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Thread: Questions on Dresden Plate

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    Moderator Up North's Avatar
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    Ok now that I have inherited 120 dresden plate circles how do I get the center on and keep it round? the few in the box that were done had the center sewn to the back block but were nowhere near round, I know there has to be an easy way, I tried freezer paper circles but wasn't happy with the results. I don't want to mess this one up.

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    I would take a couple of layers of template plastic and glue them together the size you want to make the circles. Then just baste around the edge and when you get all the way around just gather it up around the template plastic. I would use Heat resistant mylar so that you can iron it so you will have a crisp edge.

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    use fusible webbing... sew right sides together, slit the webbing, turn right side out - run your finger around inside so it's ROUND, then applique on!!

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    Reva and I use the same method - it's fast and turns out great. Sometimes you have to snip a little to make it lay flat, but usually that is on shapes with "innies and outies".

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    LOVE this tip!
    Another quilter on this site PMd me about it and I finally tried applique the easy way for a quick Father's Day present. It's super easy and even going through the project quickly, the shapes were true to size (hand prints). Can't wait to see pix of your finished, beautiful dresden plate.
    Happy Quilting!

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    I would suggest sewing a running stitch fairly close to the edge of your circle. Make sure one end has a knot in it and gather your fabric slightly. This will cause the circle to cup slightly with the raw edges turning under.
    Then when you press, you should have a circle with raw edges turned under.
    Hopes this helps!

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    Thanks for you help! I don't have any fusible webbing right now and won't be going the 50 miles to get some anytime soon. I will try the stitching around the edge first, I also have some dryer sheets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    am not sure you could do this on a regular quilt, but on a wall hanging it is fine. (We don't have to wash those very often if at all).
    If you find areas getting too bulky, you can selectively trim from the back after sewing edges. If I'm doing a build up of a few layers, like a complex flower, i trim as I go, staying clear of the seams.

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    I just finished a dresden plate top. I cut a circle template from plastic and traced the circle onto stabilizer. Then I layed the stabilizer on the fabric (right side up) and sewed around the circle.
    Then I cut a slit in the stabilizer and turned inside out and ironed it. I pinned the dresden to my background fabric, pinned the circle in place and sewed it with a blanket stitch.

    I posted a pic in pictures.

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    Do you put the circle under or on top of the plate ? I have one started and am doing it on top. Wondering what is the right way. Also do you do the plate to background then add the circle, I started with the circle on the plate then was going to put to background fabric. Which is easier ?

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