Dresden Plates and Fans

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With Dresden plates and fans turning up all over blogs I thought I would re-show some of my past projects. Since I don't really have much new to show today.
This is my very scrappy Dresden plate quilt. You know how I love scrap quilts. There is something very satisfying about using scraps from other quilts.It was made several years ago in response to an "Alpine Group" challenge. I tried to make up something "new" for the border.
I need to get my scrap bin under control right now so maybe this would be a good repeat quilt. It just seems that no matter how many scrap quilts I make, I still have more bits of fabric!This is another quilt I made several years ago. It is sort of a youth bed size. For this one I made more unified fan colors.
I fussy cut the corners with little novelty and toy images. They were so fun to pick out. I love to fussy cut.



To make the fans stand out more I put a plain white block in between my fans. Somehow I felt it was more vintage looking that way.
Here is another fan quilt and this one was made with all vintage fabric fabrics. I purchased a bag of small scraps several years ago and my machine quilter Wren gave me a bag of vintage scraps too. Plus I cut up pieces of some of my smaller cuts of vintage fabric. It ended up being quite busy but I think the green helps balance it out.Many of the fabrics are feed sack. It looks kind of crazy in this picture but it really is a pretty quilt and I love looking at all the vintage fabrics.

Today is Mr. Hive's first day at his new job after a 4 1/2 month lay-off. Yayyy! I'm just so grateful. I hope he likes it. I thank my friends and family for all the moral support and prayers on our behalf. I know there are so many out there still looking for jobs and I hope we all keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

-nanette
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Purple and Paisley said...

*swoon* i am in love with the dresden plate quilt! but all are absolutely gorgeous! ☺

v said...

V. here...
Your 1st Dresden pic looks like a forever project. Such small pie wedges...love the cute red triangles as part of the border. The other quilt border with scallops is precious. I love all the fans. V.

Katy said...

so much gorgeousness in one post!!! I adore the scalloped border on the last one - it's beyond perfect!!!

Darlene said...

First congrats to Mr Hive - wish him the best!

Your quilts are stunning - very vintage, indeed!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love them all! It makes me anxious to get back to my dresden plates.... but I am loving all the baby stuff right now!

I love the scrappyness of these quilts. I'm going to have to add a fan quilt to my to do list.

Congratulations to you and your husband on a job! I'm sure that's a huge relief for both of you!

Fiesta said...

stunning!

jabeybaby said...

I love them all! They are beautiful quilts. I wish I could get up the courage to try a dresden plate!

~Michelle~ said...

Those are gorgeous quilts - a lot of time went into those! And I wanted to tell you thank you for my orange bowtie block - the orange gingham did me in, I absolutely love it! :)

amy smart said...

Fabulous quilts, Nanette! And great news on the job front. Yay!

Sherri said...

They're wonderful...and even though I've seen them in person, I could never tire of looking at them! Thanks so much for showing the close-ups of the corners too...somehow I missed all of those cute fussy-cuts! Congrats on the new job too!

Patty said...

You have so much talent for quilts; I hope someday I can make my quilts as nice as yours!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nanette, it's such a thankful day today...So glad for you and DH.
Now for those dresden plates, I just started getting all my scraps out to cut and sort. Love your scrappy quilts. Gosh we need more hours in a day.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Susan said...

Happy day for you and Mr. Hive :-)
Love all these quilts. Love seeing them in all their scrappiness. The green background must have helped because I do not think it is busy at all.

rachel griffith said...

*sigh*
these quilts are SO inspiring.

and yayyy to mr. hive getting back to work.
god. is. awesome.

Elizabeth said...

I could stare at those photos all day! Wish I could stare at the quilts. You are the master of the fussy cut!

Muddling Through said...

Nanette, Those are ALL gorgeous! I love the way you put patterns and colors together. All your quilts just look "happy"!

madrekarin said...

Lovely, all of them!! I think the last is my favorite. I love busy.

carole ann said...

They are beautiful, just starting some dresden plates myself, cannot wait to get the finished.

Annette said...

Wonderful quilts! I love them all but I did spend extra time on the yellow and red fan. I really like that combination and I can see it in one of my future projects. I'm so happy for you and your husband.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Great post Nanette! I just started a dresden plate project last week. I'm loving it. ooxx`jodi

sparkle jars said...

Love the fussy cutting. These are truly beautiful quilts. :-)

Sandi said...

I love every quilt you post, Nanette! I just love scrappy quilts! All three of these are just gorgeous!!! I, too, enjoy "fussy-cutting". I like the fans set-off by the white blocks because it really makes then "pop". Good job, as always! Congrats on Mr. Hive's first day on the new job. It's a blessing!

