Saturday, October 22, 2016

First Blush Dresden Pillow

Windham Fabrics First Blush Dresden Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED & ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. THANK YOU!***

I'm so happy to be on the First Blush tour today! Ever since I made that sweet pincushion last month, I've been wanting to try another Dresden. Since I knew this tour stop was coming up on my calendar, it seemed like a great chance to make a larger version of the iconic block, this time as a colorful pillow cover.

Windham Fabrics First Blush Dresden Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I have to say, I love making Dresden blocks. There is something so relaxing about it for me. No worries about matching perfect seams, no intricate construction...just sewing up those petals and stitching them down to the background fabric. It's been fun to try something new, and I really should be doing that sort of thing more often.


I backed the pillow in a mix of gingham and floral prints, both of which I love. The entire collection has a distinctly vintage vibe, like something you would find on an old picnic quilt tucked away in the attic. The colors are bright and happy, just perfect for spring and summer projects.


It feels like Christmas is coming early on my blog, because I get to give away 2 First Blush Block of the Month books and 2 Posy Quilt patterns, both from my sweet friends at Fat Quarter Shop. Just leave a comment on this post to get in on the fun, and I'll randomly pick 4 winners on Tuesday. You can also follow along with the rest of the tour stops below:

Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D

Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion

Wednesday, October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop

Thursday, October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Friday, October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet

Saturday, October 15- Aurifil- Hillary Jordan

Sunday, October 16- Tina Egner

Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk

Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris

Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox

Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel

Friday, October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage

Saturday, October 22 – Heidi Staples

Sunday, October 23 – Leanne Elliott

Monday, October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio

Tuesday, October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring

Wednesday, October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton

Thursday, October 27 – Lisa Ruble

Windham Fabrics First Blush Dresden Pillow by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Happy sewing, friends!

171 comments:

  1. A lovely pillow, the Dresden Plate pattern really shows off the beautiful colors and designs of the First Blush line! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Very sweet pillow and such a pretty line of fabric!!

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  3. The dresden block really showcases the fabrics on your pillow!

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  4. Your pillow is beautiful, I love this new fabric range, thank you for sharing

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  5. This is such a pretty line of fabric and perfect for a dresden.

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  6. I love dresdens, and I love the fabrics. A perfect Pillow!

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  7. A dresden block was my first ever venture into sewing, and I still love making them. Thanks for a great giveaway. x

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  8. I love the Dresden made up with these fabrics! I have been wanting to make another one and in a pillow is perfect.

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  9. I love this fabric line. Reminds me of repro that is bright and clean.

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  10. Great job on the pillow. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a sewing day🎃

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  11. Beautiful pillow - love the dresdan plate pattern.

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  12. These pretty fabrics are perfect for Dresden blocks..great pillow!!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I love Dresden Plates and the colors in this fabric line are perfect for the pattern.

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  14. Love the pillow!! and the pretty fabric! krisfmm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I love the Pillow and the fabrics!

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  16. This new collection is very retro...love the colors. And the gingham. The book and patterns would be wonderful. Grinnie1961 @ gmail.com

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  17. Your pillow is beautiful! I love all the projects on this hop!

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  18. If someone had shown me a photo of your beautiful cushion and asked me who made it I would have immediately guessed that it was you! This is another lovely project that sums you up - bright and beautiful!

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  19. I have wanted to make a Dresden block. It would make a pretty bed runner. Your pillow is so pretty with the fabric.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  20. This fabric says spring all over. So bright and cherry! Your pillow is lovely.

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  21. Love to make Dresden blocks. I just finished a red and white Dresden quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Such a pretty pillow and I love First Blush. Nice colors and a great give away. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win. The colors in First Blush are perfect for spring and your pillow is so cute.

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  24. Lovely pilllow. I like vintage prints and Dresden plates. Nice job!

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  25. Love the First Blush collection-yummy colors! would love to win!

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  26. Super cute pillow and fabric. Would love to win the fabric.

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  27. I have never made a Dresden block, but now I cannot wait to try one. I really like your pillow.

