I've become addicted to online courses at sites like Craftsy and in this instance CreativeBug. My schedule is erratic and I love learning in my pajamas and get a textile fix that is more economical than fabric shopping. Also sewing time is scarce these days...
This week, I finished watching the "Dresden Plates" class taught by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession fame. She teaches how to construct this classic block. More interestingly she takes you through her process of auditioning fabrics for the blocks. She discusses for each one the fabric she likes, those she doesn't and more importantly why they do or don't work. She mixes all genres of print in the most fascinating ways. I love watching creative people work creatively. This process is usually silent but in this class you get to briefly be in KD's very visual head.
Catching up on my favorite blogs today, I came across this recent post by Andie about some Dresden blocks she found at an antiques show. She's decided to mix her blocks with traditional fabrics. She is a super quilter and I look forward to seeing what she makes with them.
Finally this afternoon, with Dresden Plates on the brain I went to Goodwill with a carload of donations and found these vintage blocks sitting forlornly on a shelf in the thrift store. Needless to say they came home with me. I think these Dresdens are going to end up paired with some modern prints but first they need some attention. They are dirty and need a wash. Any suggestions on the best way to get them clean?
November... The month of Dresden.