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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcome to the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!!

Welcome Hoppers!!!



Today is the first day of the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!  Did you Dare?

Let's give a big shout out to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! for all she does...and to our blog hop cheerleader, Christine of Quilt Monster in My Closet for all the hard work of coordinating the hop.

There are over 100 ladies participating...there will be no shortage of inspiration!  So, be sure to visit them all.  Here is a list of today's Daring Dresden Creators. 
January 24th2013



Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much!  <--- You are here!












What could I do that was daring?  Something that I hadn't done before...after all this is a Daring Hop, right?  I dare you to try something new.  I did and I loved it!

Last year before Thanksgiving, I purchased from Embroidery Library an applique turkey.  It is an adorable little design...and a little intimidating.  Their project used ribbons for the turkey's feathers but when I first saw it, I thought it would be awesome with a Dresden.  

I haven't attempted applique with my embroidery machine before now...is it an appropriate dare?!  

Well, I dared to do it.  It turned out awesome and on my first try! Literally...my first ever attempt at applique using my embroidery machine!! 

Enough chat...here it is...my Darling Daring Turkey Applique Dresden!




My very first attempt at a Dresden was only last fall with the Craftsy BOM.


From my first attempt, I recalled that I wasn't terribly pleased with how my points turned out...they weren't uniform.  So I dared to determine a way to make the points more consistent.  Here is what I discovered worked for me.  

After you fold and sew the end as instructed using the trusty Easy Dresden Tool...and turned tip using the wooden tool provided (first blade)...fold the blade in half and give it a little press (second blade).  Then, line up the stitched line with the iron one (third blade) and press to create a wonderful point (fourth blade).  This little method worked really well for me.



To make my Applique Turkey...

Stitched out the outline of the turkey's body twice...once on stablizer and then again on sheet of paper.  I used a fabric marker to outline on the stablizer (while it was still in the hoop) the inside of the hoop...trimmed to the line to use later as a template for determining the placement of the turkey.  I used the one stitched on paper as a pattern to cut the fabric for the body and the head.

Once I had my blades made into a fan and appliqued to my back ground fabric, I placed it into the hoop...


Then I used the stablizer template to be sure that I had the Dresden in the proper location to add the body and head of the turkey.  Look closely...you can see the outline of the turkey's body and head stitched on the stablizer.


The turkey's feet stitched out first...then the machine stitched the outline for the body.  Placed the fabric inside the outline--attached with some applique glue.  The machine did a zigzag around the fabric...then the satin stitch.  Repeated the process for the head and finished his eyes, beak, etc.  Ta'dah...a Darling Daring Applique Turkey Dresden!

I can't believe that I made this on the first try!!!  How Daring is that!!!



Here is another Dresden I wanted to share.  The daring part of this one is the Dresden corners.


Here is a closeup of the center.



I hope to finish this Daring Dresden into a full size quilt some day soon.  I have the plan sketched out...just need the time.

I think my applique turkey will become a mug rug for Thanksgiving!

Thank you for stopping in for the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop!  Don't forget to check out all of the hopper's Daring Dresdens.

I would love it if you left a comment and would welcome you as a follower.  Hope you stop by again soon!!

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

118 comments:

  1. The fabric in your turkey feathers is just perfect for this purpose. Sew cute! Thanks for sharing your embroidery technique, too ... :) Pat

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  2. Wonderful Dresden turkey! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Love the fabrics you chose for the Turkey feathers (dresden) - lovely mix of technique for a bit of whimsy fun.

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  4. Very cute! Mr. Turkey is very sweet. Love the last dresden block too. I have the tool just need to use it! K-

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  5. Oh is just fabulous! love his striped feathers. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love that turkey! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. oh isn't he just marvellous! Also like your very pretty quilt.

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  8. Your turkey is adorable! Your fabric choices are stellar!!! Stripes are perfect for this!!!

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  9. Great turkey block! Thanks for being part of the hop!

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  10. What a great turkey! and thank you for your tips on dresden points!

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  11. Now that`s a turkey! Very nice!

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  12. Very cute...all of your creations! I like the one with the cool corners.

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  13. wellllll you did dare and I am up for the challenge even more sooooo I love your turkey and your want to be daring dresden quilt...gorgeous

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  14. Gobble, gobble. Love that turkey and he's calorie free! You did an awesome job for such a unique design. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

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  16. Love the turkey. And thanks for the tip on making the dresdens.

