Oct 27

Books on Monday – Thoroughly Modern Dresden

Today we are looking at another of my acquisitions from the fall C&T Publishing sale. The book we are looking at today is Thoroughly Modern Dresden ● Quick & Easy Construction ● 13 Lively Quilt Projects for All Skill Levels by Anelie Belden. The link below is, as usual, an Amazon Associate link.

When this book arrived, I began looking at it and reading the directions. I was immediately confused by mentions of templates to be used when there was no actual template sheet in the book. After looking closely at the Table of Contents, I realized my book was missing the template sheet. I sent an email to C&T and got a lovely email in return telling me a new copy was on the way. (And I hadn’t even put my address in the email!) I was very impressed with the customer service!

All of the quilts in this book are indeed made of some variation of the Dresden block. Some of the Dresdens are pointed, some straight, some rounded, and some three-sided. I am amazed at how many different styles of quilt are made out of these Dresdens and Dresden blades. And, yes, there are several patterns in this book I want to try.

Let’s look at the contents of this book.

  • Introduction
  • Dresden Beginnings – includes the history of the block and a description of what the author means by skill level.
  • Tools and Supplies
  • Anatomy of the Dresden Design
  • Dresden Blocks and Designs
  • Dresden Block Construction
  • Projects
  • General Quilt Finishing Instructions
  • Dresden Templates – How to make and use them. The actual templates are a pullout in the back of the book.
  • About the Author
  • Resources
  • The Template Patterns Pullout

If you ever want to make a Dresden quilt of any kind, this book will thoroughly prepare you for the experience.

Quilt on!

1 comment

    • Diane Rincon on October 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’m glad you reviewed this book. Somehow I had the wrong impression from the title that it was about modern quilts, but it seems that’s not true. It does look interesting.

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