Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dare to Dresden Blog Hop

I had no plans to participate in this hop. None what so ever. You see, my mind shut down, and I couldn't think of anything to do.  But in the 11th hour, I had one of those "eureka" moments. I was sitting down catching up on my blog reading, when I stumbled across this post from Sweet P Quilting and Creations.
http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-wheels-on-truck-go-round-and-round.html

That's when the light bulb lit. That title opened up the door in my mind, and I knew what my project was going to be.

                                    The Wheels on the Truck! 

You see my boys loved Monster Trucks when the were little. We went to just about every event there was in town. We had all the little toy Monster Trucks. We had to stop and look at every truck that might remotely be considered a Monster Truck.


Heck, they were even driving them at an early age.


If it wasn't the truck itself, it was tires!


 And there you have it, Tires!
Sweet P knew that all along.
I can do tires with Dresdens.
My ah-ha moment!

After a marathon day and night in my sewing room, it's here.

Little Boys Joys become Big Boys Toys


The truck came from my favorite scrap booking book, called 203 Paper Piecing Patterns. The book is long out of print unfortunately, but I use it all the time, not for scrap booking, but for applique designs. I love the versatility of their patterns.


Now, how about those Dresdens?

:-)

My little boys are no longer little, and monster trucks are not so big with them these days, but I will always have those memories of days gone by.

As for my oldest son... well, lets just say, its "still"all about tires. Racing slicks now. Some times you just can't take the "kid" out of anyone!


A big thanks to the wonderful Christine, from Quilt Monster in my Closet.
She was gracious enough to allow me to play at the last moment, and I am so glad I did.

Madame Samm, you've done it again. Another fabulously fun blog hop!
 
I am bowled over with inspiration from all the fabulous Dresdens. A huge thanks to all of you for opening my mind to the incredible possibilities for these lovely little and sometimes BIG dresdens.
I had no idea. 
 What I really should be saying here is "shame on all of you". I want  you to know that it's you, each and every one of you, who are going to be responsible for my UFOs still not seeing a finish. I have way to many Dresdens to play with now...
:-)

  It's give a way time. Oh boy oh joy!!  
OK, I know that was bad, but it was so fitting. LOL!

For this give a away, I want to know what you kids were crazy about, and what kind of a memory quilt/quiltie you might make.  Who knows, this might be the year we inspire each other, to make those memories come alive!
 
Now my prize!  A $20 gift certificate from Sew Lux Fabric & Gifts. I was delighted to win one of these guys from Felicia over at The Slow Quilter, on the last blog hop. I had never visited Sew Lux, but was delighted with them. They have a great fabrics and a newsletter that's geared towards our blogging world and what's, in it. The service is lightening fast! Best yet, it's like Christmas when you open your package! I can't wait to share it with YOU!

Leave me a comment, and remember you must be a follower. I will be picking a winner on Saturday Feb 2.

Don't forget to visit my fellow bloggers today, or last day of the hop.
And a big thanks to everyone who inspired me sew very much! My mind is no longer in a fog, over Dresdens!
:-)
January 31th, 2013














103 comments:

  1. What a fabulous way to use Dresdens!!! Totally adorable!!! You definitely have a keeper in that out-of-print book!! Horses, two of my girls were obsessed with horses, and the other was obsessed with wolves! I did make her a wolf wall hanging, guess now I need to make horses!! It really should be enough that I have my own horse now, right??? Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  2. What a great idea to make tyres! They look fabulous dont they - love the finished quilt. My little boy loves Star Wars at the moment so I made him a Darth Vader quilt last year - it was a big hit and he snuggles up with it every night. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a brilliant idea, your quilt is fantastic.

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  4. OMG! That is ADORABLE! Isn't it amazing how a quilter's mind works? Some people see tires, we see dresden plates! Kudos for the creativity!

