Antique Dresdens

These dresden plates were sitting in a box at a local antique store just waiting to be finished.  Someone spent a long time hand piecing and basting the edges, and after appliqueing them onto onto white background squares, they make a beautiful quilt.
There are some really great fabrics hidden here…like these funky little pixel people:
I got some great suggestions for how to quilt it on my facebook and instagram pages…and after chickening out…I’m sending it to my great long arm quilter.  :)

31 Responses to Antique Dresdens

  1. Missy Shay July 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    What a great find, knowing you helped quilt a piece of history!

  2. EmileeHope July 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    So beautiful! I love antique quilts…you did a beautiful job finishing the piecing-I will be excited to see it quilted!

  3. Teresa Stanulis July 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    What a great find! It's a beautiful quilt.

  4. Angela July 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    What an awesome find! Think of the stories it could tell! Can't wait to see it finished!

  5. life in red shoes July 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    WOW! That treasure fell into the right hands!
    You can almost hear the woman/women that pieced these blocks breathing a sigh of relief :)

  6. needle and nest July 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    What an amazing find! I can't wait to see how it looks all quilted up.

  7. July 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I can't believe what a great find that was! I'm sure someone in heaven is very happy to see it finished. :)

  8. laurareid July 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Wow! You are a lucky lady to find that and be able to finish it! I admit, I'm jealous!

  9. amy smart July 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    I love when treasures like that end up in the hands of someone who appreciates them. I have a vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt top I've been trying to repair and debating what to do about the quilting part…I'd rather just send to the longarm. ;)

  10. mindingmomma July 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    How wonderful that you rescued these blocks and made them into such a beautiful quilt.

  11. Di~ July 20, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Wow, Allison, what a find! I love those Dresdens.

  12. pcflamingo July 20, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    How amazing! What a lucky find! I'm with you – I'd send it out to be quilted – I'm way too much of a fraidy cat to quilt something like that :D

    You did such a good job on putting them together into a quilt – can't wait to see how it looks when it's back from your quilter.

  13. Gina July 20, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Lucky Find!! I love the backing you chose too! :)

  14. Kelly Young July 20, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    wow! lucky you. What a treasure. I can't wait to see it all quilted!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  15. Brianna July 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    What a great find! I have several sets of quilt blocks that my great grandmother made and never put together-some dresdens, some complicated hexies, some embroidered, but all wonderful. I am terrified of them!

  16. Karen July 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I love to go to antique shops looking for quilt tops or blocks. There's just something about finishing them that warms my heart!

  17. Sew Much To Say July 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    What a lucky find. Beautiful!

    Amanda Rose

  18. Linda July 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Awesome quilt. I always enjoy checking in with you….great blog.

  19. Jane S. July 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I love it when people rescue orphaned blocks and make something beautiful with them! :)

  20. Monica Gears July 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    What an awesome find. I remember having a blanket like that on my bed when I was young !!! It is beautiful

  21. Noela July 21, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    What a wonderful find and a beautiful finish by you. Hugs……

  22. leanne July 21, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    so glad you "rescued" these plates – now you have an instant gorgeous antique :)

  23. Vicki July 22, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    What an absolutely wonderful find! Lucky you….

  24. lu-tec July 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I love it!!! Beautiful:)

    kiss studio Lu_Tec

  25. Michele July 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Congrats on the find and a beautiful quilt.

  26. Actually Amy July 23, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Oh wow! What a great find!

    It's beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished project!

    Amy x

  27. Meggie July 23, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    What a great find…love the old fabrics

  28. KaHolly July 23, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I love antique quilts. I have a 1920's dresden in my closet. You've inspired me to dig it out!

  29. Ellen July 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I came into 29 Dresden plate hand pieced "plates". Did the same as you, in fact the two could be twins. Now I don't know how to finish the quilting. I'm looking forward to seeing how you finish yours. Mine is sitting sandwiched ready to do something but what? These vintage blocks are too precious to ruin.

  30. carla July 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Very pretty!!!!

  31. Sarah Elliott July 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Love 'em! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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