Our First – Pat’s Dresden Plate Quilt
One of the first quilts Sue and I made was for my sister, Pat, and it was a Dresden Plate quilt. Her favorite color was green, so we sought out all of the different shades in the beginnings of our stash. I remember going to our local quilt shop and selecting the darkest green fabric. That dark green fabric ended up in the border as well as the Dresden plates themselves. We were avid watchers and followers of Quilt in a Day, and especially Eleanor Burns. It used to crack us up how she would trim her fabrics or blocks and toss the scraps over her shoulder. We invested in many of her books and taped her show on our VHS recorder if we had to miss her show. Ahh, those were the days.
I’m going to guess that we made this in the very early to mid 90s. At that time it was definitely the biggest one we had ever made, or even thought to make, at a queen size. It was all machine pieced on my Kenmore but definitely hand quilted. Pat used this quilt until she had to move to a nursing home shortly before she passed. At that time, our older sister, Carol, took it to her home and put it on one of her guest room beds.
Queen Size Dresden
I am happy that Carol has given this quilt a good home for the past twelve years. Pat passed away in 2008 and was in a nursing home prior to that. We had a bit of fabric leftover from this project and we also made her a barrel purse. She used that purse until it wore out, although I don’t recall ever having a photo of it. This quilt may just be our oldest, still-in-use project. I can say we are happy our peeps are still sleeping under it.
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