I found this lovely, 100% complete

red & white table runner for sale at my local quilt shop this morning

after our club meeting.

It caught my eye because of course as soon as I saw the stars,

my brain instantly started seeing little Dresden plates inside them.

I just can’t help myself!

I could tell the centers were a bit too small for one of my Tiny Dresden plates

(they’re usually appliqued onto a 4 1/2″ finished square)

but I knew I could make something work.

So, I bought the runner and a fat 1/4 of a pretty blue.

If you know me, you know my blue stash is VERY SMALL!

The only time I use blue is in patriotic quilts.

This afternoon I cut a couple strips of the blue fabric.

I decided on 1 3/4″ strips not knowing exactly what the finished size of the plate would be,

I just wanted the challenge of playing with the concept.

Notice I used the narrow end of the template.

This is the end that goes to the inside of the plate.

Had I cut with the outside edge of the template,

I would have only been making the center hole larger,

not the outside diameter smaller.

Since there are 3 stars on the runner,

I cut 36 petals to make 3 Dresden plates.

Of course I had plenty of reds to choose from for the centers.

Aren’t the 3 3/8″ Dresdens adorable???

The perfect addition to Tamara’s perfect stars!

I think they’re perfect for my new patriotic table runner.

What a fun project this afternoon.

I hope Tamara doesn’t want it back!

What are you sewing this summer?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan