Month 4: Striped Sensation for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Good morning everyone!  I’m writing this up as I sit in a comfortable, quiet hotel room in Iowa City, Iowa.  I’ll be at the Old Capitol Quilter’s Guild today teaching my “Project QUILTING” Workshop and then my trunk show talk.  I had dinner with a couple of the ladies from the guild last night and I’m feeling that today is going to be incredible!Striped Sensation Dresden NeighborhoodBefore I find the local Starbucks, I thought I’d share with you this months inspiration – stripes!  Once again, I failed in time management and I only have my houses stitched on.  I thought about bringing supplies to add the roofs and doors in the hotel last night, but then I thought I’d get your opinion on what you would do. The “Kim” in me wants to make all the roofs in striped fabric too.  But would that be too much?  My other thoughts is go opposite and make all the roofs polka dots!  OR should I just do what I normally do and make the roofs random and not worry about the pattern?
Feel free to leave a comment here or on facebook group – Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek – on what you think I should do for the roofs!
A. Striped Roofs
B. Polka Dot Roofs
C. Random
I cut striped fabrics in both horizontal, vertical and a single diagonal orientations.  I love the movement the stripes create on the houses!  Especially when I have two wedges of vertical stripes adjacent to each other.  I almost wish I would have just cut all the wedges so the stripes were vertical … perhaps you could give it a try and show me how it looks!?
IMG_0614And of course, once the houses are trimmed … a 100% new look appears!IMG_0624
I didn’t debate too long on what fabric I wanted to use for my background.  This large scale poppy print from Laura Gunn was just calling to me from my shelf!  I just love how the poppies “pop” in the background! 
I used aurifil thread to stitch the wedges down … next up – the roofs and doors!  I’ll be sure to add in the picture of the finished  “Striped Sensation” Dresden Neighborhood for the April #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL all pieced together. 
Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your  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!


Striped Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek
I finished!  And I went with polka dots for the roofs!
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