All Buttoned Up

My little Dresden Neighborhood has been embellished with a quirky assortment of vintage buttons in place of windows. Not every house has a window and I’m fine with that. All of the buttons were attached the traditional way — with needle and thread — except for a green button on a red house. There are two on this quilt. If you think of the circle as a clock, you’ll find the house I’m talking about at approximately 8:00.

That button had a metal shank on the back that would have caused the window — er, button — to droop. Can’t have a drooping button on my Holliberry Circle quilt! The shank had to be removed with pliers so I could glue the button on. Did you know that Gorilla Glue makes a glue just for fabric? I didn’t but now have a tube of it in my sewing room.

On Monday I’ll take Holliberry Circle to Montavilla Sewing Center in Lake Oswego, where I teach. It will hang in the shop for a few weeks to advertise my upcoming class, “Wonky Dresden Neighborhood”, on Saturday, April 23.

The lighting in the shop is great for taking photos of quilts so I’ll update the photo you see above with a better one next week. I just couldn’t wait till then to show you how cute this quilt is with the buttons on it!




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13 Responses to All Buttoned Up

  1. Nita Davis says:

    I adore this project!! If I was still in Portland, I would sign up for this class in a heartbeat. What fun that would be. Any possibilities for zooming in?

  2. Vickie Rooks says:

    All of the buttons are adorable but the gingham are my favorites! Every element of this quilt is stunning! No, I didn’t know that Gorilla glue made a “fabric “ glue. Thanks for that information!

  3. Linda says:

    How do you hang a circle quilt? I have one and I put a hanging sleeve on it but it droops.

    • Dawn says:

      Good question, Linda! I’ve never made a circle quilt before. I’m going to make a sleeve today so I will report back, knowing of this potential problem.

      • Colleen says:

        Love your quilt! It has so much personality. Was thinking about Linda’s comment and I was wondering if you made an X with very thin dowels with tiny pockets for them to plug into on the perimeter if that would work? Kind of along the theory for how a kite is stabilized. Or maybe a thin wire circle around the perimeter? That could even fit inside the binding. Sorry if I’m overthinking it, but little problems like this swirl around in my brain until I figure it out, LOL. I know you are the ultimate problem solver, so I can’t wait to see what you come up with :).

  4. Kristi says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the addition of all the cute buttons. This pattern would be great as the center of a round robin quilt!

  5. Diane says:

    The final touch of buttons is wonderful! This inquiring mind wants to know how you sew on buttons without leaving telltale threads and knots showing on the back.

  6. Diane says:

    Oh, and P.S., the rectangular button at 9 o’clock is my favorite!

  7. Sandy Pruss says:

    Agree with Diane, my eye really caught the retangular button. Just adorable, Dawn!!!

  8. Nancy says:

    That is so adorable! The buttons really add the final touch. Really nice job, Dawn

  9. Reigh says:

    You did it again! This quilt is adorable. Love the buttons!

  10. Sandy says:

    I love it! You do such beautiful work. The buttons are the perfect touch!

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