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  17. Sweet turkey! So glad you tried a new technique with your machine too. These hops are wonderful to stretch our thinking caps!

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  18. A fun turkey! Good luck on the big quilt.

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  19. That turkey is Too Cute! *giggle* Love your use of the Dresden. Thank you for Participating in this HOP. Hugs & Happy hopping

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  20. That turkey is adorable! I love the fabrics you chose - I think they just were perfect. blessings, marlene

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  21. What a great little Thanksgiving turkey! You'll be all set for Thanksgiving this year!

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  22. Thanks for sharing how you made your cute turkey.

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  23. Gobble gobble, your little turkey has me craving a Thanksgiving feast! I really like the use of stripes in his tail.

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  24. sewing stitches took the words right out of my mouth! Cute, very cute!

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  25. All very nice -- LOVE your turkey! :)

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  26. That little turkey is such a cute idea!!

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  27. Your dresden turkey is so cute. he looks good enough to eat.

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  28. Oh my these are all amazeing. I love machine embroidery applique. So simple and so much quicker than fill stitch designs. Great idea with that turkey design and it does look a lot better than all the ribbon ones everyone else does. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. The turkey makes me laugh!! You have made some lovely pieces. thanks for sharing

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  30. You Dared to Dresden and lived to tell about it! Excellent turkey - love it!

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  31. Wonderful Dresden pieces and inspiring - so cute. Judy C

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  32. What a cute turkey! :) I think Dresden's are so fun!

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  33. Your turkey is cute as a button!!

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  34. Cute turkey. Thanks for sharing your pressing tips.
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  35. I like your turkey. Very cute.

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  36. Thanks for sharing the process for your Dresden turkey. I love Embroidery Library and have way too many of their designs, but I have never attempted any of their applique designs. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Love the turkey- EMbroidery Library is great but this is spectacular! THANK you for sharing your dresden tipe- had trouble with my points!

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  38. Love the way you combined quilting with machine embroidery. Great idea

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  39. The fabric you used for the turkey was perfect, he's too cute !

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  40. Thank you for the tip, your turkey is so sweet :)

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  41. Your turkey is really striking! What a great idea to add the machine embroidery. I need to play around more on mine and see what I can come up with. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Parabéns estam lindas as peças.Seguidora nova GFC 38 e email também.Nãote perco mais.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  43. What a fun turkey! The colors are so lovely on your other dresden.

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  44. I love both of your projects a lot! Your very talented and I'm about to become your newest follower!

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  45. Love the turkey! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Your turkey is adorable! I've never made a Dresden so I appreciate your instructions!!!

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  47. Love your turkey. Dresdens are sure fun to play with. Looks like Craftsy inspired you!

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  48. A Dresden is just perfect for a turkey. Love your cute Dresdens.

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  49. Rosemary B here: adorable, all of your projects, and your appliqué technique is superb

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  50. omg that is freakin' cute! Clever!!!

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  51. Your turkey block is adorable!! I also love your other dresdens blocks!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  52. Love the turkey. I am a little afraid of my embroidery machine. Your project gives me hope I can turn out something cute.

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  53. What a cute turkey. I love the creativity I'm seeing in this blog hop so far.

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  54. Love the turkey, it look almost good to eat.

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  55. Your turkey is adorable! Did you digitize the head and body applique designs yourself, and if so, could you please share your digitizing process? I have software that knows how to digitize, but I'm not very confident about trying it myself. If it's a commercial design, could you please share your source? I really like what you did with this challenge.

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    1. Hi Rebecca...

      I purchased the design from Embroidery Library. Just search "applique turkey" and you should be able to locate it on their site. I would love to learn how to digitize though.

      Thanks for the comment.
      Pamela

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  56. Great job on the turkey. He's adorable. Love the fabrics you used on him too.

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  57. Love the creative ideas you have use. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Cute ideas for using Dresdens! Both projects are lovely.

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  59. How cute, I will have to have that one for next thanksgiving. Thanks for the little tutorial and hint.

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  60. Your turkey is so cute and charming. Thanks for the story of your Dresden trial.

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  61. I love your turkey!! I also was having problems with the dresden tips coming out even... thanks for the solution!

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  62. congratulations on such a lovely turkey project. Looks great.

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  63. Oh, your turkey dresden made me smile! He looks just perfect with his fancy feathers.

