Thursday, January 24, 2013

I Dared To Dresden!

Those silly little Dresdens tried to intimidate me,
but they didn't succeed...nope, they didn't.

Until I saw all those amazing Dresdens on
yesterday's blogs and I realized I was in
BIG TROUBLE!

My pitiful Dresdens don't even want to be in the same room as
those other ones. They really wanted to show-up here in disguise,
but I decided to share what a beginner's Dresden looks like
and give hope to those who haven't made a Dresden, yet.

My machine embroidered centers...
my hand embroidery would never look this good.



I couldn't possibly just make one Dresden project...on no, I had to
make two (it's an illness I have that has nothing to do with competing with
That Other Lady.)

I attempted to do some hand embroidery on this one, but it wasn't great 
and I was too lazy to rip it out so I've dubbed it a
 "learning experience" wall hanging.
On one of the stems I hand embroidered,
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party!"
by Robin P. Williams

Since my Dresden's won't win any prizes, I thought I'd 
at least reward you for visiting my blog today. So......

There's a giveaway, too!
$20 from here:


Silly Little Rules:
  1. Leave a short and sweet comment. 
  2. This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. There are instructions on how to fix this on the sidebar of my blog. Typing out your email address like this helps avoid spammers: iblog at aol dot com. If I can't contact you, you can't win. If you are an OPEN ID person and leave a comment, leave an email address or I can't respond. 
  3. You don't have to be a Follower, but it's okay with me to have you follow me around. 
  4. Only ONE entry per person.
  5. I'll mail it anywhere.
  6. Giveaway ends at 6 p.m. PST on January 31st. Entries after 6 p.m. PST on January 31st will not be included in the giveaway.

That's it for me, so go check out these other
amazing Dresden's to get inspired:

January 25th, 2013

You can find all the Dresden's from this blog hop
over on Madame Samm's Pinterest page

Thanks to Christine from Quilt Monster in My Closet
for being the cheerleader for this hop
AND
to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her
awesome ability to bring us all together to
create and show our projects
(plus she has great sponsors who offer
wonderful giveaways!)

185 comments:

  1. Carol ... your Dresdens are lovely. The first quilt looks very vintage and heartwarming. Your second one is sew pretty and bright. I love the quote you embroidered. Thanks for sharing. You do beautiful work ... :) Pat

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  2. OMG, your wall hanging is gorgeous. You are nuts to think it's not worthy. I think it's fabulous. Your dresdens are great. I am in the blog hop too, my day is next week

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  3. I love your Dresdens...what are you talking about!!! and your Hand stitching is to die for! Thank you for participating and Lots of Quilty Hugs... Happy Hopping!

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  4. Shame on you, they are beautiful! I love the embroidery you added. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net.

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  5. your wall hanging is just soo darned cute!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Love both your quilts! The embroidery is beautiful, love the Americana :) The flower is also gorgeous, very unique setting for a dresden, great colors :)

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  7. I have recently purchased a dresden ruler but haven't used it yet. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Linda F.
    LLfasRN (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Carol your creations look really cute! I was thinking of trying my first Dresden after all the great projects yesterday! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. I love your patriotic Dresdens! I really like your embroidery in the centers - very cool! What's wrong with your flower Dresdens? I couldn't see anything wrong...did you use a magnifying glass to check your work or something? *shaking head*

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  10. I think your dresdens are cute! Love the embroidery in the middle. I also like your flowers. I haven't made any yet. Gotta use my tool! K-

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  11. Well you certainly dont look like a beginner with those dresdens! they are fabulous - love your embroideries in the middle too. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love your wall hanging! I think the embroidery on the stem adds a great touch!

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  13. Well I would award prizes to all of your Dresdens, they're beautiful. Love the embroidered centres on the first quilt and your second one is absolutely gorgeous, love the colours.

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  14. Your wall hanging is so sweet, I love the idea of embroidery on the stem!

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  15. Those dresden are so beautiful... I love the one with the stitcheries !!

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  16. Sugar is sweet and this is short. :)

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  17. I love the idea of putting stitcheries in the centres of your dresdens!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Carol, I love your Dresdens. They are certainly good enough to stand up with all the others. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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  19. Please say to yourself; I DID IT! Because you really did. I love your Dresdens, and your wall hanging is fantastic. Hugs from Norway!

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  20. Your projects look amazing to me. Thanks for sharing them.

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  21. Are you nuts? Your Dresdens are beautiful! I love that you appliqued them to a print and the center embroidery is just totally lovely. The second design with happy flowers dancing around is awesome, too! Thanks for showing us your work!

