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Thread: Easier way to Dresden?

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    Easier way to Dresden?

    I love the happy feeling Dresden plates give me, especially the scrappy ones.
    But it is so tedious to applique all those petals (16X each plate). Is there an easier way to do it?
    The pointy ones are much easier, but I prefer the look of the rounded petals.
    Any tips? Thanks

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    Watching to see....have the same thoughts as you liont.
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    I read about using the raw edge applique method. But I'm waiting to see if there are other more "non-intrusive" methods.

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    I sent you a PM.

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    I've seen them done (edges turned under) with big stitch hand work...looked really nice, but probably as much work as regular needle turn applique. I've also seen them done with a satin zigzag machine stitch which also looks nice. Have not tried either method myself.
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    Have you tried the book "Dresden Plate Quilt - a simplified method by Wendy Gilbert". Its a Quilt in a Day publication. You sew a backing onto the plate & turn it inside out then just applique around the block. I have been very happy with the ones I have made. Here is a picture of one:Name:  100_0587.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
    Have you tried the book "Dresden Plate Quilt - a simplified method by Wendy Gilbert". Its a Quilt in a Day publication. You sew a backing onto the plate & turn it inside out then just applique around the block. I have been very happy with the ones I have made. Here is a picture of one:
    I think I know what you mean. Let me experiment a bit. Thks!

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    thanks for the idea Chester I have a few plates done just waiting to be sewed now but hands dont allow me to hand sew dumb me I was sure I could just sew them down with the sewing machine

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    Thks Chester. I just did a small experiment with a sample Dresden plate. I sewed the plate wrong side up onto a poplin. I trimmed away the excess around the plate, and flip it back inside out. Then I snipped, poked and pressed the petals. Then I trimmed away the excess poplin in the center. Did I do right?
    If what I've done is correct, this method is fairly straightforward. The only flip side I see is the extra bulk at the edge of the petals, where the poplin is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit View Post
    I sent you a PM.
    I'm interested too ... perhaps you could share your ides with the rest of us?



    Here's a tutorial that might be of interest to you. (The earlier steps wouldn't be so applicable for Dresden Plates)
    Vintage Machine Applique (you can use a modern machine if you like)
    I have a Dresden Plate of my Mom's that was done using this technique. All the blanket stitching is done with black floss.
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    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
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