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  5. This is so creative! Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. What a great idea to used dresdens as tyres!!
    My boys loved tractors so that would work as well!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  7. how lucky for US that you considered joining in....R U kidding me...this is fabulous...I too was not sure what to make...it was in the last hours I pulled something from beneath my feet lol....nahh I was inspired by soooo many of you ...congrats again for making me smile sweetie with delight and lots of vrooooom vroom

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  8. Very cute idea. Thanks for the smiles you brought today.

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  9. You had boys like mine with the monster trucks and even race cars. We had a neighbor who was a race car driver and my oldest son just idolized that guy. Every single time he saw him come home from work my son ran out the door and over to say hi. It was too cute because he was only about 3 yrs old at the time and the man next door had no children at the time and just loved my son.

    Your truck block is awesome. How fun.

    I am already a follower.

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  10. What a different idea. The trucks looks just great.
    I'm a new follower. :-)

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  11. When I saw your piece as one of the top honors... I said "Now why can't I think outside the box like that"

    Your dresden design is awesome!

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  12. Clever use of dresdens! When my son was young he really loved Legos. I've seen some Lego themed quilts online and hope to make something like that one day.

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  13. Great idea for using Dresdens. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  14. I just made my 4 year old grandson a quilt with dump trucks and front end loaders and all kinds of construction stuff on it - but he would have really loved this one! Football is the passion around my house. My husband coached and now my son coaches. So anything with a football on it is immediately grabbed up. :) blessings, marlene

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  15. My family is into music, so I have made a few music themed quilts. Haven't figured out yet how to incorporate Dresdens into our interests...that's your gift, I see!

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  16. Cute idea for your Dresden - I am a follower - You hooked me at Christmas :)

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  17. Your dresdens make the perfect nobby tires! Nice job!

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  18. that is the cutest quilt ever!!! I do follow

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  19. You've certainly captured the big engine roar!!! :)
    I follow via gfc

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  20. What a fun quilt to capture Dresdens! And it certainly is meaningful for you and your family. As for a memory quilt? If I had the skills, I'd definitely make an art quilt that depicts the mountains where we live with all the rich hues and colors that nature provides and humans recreate in fabric. Ah, to dream....

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  21. What a creative idea! I have a 4 year old who would love this...but he loves construction equipment more and lately has been requesting a dump truck quilt! :)

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  22. If I could, I would make a quilt with little Dachshunds on each square. Then everyone in the family could sign a dachshund. When I was growing up our family of 7 children got a doxie for Christmas. Then my sister got a doxie herself, now I have 3 of them. I think at a family reunion I would take the quilt and have everyone sign their own doxie, and pass on the quilt. I just don't have the pattern for a doxie, or the skill I think to do this. Perhaps one day I will find a pattern outline for a doxie, and fuse a ton of them onto squares. Add I just don't know how it would look like a doxie. I've seen scottie dogs, and those look just like them..

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  23. Can't do better than MommaRock's quilt idea- not having been blessed with children, God gave us dachshunds instead! Hubby is into trains so would work with trains for a quilt for him

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  24. what a cute idea for your Dresdens! My daughter loves owls, and i just finished a quilt for her. I'm a follower too, I have to say I love your fish in the last post!

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  25. How adorable!!! My three boys were each interested in a different thing- one with robots, one with trucks, and one with dinosaurs.
    (I'm a follower! Happily!)

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  26. This is fabulous. The tires look so realistic for a monster truck. Boys of any age will love this quilt and I can tell it's a big hit with the ladies, too! You are very creative. Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity with us. I just found this forum late last year. It is fun to see all the projects and the seemingly endless creativity from all the participants. Thanks again!

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  27. Your quilt is just so cute! A clever idea to use Dresdens as the tires!
    My girls each had different interest...one with horses and swimming, one with dance and one with sports.
    I'm a follower!

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  28. Your fantasy is enormous. Dresdens as tires on monster cars. It gave me a good laugh. A big thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  29. Am a person who usually just sits in the back row and reads and do not comment but really had to say that "I Love that truck". You are so very clever. I thought I already followed your blog as I read it all the time but after checking I guess I wasn't so I am now! GOOD JOB!!

