One of the reasons I like to do swaps is that it forces me to try new techniques.
The questionnaire from my partner said she liked mixing vintage and modern and liked a "rainbow" color scheme. It also said she collected vintage Pyrex bowls. From that moment, I remembered the bowl fabric from Lori Holt which she happened to list as one of her favorite fabric designers.
So, the first thing I did was order this fabric. I love how bright and cheery it is
I decided I wanted to do a Dresden design. I carried the fabric all over town for weeks to find matching/coordinating fabrics for the petals or blades. Here is the first Dresden I made. I used the Stampin' Up! Dresden die to cut everything out...
Long story short, this Dresden didn't make it on the quilt. I started to hand sew and turn all of the petals and give up quickly-- it just wasn't turning out like I wanted. Then, I decided to make it round. Well-- then it got wonky and I decided to just start over about 2 o'clock in the morning
I made a whole new Dresden and sewed the blades with points instead so I wouldn't have to deal with the curves. The second one turned out much better... but somehow I could not get it to lay flat, so I had to add another blade to make it work (17 blades total).
I appliqued the Dresden on white on white dot fabric, did a blanket stich around the points and sewed in the ditch of the blades. I then added the bowl fabric for a border.... Here it is without the center and binding.
I debated about the color for binding and center circle. Part of me wanted to go with black and white dots but I finally opted for a grey and white dot instead. I had a difficult time sewing the binding... remember what I said about forcing myself to try new techniques-- well I got a good taste of binding! I did the whole thing twice and finally got it to look right. Here it is the finished.
Here is the back.
Here is the whole package with a few little Texas treats from a few stores in our Historical Square in Downtown McKinney... Texas Bumpy Road Popcorn from Mom & Pop Popcorn, Goodies Chocolate in the shape of Texas from Goodies, Obleas from Mexico, Texas Chewie Pecan Pralines from our state capital and finally everyone needs a Texas license plate with their name on it!