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Monday, January 28, 2013

Oh Yes, I Dared !!!


Ta-Da!!!  
My very first Dresden Star Block!!!

I feel like a new mama!  
Do you all like my new baby?  LOL!!!

Although I've always loved the look of Dresden quilts (and even drooled over a few!), I had never Dresden'd before - what fun!  As soon as I saw that Mdm Samm was introducing the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop, I signed right up!

When I started pulling fabrics for inspiration for my Dresden, I found a large group of scraps left from my Oriental Peacock quilt that I made last January...... this is a really terrible picture taken before I got a decent camera.   If the sun ever shines in Nashville again, I'll try to take a better one and update it. :*D
(And it's still not quilted - shame on me!!)


Then I chose Edyta Sitar's Dresden Star pattern and templates for my block.


It went together very easily and the templates were a real bonus to have!  I bought these when Edyta came to our Guild last year, and I am very glad I did!  The little "star" points in the center of each blade really helped separate these colors I think.  You can see it in the construction process here.....


I hand stitched one of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa on the center circle, using a design I liked by nanaCompany for the lettering.  She has a free pattern HERE for an expanded stitchery which is really lovely.  Then I hand stitched down the completed Dresden Star to its background.


But I didn't just make a Dresden block, I made a new Stitchery Keeper for me!  This is where the sneak peek at the peacock I gave you earlier HERE comes into play.  I used it for the outside quilted cover of the Keeper.  Yes, indeed, this Dresden Star has some very elegant company....  I'm thinking of naming her Dresdemona - what do you think? *winking with tongue in cheek*!!!


I quilted this gorgeous peacock from Timeless Treasures with a soft outline stitch around all the motifs....


and then I used this wonderful blue metallic thread on the peacock itself.....


....  which gave it a nice sparkle!




The Dresden Star then takes center stage on the inside cover flap....


The flap is there to protect my stitchery underneath from dirt and from fold creases.  


When I lift up the cover flap, you can see the base which has all kinds of neat little places to keep my stitchery tools! ......



When I am done stitching, I simply place my stitchery back on the base, 


Re-cover it with the gorgeous Dresden flap, and fold it all gently back up - 
the gentle fold keeps the stitchery from getting creases or wrinkles!




Cool, huh?!?  This is my own design, and I will share more about all the sweet little details of the 
Stitchery Keeper very, very soon .........

This sweet little Dresden Star project is also my January New FO for Cat Patches' 2013 NewFO Challenge!  You can click on this button to see what all the fun is about!

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And I'll be linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River for her Tuesday Linky Party!
Click on this button to see all the projects underway this week :*)

And because this is a BIG finish for me, I'll be Whooping it up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

I hope you all enjoyed seeing my Dresden Star as much as I enjoyed showing it to you! =^..^= 

Many, many thanks go to Mdm Samm at Sew We Quilt and Christine at Quilt Monster in my Closet for all their hard work in putting this wonderfully fun Blog Hop together!  Please be sure to check out all the other bloggers who share this day with me!


January 29th, 2013



Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
=^..^=

135 comments:

  1. Very beautiful, and very clever, Teresa. But then I would expect nothing less! : )

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  2. Very impressive first Dresden ; )

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  3. That is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and looking forward to the pattern.

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  4. Oh, so pretty - the fabrics just make this one so special. A lot of hand work and thought. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  5. oh how absolutely beautiful. I like the addition of the embroidery in the middle and your stitchery keeper is great. I may have to check out Edyta's templates, they look like a lot of fun to play with.

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  6. Oooh its gorgeous - fabulous colours and lovely detail. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Really good and practical. Since I made my new needlecase I am all up for projects that help keep our work organised! thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love your stitchery keeper. The Dresden is beautiful and the fabrics are fabulous.

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  9. How beautiful and sew elegant. I love it.

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  10. Such gorgeous colors! And that peacock is to die for! Your blenders (used for the blades and binding) - are they Honeystone Hill from Blank Quilting? They work so well with your peacock. I love those fabrics myself and will pull some out today - you inspired me!

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  11. Stunning Dresden!!! Love the colours and fabrics...

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  12. Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

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  13. Wonderful keeper! Love the lush fabrics! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. This is amazing! Your work is exceptional. Thanks for sharing your project and all the sources. I think your idea of a stitchery keeper is fabulous. Way to go!

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  15. Teresa the Dresden is gorgeous in those fabrics. The stitchery keeper is a useful thing to have and oh so beautiful as well. Wonderful job!

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  16. Wow, you have been busy. It's beautiful.

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  17. Beautiful! I have that Dresden Star pattern and templates; up to now it's only been a "someday" project, but now it may have to move up the list. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Too clever!! My friend Nicki would have a fit over this!

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  19. Beautiful! Looking forward to when you share more details!!!!!! :)

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  20. WOW! My jaw is on the floor - this is just spectacular! Can't wait to see more. Thanks.

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  21. Thank you for showing those awesome templates and how they work. What a wonderful design and your work is impeccable! LOVELY!

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  22. So very, very beautiful! And I love the stitchery keeper.

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  23. YOU so inspire me..great dresden...wow...you are such a delight for my morning eyes

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  24. Very lovely pieces..I love the fabrics you chose...

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  25. Beautiful! And I would love to see how you put together your stitchery keeper.

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  26. How beautiful! I love the fabric, all my favourite colours, and your outlining makes it even more special.

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  27. WOW really great fabric and you used very creatively. Love the embroidery. Colors are my colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  28. This is sooo beautiful.I love the Dresden Star and the Peacock-WOW!. It all looks so elegent!All the colors are gorgeous.Great job. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Dresdemona can always come for a "visit" any time she wants- this is gorgeous! WOW is an understatement!

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  30. Love the Dresden Star and as I read about the project I thought of a non-quilting friend who does needle work that I'd love to make that for! And your fabrics, thread work... simply awesome!

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  31. Teresa I am just totally in love with this! The fabrics are wonderful and I love what you did with your dresden - love the whole thing! blessings, marlene

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  32. How beautiful! I love what you've done and I also love the verse in the center! Great job!!!

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  33. Teresa,
    your quilt is stunning. And such a pretty way to use a dresden block. YOur stitchery keeps is gorgeous and such a neat idea.
    thanks for sharing your beautiful things.

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  34. Your stitchery keeper is so wonderful with a beauty to Dresden. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  35. Goodness, you have been one busy woman! The Dresden star is gorgeous. And, I love peacocks. How awesome. I can not wait to see a pattern for the stitchery keeper. Love it!

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  36. Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing...inspiring!

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  37. Well, that is just adorable---great job!

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  38. WOW!!!WOW!! I don't have the words for how beautiful this is!!! Awesome!!! Love everything about it!!! Thank You

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  39. "sew" pretty. I really like what you embroidered in the middle !

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  40. Such beauty! A wonderful start to today's hopping. Your stitchery keeper is fabulous - hoping to be able to see a pattern as I love handwork. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work!

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  41. What a shining example you are - this is definitely over the top beautiful. Sure would look good next to my sofa, Teresa - LoL. Thanks from Judy C for sharing this.

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  42. How clever and again a very unique project! Desdemona is a great name :)

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  43. You are amazing....what a cool idea!
    I love the stitchery and thank you for the link...I'll be making that one for sure!

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  44. Good morning Teresa, sEw glad you took the 'Dare to Dresden' challenge. Great minds think alike....I love Edyta's Dresden star block...yours is stunning. Luv the embroidery in the center. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us today.

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  45. I love your projekt with the Dresden Plate.
    Thanks for sharing

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  46. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the stitchery keeper!!!!!

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  47. The colors are just so beautiful! Your creativity to stitch with the metallic thread really set off your stitchery keeper. I can't wait for you to share the pattern- hint hint. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing

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  48. How so very lovely! I adore that peacock fabric!! Look forward to learning about your stitchery keeper!

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  49. Beautiful Dresden Star!

    I love how you made this from scraps from the peacock quilt. The colors and textures in this fabric are sew gorgeous. My hubby picked this fabric line for me to make curtains for his man cave. I am going to have to show him this one. He loves Dresdens. I think I am going to hear ... "you can make me one of them, right?' I will tell him to buy me the pattern. ;)

    I also love your stitchery keeper. Sew Nice!

    This quote is one of my favorites. The colors you have used for the background and stitching are so vibrant.

