EZ Dresden Challenge

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce we have partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate we are hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from our sponsors!

Small/Mini Quilts: maximum side length of 24″
Traditional: 50″ minimum on one side – using a traditional Dresden plate format
Innovative: 50″ minimum on one side – use your traditional ruler to create an unusual design

You don’t need to use Darlene’s EZ Dresden ruler to enter, but we’d sure like it if you did! Any 18° wedge will do. Come back here from September 1-6 to link up your projects. You can enter up to three times, one project in each category, any project you have started this year.

We have some amazing sponsors who have donated prizes. Our judges will pick their five favorites in each category, then decide as a team the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (one from each category).

Grand Prize (1st Place)
Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Sewing Machine
Photo of your project in 1/3 page Simplicity advertisement in Quilting Arts Magazine
Small quilt made by Darlene in her latest fabrics
Simplicity Deluxe Sidewinder
American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized batting
One year membership to The Quilt Alliance
Subscription to Quilting Arts magazine
FQ bundle of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Feedsack Lady prints
Selection of EZ Quilting Rulers designed by Darlene Zimmerman
Darlene Zimmerman’s latest pattern book

2nd Place
Oliso Iron
Simplicity Deluxe Sidewinder
American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized batting
FQ bundle of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Feedsack Lady prints
Selection of EZ Quilting Rulers designed by Darlene Zimmerman
Darlene Zimmerman’s latest pattern book

3rd Place
Gutterman Thread (In-home Cabinet) 100 spools, 100 m, 100% cotton
Simplicity Deluxe Sidewinder
American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized batting
FQ bundle of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Feedsack Lady prints
Selection of EZ Quilting Rulers designed by Darlene Zimmerman
Darlene Zimmerman’s latest pattern book

Random Drawings:
Try as we might we can’t all be winners, but we can certainly be lucky. We’ll use a random number generator to pick additional winners. Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works, free class at craftsy.com and fabric bundles from Robert Kaufman fabrics.

Darlene Zimmerman: EZ Quilting Ruler Designer, Fabric Designer—Feedsack Lady by Robert Kaufman, Quilter/Designer/Teacher, and Reproduction fabric Know-It-All
Michele Muska: Marketing Communications Director for Simplicity Creative Group, Board Member—The Quilt Alliance, Designer/Teacher/Artist
Jacquie Gehring: Blogger Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Quilter/Author/Teacher, Member Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
Victoria Findlay Wolfe: Blogger/Designer Bumble Beans, Inc., Founder BASICS, Inc., Founder New York Metro Modern Quilt Guild

To jump-start your creativity, we’ve lined up a great selection of quilters to share ideas, tips and tutorials on their blogs. Not only will you get inspiration, you’ll also get the chance to win the EZ Dresden ruler on every stop along the way.

June 1
Salt Lake MQG: Kick Off www.slmqg.com/

June 2
Lee: freshlypieced.blogspot.com/

June 3
Kati www.fromthebluechair.com/

June 4
Victoria: bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Tanya: www.squaresandtriangles.com

June 5
Val: howaboutpinkplease.blogspot.com/
Leigh: leedledeedlequilts.blogspot.com/

June 6
Amy: amyscreativeside.com/
Elisa www.stitchoutsidetheditch.com/

June 7
Katie: www.swimbikequilt.com/
Emily: emsscrapbag.blogspot.com/

June 8
Melissa: happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/
Brooke: pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com/

June 9
Nicole: mamalovequilts.blogspot.com/
Amy sukie.mt-wudan.com/

June 10
Elizabeth: www.dontcallmebetsy.com/
Colleen: www.thebusybean.com/

June 11
Faith: www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
Deonn: quiltscapesquilting.blogspot.com/

June 12
Angela: angelaflicker.com/
Barbie: thequiltingmill.blogspot.com

June 13
Amy: www.diaryofaquilter.com/

June 14
Jessica: sewcraftyjess.blogspot.com/

June 15
Salt Lake MQG: Wrap-up www.slmqg.com/


63 thoughts on “EZ Dresden Challenge

  1. Jevne says:

    I am interested in joining in the fun! How do I join? I tried the ‘login’ and apparently I’m not registered.

    • admin says:

      The Challenge is open to everyone, but the link up won’t open until September 1st. The login is just for members of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild to access the forum. So glad you’re interested in joining the challenge!

      • Karen says:

        I will have a quilt to submit for the challenge, but I am not sure what types of pictures would be needed. The reason I am asking, I will be leaving for vacation on August 24th and will not return until September 7th. I would need to take the pictures before I leave and enter the challenge during the appointed time. Thank you for your time.

