My sisters and I got together over the week-end to work on the baby quilt, Dresdan Zoo, we are making for our niece. We collaborated on another baby quilt, Touch & Feel Baby Quilt, that we gifted to a nephew last year. We completed the Dresdans last month & got together on Saturday to stitch them to the background blocks. I enjoy hand applique and decided to hand stitch the fussy-cut zoo animal centers. Four of the blocks are completed: an elephant, giraffe, zebra, and turtles.
The Dresdan pattern is straight across the top, so that it can be machine stitched to form the point. After turning the point, the sides are stitched together to from the ring – no raw edges and completely machine stitched. These were then centered onto the background fabrics and blanket stitched along the outside edge of the Dresdans using a beige Aurifil thread. A stabilizer on the back kept the background from puckering. I like to use tissue paper for a stabilizer. It’s inexpensive, especially since I save it from gifts I’ve received.
These blocks have been easy & fun to stitch together. Only five more blocks to complete and we can stitch the quilt together. FMQ to follow.
Hope you’re staying warm in this cold weather. Happy Stitching!