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  22. Gee, if these are beginning dresdens, what will your dresdens look like when you get more experience!? Love both of your projects and they are wonderfully made! Amazing job!

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

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  24. MY dresdans should look so nice!

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  25. carol your dresdens look great. I love that top one and the bright one at the botom. I love the idea of a large dresden especialy when it loooks like a real flower. great job

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  26. Well, that wallhanging might be a "learning experience" but it is the best one I have seen in a long time! I would proudly hang that downstairs in my quilting studio! It is so cute!! Love it!

    and that quilt is gorgeous!!!

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  27. Your dresdens are great. I love your flower dresden wall hanging especially because of the hand stitching. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  28. Your work is wonderful and that second quilt is a lot of fun! thanks for sharing!

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  29. Carol, you did a lovely job. I like the embroidery in your first quilt, that really looks neat. Don't be so hard on yourself, these are darling and the work is good :)

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  30. You must be wearing someone else's glasses .... your dresdens are lovely! :)

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  31. PITIFUL are you kidding me...your dresdens are frigging amazing...all that stitching, the colors of your quilt....are you kidding me...that is my plan B is my dog ate my dresdens...( it doesnt matter I dont' have a dog) the neighbors dog ate it...and by the way ...WHO IS THAT OTHER LADY...she must be a thorn in your side....lol. And are you kidding me...lol How many days before I show and tell...?

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  32. WOW!!! I love your dresdens!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Your Dresdens are beautiful and I love them all. Wonderful colors and the wall hanging is very lovely.
    Thanks for sharing your story and creativity-

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  34. I think that you are being too hard on yourself, I think that your dresdens look wonderful. I only hope my first attempt looks as good as yours.

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  35. I don't know about That Other Lady but this lady thinks those are great!

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  36. If yours are beginners I'm in trouble - I haven't made one yet and now I know I'm not going to! I thought they were great and to be honest I'm totally amazed at all of you who made these. They look so intimidating to me! blessings, marlene

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  37. The Dresden is beautiful. Pat yourself on the back for completing it.

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  38. Love your embroidery in the middle of your dresdens. Good idea.

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  39. How beautiful! I love the way you fussy cut the centers. Your quilt looks like a Civil War era quilt to me.
    The flower quilt is also beautiful! Great job!!! I love the embroidery on the stem, by the way!

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  40. Carol....I can't believe you are new to Dresdens. You did a fantastic job on them...like the pillow a lot, but the flowers; I adore!

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  41. Absolutely love your wall hanging!!! Haven't done a Dresden yet, but I am getting closer every day!!

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  42. Vira a bunda aí para eu bater...Quem disse que você não vai ganhar???Este é o painel mais bonito que já vi em placas,quero na minha sala.
    PARABÉNS!!!!!Abraços. tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  43. Thank you for sharing, esp when you felt your work was not at the same level as others ---which isn't true, btw.... there is no right or wrong in the creative process...we all start somewhere and we either progress if we love it, or absorb the sample and keep going. Both pieces you show are beautiful and unique. At least you dared to Dresden...which is more than I can say for me :)There is nothing to be ashamed of with your work... they are both very sweet.

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  44. Please don't feel like this is a competition! I'm due to present my Dresden on the 31st - the final day and everyone will have seen all the other quilts first. Talk about pressure! I think yours is lovely, both of them. And I love the quote. (I've been a follower.)

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  45. Your projects are amazing! I've never seen Dresden flowers...so pretty!

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  46. I think your Dresdens are just as beautiful as any of the others. I particularly like what you did with the flowers. And the embroidery in the centers of the others was such a nice touch.

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  47. That first dresden is a stunner, the second just too much fun. You really raised the bar this time around!!

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  48. I Love your Dresden's! They are very impressive. Very vintage looking.

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  49. Well, I would certainly give you a prize for your dresden quilts. I really like both of them. I love the stitchery in the centers. Great job.
    I am a follower.

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  50. Carol you are way too hard on yourself. Your dresdens are great. I love your embroidered centers and you did a great job with the embroidery by the way. The other one is just beautiful.

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  51. I think your Dresden is great. I have never tried to make one let alone do embroidery too. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. You say "beginner" but embroidered centers are definitely "advanced"! Another great idea I got from this hop!

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  53. Love your Dresdens - the flowers look great. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. I really like the vintage Americana look with the redwork centers. Your interesting use of the blades to make flowers in various stage of bloom is lovely.

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  55. Your dresdens are sweet, I love that you added hand embroidery to your wallhanging too ;D

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  56. Are you kidding Carol :-O Your're dresdens are super! The Americana twist is very original. Good job !