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  28. This dresden Pillow looks absolutely stunning with this beautiful fabric. Love this!

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  29. I am completely in LOVE with this First Blush. I have a one year old granddaughter and she is just the absolute most cheerful and sweetest little thing, this fabric neeeds to be formed into something magnificent for that sweetpea. I love seeing everyones work and ideas. Just beautiful. I love Dresden ANYTHING!

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  30. I am completely in LOVE with this First Blush. I have a one year old granddaughter and she is just the absolute most cheerful and sweetest little thing, this fabric neeeds to be formed into something magnificent for that sweetpea. I love seeing everyones work and ideas. Just beautiful. I love Dresden ANYTHING!

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  31. beautiful pillow, i love dresdens,

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  32. Very cute desden pillow and fabric! Thanks for sharing the pretty fabric ! Cheers

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  33. I just love dresden! I am going to have to give this pillow a try.

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  34. I just love dresden! I am going to have to give this pillow a try.

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  35. Ooh, love that pillow! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the chance!

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  36. I love the dresden block too. Must have been fun to choose which of the lovely first blush fabrics to put side by side!

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  37. Such as pretty little pillow and not overdone. Love the simplicity. I just bought my first dresden ruler or template which ever it is. Ithink this would be a good place to start, don't You?

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  38. Beautiful pillow. The back is also attractive & very practical. You've made me want to try the Dresden pattern. The new fabric like is very enjoyable to look out. It looks crisp & inviting.

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  39. Aren't dresdens great? I always think of my grandmother, in the best way, when I am making them.

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  40. Your pillow is beautiful!!

    lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

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  41. How darling! Love Dresdens, especially in such happy prints. Thanks for the chance!

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  42. I have been seeing so many Dresden projects lately and your pillow is the perfect way to show off those First Blush fabrics! Can you believe I've never made a Dresden Plate piece...I need to get with it and jump on that wagon! I have a template, so I just need to dust it off and get some of this fabric!

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  43. Love your pillow! The Dresden Plate is my favorite block!

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  44. I love making Dresden blocks too and your's is lovely!

    Thanks for the sweet giveaway ~ so generous!

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  45. Always wanted to make a dresden project, and I need a new pillow too!

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  46. Really cute pillow. This is such sweet fabric.

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  47. Dresden is the pattern my Grandmother used to make my quilt - except it had some clothing fabrics mixed in with the quilting cottons. Your pillow brings back fond memories.

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  48. I have a WIP Dresden block and your completed pillow idea would be a good way to finish my block. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  49. I love how bright and happy this pillow is. Thanks!

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  50. Love Dresden's too!! & yours is Beautiful!! I love this Collection..very Vintage!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

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  51. Lovely dresden cushion (as we say in the UK). Beautiful fabric too.

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  52. Love the pillow. The fabrics look so vintage. Can't wait!
    - Angela
    orighteousone@yahoo.ca

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  53. Beautiful work!!! Lovely fabrics!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  54. Your First Blush Dresden pillow is gorgeous! It is inspiring me to make one!
    Susie

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  55. LOVE your pillow>back is as pretty as the front!Thanks for your blog+this First Blush Hop+the giveaways too! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  56. Beautiful! Love the fabric and the pillow! thanks for the chance to win!
    cottonpaperflowers at gmail dot com

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  57. Beautiful Dresden pillow! Love the fabric and the colors. Thanks!

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  58. I love the Dresden Block, but I've always been afraid to try it. You make it sound so much better than I have pictured in my mind. Thanks!

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  59. Very cute pillow. I haven't made anything dresdan, yet.

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  60. I love the Dresden Block pillow you made! So bright! That would cheer anyone up, and encourages me to give it a try! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win this beautiful fabric!

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  61. Love your pillow, front and back! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  62. It's so cheerful! I love Dresdens. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  63. I love the pillow! I have never made a dresden block before... maybe it is time for me to try something new!

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  64. Love your pillow!!! This collection is so sweet too!!!

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  65. Lovely cushion, really bright and cheerful valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  66. Darling! Perfect choice for this cute bundle of fabric!

