Month: May 2020

Dresden Plate Centers

Typical characteristics of a Dresden plate or flower are the blades/petal and the centers. We have covered the blades, but what about the centers? Note, I wrote centers and not circles. In many instances the centers are circles or semi-circles, but that is not the only shape you can use. You can used triangles, squares, […]

Read more

Quilt Woman

I am just full of good news this week! announced in their weekly newsletter that they are now carrying my patterns. QuiltWoman.Com is not only a direct retailer but also a wholesale distributor. They supply patterns to lots of quilt stores around the country. I was so pleased when I was able to work […]

Read more

The Shop is OPEN!

I am very excited to announce that my website has a new feature – you can purchase my patterns directly from my website! I am still maintaining my Etsy Shop as it provides another outlet for my work. However, having my own se-commerce site is that next big step for me as a business person. […]

Read more

Dresden Application

If you have been following along, we have been making Dresden Plates. For this quilt, it has nine blades and sixty-four blocks – that is 576 blades! We had assembled these into sixty-four fans, but what to do with those fans? It is time to applique then to the block. There are two techniques for […]

Read more

More Masks

The latest tally is 600 masks, half of which have been donated to charity. Last week, my eldest son drove 3 hours round trip to deliver 85 masks to a free clinic in our state. Now, we are working on donations closer to home again. We have been very blessed that friends and neighbors have […]

Read more

Making Dresden Plates

In previous posts, we discussed picking the number of blades and how long those blades should be. Now it is time to cut and sew! Pick your favorite fabrics. You could use a gradient of colors, scrappy, alternating or solid fabrics. I decided to use layer cakes that I had to provide a gradient effect. […]

Read more

More Dresden Blade Basics

Previously, we talked about how many blades you want in your Dresden block. Now, to determine big that blade will be. If you are making the blade as part of a block, it should be at least 1/2-inch shorter than the block width. If you are appliqueing it on top of a quilt, the only […]

Read more

Dresden Blade Basics

Dresden Blades are much easier than they look and do not need special templates, depending upon the blade size. The sister block – Dresden Plate – with its curved or ends is a little more complicated. You can make Dresden Blades from some commercially available rulers, not necessarily marketed for that purpose. For example, CreativeGrids […]

Read more

Learning from Our Mistakes

While cleaning up my studio, I found plenty of unfinished objects – UFOs. One of these was a block I started many years ago without a pattern or guide. It is not a traditional block, but was a combination of double cross and flying geese. Looking at it now, I understand why I abandoned it! […]

Read more

Dogtooth Delight and Hoffman Fabrics

Dogtooth Delight is now in my Etsy Shop (! It was designed with Hoffman Bali Batiks. These batiks are so nice to work with. They have such depth of color. In fact, I like them so much, that I have recently become a retailer for these fabrics! My plan is to carry yardage for my […]

Read more

Welcome to Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts!

Sign up for our newsletter below and receive a coupon for 25% off your first order!

%d bloggers like this: