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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dare To Dresden - A Non-Traditional Take on a Traditonal lBlock!

I have done much more applique than I have piecing, so I had not made a Dresden Plate block before. (I came close by making a Grandmother's Fan about 10 years ago.) I pulled out book after book to find out if there was a standard block or if wedges sewn together to form a circle and with a circle in the center was the only criteria.
My book from the 1940's simply read, "Draw a large circle and a smaller one in the center. Divide into 20 equal points. The design is made from mixed calicos and ginghams. Sew pieces together and applique to block." Then other books had only 8 wedges or some other number. 
I had one ruler designed for making a circle quilt. I used it to cut my wedges.The first "plate" I made was so tedious, I decided to try again a little smaller.
                                                  Easier, but still not small.
So, I followed the directions and cut a circle and divided it into equal parts.

I was in love with the colors because they made me happy, and because the background I decided to use was in different gray prints, I decided to call it"Happy Thoughts on a Cloudy Day". I even quilted in a few Dresden plate designs on some of the appliqued circles - like thoughts bubbling to the surface! All of the fabrics I used were from my stash, so that was nice!
So....what are your happy thoughts today? Mine is that today is my birthday! (My mama still bakes me a cake! My giveaway is the family recipe and the story behind it. You can find it on the Recipe tab at the top or you can just go here. Everyone is a winner today!)
Be sure you visit the other blogs on the hop today! Here is the schedule:
January 24th2013




159 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I love your Dresden Quilt and the story to go with it. Thanks for sharing and enjoy that cake.

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  2. First and most important...HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! Today is my baby sisters birthday too. Second is the WoW on your "Happy Thoughts on a Cloudy Day" quilt. It is stunning and amazing! May you enjoy your entire year and celebrate how special you are...

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  3. HaPPy BirTHDaY to YOU!!!! And WOW on the wonderful "HaPPy" quilt! I love the colours... :)

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  4. Happy Birthday! Just love the quilt and such a wonderful mix of design and color - WOW! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Linda!

    Your Dresden quilt is so lively and lovely. Great design and colors. Beautiful quilting!

    Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  6. Happy Birthday! Your Dresden quilt is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Happy Birthday!

    OMG, your quilt is absolutely stunning! Love the colors, the design, the quilting, and the name is perfect.

    Enjoy your day and the cake ... it looks delicious.

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  8. Happy Birthday! I adore your quilt - I love the way you have played around with lots of different circles and plates and I like all of the colours you have used - very bright and vibrant indeed! Have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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  9. Love it! Happy Birthday to you and I hope the cake is (was) wonderful.

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  10. Happy birthday! This quilt certainly makes me think of celebrating!

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  11. Happy Birthday, hope you have a lovely day. Your quilt is a lot of fun, so bright and happy.

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  12. Happy birthday!!! I love your quilt! So incredibly creative, fun and festive! It is so cheerful, it makes me smile!

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  13. Happy Birthday! I love your quilt and think that the name you have given it, fits it perfect! Thank you so much for being part of the hop.

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  14. Happy birthday, I am so glad cake is involved as a girl can ever have too much cake. I love the colours of your dresdens, just happy and gorgeous.

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  15. Happy Birthday Linda! I hope you have a great day and enjoy your cake!
    Thank you for sharing your project - I loved seeing all your different blocks!

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  16. Happy birthday! Your quilt is stunning - one of those rare quilts that carries a mood, and I suspect you had alot of fun with the composition!

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  17. Okay! It`s gorgeous. I am especially fond of beautiful bright colors!

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  18. Wonderful wonderful job. Love that you were thinking out side the box on this. And Happy Birthday to you also.

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  19. happy name sake day..isn't that perfect timing .....the day you show a perfect gift of dresden....and it is absolutely
    breathtaking...

