Vintage Patchwork a Modern Design

Although I don’t quilt, I love quilts. To me, a hand sewn quilt is a work of art, the hours spent creating it a testament to the virtue patience.

It is always stunning to me to find quilts in secondhand shops, tossed with the aprons and embroidered toweling as “mother’s old stuff.”  This quilt is one so rescued.

As a bed covering, the Dresden pattern brightens the room.

Dresden quilt full length www

Made up of scraps from the 1930s, it is a marvel. The bittiness and evenness of thousands of stitches defines awesome. Dresden closeup www

The Dresden design is a happy one, with the variety of fabrics complimenting without effort. I picked up a package of Dresdens that were never used to complete a quilt. I like looking at them, admiring the artistry and industry of the woman who so meticulously created each plate. Dresden from my collection www

But what to do with them?

To the rescue is creative sewer and quilting newbie Erika Mulvenna, who shows the possibilities of this beautiful pattern when applied to an apron.

apron page in quilty

Just in time for Tie One On Day, Erika’s easy apron projects are featured in

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The website for Quilty is and here’s the link to Erika’s aprons

It’s always a thrill when a friend’s talent is published. To celebrate Erika’s aprons, Quilty has provided two copies of this issue for giveaway. The magazine is page after page of tutorials, detailed photos and encouragement, and Mary Fons is a sweetheart of an editor.

So, how to win a copy of this magazine?  Just leave a comment at the end of this blog! Two (2) winners randomly selected and announced next Sunday, October 27th.

xx EllynAnne

Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks.

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Aprons and Quilts = Vintage Fun Days in Santa Barbara

Here ’tis, the lovely flyer announcing the details of my appearance with the Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara.

Tickets are limited for the two days of events that cover everything from writing your apron memory to hands on sewing for National Tie One On Day. I’m hauling a lot of my collection out there, especially for the Sew Up Close presentation. If you’re interested in attending any session or the entire event, please get to registering, as tickets will sell out.

Santa Barbara in October would be exciting enough, however, I attended my first writing conference in Santa Barbara and it was there I received validation and encouragement that my apron journey was worthy of exploration. Aside from catching up with my dear SB writing friends, I’m looking forward to meeting and making new friendships with hundreds of apronistas!
Tie One On…an apron, of course!