Lindsay’s Passion 48: February | Staff Blog

Lindsay’s Passion 48: February

It’s been quite a journey since I last blogged about my Passion 48 project. (Did you miss my first blog? Read it here.) I’ve learned so much about who am I as a quilter and have gained real insight in where my strengths and trouble areas are in the quilting process.

One thing I do know (and maybe there are others out there!) is that I’m incapable of following a pattern. I’ve been knitting and crocheted without patterns for years. And I rarely follow instructions when it comes to crafts. I’ve always been a person to work in bursts of creativity and passion, so plans and rules have never been a part of my creative process. I’m not surprised that after getting a little comfortable with sewing I strayed from the Picture This pattern found in the Quilts and More Winter 2012 issue (buy the pattern here).

After a few hours of cutting and sewing, I had one Dresden Plate finished. I was so proud of how it turned out. I ever had my first experience using a machine to sew something other than a straight line. (If you look at the picture below, you can tell how it went for me!) But it’s mistakes like this that will remind me of the learning process and will be a nice memory years later when I look at my first quilt.



Since I finished one Dresden Plate so quick, I decided to completely ignore the original quilt pattern and instead use it as inspiration. My new quilt (at least right now…who knows how it’ll develop as months go on) will be a throw size and will feature three of these retro looking flowers. I even shrunk the templates to 80% of their original size, so I could have variance in the size of the flowers. I’m almost done with the third.



The more I work with the fabrics and the shapes, the more I love what the quilt is evolving into–I think it’s a real representation of my style! Come back next month to see my challenge with color and prints and how I’m making these fabrics work with one another.

Are you following along with our staff’s projects? See details about Passion 48 here and keep coming back every week to see everyone’s progress. If you’re interested in making this quilt along with me, the pattern will be available online in a few weeks.

Share any tips or thoughts with me in the comments section.


Happy Quilting,


6 Responses to “Lindsay’s Passion 48: February”

  1. Lindsay, you are a woman after my own heart! Step One for me on anything is always, “dispute the instructions!” You’re doing really well! Your fabric choices are so much fun and you will love snuggling under your throw when it’s done.

  2. Thanks so much! I’m glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t follow patterns! –Lindsay

  3. I love that this is growing and evolving into a bigger project! I can’t wait to see it.

  4. This is a fantastic look. very citi ish!
    Directions??? we don’t need no stinking directions!

  5. There is a Nifty Notions ruler that can be used in place of templates for cutting the spokes for Dresden plates. With one ruler, you can cut them in all different sizes. It is the 22.5-degree ruler.

    P.S. I made the cute baby wallhanging without a pattern. Who needs instructions?