Dresden Plates


New Pattern #14

is Dresden LOVE.

I L-O-V-E this quilt!

I’ve been enjoying this quilt hanging in my atelier for quite some time…

3 years according to my camera roll

& now I’m sharing it in pattern form so that you can make & enjoy your own!

I had absolutely no indecision on this one.

I saw it in my head,

knew just the right fabrics for it

& got to sewing.

This is my original Tiny Dresden “O” quilt.

The black fabric is from my very own “Vintage Play” fabric line

that I designed with Red Rooster Fabrics a few years ago.

I added the alternating red little half-square triangles & that was it.

Now you can make & enjoy your own!

Meet Dresden LOVE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of the process that I use to create my pattern quilts.

All 14 new patterns, the little Dresden templates,

& the notions that I use & love are available on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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As I mentioned before… I see Dresden plates… where there are none!

Unfortunately you’ll have to take my word for it because I totally forgot to take a before pic.

This will have to do, sorry.

I picked up the lovely completed (or so Jody thought) quilt last week along with the gorgeous coordinating fabric. I had to buy the fabric to complete this project. Big ideas come with big pieces of fabric. You NEVER know just how much fabric a project may take, so you better get plenty so you don’t run out, REALLY!

I’ve been preoccupied with lots of things since purchasing this last Friday, one those things was having friends over for lunch today.

Well, you know how friends can sometimes be, well, opinionated? (What I have to say about opinions, “They’re like elbows, everyone has at least two!”) so the opinion today as they looked at my sewing table was that I shouldn’t put a Mini Dresden plate in the center of this seemingly complete quilt, but instead a Mini Dresden AND a Tiny Dresden!

They even demonstrated their idea.

I just happen to keep some orphan plates hanging in my sewing room.

They may be know-it-alls, but I agreed!

So after our lunch and a trek back to the same shop (criminals frequently return to the scene of the crime…) what can I say… I forgot these Friday!

And one might say, “Is that blue?” yes, temporary insanity? I don’t know why I bought a blue fabric. I never buy blue unless it’s for a patriotic quilt. But it caught my eye and it was on the $5 sale table. Actually it was all on sale.

Unfortunately, Mini Mall in Staunton is going out of business. Jody is retiring¬† ūüė¶

Anyway, I set to cutting.

I first made the Mini Dresden plate.

Then I cut and sewed the Tiny Dresden petals.

 It sure saves a lot of time to trim the seam allowance with a rotary cutter!

Before long I had the Tiny Dresden plate finished.

Then I made the center with a pretty green fabric.

I glued then stitched the center to the Tiny Dresden plate.

I got it wet to release the glue on the template so I could remove it.

Next I pressed it nice & flat again with Mary Ellen’s Best Press and glued it to the center of the Mini Dresden plate and stitched it down.

Then I glued that to the completed quilt & started to stitch it down.

This is where I remembered that I hadn’t taken a pic of the original quilt!

I sure miss my memory!

And isn’t it pretty?

Now you see what I kind of saw when I first laid eyes on the pretty quilt for sale.

Careful, you may just catch whatever I have!

Just Keep Sewing… Dresden plates!

Susan

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

 

It has been fun sewing my Grunge, Seeing Stars rainbow these past two days.

I finished the plates, then made the centers at our guild meeting yesterday.

When I got home I appliqued the centers in place

(after I replaced Mr. Too Dark Blue… he’ll have to wait for a different project)

You can see for yourself that there was no contrast between him & the pretty black center fabric.

So, I replaced him with a grey plate,

then I stitched the centers in place & dampened the centers to remove the paper templates.

During dinner we got to watch them dry.

I put them on our kitchen table & turn on the ceiling fan.

It makes the drying time quick!

(An advantage of the kids growing up & moving on is that

we don’t need the whole kitchen table for dinner anymore.

I also spend less money on food… but at times the quiet is deafening!)

After our dinner was cleaned up I glued the plates to the background squares

then got out my box of Sulky threads & played the matching game.

That was fun!

Typically I use one spool of thread, Sulky Medium Taupe #1180.

It blends with all of my “muddy” colors so well,

but these bright fabrics read as solids & all 12 petals are the same

so I wanted to match them as closely as possible.

Did you know that if your thread color is a little darker than your fabric that it actually matches better?

Try it!

Next, I stitched the plates in place.

Theresa asked about my applique stitch,

so I’ve added a couple of close-up pics here:

It’s a tiny blind hem stitch.

It takes a few straight stitches, then a zag to the left.

I adjust the stitch length really short & the width really narrow.

I had a hard time getting a pic where you could actually see the stitches

because they’re so small & the thread matches so well.

That’s the reason I use this stitch.

In my opinion it resembles a hand stitch.

In fact I’ve had multiple quilters with their noses close to my quilt adamant that I’d done the stitching by hand!

(Obviously they don’t know me at all! They just see my work!)

