Month 3: Prism Dreams for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Happy 9th day of March and happiest of birthday’s to a fabulous friend of mine – Wendy Franczak, one of the co-founders of Modern Stitching Affair!  If you have a moment to stop by her instagram to say Happy Birthday I know she’d love that!  My plan for today and the next 9 months is to share a new source of inspiration for making a Dresden Neighborhood Quilt Block (or mini quilt … whatever you prefer) and to keep the fun going in the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL.

Today’s inspiration is my favorite color – ALL of them of course! 

I highly recommend getting Joen Wolfrom’s Studio Color Wheel and her book Color Play if you don’t already have it.  I’ve learned so much about color and still reference both of these tools frequently when planning projects.


To create my color wheel Dresden Neighborhood as accurately as possible I pinned Joen Wolfrom’s Studio Color Wheel to my design wall.  Before I cute each house wedge, I auditioned the fabric on the color wheel to make sure it was the color I wanted.IMG_0247

There are 24 wedges in the Studio Color Wheel and my Dresden Neighborhood only calls for 20 so I had to decide which wedges to leave out.  I tried to spread those out a bit over the wheel so it wasn’t very noticeable that a few wedges were missing.IMG_0237

Once I had all my wedges figured out it was time to sew them down.  I love that I have a wide variety of Aurifil thread colors and had fun picking out colors to do the stitching.  IMG_0267

I decided to use the complementary colors of each house wedge as the roofs and doors.  If you do this I highly recommend not putting away the fabric after you’ve cut your house wedges!  I had to try to remember where each of my fabrics were so I could put the roofs on.  I used a grey Aurifil thread for the final stitching.  I also found some great fabric that had perfectly scaled windows already printed on it so for the larger wedges I used those!  I love the whimsy it adds to this particular neighborhood!  I’m currently working on kits that will have special “material” fabric and it will have window fabric with it too! Stay Tuned!


Before I knew it – I had my March “Prism Dreams” Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL all pieced together.  This may be my personal favorite neighborhood I’ve made yet!


Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your first Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL and/or link up below!

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