Happy Monday everyone!  This is Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams with you here today.  I’m going to share with you how a little bit of Heat N Bond Lite can turn a traditional block into a whimsical mini quilt!

Dresden Plate

It all started with a traditional dresden plate using Jen Kingwell’s newest fabric line – Gardenvale.

Dreseden PlateI came up with this fun design last year when I was taking traditional blocks and twisting them into something fun and new – this is my pattern ‘Dresden Neighborhood‘.  I pieced together fabrics from Pat Sloan’s fabric line, “The Sweet Life” for the background of this mini quilt.

Heat N Bond Lite

All you need is a little Heat N Bond Lite and we can transfor this traditonal block into a fun and whimsical neighborhood!

Fused Roofs

The first step to creating a fun neighborhood is to add the roofs! I used a blanket stitch to secure these down.

Fused Doors

Then you need to add the doors.  Before you do you final press for fusing – layout all your doors and make sure you like how they contrast with the coordinating house.

Fused windows

And the final touch of some windows.

Quilted WindowsSince the doors and windows are so tiny but are fused with Heat N Bond Lite I decided to just free motion quilt roughly around the edges of all the doors and windows.  This will ensure that they stay securing in place.  If you don’t want to bother with stitching either the doors and/or windows in place, just use Heat N Bond Ultrahold for fusing them down.  By using this no sew fusible, they will stay secure and in place with out any additional stitching.

Dresden Neighborhood


With a little more quilting … my Gardenvale Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt is complete!

Dresden Neighborhood

My family’s apple orchard is in full bloom making for a perfect and magical background for my quilt photoshoot!  Karmen Lindner Photography has been shooting in my orchard all weekend and she was kind enough to let me borrow her fabulous bike prop, with a patchwork seat, to photograph my quilt.

And with that – I hope the next time you look at a traditional block, squint your eyes a bit and think about what adding a few raw edge applique details with some Heat N Bond Fusible can do to twist your block into something a little more whimsical and fun!