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  20. Linda. That is an AMAZING quilt with so much personality. You did a fabulous job. I absolutely can't believe you never made a Dresden Plate quilt before. And I had to laugh with all the old instructions telling you to draw a circle with dividing lines (ok, that's how it's made, anyway!). Happy, happy birthday to you. What a way to celebrate with so many well wishers!

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  21. I love how you've used the two fabrics in each blade, and that central Dresden is amazing.
    Happy Birthday.

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

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  23. Amazing quilt. Such beautiful colours and love how you've done each Dresden blade in two colours.

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  24. That is so pretty. I would of never thought to use such bright colours but it works. Great job.

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  25. This is so creative! I love the way it just pops! And your title is perfect...the gray really showcases the bright fabrics. Love, love, love it! Have a blessed birthday!

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  26. This is a great design! Love the bright colors!

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  27. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! What a Wonderful Quilt! I love the Non-traditional twist to a very traditional Block! Thank you so much for participating in the Hop... Hugs for a hOppy Birthday *giggle*.

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  28. Oh man, that is SEW AWESOME! I love it, and it gives me so many ideas! I just never think to do something like add fun on top of a base of blocks... your quilt is a party!!

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  29. Linda, your quilt is exploding with JOY! What a treasure!!!

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  30. Happy Birthday - your quilt is just so vibrant and wonderful! I would use it all the time just to make me smile!

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  31. Happy Birthday! Great quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Happy birthday! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  33. Happy Birthday Linda! Your quilt is so darn cute!! I just love it. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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  34. Happy Birthday Londa. The quilt is great..not sure what you were worried about. Enjoy your day!

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  35. Happy Birthday Linda! I love the bright colors and the way you scattered your dresdens and circles across this quilt - and what a perfect name! blessings, marlene

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  36. You made a fabulously gorgeous quilt - it has pizazz!!
    Happy Birthday!

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  37. Happy Day.Your quilt is absoultely beautiful!!.

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  38. Gorgeous quilt - love the vibrant colors!

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  39. Stunning is all I can say. Linda; you did a fantastic job!

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  40. Happy Birthday, Linda! Love the quilt and the process you went through on it. The quilted Dresden is a great touch!

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  41. Well, now, the happiest of birthdays to you!! Your quilt is exquisite, but I expected no less. I, too, love the process and how you made all of your practice plates into the quilt. You are a genius.

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  42. Happy Birthday and your quilt is wonderful. Don't you love those old quilting books? They always have such easy instructions to follow. ;)

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  43. Parabéns!!!É simplesmente DIVINO o seu trabalho.Que você tenha umdia de comemorações e muitos abraços.
    BEIJOGRANDE

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  44. Oh, this is so inspiring and colorful - I love it. A wonderful quilt. Have a wonderful birthday get together this afternoon. Judy C

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  45. Oh.my.GOODNESS this quilt is spectacular!!! I think this may very well be my most favorite DP quilt EVER---Oh I would LOVE this quilt!!! :D Happy happy birthday---snuggle with your happy happy DP quilt today. :)

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  46. Happy Birthday, your quilt is gorgeous!

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  47. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful design with us.
    vlhill3459(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  48. Happy Birthday to you ♫ Thanks for the recipe and for sharing your pretty dresden. I love them both.

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  49. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing the cake recipe. Your quilt is amazing. I love the idea of the Dresdens bubbling through.

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  50. WOW! This is my favorite! The colors, the design- everything!

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  51. Linda, this quilt is outstanding! It's so cheery and colourful :)
    Happiest of birthdays :)

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  52. Happy Birthday to YOU ! Your quilt is just the funnest quilt I've ever seen. Happy in the name of it was definitely the right word to use.

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  53. Your quilt is so pretty and so colorful. It does make you happy to look at it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And thanks for sharing.

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  54. Happy Birthday Linda!!! Thanks for showing the wonderful quilt. It would CERTAINLY brighten any rainy day!!!

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  55. Happy Birthday Linda! I LOVE the quilt -- it is so cheery!

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  56. Linda your Dresden quilt is wonderful! Love the bright colors too. And Happy Birthday!!!

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  57. Happy Birthday Linda!! mine is tomorrow ....so my happy thoughts are in line with yours!! Your Dresdens are fabulous!!! I'm making some too...however, not quite as cheerfully colored as yours. :)
    Have a wonderful day!!
    ~karen

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  58. Happy Birthday! I love the quilt, it is the happiest quilt I've seen in a long time!

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  59. Happy Birthday! The bright colors against the gray are stunning! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  60. First off a very Happy Birthday! When you blow out the candles, may your wish be for more quilts like this one!

    I love "traditional with a twist" so really love how this quilt worked up. And hmmm, split Dresdens, me thinks I've been offered a new "Dresden Dare". Got to try that!

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  61. Happy happy birthday!! You have a fabulous new quilt to celebrate with. What a fun quilt it is too!

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  62. This is wonderful! Great job on all that appliqué .

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  63. Your quilt is stunning. I love those colors. I wish you would do a pattern...at least for placement of all those Dresdens. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the link to that cake recipe!

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  64. Happy birthday! Your quilt makes me happy. I just love the combination of the applique circles with the plates.

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  65. Rosemary B here:
    I will join in the chorus to wish you Happy Birthday and many many more.
    Best wishes for a fun filled year!
    I love you project, I love the colors and the fabrics.
    This is really creative and cute.
    Thank you so much for sharing and the cake recipe too

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  66. Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Happy Birthday Linda! Your quilt is well named and very pretty! A quilt book from the 1940s must be interesting to read. I must look for an old quilt book around here. Thanks for the recipe. Your grandmama looks amazing! My happy thought today is that I won a lovely bag from your sister Darla.

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  68. your quilt is a celebration! happy b-day!

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  69. I love your quilt!! It's beautiful!! Happy birthday!!!!

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  70. Your quilt is just beautiful. I love the fabric, so colorful. Happy Birthday and I hope you get everything you wished for. Now I am going to go get your recipe for your birthday cake. Thank you.

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  71. Happy Birthday, your quilt is beautiful, I love the colors.

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  72. Beautiful quilt - very happy & "bubbly"! And Happy Birthday to you!

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  73. I love your quilt. I love how colorful it is, especially with the yellow. I also love your adventurous and daring non-traditional design. It's a winner in my book.
    If you like Dresdens, you might want to try one of the rulers out there. It makes them faster and easier. I won a ruler in a giveaway a few months back and find it very helpful.

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  74. What a wonderful original design! Love it!

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  75. Happy Birthday! Your quilt is remarkable! Love everything about it from the colors to the placement. Reminds me of the galaxy with all the stars and planets revolving around.

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  76. Happy Birthday. I like your modern take on a traditional block.

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  77. So colourful and fantistic design......thanks for sharing

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  78. Happy birthday Linda. This is one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen. The joyful colors and the wonderful placement of your design is amazing! I have yet to try making even one Dresden block but after seeing what you've done here I'm tempted. Thanks for sharing.

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  79. Happy Birthday Linda. Your quilt is really very creative, I loved all the bright colors and all your different takes on the dresden block and I made my first dresden without a ruler and I loved it to but it did take more time.

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  80. ^%##@%$$&*&^)*&(^)*(*(&_)(*(*!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS#$%^&^##%*^&**(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, XOXO SHIRLEY

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  81. Happy birthday Linda, I love love your quilt with all the different bright color and different petals on the Dresden. You are a very creative lady and thanks for sharing your playing with the shapes

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  82. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful quilt with all the different dresdens!

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  83. Oh what a gorgeous quilt you've made. Beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful birthday. My twin boys and myself share your birthday month as well. Theirs on the 15th and mine was on the 10th. Thank you for the cake recipe. That looks quite yummy. You can never go wrong with a homemade cake and especially one that uses any kind of chocolate. Yum!

    Happy Birthday!