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  30. I love how your mind works and this is a fabulous idea for Dresdens - wonderful little quilt. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win and for your wonderful participation from Judy C in NC who is a devoted follower in good standing.

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  31. Our *little* boys never grow up, do they? But they still love their Mama's and we love them unconditionally!! Your quilt is so cute!! For all Monster truck loving little boys everywhere your quilt is a winner!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  32. What a creative way to do a monster truck! Thanks and yes I am a follower

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  33. How creative! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
    I am a new follower.

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  34. Now that's a AH HA moment. What a fun way to use a Dresden. I am a follower.

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  35. LOVE the truck! My kids are girls, one was(is) crazy about video games, and I have plans of making her a Mario Bro's quilt. The other daughter has no "favorite"that I can find. Don't know what I would make her. My granddaughter got a Scooby-Do quilt.Ugly thing, but she loves it.

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  36. What a super cute and sentimenatal project your dare to dresedan block tunred out to be. Very creative my dear. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. Sew glad you changed your mind. My son was into Star Wars! Now at the age of 40, he belongs to a group that dress in Star Wars costumes and earn money for children's charities, they made over $2 millions dollars last year! Love your Monster truck with the Dresden wheels. Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net. I follow with GFC!

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  38. I am a follower:)
    My kids liked riding Big Wheels:) That would be great use of a dresden plate:) haha!!!!

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  39. Oh! Wow! How cute this is! I really love it. My grandson loves monster trucks and he would just adore this. It would be cute hanging in his room. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  40. Hahahaha! That is SO GREAT! They say...Sew what you Know!
    I love your 11th hour idea! Never seen this before!

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  41. Criativo e brilhante.Acho que faria o rosto do meu pai.
    Obrigada.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  42. I love it. With 5 boys and two grandsons, this is awesome. I am a follower of yours now. Thanks :)

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  43. what an original idea! I'm afraid I can't answer your question as I don't actually have any children.

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  44. I love your truck -- and I love that quality about men, their ability to keep the fun of childhood in their lives when we too often forget what we enjoy. I'm a follower.

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  45. This is a perfect quilt for a little or big boy...love it! My kids are into techie stuff.

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  46. Fabulous dresdens! Love the creative way you interpreted this wonderful hop! My kids were (oh, what the heck, they still are!) into Legos....I think I'd like to design a Lego quilt! LOL

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  47. I already am a follower. My boys were never so keen on trucks or cars but I love your block. So innovative.

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  48. Your project is by far the most clever in the hop! Darling! I would like to make some sort of a family tree quilt, with embroidered names and maybe printed images of the family members. It's still a work in progress in my head. I am a follower!

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  49. I am so glad you played! You never cease to amaze me. This is incredible! Congratulations for making most creative!

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  50. Your design is both clever and well executed. Bravo!

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  51. What a very creative way to use Dresden blocks! How absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  52. So very, very, very cute!! I love it! I would really love to see more "guy" quilts. I think this is an area where boys get left out sometimes or at least outnumbered by the "girl" projects. lol

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  53. Great use of dresdens! I think I may 'steal' that idea next time I need a wheel!
    My boys were into trucks, cars, construction vehicles, my girls were into dolls and anything with sunflowers or zoo animals.

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  54. What an innovative use of Dresdens...you're so clever! My son was big into trains and my daughter was/is interested in horses and has one of her own that she's trained. Fortunately my son never got his own train! Thanks so much for sharing your great idea!

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  55. Genius! That is such a fantastic use of the dresdens, I would NEVER have thought of that. My son is into bugs and robots, my daughter is into princesses and dolls, and the baby is into sleeping. Eventually I'll nail something down and come up with a good quilt for the three of them!

