Several years ago I bought a box of hand stitched vintage dresden plate quilt blocks at the estate auction of a local philanthropist.  The outer curved edge and center were turned under and basted ready for applique to a background block.  the plates are almost 16" in diameter.  There are 18 of them.  None of them lie flat.  They are stained but not worn or faded.  There are small prints , large prints, feedsacks, geometrics and novelties.

The plates were purchased "just because".  Just because someone had put a lot of time into the cutting and stitching. Just because vintage textiles provide my connection to the "good ole days". Just because the auctioneer couldn't get a bid and I couldn't let them be thrown in the junk pile.

Background, sashing, and border fabrics have now been purchased.  Three plates are appliqued to a black and tan dot print. Nine more to finish to make a quilt top. Someone's UFO has been upgraded to my WIP. F&F quilt will be donated to local library,favorite charity of the original owner.

UFO-unfinished opportunity      WIP--work in progress   F&F--found and finished

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Comment by Linda Nichols on March 8, 2014 at 1:01pm

They're wonderful.  I recently finished a Dresden plate with "Plates" that I purchased from a young man who was cleaning out his grandmother's attic. 

Comment by Monique Brownson on March 5, 2014 at 11:11am

Looks like it will be a really nice quilt when you finish it.   The black and tan dot print is perfect.  

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