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  84. Oh my gosh! That is gorgeous!!!! Happy certainly describes your quilt!

    Happy Birthday!
    Ursula

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  85. Happy Birthday, Linda! Nothing like a homemade cake made by your mom to make the day extra special. Enjoy and celebrate!

    Your dresdens are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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  86. I love that everyone is thinking outside the box for this Challenge!

    My happy thoughts? Fabric of course!

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  87. Happy Birthday to you dear Linda and congratulations to this wonderful quilt,
    absolutely gorgeous! I love colors and your quilt make me happy, thanks for sharing!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  88. What a beautiful quilt to make for your birthday blog post! I hope you intend to keep it and enjoy it yourself as a birthday gift. :-) Happy Birthday to you. It's an inspiring quilt too.

    I made a cuddle quilt this month for my mom to take with her to the hospital as she had surgery and to cheer up her recovery. It is in yellows, lime and oranges - very happy colors for January in the northern hemisphere. :-)

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  89. Very beautiful! Happy Birthday and thank you for the recipe! Have a great rest of the day.

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  90. Happy birthday Linda. Your quilt is lovely. Very different!

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  91. Beautiful! I love how the centers pop out like that - gives the quilt a lot of dimension!

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  92. Happy Birthday. I love your quilt so unique and beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Elizabeth, Silverdale, Wa

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  93. Well, First Happy Birthday, hope is was special. Talk about special, your quilt. I love the colors,reminds me of the 70's! Very bright and fun. great job!

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  94. Happy Birthday to you ! I think your work is simple gorgeous , wow , you are bubbling with creativity . Wonderful !!

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  95. First...Happy Birthday!!! Second...this quilt is just totally awesome! Oh my gosh! I love it! It's wonderful to share this day and your birthday with you.
    Hugs!

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  96. Happy Birthday - and the quilt just makes me smile. So very happy looking.

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  97. Gorgeous! Just love every aspect of it. Such vibrancy and fun! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  98. Happy Birthday! What a fun quilt!

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  99. LOVE your quilt! It's bright and cheerful.

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  100. Happy Happy Happy Birthday linda (3 happy's are a reference to Duck Dynasty in case you watch this very funny show) The Dad, Phil, always says Happy Happy Happy for things he really likes.!! And I REALLY like your quilt...geez, how I am ever going to show my puny designs tomorrow after the stunning designs of today (yours being one of the TOP choices) WOW
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  101. I love this quilt--so creative. Happy birthday to you! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  102. Happy"B" Day! Love,your Dresden quilt :)

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  103. Happy Birthday Linda. Your quilt is awe..some, and named perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creativity with us today...enjoy the rest of your day! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  104. Happy Birthday Barb and what a beautiful and unique quilt!! I just love it!

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  105. Happy Birthday and congratulations on your quilt. It is so whimsical and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I read your grandma's recipe - and gained 5 or 10 pounds just reading it. Enjoy!

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  106. Happy Birthday! Your quilt is wonderful! I love how colorful it is. Thanks for sharing!

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  107. WOW! What a totally awesome quilt! Having your wedges in two different fabrics was a totally neat idea. Actually, I love EVERYTHING about your quilt. Thank you for sharing! Now I'm off to check out the cake recipe; thanks for that. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Barb!!!

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  108. Just the perfect thing for a cold winter's day! Happy Bday!

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  109. What a fun and colorful quilt. Love it! Happy Birthday.

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  110. That is just so striking and beautiful...love it! Everything is perfect from the colors to the stitching. Happy Birthday to you and as for that cake, I put on 10 pounds just looking at it. YUMMY!

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  111. OH MY GOODNESS...Absolutely STUNNING and beautiful!!! I love it! So many colors, all ready for Spring!!! LOVE IT!

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  112. Happy Birthday! Your Grandmama's cake looks yummy!

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  113. Oops! I forgot to thank you for the recipe. Thank You! And your family for preserving it!