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  56. Wow! Great job! My son was into Legos and my oldest daughter was into reading and history,and my youngest shot Olympic trap. My oldest daughter is a researcher in DC, my son is a librarian, and my youngest daughter married an Olympic shooter. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower.

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  57. Very cute! Very True about the boys, their joys and their toys!

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  58. I loved your post, the pics, and most of all the quilt! It is fabulous! I have a little foster grandson (soon to be ours) that would so love this!
    I do plan to make all of the little grands an I Spy quilt, but it will be pretty simple.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Following your blog.

    www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

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  59. Your quilt is too cute for words! Certainly true, about boys and their toys...
    I follow your blog.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  60. The wheels on the bus go round and round. That is the tune playing in my head. Talk about a great idea. Love it. I am already a follower.

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  61. Yup you nailed it about boys and toys - hahaha!! Thanks for sharing in the hop! I can't believe all the different dresdens and ideas!! I am already a follower too!

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  62. I am a follower and I would never have thought to use dresdens for tires.

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  63. You were certainly thinking outside the box and the results are amazing , really cute little quilt and the best use of dresdans I think I have seen. I am a follower .My boys were heavy into star wars when they were young .

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  64. My son was obsessed with cars & trucks from an early age. I never made him a quilt to reflect that, but I DID make a quilt for him using all his Boy Scout badges when he got his Eagle Scout award!

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  65. I love those tire Dresden. Great idea. My son loved his cars and trucks but also Star Wars.

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  66. I'm still giggling over this wonderful take on dresdens! Definitely shows that there's more to them then a traditional (or feminine) block. ;o) Fantastic!

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  67. Fantastic! My grandson is all about cars and trucks. He is almost two. He pushes them slowly and watches the wheels turn. Your quilt is monsterific. And little boys just grow into bigger toys. You son like them faster now. I see a sunflower quilt in my future. I have been planning one but was not thinking dresden. I have gotten sew much inspiration on this hop. I am full of ideas. Congrats on most creative. You truly are. And of course I am a follower.

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  68. Rosemary B here: I have been following for a long time. I love your bloggie
    (Pierro and Miles in Google reader)

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  69. Rosemary B here: This is of course the most adorable thing ever. Your kids must be about the same age as my girls.... they were not interested in those trucks but their little fella friends were.
    Your project turned out massively amazing and well done, super top notch
    thank you for jumping in at the last minute. this was a big hit with me <3

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  70. A very creative way to use the Dresden. My daughter loved to play sports and she always had some kind of ball in her hand.

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  71. Your quilt is super cute! I love all the detailing on the truck!! I hadn't ever seen your blog before this hop, but of course, I signed up to be a follower. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  72. I love the tires! My grandson is a truck and heavy machinery fan. I hope to sew a quilt with trucks and such for him.
    gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(sdot)com

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  73. One son is really into remote control airplane/helicopter flying, the other into downhill mountain biking. I have made a quilt for the older one that was made with mountain biking fabric I was lucky enough to find at the time of his hs graduation. The other will get his flying quilt this year as he finishes hs and goes off to college. I have also collected lots of novelty fabrics that will find their way into memory quilts for them one day too...

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  74. Love this! I think I may have to do one for my little man.

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  75. Oh, my, gosh - are your Dresdens the cutest idea EVER!!! You are sooooo clever!!! I just simply adore it!!!

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  76. Most definitely a new follower :)

    Your Dresden cracked me up! I love it! So ingenious. And very true; my nephew (3) can't get enough of *anything* with wheels - and his daddy? Just as bad. I think he owns...4?...off-roading 4x4s?

    Sigh.

    Thank you for the chance to win - and you're right - I love Sew Lux - I love how the tissue paper matches her store! And her sale/end of bolt sections are awesome...just ask my credit card, lol!

