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Dresden Quilt Blocks Workshops with Candy Grisham

Workshop, Day 1: Friday, September 10
Modern Dresden

Create your own, unique small wall hanging using the Dresden Quilt Blocks Reimagined book.

In class we will cover the basic Dresden blocks and then some of the Dresden 201 blocks which allow for creative piecing.  Your choice. You can start with a background (Suggested 40 x 40”) of your choice (pieced or solid) or wait until your blocks are made.

It will be tons of creative fun and easy for all from confident beginner up.

Bring your willingness to be creative and step a little outside the box. You will have plenty of time to sew and view the videos.  

Supply List     A You Tube video can be seen at

Sewing machine in great working order with 1/4'’ foot

Basic sewing supplies:  neutral thread, pins, ripper, scissors, marking tool

Purple thing or point turner – I like the bone point turner

Dresden Quilt Blocks Reimagined book suggested

18° wedge ruler (Creative grid or other) 3 ½” circle template

Rotary cutter, mat

Pellon fusible lightweight interfacing - 18” piece

Cardboard or cardstock rectangle (options for this are Clover Hot Hemmer or Susan Clevelands Prairie Point turner)

Freezer paper – 18” 

Pressing ham is helpful – {see icandyfiberart Etsy shop} to help press seams open

Design wall is optional but helpful




I suggest picking a theme:  springtime, African, Kaffe Fasset, polka dot, batik etc.

Fabrics for plates:  Minimum 8-10 half yard pieces for a combination of fabrics you love.  They should have great contrast and a variety of values and prints.  1 or 2 should have great motifs for centers.  

This is minimum, so bring more if you have it and like a lot of variety. You can mix it up too with ¼ and ½ yard cuts of more fabrics.  We will work with what is there.  

Fat quarter bundles are perfect

Background fabric – If planning to piece your background, please do so before class to make a 36 x 36” or 40 x 40” square. If you really are in doubt about the background piece(s), wait until class and we will work thru it.  In addition, you can do a rectangle like a wall hanging or baby quilt.  36 x 40. Size is not set in stone.  It is fine and maybe preferable to not have the background yet.  You may change your mind.


Precutting Fabrics:

This is optional.  Cut strips from contrasting fabrics

Set #1:  2 – 6” wide strips from length of fat quarter (6 x 22”) and place RST (right sides together)

Set #2 – 2 – 6 ½” wide strips from length of fat quarter and place RST 

Set #3 – 2 - 7” wide strips from WOF (width of fabric) and place RST

            Also cut 10 – 2 x 3 ½” rectangles from each fabric for total of 20 facings

Set #4 – 2 – 8” wide strips from WOF and place RST

            Also cut 10 – 2 x 3 ½” rectangles from each fabric for total of 20 facings

12” square piece Freezer paper

2 – 4” square pieces Freezer paper

4- 4” square Pellow fusible 



Workshop, Day 2:  Saturday, September 11
Dresden Still Life

Use a favorite picture of a still life flower arrangement or draw your own.  This class will help ups create a still life using Dresden blocks, your own vase creation, and additional elements.

Color, value and placement of element instruction & guidance throughout the class.

Knowledge of machine piecing and rotary cutting.

Sewing machine in great working order with 1/4" foot
Basic sewing kit, including neutral thread, pins, ripper, scissors
Purple Thang or point turner
Dresden Quilt Blocks Reimagined (Book by author)
18 degree Wedge Ruler
Rotary Cutter + Cutting Mat

Background fabric: If piecing your background fabric, please do so before class to make 36" x 36" or 40" x 40" square.  However, we can work through the background choice in class.  Sizing of piece can be suitable for individual, and is not set in stone.
Pattern Fabric: Minimum of 8-10 half-yard pieces for a combination of fabrics you love.  They should have great contrast and a variety of values and prints.  1 or 2 should have great motifs for centers. This is a minimum, so when in doubt, bring more than you think you'll need, especially if you like to have a lot of variety. You can also mix it up between 1/4 yard and 1/2 yard fabric cuts.

Requirements: Please also purchase Candy's pattern book, Dresden Reimagined Quilt Blocks
Instructor: Candy Grisham
Instructor Bio: I have been fascinated with fabric, sewing and quilting since the age of nine, when I took my first sewing class and won a prize for my corduroy jumper and print shirt. When I saw an ancestor?s quilt in the Smithsonian at age thirteen, I was hooked. I taught myself to quilt from a book and used cardboard templates and scissors to make my first quilt, a Log Cabin. It has been a love affair ever since. I love using fabrics, themes and colors from nature, but also lean more and more to bright fabrics with prints. Many of my works have a ?traditional with a twist? quality. I rely on inspirations from generations gone by and put a contemporary feel to my designs. I dabble in fiber art, challenges, machine quilting and modern quilting. I love it all. I have taught quilting for more than twenty years and love and teaching and exploring with students as much as the creating. I have been lucky to have quilts and fiber art pieces juried into shows with Missouri Fiber Artists, the American Quilter?s Society in Kentucky and the International Quilt Association in Houston as well as many local and regional shows and displays. I published my first pattern on the Dresden quilt (of course) in 2015 and look forward to more pattern. My book, Reimagined Dresdens, is available now where you purchase your books or from me at my Etsy site. I am a Missouri native and live in a semi-rural setting and urban downtown St Louis. I love to travel and geocache too. I am married to a wonderful man who has always supported my art and we have raised two wonderful young men.
Price include cost of instruction. Supplies and materials are an additional cost.

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