Welcome to my stop on the inspiration blog hop, for the challenge! I’ve been using my EZ Dresden Quilting Ruler for three years or so. It is so nifty to have, when I’m inspired to make a Dresden!

About the challenge ::

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting to create a fantastic quilt challenge to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary with EZ Quilting. We’ve got an exciting 14-day blog hop planned, multiple chances to win the EZ Dresden Quilting Ruler for working on your quilts, plus loads of fabulous prizes.

  • Follow along June 2-14 with some of our favorite bloggers (some you may know, and others who might be new to you). Plus meet some of our talented guild members along the way.
  • Work like the dickens from June 15-August 31 on your project.
  • Come back here Sept 1-6 for a Linky Party to enter your creation(s). MARK YOUR CALENDERS
  • Wait patiently while the judges do their thing, then see who wins on September 17.
  • Winning quilts get tons of prizes (with random drawings too) PLUS they get to have their quilts displayed in the EZ Quilting/Simplicity booth at the 2012 Fall Quilt Market. How awesome is that?!


Want to see what I made? I had so much fun making this piece! A couple weeks ago, I made myself a quilt as you go tote, and really enjoyed the laid back nature of the project. Then I thought I should try to apply the same technique to the Dresden, I did a sample run, and it worked! Here’s my end result –

Measuring 13″ x 40″ it is the right size to be a table runner, but part of me wants to put it on the wall as art/inspiration. Just in case you want to try your hand at making something similar, here’s how I got started!

I cut a pile of 5″ wedges from the Color Wheel Charm Swap we did at Sewing Summit last year.

I sewed the larger end as usual, and pressed a 1/4″ up from the bottom. And I spray basted background fabric to my batting. Pins work too, I happened to have the spray on hand!

Decide where you want to begin, right sides together, sew down one side using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Flip it over the seam allowance, and stitch down the same length, and fill in the plate as you like.  Mine are all a little different!

Add the next plate, and keep going in the same manner. When you want to turn the curve to go in the other direction –

Offset the pieces so that it lines up, when you flip it over the seam allowance.

When you need to stop a group, pin or press under a 1/4″ seam allowance and quilt it into place.

See how varied the quilting is? It’s a fun way to try a little something new. If you have a walking foot, use it, if not a normal foot will work too, just be sure to help the layers under the needle.

I finished it with the no binding, I layered a piece of backing fabric, right sides together with the top, sewed 1/4″ around, leaving a 6″ gap to turn it right side out with.  After pressing it out, I top-stitched around the perimeter to close the opening. And I added a few more straight lines, at that point to the backing fabric, to make sure it all stays put!  What do you think, is that doable for you?

**Disclaimer: I didn’t make a full circle with this technique, I’m not sure what the outcome may be, as things tend to shift while sewing. If you want to make full circles, experiment before starting your project.


There’s a ton of great prizes for those who participate in the challenge! Check out all the great sponsors, and their offerings here, and follow along with the hop, for lots more inspiration!


I almost forgot! If you would like to win an EZ Dresden Ruler, leave me a comment.  Just let me know what you are working on this week!  The winners (I have 2 rulers to giveaway!) will be announce on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!