Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dresden Sparkles

As you can tell from the pictures below, I made this quilt a few months ago. I intended to give it to my brother's girlfriend, Caroline, for Christmas, but I ran out of time. I had to set it aside and I finished it up in February, I think.
Caroline loves purple, so I started by pulling out the purple colorway of 1,001 Peeps by Lizzy House. I used a pale purple for the background so that the prints and the piecing would pop. After the EZ Dresden challenge last year I had the idea to create these "sparkle" blocks. There were plenty of similar quilts in the contest, and I was really drawn to the simplicity of alternating a print with a background solid.
Dresden Sparkles Quilt
I quilted the background in a small meander and left the sparkles unquilted so that they will "pop" a bit. In hindsight, I wish that I had stitched in the ditch around each print. It's not too visible from the front, but it is from the back.
Dresden Sparkles Quilt
I really love all of the Lizzy House's work, and this line is no exception. Caroline is a sweet, fun girl, and I thought she's appreciate the whimsical tone of these prints.
Dresden Sparkles Quilt
On the back I used two different purple solids and the left over prints. The binding is an eggplant color, as that's Caroline's favorite shade of purple.
Dresden Sparkles Quilt
Caroline loves her quilt, and I was happy to cross this WIP off my list just before I headed off to QuiltCon! Last week I finished up two custom quilts and delivered them over the weekend, so I'll have a few new things to share as soon as I edit the pictures!

12 comments:

Heather D. said...

It's gorgeous Nikki. What a thoughtful gift. I'm loving purple lately too!

Leanne said...

I love this quilt, what a beauty!

Adrianne said...

Awesome quilt! I love the sparkles too - and I am going through a bit of a purple phase. What a lovely gift!

CitricSugar said...

What a cool use of a dresden!!

Also, I recently started cutting into my hoarded Peeps and am seeing those fabrics everywhere the last two weeks! It's like we all collectively decided it was time… Ah, the universe!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

This is really gorgeous. Love how the prints pop out.

Jen said...

This turned out beautiful. Great job.

Carla said...

Fabulous!!

moira said...

seriously fab

Sandra W said...

Is the background kona cotton. What shade--if you remember.
It is lovely.

Emily said...

This quilt is AWESOME, I love your original design! I too am making a quilt with some prints form this line and I agree about LOVING LIZZY!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is just beautiful! I have a few of these prints--this quilt makes me want to stock up. My granddaughter (a fellow purple-lover) would adore this quilt!

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