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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Piece by Piece

I have admired my girlfriends Dresden Plate quilt and miniature for several years. I finally decided to make a miniature myself. I started cutting out the pieces at a quilt retreat (2/09) in PA. I then lost my template. You may be asking yourself, "how did she loose the template." That would be the same question all 13 of us asked ourselves. No one could find it that weekend. We moved furniture and rugs and still never found the template. So Mary Jane sent me another one. I was hoping she would just send me her quilts and all I got was this picture!!!

I asked Mary Jane if I could post it on my blog and she agreed. I'm thrilled to be able to showcase her work. She does beautiful needle turn applique and hand quilting. Those are her two specialities. Her work is Blue Ribbon in my book!!

This is the story of the blue and yellow Dresden Plate:

“Cross Country Plates”

This king size Dresden Plate quilt was made for my husband, Bill, who stopped at quilt shops for me while driving to and back from Pennsylvania to Oregon in May, 1998. Blue and yellow was just becoming poplar about this time and in some shops there was only a novelty print. I hand pieced the plates on another driving trip to the west coast. The plates were hand appliquéd to the back ground using the needle turn application and hand quilted. I was honored to win Viewer’s Choice at the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Exhibit, my local guild. The exhibit is on display for the whole month of September in even years at the Gmeiner Art & Culture Center, Wellsboro, Pa.

I hope to get back to work on my mini Dresden Plate soon. I hope you don't have a stack of UFO's as high as mine!!!

Sweet Dreams,


1 comment:

Anya said...

Lovely work by Mary Jane, as usual!

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