    Thanks so much for combining so many on my favorite things into one beautiful project!

    My personal favorite of the day ... :) Pat

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  50. Fabulous idea and the colors are incredible. Love the fabrics!!!

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  51. Wow that is one beautiful piece. I see your from Nashville... my oldest daughter lives in Nashville and is a nurse at Childrens Hospital. Maybe we can meet when I come up to visit her!

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  52. I love those leafy gold fabrics, the blues are gorgeous. I recently found some of the same print in red for a quilt. Your dresden star and peacock are stunning. Is the pattern for the dresden star available? From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  53. Very nice! Your dresden almost looks like a peacock on its own!

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  54. how lovely! The dresden is gorgeous with the triangles in it and your completed needlework companion is lovely.

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  55. So incredibly beautiful! I am really loving the star dresden blocks.

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  56. Very beautiful and the colors are so striking...love it! Nice little stitchery holder, too. :O)

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  57. beautiful stitchery keeper! you are sew inspiring!

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  58. I am sew busy drooling over your peacock quilt and dreseden project. Absolutely beautiful creations.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. Love how you quilted the Peacock. I am sure I am going to have leftovers from the Peacock quilt I am making for my husband. Love the stitchery keeper. Neat idea.

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  60. I love everything - thank you for sharing! Where is this oriental peacock fabric from? I have seen it around blogland and I love it...I think I have to have it!

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  61. Gorgeous! I love peacocks and have seen this material at the store. Never could figure out what to do with it. This is awesome!

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  62. WOW what a wonderful Dresden Star! LOVE it! Those Fabrics are beautiful. Thank you so much for participating. Hugs and Happy Hoppin'.

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  63. Your Dresden is beautiful, and I LOVE those peacock colors!

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  64. Holy smokes, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the richness and beautiful quilting. All that and functional. What a winning combo.

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  67. Absolutely stunning! I've seen the fabric and it is beautiful. What you've done with it is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Your project is just amazingly beautiful. I love that it is also practical.

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  69. what a cute project! I have some of that same fabric... just wondering what to make with it...

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  70. very very pretty dresden and peacock. thanks for shareing them

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  71. Wowie!!! Simply Gorgeous!!! doesn't say enough....you did such an Awesome job!! Love your naming the Peacock too...fun!

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us all! :)

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  72. Love the dresden star pattern, That is so awesome, specially because it is done in one of my favorite fabric lines ever done!!!!

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  73. Oh my! I am sitting here swooning! As I love all things with peacocks! Your stitchery keeper is stunningly fabulous! I am in love! This is my favorite Dresden! I will be looking forward to seeing how you made the stitchery keeper as I would love to make myself one! Thank you for sharing your lovely dresden with us!

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  74. Your projects are all so beautiful. I love the colors, the peacock and your quilting is truly commendable. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  75. Wow! The colors are beautiful and the quilting of the peacock is outstanding. I never saw a stitchery keeper before, but now I want one!

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  76. Oh, I love all of it! I really want to make one for myself now...so pretty...(sigh) vickise at gmail dot com

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  77. What beautiful colors. Your Dresden is amazing. I am looking forward to the tutorial. Your work is amazing - all of it. Thank you very much for participating and sharing with us and inspiring.

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  78. Teresea I can't believe this is your first Dresden.....it is beautiful! I have that pattern with the star points too! Your fabrics and stitching.....priceless!! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  79. Love the emb in the middle of the plate:) Sweet idea!!!
    Thanks!

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  80. Rosemary B here:
    Absolutely beautiful fabric, and this is a great protective carrier for your needlework projects.
    I love your very fancy dresden, Love the darker pieces in the center ring. Just lovely
    Thank you for sharing today

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  81. Stunning! Such gorgeous fabric! That keeper is a great idea. I'll be checking back!

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  82. Such an elegant look...beautiful. Love the project you made.

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  83. Oh I love this!! I will be watching to see what you come up with next. A new follower, here.

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  84. I did love your dresden - the peacock fabric is ooooh, so beautiful! Those black star points really do add so much to the dresden. Your stitchery keeper is grand and I look forward to hearing more about it.

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  85. OMG....you made me swoon! LOVE the peacock & the keeper you made!