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  114. Happy Birthday, Thanks for sharing the Chocolate Cake recipe. Love your quilt.

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  115. Happy Birthday and thanks for the recipe. Great job on the quilt...every aspect of it, especially the applique and quilting. I just love it!

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  116. Beautiful quilt. Hope you have a happy birthday.

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  117. Wow, Happy Birthday, Linda! What a terrific quilt - and look at all the techniques you learned!! Great colors, fun design. Not your grandmother's dresden quilt!

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  118. Love the quilt, very creative
    Thanks for sharing

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  119. Linda, your quilt is FABULOUS!!!! I love the colors, shapes and sizes of your dresdens!! Is super considering you've never done one before!! Got here just in time I can still wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It's 11:46....... 14 min till my birthday, lol!! Hope you had a great one!!

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  120. Linda- I love the directions from the 40's that you quoted! As I retired teacher, I was amused at how much the author/writer/designer assumed that the readers of the directions would know! Those directions would make a wonderful problem for a testing situation for students of today to see if they were presented with a picture and the information, if they could come up with the design. Quilting has so much math! I love the colors you used-so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing.

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  121. gorgeous dresden! thanx for sharing this beautiful piece of work!

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  122. Happy belated birthday! That certainly is a happy quilt - love it!

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  123. Wonderful quilt! Makes me happy just looking at it!
    Thanks for the chocolate cake recipe.....I think it may be dessert for this weekend.

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  124. Beautiful! I love your color selections and even better all that was from your stash! Happy Birthday!!

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  125. OH WOW !!!!! absolutely fantastic!!!

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  126. Happy Birthday Linda! Your ABSOLUTELY STUNNING new quilt looks like a party!
    I can't tell you how much I love this quilt!

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  127. Happy Birthday! Outstanding quilt and use of dresden. Thanks for sharing it and your birthday cake!

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  128. Wow Linda, you've had so many comments that by the time I scrolled down to the bottom to add mine it's no longer your birthday, but I hope you had a great day anyway ;) I love, love, love what you've done with the Dresdens on this quilt and your quilting is simply fab. Quite inspirational :)

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  129. Happy Birthday LInda! Your happy colours make for a happy quilt!

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  130. Gorgeous quilt! Happy Birthday! I have a birthday coming up in a week! I think I lost count of the years though :)

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  131. I'm in love with this quilt! So bright and cheery and I love the randomness of the dresdens!

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  132. love your bright colors and innovative design.

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  133. I love love love this quilt!! I love the colors you used and the way you positioned and used the dresdens. So original! Oh, and Happy Birthday!!!

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  134. What a fabulous quilt design.............great colours and abit solar system too!

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  135. What a colorful and beautiful quilt! Belated Happy Birthday! What a lucky lady to still have a mom to bake you a cake!

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  136. happy birthday! I love the way you've used different sizes of Dresdens, it gives it such a modern look

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  137. Hi!!! Your quilt is awesome!!! Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  138. Hi Linda, a belated Happy Birthday. I've been so busy at work that I'm just catching up with this hop. Your quilt is beautiful, it is so bright and happy. I love the colour choices you made.

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  139. Beautiful. Love all the mixtures of different size plates.

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  140. This is such a happy quilt! I love everything that you mixed together--colors, placement, different dresden designs. Beautiful! And happy belated birthday!

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  141. Wow - what a a gorgeous, happy quilt. I LOVE the non-traditional take on a traditional block. I hope to make quilts like this when I get more proficient. Thanks for sharing. And a happy belated birthday to you, Linda.

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  142. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!! I hope you got to snuggle with the most awesome quilt I've ever seen in my life, today!! It's so magical! It almost looks like you threw pieces down like confetti, and that's where they landed. So neat. You are so talented and creative, for real. I love your works so much.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!
    karrie

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  143. What a beautiful, modern Dresden! The colors just pop and your work is perfect. Congratulations on a job well done! My favorite Dresden!!
    Hugs from Mary

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