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  57. Why are you hanging your head? You did a wonderful job! I love your quilt and the embroidery is just the perfect extra detail. You have just inspired me! My son is in the Marine Corps and just returned from being deployed. I've been looking for ideas for a patriotic quilt and your's is a great design. Your dresden flowers are fun and look beautiful! Thank you for sharing your projects with us, awesome job!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. I like your red,white and blue USA plates, but really like the flowers. Of course I am a follower.

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  59. Well I think they all look great. And I especially love the flower one and I see absolutely nothing wrong with it..You did an awesome job. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I really like the embroidery in the center makes your dresdens unique.

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  61. I love your Dresdens, they are lovely. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  62. Are you kidding. I love your Dresdens. The first one is one of my favorite color ways, and the embroidery is wonderful. It gives the entire thing a big punch! I also love your flowers. Actually you have inspired me... scary I know!
    :-)

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  63. TBH i don't see the mistakes you mentioned, they look lovely.

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  64. I think they are good for a start. Thanks. vickise at gmail dot com

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  65. I like the idea of the embroidery in the center. Your Dresdens are lovely.

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  66. You're crazy girl! Your dresdens are fab!

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  67. Your Dresdens are great and love the embroidery. I love hand embroidery and have done this for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Rosemary B here: Oh wowie
    I love both of your amazing creations. Love the embroidery in the center. ADORE the flowers
    Thanks for sharing my dear.

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  69. I really love your dresdans and the way you used stitchery in the middle section, that is gorgeous.

    Debbie

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  70. This is lovely- love the machine embroidered centers! (My husband would love those designes!)

    DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

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  71. You did well with your projects! Isn't it fun to see how everyone is interpreting the theme?

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  72. I think you did a great job! Far better then what I am doing. My day is next week. Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilts.

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  73. Hi Carol!!! Your Dresdens are wonderful!!! I love the flower Dresdens and the colors are so pretty!!! It looks like you have been doing it forever!!! Is the wall hanging designed by you?!!! I love it!!!! Thank You

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  74. Love the embroidered centers. Adds a nice touch to Dresdens.

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  75. I love your wallhanging and your beginner Dresden is lovely! pbstrand@msn.com

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  76. Your dresdens are great, I would claim them. Thanks for sharing.
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  77. I love the beginner's Dresdens - they look comfy. Mine were first shots too and I just went with it. Luckily Dresdens are forgiving :o) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  78. I love your flower Dresdens! So bright and cheery! If these are your first Dresdens, I can't wait to see what you come up with practice since these are so great!

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  79. Well you did come up as a winner. Congrats. Love the patriotic them.

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  80. SO PRETTY-JUST LOVE YOUR BLOCKS+THE REDWORK TOO! HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA BLOGLOVIN'! THANKS FOR SHARING ON YOUR BLOG+THIS GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  81. I personally think your dresdens look awesome! I love the wall hanging. Beautiful!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  82. Your dresdens are lovely! You should be proud of yourself. We are always hardest on ourselves and I think you did a wonderful job!

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  83. I Love it. As always you have a very creative mind. I love the embroidery in the center. Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

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  84. Gorgeous Dresdens, and Congrats on making top 3!!!

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  85. Your Dresdens are VERY prize worthy! Beautifully done.

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  86. Great job! I like the embroidery in the centers. And I really like the Dresden flowers. Very pretty!

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  87. I think your Dresdens are fantastic and quite up to all the others before and after. I love your choice of colors and adding the embroidery is quite unique as it certainly does add that element that was needed. Thanks from Judy C in NC who is a devoted follower.

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  88. I happen to like your dresdens and LOVE the embroidery. The wall hanging would very nice in my home ! Thanks for the giveaway. Sharon slozano5 at earthlink dot net.

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  89. Thanks for sharing your dresdens. I am inspired by this hop to get my dresden out and get it done. I also have some of my grandma's dresdens to do something with, just the inspiration I need.

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  90. I love the wall hanging, I love my garden and never thought of representing the flowers like this. Well done.

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  91. I think your pieces are wonderful!!! I loved the added touch of the emb. on the centers!!!!!

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  92. Dresden plate is my favorite.
    New follower here.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

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  93. There have been some amazingly creative dresdens over the last few days but no need to feel intimidated - you're dresdens are lovely. The flowers are so wonderful and even machine embroidered, those centers took lots of time. Thanks.

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  94. You MUST be kidding -- your dresdens are wonderful! You've forgotten what a TRUE beginnner's work is like, lol. (come on over some time!)

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  95. I love the idea of the emb in the middle!!! Oh and the flower dresdens are just Lovely!!!!

