Fun at the Dresden Carnival

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It was great fun to work on  Marian Gallian and Yvette Jones’s book, Dresden Carnival. This mother and daughter team have transformed this simple petal shape into gorgeous flowers, a fun bug, and sweets like cotton candy and lemonade. As they note, they are passionate about appliqué, and it shows in the designs they created for the book. Still, it’s not all appliqué, and that’s what makes it so intriguing. There’s a bit of sewing, then some appliqué, then a bit more sewing to put it all together!

I think Centipede would be a fun toddler quilt.

Summer Romance is another quilt that intrigues me, with the mix of piecing and appliqué.

And then there is their stunning Lemonade and Lace quilt, gorgeous in its simplicity. Really, it is just 36 blocks that are partially pieced, and then appliquéd, and then pieced together. The real fun is in the reverse appliqué of the holes in the petals, and then cutting holes in the borders! Marian and Yvette have devised a detailed method for perfect circles, and there are clear how-to photos, so really, this is a simple project. It might not be quick, but it is simple. You can do it!

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