Material Obsession

2.06.2013

A couple of years ago, I bought the book Material Obsession because of the quilt on the cover. 


As one of my goals for this year, I wanted to make my own. 

Fresh out of the dryer, here is my version of that quilt. 

The one thing I chose to do was to make a large whole cloth background. Cutting the back ground fabric into individual squares for each dresden plate and then resewing them back together would mess up the polka dots. I took two yardages of the fabric, carefully lining up the dots and sewed them together. I then laid it out on the floor and pinned each dresden where I wanted it. After the placement was decided, I glued them in place. It was a bit harder to work with it that way, but the end result made it worth it. 


I did a lot of echo quilting...Twisting and turning over and over again. 


I am so pleased with how it turned out...

Final measurement: 78" x 78".

Do you have a "must make" quilt on your list for this year? 

42 comments:

  1. Amy, it is stunning! Gosh you're so talented. Not so much of a 'must' make but I would really like to do something challenging this year - curves and dresedens feel a bit beyond me still but if there's one thing making quilts teaches you it's that 'practice makes (nearly!) perfect' so perhaps I'll just dive on in there :)

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  2. Wow! Amy, it is gorgeous! My must? I would just like to make a quilt in general. I have never made a quilt or really anything aside from bags and kids PJ pants.

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  3. Wow! Amy it's fantastic! I can't tell where you seamed the background fabric. It's definitely bulkier to move around when applying the dresden plates but it's so worth the effort.

    My must make this year - not a particular quilt but to instead finish some WIPs.

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  4. Love all the RED!!! I have a couple of must-makes, but I must make myself get in the mood first! A Christmas quilt for sure this year...and maybe a quilt for one of my daughters.

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  5. I loved the cover dresdens too, but you made having your own version a reality! You did a wonderful job, Amy!
    :-}pokey

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  6. Your quilt turned out beautifully!
    I've also bought that book because I like the look of the dresden plate quilt!
    I made my first dresden the other day using your amazing tutorial...maybe one day I will make a quilt too!

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  7. It came out beautiful! Love how you made it one big piece so the polka dots would match :)

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  8. Oh, Amy! Your quilt is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It looks like that book and that quilt are going on my "have to do" list!!!!

    Thank you for your constant inspiration!

    Lin

    lindapawlak at verizon dot net

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  9. Now that's what I call a very cheerful quilt. It's absolutely stunning!

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  10. It is beautiful Amy ! I have an appreciation for Dresdens !

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  11. That quilt is gorgeous! I love polka dots so much! I also love all the different fabrics you used!

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  12. Your quilt came out so nicely! It is very pretty. I'm sure you must be very happy with it. My goal this year is to make one landscape quilt a month. In January I made 6 small identical woodland scenes and gave 5 of them away as gifts. Next I think I will make an ocean scene.

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  13. How beautiful it turned out!! Isnt it great to have it completed!!

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  14. Amy your quilt is gorgeous. You know I just love polka dots. What a great idea to make the fabric of dots as a whole piece. You have done a fab job.
    Hugs
    donna

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  15. This looks fabulous Amy!!! Another darling dresden quilt done :)

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  16. Amy it's sensational! I love how you worked on a whole cloth (carefully matched) and your colour choice and quilting design. The borders of red frame the quilt well too. You must be so satisfied with this.
    I'm still slowly plodding away intermittently on my flying geese quilt - the top is now done. Hoping to finish it by mid winter (June-July).

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  17. It's just lovely!!! and the colors!!

    chris

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  18. Love the quilt! Your back ground and border is wonderful! I love how the dots are in lines!

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  19. Amy, your quilt is just so great. I have always loved that quilt on the cover. I don't have the book but I have seen it. Congrats! on such a pretty quilt.

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  20. Oh how cute!!!! Love it! Great job, all the way around.

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  21. What a happy quilt! Love it Amy!

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  22. Wow, Amy, great job. Your quilt is absolutely amazing!! I still don't really know how to hand sew, so the idea of that much handwork is quite daunting to me.

    Beautiful!!!

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  23. LOVE that quilt! (It's even nicer than the one on the cover if you ask me...!) All of your extra work was definitely worth every minute!
    Guess what?! I can finally comment on your blog again! I'm using Google Chrome to read my blogs, but I discovered that I can only comment on some of them if I go back to Mozilla Firefox - and your blog is one of them. I just have to remember to switch back if I want to comment!

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  24. Amy this has always been one of my fav quilts you stitched....do you recommend the book for other designs?

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  25. You quilt is wonderful!

    Visiting from Marlene's Stitchin' by the Lake Blog

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  26. Oooh, that turned out great! I'm visiting from Marlene's blog. Nice to see you!

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  27. That quilt is just beautiful.Nice to meet you.I arrive form Marlene´s blog hop Let`s go visit!!

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  28. Fabulous!!! I love it when someone picks a quilt to make and no matter how intricate, they get it done. You have done it!! I just finished my year long swoon quilt and I feel the same way about it. Yours is soooo perfect.

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  29. Amy...I'm speechless! It's stunning....I love it! Blessings, Marlene

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  30. Hello! I'm visiting via Stitchin by the Lake, and particularly enjoyed all the inspiring pictures of your sewing room. Nice to meet you, neighbor.

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  31. That is one of my MOST favorite Quilt Book! What an awesome job!! Happy Valentines Day! My hub got a composting stainless steel barrel and I have a kitchen window seat now!...now to make a sweet cushion for it....you just got to sew!!!

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  32. FABULOUS job. This is one I've wanted to make ever since seeing it as well. BRILLIANT idea for the whole cloth background. I totally AGREE! Now to pin it so hopefully I'll remember someday ;-) thanks for sharing!

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  33. HA! I did the same thing: bought that book for that cover quilt!
    It's so gorgeous. You did a great job. I'm inspired to dig mine out and start one. Or maybe I'll just admire yours some more.

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  34. Oh its soooo pretty! I don't get to visit often, but when I do, I always leave here happy.

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  35. That is so absolutely cute. Love the idea of the one solid background. I want to do a dresden plate, I started hand piecing one when I was a kid with scraps of fabric. LOL I think there are double knit polyester, satins, and Lord only knows what else. I bet it is somewhere in my house I should finish it just for giggles.

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  36. Amy,
    It is sew very adorable. I love how you didn't want to mess up the polka dots. The whole quilt looks terrific! I don't know how you ever manage to do all that echo quilting on that size quilt. It makes my shoulders hurt just thinking about it.
    Love it!
    Jan

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