Monday, April 13, 2015

Dresden Plates and Dragonflies

This is another one of Dorothy's gorgeous applique quilts.  She hand appliques like a machine! I stitched in the ditch around all the flowers and leaves. For the plates themselves I decided to stitch between the blades and add a simple spiral in the centers.  

The the pillow section of this quilt had me a little perplexed from the start, as it changes up the spacing for the background significantly.  I decided an all over approach would be best.  When it came to my attention that Dorothy has a special affection for dragonflies, my dilemma was solved.

I drew the outline of the dragonfly shape with a homemade stencil, and free handed all the details.  The rest of the background was filled with gentle curls with a bit of a teardrop shape in the center to keep them feeling soft.

The piano key border got stitched in the ditch and the beige border got a simple "e and l" treatment so it wouldn't try to compete with the rest of the quilt.

And a couple of shots of the back because it is pretty too!

 And one more plug for Dorothy's upcoming show.  It's going to be a great one!


  1. Oh, how I would love to see Dorothy's exhibition. We will have to see if something can be arranged. Both you did an outstanding job to make this quilt sing. The quilt's spring colours and design make me feel so happy and light.

  2. I like how subtle the dragonflies are and they are there to discover as you get closer to the quilt. Beautiful quilt and quilting!

  3. Just beautiful work and I love the dragonflies.