Saturday, July 31, 2010

From the Bucket List: Dresden Sunburst

When you're in the middle of the project and have nothing new to show, then it's time to talk about what you hope to do. Anyway, that's my theory.

So with no further ado, I present the Dresden Sunburst:

The Dresden Sunburst comes from the magazine Traditional Quiltworks.  I've taken several magazines over the years, and have liked all of them, but I must say Traditional Quiltworks was my very most favorite.  Sadly, I don't think it's being published any longer.  I made a major move, and didn't renew my subscription.  When I finally did consider renewing it, I couldn't locate the magazine.  (If I'm wrong about Traditional Quiltworks no longer being published, please let me know.)

I've kept the Dresden Sunburst pattern in a notebook all of these years--well past 10 years--with the hope that one day my skills would be good enough to tackle this lovely quilt.  One big hang-up that prevented me from trying this quilt earlier is all the white space that just begs for some fancy quilting.  Until recently, I found it very intimidating.  However, with my increasing confidence in my free motion quilting abilities, I expect that the day I start this quilt could actually be on the horizon.  (If I ever narrow down my current WIP list.)


  1. That is a beautiful quilt! I will enjoy it vicariously if you decide to make it!!

  2. That is such a beautiful quilt. I am sure yours will be gorgeous! Those sunbursts remind me of your NYB blocks. Will there be any hand piecing involved?

  3. A beautiful quilt, I agree with Sarah, will be happy to watch!

  4. I didn't "get it" until I saw the full-size picture. Subtle beauty.

  5. Now that is a gorgeous quilt! Would love to make one like that myself someday. Hope your day, to start this beauty, is sooner than you think...!

  6. A gorgeous quilt, and I'm sure you will master the FMQ on it.

  7. Hi Michelle,

    Love you way of thinking about when you don't have enough sewing progress to show! :)

    That's such a lovely pattern - you can definitely put some pretty stitches on that white space now!!! Your willingness to try out new techniques inspire me.

  8. I love Dresdens. I need to get going on one too -- if only that WIP list would just take care of itself (ha, ha!)

    xo -E


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