Sewing With Nancy viewers and blog readers have been busy at work with the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates—Dresden Collection. The Dresden quilt block is so diverse; the combinations seem almost endless. From traditional and historic to contemporary and modern, it is always exciting to see what you, my followers, create!

Without further ado—Viewers’ Dresden Showcase:

Sew Grand Dresden Quilts Inspiration

The first project submitted is from a long arm quilter in Sweden, Diane Ahnstedt. She made the quilt as featured in the Sew Grand Dresden Quilt book, choosing her own color palette. I truly admire Diane’s long-arm quilting skills!

I bought the Sew Grand Dresden Quilt template last summer and quilted this after taking classes last fall. Thanks Nancy, you are inspiring! TV SHOW and BOOK.” ~Diane Ahnstedt

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Dresden Melody Inspiration

Here’s another project from Diane Ahnstedt. She used the project/pattern sheet, Dresden Melody, to create a dynamic table runner. The multi-size Dresdens twist and turn through the project to add movement to this contemporary block design.

I made up another Dresden for the local store with their fabric. I’ve always loved Dresden quilting. I made this table runner! ~Diane Ahnstedt

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Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

The Dresden block is generally regarded as a traditional quilt block; however, see what our next viewer created. Diane Heimel worked with the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Templates—Dresden Collection and multi-size Dresdens to create a challenge quilt for her Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). The bold colors on a black background highlight the Dresden petals; great composition.

“The Dresden plate quilt was a challenge in my Modern Quilt Guild. I had to take a traditional block and make it modern. I enjoy the shows; keep them coming.” ~Diane Heimel

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Fabric Play

This mother-daughter team worked up a couple Dresden blocks featuring a variety of fabrics. Calicos, eyelets, and solids really show how the block can move from traditional to contemporary just in smart fabric choices.

“My daughter and I are both enjoying the many combinations of Dresden Flowers.
Thank you for your simple but rich tutorials that you share with us.” ~Darinka & Irena

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Block of the Month Inspiration

The 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month #1 inspired several of our blog readers to create a scrappy Dresden or Dresden Fan block.

January Block of the Month ~Suey Thomas

Nancy Zieman Blog | Viewers' Dresden Showcase

January Block of the Month ~Joan Zamojcin

Nancy Zieman Blog | Viewers' Dresden Showcase

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Traditional Dresden Fan Quilt 

Royal purple Dresden Fans~Pam Margolis


For more Dresden quilt block resources and ideas, see these popular episodes, products, and blog posts:

What are you making? Send your project photos to to be considered for a future Viewers’ Showcase.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection,  from a previous blogis Judy G. She said, The Cute for Kids Embroidery Collection is adorable. I would put them on burp cloths, diaper covers, bottle covers, and even on a quilted diaper bag for a coordinating baby shower gift.

How To Create Machine Embroidery Sewing With Nancy

From my blog titled Absolute Easiest Way to Use Printable Patterns, the random winner of a copy of Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares is Linda M. She said, The majority of my patterns are traditional. I will have to try the pdf versions sometime.

Sew Mini Fabric Sacks/Fabric Scraps/Nancy Zieman

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Bye for now,

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