Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dresden Plates

I have been making Dresden Plates! The online information and videos for making them has been wonderful. They were much easier to make than I thought they would be.

I used the book and template by Anelia Belden (if you click on the "Google Preview" on the link you can view the book), but there are lots of similar templates out there. I decided to go with a template instead of a GO! die because I thought there would be less fabric waste (there was really very little).

I used 4+1/2" strips of fabric and cut up 11 fat quarters in no time at all. The fabric is Boutique by Chez Moi.

I decided on the "peak top" for the dresden plate blades,

and chain pieced the the tops.

When I was preparing to sew the tops I finger pressed the centre

to make it easier to line up the centre when I pressed the point (I did trim the seam allowance at the point and pressed  the seam open).

The blades are sewn together starting at the end with the point. After it took a bit of fiddling to get the DP's to lay flat I realized that I had to sew a slightly wider seam allowance as I got closer to the centre when joining the blades. This seems to be a common problem even with the GO!.

I made the centers 2+1/4", using the freezer paper appliqué method (the stencil works great for appliqué circles).

I decided to appliqué the centres before appliquéing the Dresden Plates to the background square (easier to remove the freezer paper - I didn't want to have to cut the background square to remove the freezer paper).

I used a tiny zig-zag and 100WT thread.

It didn't take long to make the 25 DP's I needed.

Once again I used a tiny zig-zag and 100WT thread to stitch the DP's to the background square (I used a 14+1/2" square of ivory Kona cotton - finished size of 14").

I sewed the blocks together on point with setting triangles and corners (just because I preferred this look than to straight rows). The DP's are just over 10". I used large squares of fabric for the background because I wanted to have lots of room for quilting.
I am working on the border now.
The partially finished quilt top is in the spare bedroom, where I think the finished quilt will go. My oldest son told me it looked old - that is exactly what I wanted!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tomorrow is the draw date for the book I am giving away.


Vicki W said...

I love your Dresdens!

Myra said...

Awesome Dresden tute there Joanne!

Bonnie said...

You have just enlightened me as to how to machine piece your dresdens! Thankyou!! Sometimes you just want things to kick along quicker :). I would love to win your book :):) :)

Deb said...

your creations are always a joy to view and admire you are always so busy! love your dresden

Leeanne said...

Love love Dresdens! neat tutorial, fresh colours too.

Sunnybec said...

Oh I love your dresden, I have only made them for cushions! Everytime I see them made into a quilt I want to make one...... Yours is really lovely. Linda

Josie Passell said...

This is the first time I have found your blog. I love your quilt, it is inspiring and daunting. Now I want to read some more of your blog before doing housework.

Betsy said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Joan said...

Great Joanne -0 what brand thread were you using? What colour? All looks wonderful to me... and it takes you no time at all :( How will you quilt it?

Deanna said...

Must. Control. Self. Want. To. Make. One.

Seriously, Joanne, that is amazing. I can't wait to see what you do with the quilting.

Marié du Toit said...

I have find that I sew a narrower seam allowances when I get nearer to a point- like with triangles or the end of the sewing line. When I cover the end of the seam with my finger I can concentrate on the seam allowance to just be visible on the side of the foot.

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE it and it is made with I think my all time favorite fabric line. It is just gorgeous!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Joanne - I just LOVE IT !!

Thanks so much for sharing and can't wait to see the border and the quilting !!

FNSI maybe ?


Judy said...

Thanks so much for sharing a great post on Dresdens. I haven't made one in a long time, and now I'm inspired to put it on my quilt wish list. Lovely quilt!

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