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  67. I love Dresden Plate too. Your cushion is lovely!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  68. As with all of your projects - stunning, and love the fabric too

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  69. I love your pillow but then again I love all your creations! I'll be so glad to get my sewing space back so I can sew n quilt again! --awesome giveaway! !

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  70. I never try Dresden Block... it is time I think.

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  71. Your dresdens look great! I made one once, think I should revisit that idea.

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  72. Your projects are always so simple and effective that's why I like them....you've inspired me to make a dresden plate,,,,

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  73. Your pillow really does a great job of showing off the fabric. thanks for the chance.

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  74. I have been following the projects for this First blush tour and it seems that it lends itself so well to everything. your dresden pillow is lovely.

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  75. I don't usually like dresden patterns but a single flower really highlights the stretch of the petals and the contrast of angles and rounded parts. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  76. I don't usually like dresden patterns but a single flower really highlights the stretch of the petals and the contrast of angles and rounded parts. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  77. Love your pillow. I have yet to make a Dresden block.

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  78. I love your pillow! The fabric is a great choice for this project. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunities.

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  79. Beautiful pillow, I I've the fabric, makes me think of Spring. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. Very cute! I've never done a Dresden block. I must try this soon! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  81. Love your dresdens and this new fabric!

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  82. Gorgeous pillow! I love the Dresden Plate! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. That is the sweetest fabric!!

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  84. I love your Dresden Plate pillow! The colorful fabric is so pretty!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  85. Heidi, I love Dresden's too. I recently tried a double pointed Dresden, so no need for the circle in the middle, and LOVED it. I'll nudge you to try one.

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  86. Such a happy pillow! The fabric is perfect in your dresden design.

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  87. Dresden plates are one of my favorite blocks! Your pillow turned out really cute. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

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  88. This pillow will brighten whatever spot it is in. I haven't made a dresden block yet but do admire them.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  89. This pillow will brighten whatever spot it is in. I haven't made a dresden block yet but do admire them.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  90. I love Dresden Plates and now you have inspired me to make one again. It's been years. The bright colors are great.

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  91. Sweet pillow! I've yet to try a Dresden block.

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  92. That's a great pattern to show off those yummy fabrics.

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  93. Beautiful, the fabrics are lovely x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  94. such a sweet dresden pillow - I just cut out some plates for a christmas dresden today :) love the First Blush fabric - so spring and summer all at once !! daisyandjack@hotmail.com

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  95. You chose a great pattern to highlight these fabrics! This is my first visit to your website and I am impressed with all the tutorials you are offering. Thank you for sharing your work!

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  96. Oh I just love your pillow!! Your back of the pillow has given me some great ideas for future pillows too!!

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  97. Love your cheerful Dresden plate pillow. Fresh colors.

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  98. Dresden plate is another of my favourite pattern. Your pillow makes a beautuful accent piece.
    gml448@yahoo.com

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  99. I have always like dresden designs. I am so into pillows lately. I have made up a bunch for Halloween, and I am about to start on winter ones.

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  100. I'm so glad I discovered your blog today!

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  101. So cute. I just put a Dresden in a scrappy quilt I am making. Thanks for sharing. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. I've never made a Dresden block, they look hard! Your pillow is so cute, it inspires me!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  103. I love dresdens too! I'd love to make a whole quilt full of them!!

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  104. Working on a dresden block quilt right now! Hmm..... A pillow might look good with it.

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  105. Just stopped by to tell you how much I love your Dresden pillow, Heidi! I love the rounded edges!

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  106. Oooh, dresdens are a favorite of mine! This fabric is perfect for vintage style blocks like the dresden- so pretty!

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  107. Your Dresden pillow are absoulute great. :)

    Have a nice day the Nähbegeisterte :)

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  108. So fun! The pillow you came up with is great.

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  109. Your pillow turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

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  110. Love the pillow, thanks for showing the back! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  111. Love the pillow you created. It is so colourful and reminds me of summer days gone by!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  112. Beautiful pillow! So bright and cheery :-) and great choice of fabric for the center!