    Love your pretty dresdens and thanks for the tips!

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  64. I just love your Tom! And your corner dresdens are so pretty!

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  65. your turkey is so cute and I really like the fabrics you chose for the dresdens, beautiful!
    I want to follow you blog and I hope to see you in mine too.
    Bente
    I like to QuiltBlog

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  66. I am in love with your turkey. That was so unusual. You lined it up so perfect! Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

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  67. I made the turkey with the ribbons for my Gdaughter on a tshirt...way too cute!!!!! Thanks for the idea to use it a different way!

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  68. Your turkey turned out great! I don't have an embroidery machine, but it sounds like fun. Your Dresden quilt will be lovely too.

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  69. Thanks for showing the steps you did for making that darling turkey. I want to try applique and machine embroidery, so your little tut helped. I love the colors in your turkey--nice job! Your Dresden corners were very daring (and cute.)

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  70. Oh my goodness! That turkey made my day! lol. It's fantastic. :)

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  71. That is way to cute and Cleaver!

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  72. Oh how fun Mr. Turkey is! Love the fabrics and all the charm!
    Happy to share this day with you.
    xx

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  73. Great turkey and congrats on achieving success first try ! Thanks for sharing your dresdans with us today .

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  74. That turkey is just too cute! Great job!

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  75. Your turkey reminds me of a Bulletin Board I made one year while teaching!! I used my Dad's old ties. Nice job! BTW, I'm Pro-Snow too!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  76. What a cute turkey! Daring, indeed!

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  77. Mr. Turkey is just the cutest!! Great job Pamela. Luv your corner blades. Thanks for sharing, happy stitching, Pauline

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  78. Your turkey is adorable. Thanks for sharing

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  79. Two lovely dresden projects. Your turkey turned out splendidly. I love the dresden corners!

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  80. I love your use of the striped fabric for the turkey feathers! Sometimes just having the right tool for the job can make all the difference, right? The other project is lovely as well.

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  81. Love your turkey, especially those tail feathers.

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  82. Very, very nice. Both designs are great and the turkey is awesome. Way to come out of the box!

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  83. I love the turkey. I would love to make some mug rugs for Thanksgiving with turkeys. Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  84. I like your method for getting those points uniform. Cute turkey.

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  85. Sew much cuteness going on here!!!

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  86. What a great idea for turkey feathers! Love it! (very daring!)

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  87. Great tut! That Turkey is just way too cute!

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  88. Your turkey is adorable. I was never attracked to this pattern but you have made me have second thoughts. Thank you.

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  89. I considered a turkey. I'm glad I didn't because yours is SO MUCH CUTER than mine would have been!

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  90. Congrats on your successful attempt to applique with your embroidery machine! It turned out awesome! I love the colors you selected for the turkey feathers! Thanks for participating! I'm a new follower!

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  91. Wow! amazing dresdens. Love the turkey. Thanks for the mini tut on making dresden points. That is really helpful. I've never tried a dresden, primariy cause I was afaid of the points. Now I think I can!

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  92. Oh that is a cool turkey! I never made a dresden - yet! Your "tip" look great.

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  93. This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing. I love Embroidery Library and dresdens!

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  94. Great turkey! I love the colours on your Dresden plate quilt. Thank you for sharing how to press for perfect points. ( say that 3 times fast!)

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  95. What a great idea, dresden turkey feathers! Thanks for sharing your tips for making good points when making your dresden.

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  96. Things can't get much cuter then your Dresden Turkey! He is adorable! I might have to borrow your idea! He would make a great place mat for the fall! In fact I think I have some left over blocks from a quilt I made several years ago. I could just pop a turkey body on it!

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  97. love the dresedens on the corner!! so cute!

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  98. All your Dresdens are amazing! I especially love the turkey - just too, too cute!

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  99. The turkey is so clever! I love the colors in the last quilt. So pretty!

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  100. your turkey is so cute! What a fab idea!

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  101. Hi!!! Beautiful dresdens!!! I love the turkey!!! He is wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing your tips!!! Thank You

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  102. I am loving the dresden turkey! How cute.

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  103. What a great way to use a Dresden!

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  104. love that turkey! Stripes make outstanding feathers.

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  105. Love the stripes for the feathers! Great idea!

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  106. I'm in love with that turkey!! The fabric is PERFECT for him! You are so creative :) Thank you for sharing your projects with us :)

    -karrie

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