    • Diane Sinclair Meigs says:

      I would love to join

  2. [...] that is just the tip of the iceberg!  Just look at all of the sponsors below, and check out the EZ Dresden Challenge details at the SLMQG [...]

  3. Melissa says:

    I just made a quilt using this ruler last month. Does our entry have to be something entirely new designed just for this challenge?

  4. [...]  I have started and completed a quilt for the EZ Dresden Challenge Blog Hop.  Here is the back of the quilt, a regular dresden plate.  I’ll be showing the rest of the [...]

  5. kaholly says:

    I am very pleased to see this challenge. I’ve been working on a dresden plate idea since winter and this will motivate me to finish!!

  6. Heide says:

    I love the Dresden. Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!

  7. Gloria Jan Manley says:

    Oh boy… I have never done a dresden before so this will definitely be a challenge. I made a new years resolution to try a Dresden so I guess no more excuses.hehe.. Anyone know where to get Darlene Zimmermans ruler? Thanks and good luck all!!

  8. Julianna says:

    Is it open for international contestants?

    • admin says:

      Great question. We’ve checked with the sponsors and they will ship internationally. So yes, this challenge is open to international quilters as well!

  9. SewLindaAnn says:

    Sounds like fun, I’m going to give it a try. Looking forward to the inspiration.

  10. shaeib says:

    This sounds like fun – minis are my favorite, so that helps.

  11. sharon says:

    ha, ha. boy, need spell check – misspelled my own name! – Hey, a large quilt might even evolve

  12. [...] Lake Modern Quilt Guild was represented well, thanks to these fliers Robert Kaufman made up for the EZ Dresden Quilting Challenge. Along with that, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Darlene Zimmerman, even being [...]

  13. Machelle says:

    This sounds like fun! I Ann sharing this info with my quilting buddies.

  14. Pam says:

    Yes! This does sound like lots of fun. I’ve lots of rulers, sadly no EZ Dresden ruler…will soldier on with what I have until….

  15. [...] we’re now on Day 6 of the EZ Dresden Quilting Challenge and by now you know all of the details and the PRIZES and have seen some really talented quilters in the likes of Lee, Kati, Victoria, [...]

  16. [...] my major commitment, over for now, blogging took a backseat last week.  I was glad to sneak in my dresden piece last week, then enjoyed having fun with my [...]

  17. [...] quilting blogs will be giving away a ruler the rest of this week.  You can see the list of blogs here or you can find Easy Dresden rulers for sale [...]

  18. Monique says:

    Just so happens I am working on a Dresden plate queen size quilt for my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. International contestants can enter too WOOHOO!!

  19. Sondra Millard says:

    Do the plates have to have 20 blades in each one?

  20. Susan says:

    Does the top have to be finished?
    I love Darlene’s Dresden plate ruler so much that I own 3 of them!
    I don’t have a blog, just a personal web page, do I still qualify?

  21. [...] that idea died a swift death. Now I’m thinking about putting together a mini quilt for the EZ Dresden Challenge, with three wheels on the front, one larger and two smaller. I would have pictures, but it was dark [...]

  22. Minty says:

    All of the blog posts and tutorials were such an inspiration, I already made a quilt! However I made it for a baby, 36″ square, and only just realized that the limits for the “small” size is 24″? Is there a reason for the gap in the size?

  23. Rachell R says:

    Ive never entered a challenge before so I’m not sure how it works.
    For the finished measures, they can be longer or shorter on the other sides as long as one side is the max or min?
    Does the quilt need to be completely finished by the deadline? Quilted and bound?
    And we’re just submitting pictures first of our entry?

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  26. I’m the first president of our newly formed (jan.2012) BV Modern Quilt Guild out of Smithers, BC. My entry into the EZ Dresden Challenge is just my cup of tea. You can find my posting all about it at my blog.

    and if you want more of the Canadian Birds Quilt, you can go directly to the first posting on its completion this year, end of June to be exact. I’m tickled to have been able to make a Dresden Plate Quilt and then to have this challenge come along at the same time, its been really difficult to wait until Sept. to do the actual posting. I am tickled to enter this very special quilt into this competition.
    All the best,

  27. Sherri noel says:

    Thanks for offering this chance to win :0)

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  29. vicky thorpe says:

    I have 19 dresden plates that are from the 1930′s, can I enter this quilt? I have purchased 1930 reproduction fabric to put this quilt together.thanks Vicky Thorpe

  30. [...]   To see more details about this challenge, and to see the list of prizes, be sure the visit the EZ Dresden Challenge page of the SLMQG Blog.  They will be donated by these awesome [...]

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