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  113. Beautiful pillow! So bright and cheery :-) and great choice of fabric for the center!

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  114. Beautiful fabric, such a nice collection of florals and prints. I've never made a Dresden block but it's definitely on my list.

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  115. Your pillow is a great inspiration for me to try to make one. Thank you

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  116. You did a, beautiful job on that Dresden plate cushion. I've been intimidated to try them until now, maybe I'll try one after all! Thank you for the opportunity to win some wonderful goodies!

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  117. You did a, beautiful job on that Dresden plate cushion. I've been intimidated to try them until now, maybe I'll try one after all! Thank you for the opportunity to win some wonderful goodies!

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  118. Love your pillow!!! I think I need to make a Dresden pillow. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  119. Very nice pillow! Loving the blog tour!

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  120. Love your blog! Great pillow but I need more experience to try something like that.

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  121. Love your Dresden Plate pillow - very nice!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. I have not sewn a Dresden Plate yet, I have to put it on my list now. So cute! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  123. the fabric is so bright. I haven't tried Dresden plate yet, but I might have to.

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  124. Absolutely beautiful pillow! I may need to try a Dresden.
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

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  125. Your Dresden looks gorgeous! I love all the colours in this line.

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  126. Love, love, love the colors in this line. Adorable as a Dresden. Made a Christmas one last year...may have to consider working on one in this fabric, if (when) I win (I'm thinking positive!!)

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  127. Love , love the colors of this fabric and it's so "vintageeeee". Your pillow is adorable with the dresden block!

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  128. I just love this happy collection! Your pillow is gorgeous. :)

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  129. Love this look! I need to try a dresden.

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  130. I love Dresden plates and this one is so cheerful!

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  131. Love the pillow, beautiful work with such pretty fabric!!

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  132. Your pillow is so pretty! I've always loved Dresdens.

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  133. What a sweet, sweet pillow, I love this collection!

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  134. Just found your blog! What a treat!

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  135. Love your pillow.
    martisovitsd@central.edu

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  136. Love the vintage look with the fabric! ThAnks for sharing your pillow!

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  137. This fabric collection is perfect for a Dresden block. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

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  138. Just found you thru the latest Riley Blake newsletter. Love your bright fabrics. Have been quilting for 30-plus years but never made a Dresden Plate. Have a small template now so may have to give it a try after seeing yours. Thanks.

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  139. I love your pillow! A great classic pattern and wonderful cheerful colors!

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  140. my first quilt was a sampler, with the Dresden Plate being one of the blocks. I have not made one since, i think i am overdue to make another.

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  141. I love the bright colors! The pillow is lovely!

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  142. I've always liked Dresden Plates. I helped my mum make one for my sister many moons ago.

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  143. I love your Dresden pillow. It's beautiful!!

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  144. A beautiful pillow.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  145. i love your pillow. so pretty and feminine.

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  146. I love Dresden plates. First Blush suits that pattern so well as it has a vintage feel.

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  147. Dresden plates look so great in that vintage look fabric. I am making Dresden skirts on sun bonnets sue girls. Thanks for giveaway.

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  148. First Blush is perfect for a Dresden--turned out great! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  149. Very pretty pillow cover. And I love it out in nature on the wooden swing!

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  150. I love your pillow!!!
    Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  151. Love the fabric and what I could do with it.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  152. I never would have thought to make a pillow like that! It's so pretty!!
    Smileycrafts at g mail dot com

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  153. That's a great quilt to show off the patterns of First Blush. Well done!

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  154. I've never made a Dresden Plate but this one may get me going! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!

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  155. I like your pillow. Thanks for sharing.

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  156. As always, a great and fun project!!

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  157. Beautiful pillow!! I love Dresden plates too. Thanks for the fun!!

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  158. This really is the perfect block for that collection. It reminds me so much of my grandmother!

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  159. I LOVE that pillow. I really want to make it now. I've never made a pillow, though. amanda(dot)echler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  160. Beautiful pillow! Dresden plate designs are a real favorite of mine. Can just see this pillow on my porch swing. Thanks for sharing!

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