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  96. Like your dresden flowers my email is dianeswett 7441@msn.com.

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  97. I love your Dresden quilt with the machine embroidery in the centers! That's an great touch!! Your wall hanging is gorgeous too. The hand embroidery adds that special touch to the quilt. I love it!!

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  98. Uour dresdens are fabulous-The first quilt is my favorite with that lovely embroidery.Thanks you for sharing!

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  99. Your wall hanging is fabulous! I like your idea of embroidery on the center of the dresden...great idea!

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  100. Your dresdans are amazing. I've never dared.

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  101. Oh Carol, You are so silly, not win anything? Hmm, you were on Sew We Quilt's top picks. And you belonged there! It is so beautiful. I love the colors and the centers with their embroidered designs. And your second project, just as fun, so bright and creative. I have got to stop being on the same day as you and that other lady!

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  102. I think your Dresden's hold their own against any so far! Love the machine embroidery and with my "old" eyes I can't get anything to look that good either! Thanks for playing!
    Beth

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  103. Your Dresdens are beautiful! My favourite is the wall hanging.
    :o)
    Rose
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  104. Love your wall hanging. You do beautiful work.

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  105. I love your Dresdens and they should definitely come out of hiding. The fabric is fab and I love your machine embroidered centres. The flower is gorgeous as well.

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  106. Well, surprise! Not only did Mdm Samm love your Dresdens, I do, too! Great job!

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  107. I don't know why you don't love your Dresdens, they look wonderful to me. Love the Spring party saying. Thanks for sharing.

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  108. Gorgeous Carol. They look great to me. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great prize.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  109. Don't compare yourself! Your Dresdens are more than fine!

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  110. Carol, I definitely think you could win a prize--especially your Dresden flower. I think it is just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern. I enjoy following your blog.

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  111. You did a wonderful job. The embroidery just sets it off wonderfully.

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  112. Love your patriotic quilt. Don't know why you think yours wouldn't compare with the others, they are stellar! Good job!

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  113. I love your dresdens. Thank you for sharing them with us and for the generous giveaway!

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  114. Short and sweet - your Dresdens are wonderful!!! Love them :*)

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  115. I love your wallhanging! Don't give up on your embroidery. I prefer hand embroidery. It's so much more personable. I do like your embroidered centers though.

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  116. Thank you for hunting me down and for posting the directions on how to change from a no- reply blogger. I had no idea what that meant, I thought if I was signed into my blog you had my e-mail. Well, learn something new every day!
    Joy to you!

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  117. You are so funny. Your Dresdens are beautiful! I have not even attempted to plan one. :)

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  118. I just love it. I have a passion for country colors and themes.

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  119. I do loveyour redwork Dresdens! I would never have thought to do that! Thanks for sharing.

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  120. Such Creativity - Love your work ;)
    I am a follower !!

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  121. You win my prize for Inspiration. I've pinned your dresden. Thanks

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  122. Your dresdens with the embroidery are stunning! I think you did an awesome job creating this quilt, with beautiful fabrics, and wonderful stitching. Good fr you...I love how you jump in to these projects and never look back. Well done!

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  123. blessings to you in Jesus name. congrats on a successful blog and on beautiful stitchery! May the love of God fill your heart and mind this very fine day. sign me, a man who appreciates quilts and the women who make them.

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  124. Oh my goodness, you are too funny! Your dresdens are beautiful and ones you should be very proud of! We tend to be our own worst critics! You are very talented - keep up the creativity! Thanks for sharing.

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  125. I love your very tradition dresden blocks! This quilt just may become a family heirloom.

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  126. The Dresden's with the embroidery in the center is so creative. That was a great idea. But I especially like the flowers. I just love those fabrics. I am a follower and thank you for the great giveaway.

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  127. You've convinced me that I need to learn to use my machine's embroidery feature. Love your Dresdens (and the quote on the flower stem). Thanks for inspiring.

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  128. I love your flowers; they are so chipper and bright! And your "beginner" dresdens are nothing to be ashamed of either. swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  129. I love your flowers...they are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  130. I love your flowers...they are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  131. Your flowers are wonderful. I think that embordery would not be seen as much because the back ground is so busy. Could be wrong. Thanks for sharing.

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  132. Very cute quilts, I especially like the flowers. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  133. super cute! gdukeak at gmail dot come

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  134. I think your Dresdens look fabulous and I like the embroidered centers.

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  135. I think BOTH your Dresden projects are Awesome!!! The Embroidered Centers are amazing!!! I KNOW you could win Top Prize! :)


    I already follow your Blog...thru GFC

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  136. These are gorgeous! I think we are most critical of ourselves! I think you did a wonderful job! I'm loving the added embroidery!

