I swear it was only a couple of months ago when I finished this top…but turns out it was July!  All of these blocks were from an antique store in Port Townsend, WA.  Someone had hand pieced them, and they were sitting in a box waiting to be made into a quilt.
I posted more about this quilt on this post.
Antique Dresdens, Cluck Cluck Sew_thumb[7]


Cluck Cluck Sew, Antique Dresdens_thumb[6]


I sent this to Kathy to have her quilt it with a long arm.  She did a beautiful job bringing the dresdens to life.


The backing is a Henry Glass print, and I bound it in white.  I went back and forth what to bind it with but I love love love the white.


Now I need to find it a home in my home…


…or make it into one of these for the winter???  (kidding!) Everyone already thinks I’m a crazy quilt lady so I might as well work it!

55 Responses to Dresdens

  1. Diane-crewe January 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    it is beautiful .. personally I would rather snuggle with a quilt than a coat xx

  2. life in red shoes January 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    What a treasure! I found an old pieced top when I was in Anacortes a few years back. I didn't buy it and have regretted that ever since :( So glad this one fell into the right hands :)

  3. Becky (My Fabric Obsession) January 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Gorgeous!! What a fantastic find! Someone is thrilled you found those and turned them into such a beautiful quilt. :)

  4. Noela January 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    A beautiful quilt and the quilting complements the dresdens so well. Hugs…..

  5. Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts January 12, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    oh dear lord, do not make a coat out of that quilt! Yikes! It's far too beautiful for debauchery!

  6. AMDA January 12, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    Its beautiful! I love all your quilts :) And you are so lucky that you found the blocks!!

  7. Actually Amy January 12, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    It's beautiful and the white binding is just perfect.

  8. genie January 12, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    Your finding these in the antique shop would be like winning the lottery. What beautiful pieces,and the way you friend quilted it is lovely. I think it is perfection and love you wrapped up in it with your camera in hand. That is such a cute shot. It makes me smile.

  9. One English Teacher January 12, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    Those Dresdens are full of fun fabrics. I love the colors.

  10. ShirleyC January 12, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    It is just gorgeous! I can tell you put a lot of work into it. I love the white too!

  11. Maureen Cracknell Handmade January 12, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    Such a beautiful and inspiring finish! I have a vintage quilt top that I would really like to finish soon. I'm having a terrible time deciding what to do with it, it's so special. I guess in the end it doesn't really matter, just that it does get finished, used, and loved!

  12. Keera @ live.love.sew January 12, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    hehe – I luaghed a bit too much at this one – after buying patchwork pants on holidays I'm feeling the crazy quilt lady thing. Got sooo many comments from people rolling their eyes saying 'so you're even sewing patchwork clothes?'. I love this quilt – the fact that it has been bought back to life after someone spent so long piecing all those dresdens is perfect and so special. Such a treasured quilt Allison – love it.
    Keera @ livelovesew.com.au

  13. Jayme January 12, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    or a home in my home… tee hee. :) its gorgeous! So glad you rescued them!

  14. Jocelyn January 12, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    It's beautiful! I've wondered how it turned out. However, I think turning it into an article of clothing may make you a CRAZY quilt lady….think crazy cat lady and substitute the "wearable" quilts for cats. Much better to leave it as is and be the professional quilter that you are! :)

  15. Gina January 12, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    gorgeous; what a treasure those lonely blocks turned into!!! your quilter really did bring them to life with the perfect quilting!

  16. Denise January 12, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    It's beautiful. Reminds me of a quilt that my mom and Grandma made with that same pattern. They would gather all their friends together, stretch the quilt on a huge frame my dad built and sit all around it quilting, laughing and drinking tea. Oh I have many memories like that. I wish I had one of those quilts. If you are ever going to put this one up for sale, would you consider letting me know? Thank you Allison for refreshing that memory today!

  17. margaret January 12, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    what a fantastic find these dresden blocks were, a lovely snuggly quilt

  18. bezaz January 12, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    I love this quilt!! I wish I could find treasure like this somewhere here :)

  19. the running hare January 12, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    That coat is hideous, whereas your quilt is beautiful! Well done for bringing it back to life!

  20. Sarah @ FairyFace Designs January 12, 2014 at 9:43 am #


  21. marysza blogspot January 12, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    you have seriously bought these pieces in a shop? wow! amazing 😀
    they look really amazing, and you made a great job with the quilt. i love the white edges too! :)

  22. Maria January 12, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    You are so fortunate to have found such beautiful dresdens. The quilt turned out gorgeous.

