That darn Dresden.

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. But I have abundant excuses. Like this little sweetheart:


And this little project, which was a lot of work–but also very fun!


Now that the book manuscript is in and my daughter is getting old enough to entertain herself for a few minutes at a time, I should have more time to share the crafty things I’m doing! I also want to make a point of investing more time in the things I really enjoy doing. I sometimes feel like I waste a lot of time doing things like watching TV or playing silly games on my iPad and not enough time reading, sewing, or playing with my little girl.

I may have gone a bit overboard on the online bees. I feel like I spend all my time making blocks for other people, and no time making blocks for myself! Once some of my current commitments are over, I’m going to pare down the bees that I participate in. I did the same thing when I got into knitting–I joined a bunch of clubs and knitalongs, and found that I couldn’t keep up. I’m doing an OK job keeping up with my bees, but I’m starting to fall behind on my various blocks-of-the-month. I’m starting to catch up, though! Hopefully, I’ll be all caught up with my blocks-of-the-month by the end of summer.

The one good thing about online bees, though, is that I try things I might never otherwise touch. The feather blocks from my last post are a good example, and so is this: a Dresden plate.


I admit, it’s not finished yet. I still need to sew it down to the background fabric, then I need to sew a center. (I’m thinking a black hexagon, inspired by Vanessa from V. and Co. and her gorgeous Dresden plates–and her tutorials, which were very helpful.)

I love, love, love the palette for this block–just black and white–and I loved that I could use some of the texty prints that I’ve picked up over the last few months. I’ve gone just as crazy for the texty prints as everyone else has. I wish I could keep it for myself, but it’s headed to its recipient once it’s finished.

Now that I’ve figured out that Dresden plates aren’t that bad…maybe I’ll make one for myself!

Also, I’ve taught myself how to do counted cross-stitch so I could join up with the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Summer Sampler. Here’s a peek at what I’ve done so far (please excuse my camera cord, which snuck into the photo):

IMG_1464So fun, and so addictive! This is going to look super-cute in Lenora’s room when it’s done.


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2 comments on “That darn Dresden.

  1. Following on bloglovin’ and think those are some pretty good excuses:) Loving the dresden and those blasted feathers!

  2. that darn dresden looks familiar:) oh yeah, it’s for me! it’s awesome and i love the hexie center. i love my hex and more ruler too! i do plan on finishing the dresden quilt. i just have one more bee round to go. i started following you with blog lovin. i’m going to go poking around now:)

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