Dresden Plate’s a Winner!
I got an exciting email recently. Mary McIntyre took my “Let’s Play Drezzup” class on Dresden Plate in May when I visited Lafayette, Indiana. She wrote, “Look what got Champ at the Tippecanoe County Fair, Lafayette, Indiana!”
Once the quilt came back to her, Mary and I talked on the phone. She had never made a Dresden Plate before the class. Her mother had made them but Mary didn’t care much for the old-time fabrics, and the thought of extensive handwork didn’t appeal to her either.
In “Let’s Play Drezzup,” everything was done by machine and Mary was pleasantly surprised to find that she enjoyed the process. “I decided to get it finished and enter it in the county fair,” she said. “So many times after a class, it just gets put away.”
I’ve done that, and maybe you have, too. As a teacher, it was wonderful to hear that one of my students finished her project, enjoyed it, and exhibited it. What a great way to let others enjoy it, too.
Mary happens to be good friends with Ruth Wasmuth, who was on the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad when I worked for QM in years past. Ruth is a longarm quilter, and she taught Mary to quilt on her longarm.
Mary practiced on Ruth’s machine until she decided to get her own longarm about a year ago. She quilted her Dresden Plate on her own Innova longarm with an allover design. She says she kept it simple so as not to compete with the blocks.
The quilt is set 3 x 4 and measures about 48″ x 60″. Ruth said its size was just small enough to qualify as a wallhanging. It was named Best Applique Quilt in its category.
A teacher’s best gift is a student who completes a project! I’m so happy Mary shared her success with me so that I could share it with you. Please join me in congratulating Miss Mary!