  23. Jennifer Bell January 12, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Beautiful….how fun to rescue someone's hard work. I love the choice of backing…gives it a modern feel!

  24. Pickletoes Quilts January 12, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    The background stippling really makes the dresdens pop, along with the outline stitching on the pieces! what a beautiful quilt!

  25. Sharon Eshlaman January 12, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  26. MalinisQuilts January 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    This is fabulous!

  27. O meu pensamento viaja January 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Só beautiful!
    I love it!

  28. Sophie Belle Designs January 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    wow, so happy you stumbled upon these blocks and treated them so well! It's really lovely knowing you rescued these guys and made them into a stunning quilt.
    well done

  29. Dominique January 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    It is simply beautiful. These blocks were just waiting to be loved.

  30. KaHolly January 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Hmm, I think I'd leave it as a quilt!! It's just stunning.

  31. Sarah Elliott January 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh it's so beautiful as a quilt! My vote is for leaving it as is.

  32. tutto a posto January 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! Your quilt that is… the coat, not so gorgeous. It looks like you are walking around with a blanket wrapped around you–don't even think about it…

  33. Carie January 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    It's absolutely stunning – what a find!

  34. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs January 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    LOVE! What a great find you made : ) And the Haori reminds me of the "cutting edge" fashion pieces (from the '80s) I saw in a recent trunk show by Jo Diggs – she made things that were so similar back then. And hey, the '80s are in vogue right now ; )

  35. Donna Hollingsworth January 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Your quilt is beautiful! Whomever pieced those dresdens would be proud of what you have done with them! Very well done!!!!

  36. Frambooske January 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    What a find! The quilt is gorgeous!

  37. BetsyE January 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Georgeous! I've got a stack from an antique show… this so inspires me to get something done with them! Thanks! Betsy

  38. Rebeca January 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Que lindo! E o tecido de trás combinou tão bem!

  39. jenni January 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Hilarious link!

  40. pandchintz January 13, 2014 at 7:39 am #


  41. sally January 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    i love love love this!!!!!

  42. Melissa {polkadot chair} January 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I love the white binding! I wouldn't have thought of that but am going to "file away" that idea! I inherited a bunch of quilt blocks from my grandmother, I need to get them out and make them into a quilt…

    I adore how this one turned out!

  43. A Quilter's Mission January 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    How gorgeous! Love the quilting.

  44. Helen L January 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Pretty funny, teasing to turn it into a coat!! 😛 Lovely quilt, and I can't believe your luck in finding those blockS!!

  45. ✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ January 14, 2014 at 1:36 am #

    What a beautiful quilt! I love how you rescued those dresdens. You should totally make it into a kimono and wear it to market. You can even make a pocket to hold your business cards!

  46. Shelley January 14, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Great find – lucky you to have come across these beautiful blocks! And a lovely rescue and finish. I just love that backing fabric!!

  47. Alison Gisvold January 14, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    This is just gorgeous. What a wonderful and serendipitous find. The person who stitched the original piecing would be so pleased it had found such a good home.

  48. The Girl who Loved to Write January 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    So beautiful!

  49. Gayle January 15, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Beautiful, I love dresdens, they would have to be my favorite patchwork.

  50. Des January 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Kathy, makes everything look better!! I LOVE the white binding! Well played!

  51. Sallie B. January 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    My 95 year old quilt friend refuses to "mess with" a computer. I showed her your blog with the Dresden plate quilt, and she loved it. After looking at your blog and a couple of others, I think she's reconsidering the "no computer" idea. :-)

  52. AnneMarie January 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Beautiful allison!! I keep passing by those types of blocks in the Amish Thrift store I visit. I keep thinking – I already have enough projects. But seeing those blocks come to life gives me encouragement to take a closer look at them next time. I love the white binding too!

  53. StitchinByTheLake January 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    What a great find! It's a lovely quilt and will be a particularly perfect addition to your home. blessings, marlene

  54. Julie Johnson January 20, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    Beautiful dresden plate find that you "saved" & created such a wonderful quilt. Good find!! Good work! Julie @ RunningHen.blogspot.com

  55. Margaret Drosos October 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    It is beautiful! Thanks for posting it has been a great help to me. I have Dresden blocks my grandmother and great grandmother made from their old clothes. I have wanted to piece them together since I received them 30 years ago. I plan to make a wall hanging and put it under glass to preserve it. Thanks again!

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