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  137. Dear Carol,
    your traditional dresden ist so beautiful, so glad you share it with us. I love the idea making flowers wite the dresdens.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  138. I love seeing ideas that combine machine embroidery and anything. Thanks for sharing.

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  139. I loved the flowers. So clever. Thanks for sharing.

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  140. Love your flowers with the partial Dresdens - very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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  141. I like the vintage looking first quilt so very much. Thanks for sharing.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  142. I love your Dresdens. They do belong with the others. Thanks for the giveaway. Hugs

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  143. Beautiful theme, beautiful stitching, beautiful fabrics, just beautiful all around!

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  144. Your quilt is awesome and I don't see anything wrong with using machine embroidery. It is a wonderful thing to use and yes, very hard to get those perfect designs by hand although many can. I happen to be one that just can't so I LOVE my embroidery machine.

    The 2nd project is just awesome. I love that one very much. Beautiful work.
    Thank you for showing us.

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  145. Very Nice! I like the way some of the wedges seem to disappear which gives it a sense of motion. Great project; thanks for sharing!

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  146. You have really become an over achiever. Not one block but a whole quilt and a wall hanging. Wow. They are both very beautiful. Quit selling yourself short. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  147. I really love your Dresden plate quilts...the first one is beautiful and it looks like a vintage quilt and very American.....with what's going on today it made me feel good....and I love your cute wall hanging....very well done.....

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  148. Your Dresden blocks are wonderful. I love how you did the embroidery in the center. Well done!

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  149. Your purple and red flowers look great.

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  150. I love your Dresden plate quilt. It is what I envision when I think of Dresdens. Yep, I was surprised at the amazing creativity of people and all the unique projects. Your wall hanging makes me smile. Two beautiful Dresdens.

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  151. I really enjoyed your entry! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  152. Well I think your Dresdens are great, and if that is what a beginner can do, then there's hope for me! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  153. Carol....both your Dresden projects are gorgeous. Love the vintage look of the patriotic quilt and the redwork embroidery...sEw clever of you. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing in the hop. Awesome job!!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  154. Beautiful Dresdens! I love the embroidery centers. The flower dresdens are fantastic, love the colors! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  155. Your quilts are delightful...I like the embroidery. Nice work!

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  156. Your Dresdens are very inspiring. Machine and Hand stitching each have a place. I'm in awe of Beginner Dresdens, now. I bought a book and a ruler a couple of years ago and haven't tried it yet and now I know I have to at least get it on my "bucket list." And one never knows when that list is ending. So, I guess I'd better get busy since I have over 100 kits in the closet and I don't even have fabric (or a kit) chosen for it. Thank you for participating and inspiring me and I'm sure lots of others.

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  157. Stop being so hard on yourself. Your "pitiful Dresdens" are beautiful! Thank you for sharing both projects with us.

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  158. Love your dresdens! Makes me want to whip a few up!

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  159. Beautiful project! I so scare to make Dresden.

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  160. I was feeling the same way after seeing day 1! Currently working on mine for Thursday. Yours look lovely; I especially like the flowers (and the quote!).

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  161. I love your wall hanging it is lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

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  162. Love your flower dresdens and enbroidery centers on dresdens is inspired! Thanks for sharing.

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  163. what? You think your dresdens aren't as good as all the others? that flower hanging is just fab!!

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  164. Beautiful! Love the stitching in the centers!!!

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  165. I love your blog. I always get a chuckle when I read it. Thanks and your dresdens are wonderful.

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  166. I absolutely love your Dresdens! What a great idea to stitch in the centers.

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  167. I love everything about your Dresdens. They are both fab! :)

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  168. Your project is wonderful - why are we our own worst critics? Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

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  169. I agree with others that your Dresdens are wonderful. You must have been joking. I have never sewn dresdens because they WOULD be sorry little dresdens. If you think yours aren't good then I will never attempt them because yours are great and the colors just my style.

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  170. Hi Carol,
    This is my first time on your blog, I like the wallhanging with the bold color flowers. Thanks for the giveaway

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  171. I love the background colors of your dresden. So warm looking. Cute dresden flower.

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  172. I love you Dresden Quilt with the redwork! It is stunning. Thank you! I love these blog hops, I have 2 on my blog stop by!

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  173. What a neat idea, I love the embroidery in the center. I'll have to make a note on that one. Thanks for the chance.

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  174. OH,MY! Look at all the wonderful dresdens you made! Once again, not only do you make it look effortless, you always make it beautiful. Love the addition of embroidery (looks lovely - don't be so hard on yourself! ;o)

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