A new old project underway. I’m thinking the quilt top maker had good intentions and at a glance everything seems great. But a closer look reveals problems that the quilting of this top will not remedy.
Overall measurements are 69×93 with individual blocks measuring anywhere between 18 and 19 1/2” square-ish and sashings are 3 1/2” wide.
The Dresden Plate measures 14 1/2” across and the red center is 5 1/2” in diameter.
The Dresden petals are all raw edge and were secured to the background fabric by these 3 strand embroidery floss buttonhole stitches. Sometimes the floss was knotted on the back, sometimes the front.
It took an amazing amount of time to remove the red floss stitches.
The red centers were also stitched in place with the red embroidery floss but unlike the Dresden Petals, the edge is turned under.
Throughout the quilt top, seam allowances were arbitrary as was sewing machine thread color.
Removing the Dresdens proved easiest when the floss was cut from the back of the block.
This picture shows the idiosyncrasies in the block construction as well as showing that the Dresden center circle was not trimmed to be a bit smaller than the diameter of the red center piece.￼
Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Dresden fabrics are mostly garment and possibly drapery with a handful of 1960’s or 70’s quilting (?) cottons. The sashing and block background is a poly/cotton blend. I figure I’ve got nothing to lose by redoing/fixing/embellishing this kind of vintage quilt top. This will be an interesting journey.
All the red embroidery floss took about 2 days to remove and for scale, this is a 6 1/2 cup bowl. 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
Happy quilting and blessings, Rhonda