because it lends itself to a scrappy palette very well. I've made 2 scrappy dresden quilt for my nephews and they love them!

JANET said...

I have made a dresden quilt before; been there done that. But now that I see the variations in this book, I want to make a couple more dresden quilts. Lacy Dresden is my favorite from this book!

Sewgirl said...

Such a versatile block...these quilts are really beautiful. I have fallen in love with the Dresden block because they remind me of days gone by...they can be so charming in a quilt. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

Cecilia said...

I'm working on a Dresden plate quilt now for one of my granddaughters. I love the versatility of this block, you can do scrappy or coordinated.

OhioLori said...

Looooove Dresdens because they are a Vintage style..but are happy & modern at same ti,e...and so many ways to use them!

Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

Afquilt said...

I love the classic look of Dresdens! And that peek-a-boo violets is gorgeous!

Anna brown said...

Hey things happen just glad i got to read your blog today....Yesss the purple dresdens are very pretty....Ty for your input.....

eyestitch said...

Thanks for hosting this drawing. These are amazing renditions of the Dresden plate, which I have never done before.

Janie said...

One of my first quilts was a Dresden over 25+ years ago Eleanor Burns technique. I love these modern versions thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

These quilts look fun to make! I love a scrappy Dresden!

Unknown said...

These quilts look fun to make! I love a scrappy Dresden!

MoeWest said...

Peek-a-Boo Violets is really nice! I'm not sure why I love Dresdens. Maybe it's because the shape looks like a flower.

GranChris said...

This is such a classic old time favorite but I love how it has been made new in this book. I will need to get out my ruler and make a few.

Walter said...

I love the "new" look of dresdens as I never have been a big fan of the 30's fabrics they were often made with. I particularly liked Lily Pad. pjrquilter(at)msn(dot)com

Anita said...

The classic look of dresdens are lovely, but the modern look shown in this book is breathtaking! I will have to start making them, and I am definitely inspired now!

mumbird3 said...

I love the look of the quilts in this book! I have used Desden Plate in several of my quilts and I love the look of them! Thanks for the chance! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

Lisa Marie said...

I love dresdens because to me they are so classic as quilt patterns but can be made to look modern. I recently made a baby quilt with dresdens turned into flowers and it is such a cute and cheerful quilt.

Betsy said...

I love dresdens. They remind me of my grandmother's quilts.

DianeY said...

I love the look of dresdans and a dresdans ruler was one of the first specialty rulers I bought. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't used it yet, but I promise to soon!

QuiltLaughLove said...

I love the vintage look of dresdens!

Melanie said...

I love Dresdens...they just make me happy :). The Lilypad quilt is a must make!!!!

Yvonne said...

Once I made a Dresden Plate Christmas quilt. I thought it was difficult but it was just fun! This Patterns are awsome so I take a change!

ShelleySaysSew said...

I made a dresden the first time I participated in a block of the month swap, but none since! I'd love to see some modern inspiration!

barbara woods said...

i have made two Christmas quilt with my Dreston ruler

Annie said...

I've always liked Dresden quilts, but the ones in this book make me even more excited to make one (or two or three...)

Unknown said...

Oh no! Another book for my Must Have list. I love dresdens because there is so much you can do with them. You could do 100 dresden quilts and they'd all look so different. I'd love to see more ideas with this book, thanks for the chance to win!

trudys_person said...

I love the juxtaposition of traditional and new that is possible with Dresden Plates - like the Lily Pad quilt! Beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway!

Lee said...

My great grandmother made me a Dresden quilt and I would love to try and make one!

Carmen N said...

I've always loved Dresden patterns because they remind me of flowers

Unknown said...

I have also started blogging and would love to share such stuff with readers. The LookBook

UplayOnline said...

I don't know what it is about Dresden's, but they are just fun!!


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