Nedra said...

Love you show and tell. I always want to make everything you make!
Keep us posted on Mr. Hive's new job. I'm so glad that today he is finally starting.

Sarah and Jack said...

Yea!!!!!!!!!!! A job, that is fantastic news.

You can just send that too busy last quilt to me. (wink)

Tina said...

I hope your husband has a great first day at his new job and that it's a keeper! Love your scrappy dresden plate!

Stephanie said...

Love them both.

Kritta22 said...

You are so talented!

Congrats to your hubby with his new job!! YAY!!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Beautiful quilts! Love the polka dots! Funny thing - I just posted a pincushion made with a dresden plate :)

Micki said...

I love your dresden plate quilt. You have inspired me to make a quilt like that one day.
Lovely!
Micki

Trisha said...

Congrats on your husband's job. That must have been hard on him being out of work.

Your quilts are beautiful, Nanette. The Dresden pattern is something I have always wanted to do. Someday...

Michelle said...

I love the Dresden plate. It is one of the first blocks I have ever made but I have never done an entire quilt with it. Please wish Mr. Hive all the best for me.

Kaaren said...

Love the vintage look! They already look soft and worn.

Here's hoping that everything works out with Mr. Hive's new job. I wish you both the best...from the bottom of my heart!

Dawn said...

I love the little 'eye spy' in the corner of your fans!! Great idea!! I love your quilts!!

Messy Karen said...

love the simplicity of the mostly white quilt.

CabbageQuilts said...

Oooh I love those quilts. Fussy cutting is such fun! I hope Mr Hive has a fabulous first day xo

dotti white said...

I love you sharing those quilts. They are so pretty and are enough inspiration for everyone! Congrats on the Mr. getting a job--I hope he likes it! Have a great week!

Carla said...

Very, very lovely!! I don't have the patience.

Lurline said...

Divine quilts, Nanette - you certainly have your own, unique style!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thank you for showing us your Dresden and fans quilts, They are very beautiful and great color combination.

be*mused jan said...

Wonderful quilts!! Thanks for sharing.

Michael said...

Ohhhh... your quilts are grrrreat!

That last fan quilt is fan-tabulous!

heh

Cheers,

Michael

Patsy said...

I love the fan quilt with the green background. Is there a pattern that I can purchase?

Glad your DH has a new job!

loulee said...

Your plates and fans are beautiful. I love these designs and I'm sure I'll be making more of them.

Janet said...

You always make the most gorgeous scrap quilts, I love them all.

Jenny said...

Lovely quilts, I've never tried that pattern as I always thought it to be much too fiddly...

Kim said...

all of them are WONDERFUL! I love a good scrappy quilt.
Good luck to hubby on the new job.

Living on the Spit said...

Once again...I am drooling all over your blog! Gorgeousness.

Woo hoo's for Mr. Freda!

Thimbleanna said...

You have such great quilts Nanette! I love the little fussy cutting!!!

alobsiger said...

We saw A LOT of Dresdens in Pittsburgh. Some of my favorites were in Virginia Robertson's booth--lots of batiks and Kaffes. Yum, yum!

alobsiger said...

OOps, forgot...LOVE your pretties!

Jenny said...

Glad Mr. Hive has a new job, best of luck.

Love the quilts. I have a ton of scraps that I want to turn into a quilt, just have not decided what pattern I want to use. These were inspiring.

Mel said...

You are so inspiring, your productivity is endless! I'm glad you show quilts you've made in the past as well as your current projects!

I'm so glad your hubby got a job, I hope he enjoys it!

Nan Jaeger said...

Love how the white block make the cheerful colors of the vintage fabrics *pop*. Great job!

Simone de Klerk said...

I'm glad you shared these wonderful quilts with us! So inspiring.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous fabrics i those quilts -- and gorgeous quilts!

Eileen said...

The fans are so pretty.. and I really enjoyed seeing them again. Did you do the quilting on the one with white background?
Love your scarf too in today's post. I thought I'd just comment here. The velvet ric-rac.. I don't think I've ever seen that anywhere before. Is it new or vintage?
And of course I am saying a thank You for Mr Hive.. ;-)

Julia said...

I love your dresden plate quilt. You have inspired me to make a bright happy dresden quilt like that...
Must get out of my box a little more..
Julia ♥

*karendianne. said...

I was thinking about doing a DP with a friend. This is really inspiring. I'll have to point her to your blog, nanette.

Happy for both you and Mr. Hive. This is wunnerful news. Jobs are difficult to come by and I'm just so happy he's got a new place to lay his hat 9 to 5.

With a lot of love, *karendianne.