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This wall hanging was made from 9 Dresden plate blocks from the 1940s. I bought them from a friend with an antique store. Each block was made of 4 smaller fan blocks, so I took the big blocks apart and rearranged the fans into the baby bunting pattern. The fans were appliquéd on muslin and looked a little drab, so I appliquéd the blue quarter circles on each fan to perk them up a bit. It’s machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted and measures about 31” square. 

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Comment by Barbara Graham on February 4, 2019 at 12:52pm

I agree that the blue makes the whole thing go together. Congratulations!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 2, 2019 at 5:31am

Thanks everyone! I saw a lovely fan quilt on Pinterest with blue on the bottom part and thought it looked really nice. I did audition other solids, but the blue was my favorite. I had planned on also using blue for the binding, but when the time came, it looked like overkill, so I stayed with muslin. Can’t wait to show it to my friend at the antique store! Plus, it’s February, so all linens there are 20% off. Wooh hoo!

Comment by Pam/NY on February 2, 2019 at 4:54am

Gorgeous! The blue draws out the other colors! Great job...

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 1, 2019 at 7:30pm

I love this idea! You did a great save of the plates. I would definitely give this a try some day. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Barb/WI on February 1, 2019 at 7:04am

Love this!  The blue was a great choice.  And, for as gorgeous as this is in the vintage prints, I do think some of the modern stuff would also work with this layout.  It's so timeless.  Wow!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 1, 2019 at 5:56am

You added just the right touch.  I love the vintage prints, too.  I've always liked the fan-like look of the half- and 1/4 Dresdens.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 1, 2019 at 4:58am

Thanks, Janet, Cat Lady, and Carol. I had a lot of fun with this. I just love the vintage prints!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on January 31, 2019 at 2:42pm

That's so darn cute!  Good job!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 31, 2019 at 2:33pm

Beautiful. What a great recovery.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 31, 2019 at 1:53pm

It is beautiful.  Love your idea about using the blue fabric.

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