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Thread: Dresden Plate table topper question

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    Dresden Plate table topper question

    I picked up a dresden template at Joanns and came up with an idea for just a small table topper. I am only going to have 5" blades. My question is how can I determine how large of a square to cut for the background fabric. For some reason my mind is being "math" challenged today.


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    Mindy

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    Well, I am not sure of the math either - but I have made the same dresden table topper with charm packs - 5" blades - anyway - I believe the background square was about 15" - I just made the dresden plate then measured it and decided how big I wanted the background to be - worked out great.

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    The dresden plates in this quilt were cut from 5 inch charm squares and were centered on 16 inch backgrounds. Tip to tip across they measure 11.75 inches. I used the Darlene Zimmerman easy Dresden template. With that one, the blades are cut flat on the top, stitched together and turned under.

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    My dresden plate directions say 5" blades will equal a 12 1/2" plate and suggests a 14" block. You could always make the background bigger, it's your choice.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    Thank you for the help and Lisa your quilt is beautiful!!

    Mindy

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    Seriously???? You can make the backing as BIG as you want!!!! I've done a quilt with the background 1" wider on each side as the blade (when made up) and I'm doing one now with 3" on each side. It's your tabletopper....
    Dee


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