The stitch shows up better on this aqua plate

where the color of the fabric changes to a lighter shade.

BTW, the Sulky thread is 30 wt. cotton.

Now this morning I’m ready to assemble the rest of the blocks.

I can’t wait to see them all come together.

Must get off computer & go sew lol!!!

I hope you’re doing some stitching today too.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Last we were together I was up to my eyeballs in these.

Aren’t the little piles of alligator teeth too cute?

(easily amused, yes I know…)

With a little help from my favorite vices…

I was able to complete all of the half Tiny Dresden plates from the 1,600+ petals!

This is all of them sewn;

the extra petals set aside for another project down the road.

The little rows just make me smile!

(again, easily amused, yes I know…)

I was able to make 6 half Tiny Dresden plates from each of the 40 jelly roll strips

of Jo Morton’s New Hope by Moda Fabrics.

During our annual retreat to local quilt shop, Rosemary’s,

I got to work making blocks from the half Tiny Dresden plates for my next quilt.

This is my work space all set up & ready to sew.

My cute little Dritz Mighty Steam Iron showed up just in time to travel with me.

What a great find!

It’s the perfect little Dresden plate iron!!!

It’s extremely light-weight & just the right size for pressing my little plates.

I wish I’d known about them sooner!

I was so impressed that I’m now carrying them on my website for you to purchase here.

Don’t let the small size fool you.

It gets super hot!

It’s great for pressing small half-square triangles too.

I also like it for pressing block parts.

Choosing the center circle fabrics is a bit like choosing which Barbie shoes should complete her ensemble, lol…

Love, love, love each step!

Can’t wait to show you the finished quilt,

but that will have to wait for another day.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

 

As of this morning, this is the progress that I’ve made

since showing you the 1,600+ cut petals

made with the New Hope Fabric by Jo Morton for Moda Fabrics.

 

There are 6 half Tiny Dresden plates in each stack,

48, half Tiny Dresden plates in all.

To keep the strings of petals tangle-free & wrinkle-free,

I’ve had Betsy holding them.

She’s very good at her job!

Each string started out as 4 jelly roll strips that I cut into the 41 petals each (160+/-).

This is a VERY busy corner of my room, eh???

This morning, I pulled another string from its resting spot.

See  how wrinkle-free they still are?

It makes them much nicer to work with when they’re not wrinkled or tangled.

Anything to make the task less annoying is what I’m all about!

A while back I started wondering why I still cut the strings apart with scissors… no more!

It’s much quicker to cut them apart with my rotary cutter (of course!).

I cut off about a dozen at a time

and trim the seam allowance with my rotary cutter, duh!

Why didn’t I do this earlier?

I don’t think I’m lazy,

I just like to do things the quickest

& least annoying way possible!

Once trimmed, the petals are tossed into one of many cutlery trays.

This keeps the petals from escaping to oblivion when I need to move them to the ironing board in the next step.

Next, I cut off another dozen or so petals from the string

and so on, and so on… until the sting of petals is gone.

All ready for the next step!

Now I must go press, turn, press again, then sew.

A great job for a cold, dreary day.

I think I’ll go pick out a movie to keep me company.

It will make this task more enjoyable.

What are you doing on this chilly day?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I did it!

I cut my entire New Hope jelly roll by Jo Morton into Tiny Dresden petals.

But, before I started cutting I was wondering…

since I only need a 2″ strip for the Tiny Dresden petals & a jelly roll strip is 2 1/2″,

could I get more petals from each strip by not first trimming it to 2″???

So, I laid out a bunch of my Tiny Dresden Templates on a strip side by side as if I had trimmed the strip to 2″.

Then I laid out a bunch more of my Tiny Dresden Templates on another strip, staggering them to the edges of the strip.

Guess what?

I can get 5 more petals from each strip if I slide the template to the opposite edge of the strip as I cut!

Multiply that by 40 strips… 36 petals x 40 strips = 1,440 or

compared to 41 petals x 40 strips = 1,640.

That’s 200 more petals from the same amount of jelly roll strips!

That’s 16.6 more Tiny Dresden plates,

or 33.3 more half Tiny Dresden plates!

So, I stacked up 4 different color fabric jelly roll strips and started cutting.

After I cut a few I decided my 60 mm cutter might work even better than my 45 mm & I was right.

Here’s how I did it:

I lined up the template at the edge of the selvage and sliced it off the strip.

Then I cut along the top of the template.

Then I cut along the other side of the template.

I then rotated the template to the opposite edge of the jelly roll strip.

Then sliced it off the strip.

Then I cut along the top of the template.

Then I continued to rotate the template down the strip.

When I got to the end of the strips I opened the folds and stacked what was left of each strip and usually cut one more of each fabric. A few of the fabric strips were not long enough to cut one more petal, but the majority of them were long enough.

Voila!

A jelly roll worth of Tiny Dresden petals.

Now I’ve really got my work cut out for me, lol!!!

A great way to spend a super cold January day.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

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