Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sew & Tell ~ 11/28/2022 & To-Do List

It's time for Sew & Tell again!  I am anticipating that you may have had some extra time for sewing or quilting (since it has been a long weekend for some of us as we celebrated Thanksgiving in the US).  And perhaps, like me, have turned your attention to Christmas gifts.

After completing the six free-motion feathered wreaths on my retreat quilt, I decided that I really needed to set it aside and turn my attention to a commissioned Dresden Plate Quilt.   

I am happy to say that the tension issue was corrected with a change of thread and slowing down and repeating to myself "move the quilt, Melva... don't just twist it."  Thanks to those that took the time to share their thoughts and tips. 😚

I pulled out a few other items that have been in the back of my thoughts as well.  Let's take a look...

❧ The Dresden Plates were my main focus on Thanksgiving Day as we waited to enjoy our family dinner on Friday.  I was able to get all 12 of them to the point of "turkey time" LOL!  

The next morning, I made those turkeys into plates and then began the plan for the layout of the quilt...

Using a vintage cut-lace tablecloth, backed with a contrasting fabric between the dresden blocks, on point.  It won't take long before I get this together and ready for borders...

❧ Another item that made its way onto my cutting table are these cute little panels for "flat" dolls.  Kathleen had so kindly sent them to me when I completed my Paper Doll quilts in 2021.  Dave and I have some friends with twin daughters that are the same age as our sweet Maggie and had the chance to test out the quilts before I gifted them to Emma and Maggie.  They had hinted told me that they would like to have quilts of their own someday.  Amber told me that she wanted a kitty on hers... and Jade said she wanted a dog.  How lucky they are that there is one of each!

The dolls are a different size than my original quilt but the advantage is that these are all printed out... no need to create them myself... AND the clothes and hair are all done as well. :)  How fun is that!?

The panels have had the fusible interfacing applied to them and the dolls are cut out.  I'll continue to cut out the clothes in the evenings as we watch tv.  A friend recently asked me if I had any of the Anne of Green Gables (1980s) movies and if they could borrow them.  I located them and have been enjoying them as well.  As we watched the first one Dave did a search for info on the plot, cast, etc.  He asked me if I knew that there were four of them in the series... I replied with "yes, I did know that."  We have completed the second one, which was in two parts in my recording.  He has enjoyed them much more than I ever would have anticipated!  

❧ I have all of the makings for a pillow to match Hanna's first year quilt ready to go... One of her personalized blankets, a pillow form and some cute quote panels.  We will include a pair of jammies with the pillow and pillow coverings for her Christmas gift... 

❧ I'll be working on some additional assembly instructions for the Pieces in the Garden quilt and the final story and block of the series.  

There is still time to get your Broken Dish blocks completed and linked up for a chance to win a prize package from Cornerstone Tea Company.  Stephanie is offering a 20% discount with the code of CHINAPLATE.  You will not be disappointed in her tea selection!  Be sure to check out her store!

Last week Carol and Brenda showed us some fabulous projects... you should go take a look!

I have an idea for an Anne of Green Gables quilt... Possibly a sew along for 2023... I need to let it roll around in my mind a little longer to determine the feasibility of it.  

Are you a fan of Anne?  
Have you watched the series from the late 1980s?  
Would you be interested in an "Anne" sew along?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Be blessed and Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Musings at Songbird Designs
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal


  1. I love Dresdens! That is going to be a beautiful quilt. The twins are going to be so happy with their new quilts.


  2. Thanks sew much for the feature today, Melva! And oh my, that dresden and vintage lace table cloth quilt is going to be fantastic! Can't wait to see the finish! The flat doll panels are adorable! They will make a great quilt and a lot less work, though your original was adorable!! Thanks for linking up with Monday Musings and have a great week!

  3. Your quilt is lovely…I tell my LAQ that her stitching on my quilts is the frosting on the cake! ( I borrowed that phrase from my daughter 😊) Your Dresdens are beautifully made! What a cute panel project! That pillow fabric is so pretty – and good advice as well! Looking forward to the final block and assembly instructions for the Pieces in the Garden quilt! Working on Broken Dishes today! Happy Stitching!

  4. Thank you for featuring my quilt Melva. Your modified Dresden is stunning with the alternating cut work blocks. Such fun additions to Maggie’s First year quilt. I’m looking forward to seeing that finish. 😉

  5. Your quilting is looking amazing, Melva as are your Dresdens. You are always so busy with fabulous projects.

  6. Glad your tension issue was solved. The fabric backed cut lace with those plates is genius! It's going to be so pretty. The flat doll panels are so cute. Thank you for sharing with To Do Tuesday!

  7. I love the dresden blocks with the vintage table cloth...what a fabulous idea! Those dolls will be well loved.

  8. Hi Melva, congrats on getting your FMQ wreaths done. How wonderful! I love the vintage cut-lace tablecloth fabric in your Dresden quilt. What a great idea! I hope that you'll come by and link up to Free Motion Mavericks. I finally got the post up :-)

  9. Wow, you're working on so many lovely projects, so inspiring! I hope you had a great week and thanks for joining in on Monday This and That! xx