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I have a pile of these beautifully worked Dreden Plates that will finish at 16".  They were appliqued to muslin feed sacks.  Some of the muslin still has faint printing on them.  It is quite sturdy (if I can use that as a descriptor) muslin.  The blocks are a little musty and smudged from storage and time.  Before I trimmed them, some had the old seam holes from where they were stitched into sacks in their previous life.  I bought them on ebay at a shamefully low price, so I don't know anything about the quiltmaker, other than she did good work.  They are wonderfully flat.  My thought was to border each one with a 1" (finished) 30's repro print, which would make them 18" finished blocks.  Then set them with muslin sashing to give me the size I'll need for a Queen quilt.  I have over 20 blocks (can't remember the exact number at the moment.)  They would be beautiful set together without sashing as well, but then I would need to get creative with borders, which is doable.  Again, I'm open to suggestions and ideas.  I tend to think in simple term.  I was thinking scrappy repros for the 1" borders, but I could always stick with a main color or two for the block borders and sashing.  

Also, for those with experience working with vintage, have you had any issues mixing newer fabrics with old?  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 26, 2018 at 12:04pm

Looks great, Trudy! I like these set together with that apple green.  Thanks for posting a picture. 

I  don't know why I didn't think to sash with a solid fabric.  For some reason I had my mind set on the prints, but decided they would be too busy and detract from the plates.  So I decided to set mine together without sashing.  I do like them that way, but I hope to do something fun with the borders.  I may go with yellow for my first border to tie in with the plate centers, but I haven't decided for sure yet.  Still playing.  

Comment by Trudy/WI on February 26, 2018 at 11:27am

I got a completed top of Dresden plates at our quilt guild.  All vintage scraps. The person who made it just used the typical apple green of that era for sashings, and muslin for cornerstones. I quilted it with some more vintage-style quilting, but then added some more modern quilting designs around the Dresdens and in the sashings.

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 18, 2018 at 11:59am

I have no advice but am looking forward to seeing what you decide to do. If all of them are as nice as this one, you should have a great quilt when you finish.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 14, 2018 at 6:38pm

Often, when I'm trying to decide how to finish a vintage quilt, I look for several vintage photos of the same pattern to get ideas, then decide from there. There's so much variation, even in older quilts, so it's truly a matter of personal preference. No one right way -- thank heavens! Can't wait to hear what you decide.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 14, 2018 at 8:02am

Muriel, let me know how you decide to set them together.  I'm still debating.

Comment by Muriel on February 14, 2018 at 7:57am

I too have about 20 Dresden Plate blocks that I really would like to finish.  They are all in pastels.  This inspires me to get them done.

Comment by Janet/MO on February 14, 2018 at 7:47am

They are lovely. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 14, 2018 at 5:46am

handstitcher, Wonderful quilt top!  Now I'm wondering if I should set them together without sashing.  Hmmmm.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 14, 2018 at 5:00am

I, too, have mixed repro 1930s fabrics with vintage ones with no problems. It helps to pick prints that have beige/cream over white in them since the whites may be brighter than the whites in vintage fabrics, if you know what I mean. Those are beautiful blocks you purchased! I recently picked up a Dresden plate top from a local antique shop for very little. It's in great condition and well stitched. Too bad it was never finished by the maker, but I hope to quilt it one of these days.

Comment by Irene Gallway on February 14, 2018 at 4:22am

Very pretty. Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

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