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  77. Our boys were into John Deeres--our daughter into books. She is working on a masters degree in library science, so that is still her top interest. No memory quilts for this year. I made my daughter a t-shirt quilt from high school t-shirts when she went to college. The best memory quilt I made was for my son and daughter-in-law from favorite shirts and pajamas belonging to my grandson, Nathan, who passed away from cancer at age 7. His favorite was a blue dress shirt and tie--both included on the quilt. My machine quilting wasn't very good, but that was 6 years ago, and I know they will always treasure it.

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  78. Such of creative way to use the dresdens.

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  79. Hi!!! Love it!!! I had three boys...two nephews and a grand son..so far!!! They would all love this so much!!! Not to mention my two brothers and husband too!!! Very creative and so fun!!! Thank You

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  80. I am a follower with Google FC and Reader. That quilt with the monster truck is rip-roaring! What a marvelous idea. It's been a long time since my kiddos were little but a couple of them loved stickers - in fact, there were books full of stickers. Some they stuck into the books and others were still in the packages. They told me the other day that they are using those stickers for chore boards for their own kids. Sweet. I'll need more thinking time to come up with a quilt idea!

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  81. Wow, you knocked this out of the park! Your quilt is beautiful. Talk about thinking out of the box! Thank you for sharing your creation with us.

    I'm a follower via GFC.

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  82. This is out of this world fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter was into dancing, gymnastics until she discovered Soccer! She still plays today and even coaches kids. Oh yes, your inspiration has been a total eye opener and inspirational!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  83. What a wonderful way to make the Dresden work for the BOYS! LOVeD IT! My nephews love trucks too! I worked late today so I am hopping into the wee hours, and lovin' every minute of it! Hugs and Thank you for participating in the HOP!!!

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  84. Such a creative Dresden idea you made!!! AWESOME!!!! I am already a follower too.

    My son's loved Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, & Transformers...and daughter loved Wonder Woman, and Strawberry Shortcake dolls.

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing. :)

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  85. I just love those dresden tires! Very creative!

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  86. That is a clever idea and I love it! Dresden's make perfect monster truck tires! one of mine liked Thomas the Tank Engine and the other Transformers! Thanks for participating and inspiring us! I'm following!

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  87. I love those masculine dresdens. It's really difficult to find quilt themes for men/boys and you "hit the nail on the head. My two girls were into soccer, so I'm in the process of making a T-shirt quilt from soccer T-shirts. I also adore your fishy applique quilt. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  88. My grandson was so into Cars. We worked on the quilt together. I think he was about 4. I entered it into the fair and I wish you could of seen his face when he saw it hanging up in the display case. He couldn't grasp the concept as to why his quilt was in this strange place. (Wish you could of seen Grandma's face when she saw the blue ribbon hanging on the quilt!) I am going to sign up to be a follower. Love the truck!

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  89. Great idea to use the Dresdens as wheels! Really cute! Thank you for sharing.

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  90. What a wonderful mini! So creative! I'm not sure if I would have ever thought of tires, hehe but I'm glad you did! My grandson is two years old and loves anything on wheels. This would be perfect for him. When my daughter was little she loved clothes and changed clothes like ten times a day. My son loved legos and that lasted for many years. I still have alot of them and can't wait for his son to play with them. Thank you for sharing your dresdens with us, awesome job!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. What a wonderfully creative quilt! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  92. Brilliant! Don't you love it when a great idea just pops into your head like that!

    I am a new follower. =)

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  93. Absolutely amazing use of the Dresden...YOU are brilliant!! (loved the photos of your boys!}
    Keep those wheels spinning!
    P

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  94. Now that is a Eureka moment...how clever is that....and so appropriate for you and your wonderful story. Love those wheels.

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  95. I'm thinking of making a memory quilt in honor of my late husband. His passion was antique cars and street rods. I would transfer some old photos onto fabric and mqke a quilt. Thanks

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  96. What a great idea! Dresdens make perfect monster truck tires. I've already made a Dr. Seuss quilt for my all grown up girl because you never outgrow Dr. Seuss.

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  97. wonderful quilt, greatest weels ever!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  98. A very special on. How nice to use the dresden this way.

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