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  86. Very cool - I love how the stitching really adds dimension to the fabric - amazing!

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  87. Gorgeous! I love everything about it.. the Dresden Star, the stitchery in the center, the stitching on the peacock and the idea of the stitchery keeper! Fabulous!! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  88. Oh no! Now I need another gadget. I love the dresden star block.

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  89. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! I love dresdens, and the star dimension is so amazing! I said "TA-DA" on my reveal too! Great minds think alike! You are very, very talented! Kudos!

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  90. Fabulous!!! Are you willing to do a tutorial for your cool tool holder??

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  91. Yow-za! Love your quilt and how clever you are designing your stitchery cover, it's gorgeous! My friend bought the peacock panel and some of the matching fabric. Can't wait to share your projects with her. I'm in love with the dresden star, tonight's the first time I've seen this pattern. I must have one, hehe. Thank you for sharing with us, super job!

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  92. Oh gosh, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You do such amazing work. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  93. Stunning Dresden love the fabrics and how you used it. You are so very talented.

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  94. I do like the points within the blades, and the fabric you've used is striking. Glad you made something for yourself!

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  95. Love the Dresden star block - that's a new one to me, I think I shall have to have a go at making that. Great vibrant colours too.

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  96. Teresa, what can I say that hasn't already been said. Your first Dresden is spectacular to put it mindly. The colors are so beautiful and your stitched saying just makes it so more special. I am looking forward to your pattern because I need something like this for my A-Team project (which I keep dragging my feet to get started on). It is a Edyta Sitar applique pattern from one of her books. You have now motivated me to get moving. BTW what is the size when it's fully opened. Our blocks are cut 13 x 18 before trimming.

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  97. WOW!! Teresa, you did a marvelous, marvelous job on this!! I'm so proud of you!!!! Your fabrics, design, stitching ... it's all just beautiful!! Oh! And I have that beautiful blue/teal metalic leafy fabric in pinks and tans! GMBFA! (Great minds by fabric alike!) :)

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  98. Great job! Love those colors. Saw that fabric last year, but, I didn't get any, since I couldn't figure out what to make with it. You certainly figured out several things to make with it.

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  99. Your work is jaw-droppingly beautiful!

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  100. Wow!!Teresa, what a gorgeous dresden and so creative and the colors are beautiful, I could rave on but what can I say but DITTO because everyone else has already said it.

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  101. wow absolutely gorgeous, thanks for sharing.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  102. Oh wow! It's so beautiful! What a great job you did girlfriend. Truly lovely.
    xx

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  103. WOW...your Dresden Star is absolutely stunning on the black background!!!! I love the Mother Teresa quote in the center. And your stitchery keeper ~ it's brilliant. Such a prettier way to keep your stitchery and supplies than my current large zip-top plastic bags! I hope you'll be giving us a tutorial on how to make this very soon:)

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  104. OMG that is gorgeous. Scraps, eh? What a great idea, and you put it together wonderfully.

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  105. I saw this on Pinterest last night. Your colors are just breathtaking! I just have no words!

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  106. I love it all! Beautiful contrasting colors for your dresden star! And I love the stitchery keeper, but my absolute favorite is the quilt top! I love the peacock fabric :)

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  107. Wow, your lovely choices of fabrics make the design stand out quite nicely. What a neat way to organize your stitching gear!

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  108. What a gorgeous project! Looking forward to seeing more details about it.

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  109. great job on the dresden, love the peacock & all the details you put into it
    Helen

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  110. First time to your blog. Your fabric selection is what grabbed my attention. Oh, how gloriously beautiful. I am such a lover of all shades of blue. The finished project is divine.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  111. That peacock fabric is to die for....and your dresden is just fabulous...

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  112. Your dresden is beautiful! So dramatic!

    Susie

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  113. What a gorgeous Dresden! Visiting you from the NewFO link-up.

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  114. Very impressive! The colors are just beautiful and you peacock fabric brings life to your stitchery keeper!

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  115. Wow, this looks so amazing!!!
    Fantastic work.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  116. This is stunning! Awesome job. I love the black star variation. I enjoy following your blog and this project is no exception. Thanks!

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  117. Wow! Gorgeous fabrics turned into something you will cherish for a long time, and so useful. Love the dresden star!

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