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Thread: Turning under a Dresden fan?

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    Junior Member Phoppe's Avatar
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    Hello, I am having some difficulty turning under my curved fan "blades" on my dresden plate. Anyone have some super foolproof way to do this? I keep getting creases. Thanks. And should I fold them under before I sew them all together or after?

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    I can not help you with your questions on the dresden plate. I wanted to let you know I read your post, I wanted to say hello and I wanted to compliment you on your post title. It is very specific and you will get lots of help. We have many, many experts on the dresden plate. They are all so lovely. Good luck.
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    While you are waiting for the dresden veterans to arrive I thought you might enjoy this post. The members are discussing things that sound similar to your question. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-100319-1.htm

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    have never made the curved one, but could you take a metal curved ruler and press them?

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    Stay stitch just inside your curve, than clip to the stitching. Should turn under just fine.

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    This site explains it better than I can. :lol: This is how I do mine. You make a little sandwich and turn thru the hole. http://www.extremelycrafty.co.uk/Ezine6p7.html the actual turning part is about 2/3 way down. Hope this helps. :thumbup:

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    The book I picked up today from the library lines each tip with organdy, trims it with pinking scissors or clips the edge, then turns and presses. The whole petal isn't lined, just the curved area. A bit of work, but a very nice finish.

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    Thank you all for your help! I will try your suggestions and see how they work

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    I did my Dresden Plate petals just like Irishrose just explained. It's a bit of work but it turns out well. I used the pinking sheers to cut it after sewing.

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    As always, you guys really offer great ideas! I have Dresden Plates (sewn together) but could not get the ends even - thank you so much for the idea of adding another fabric, and turning. Now, maybe I will finish the quilt.

    Thank you!

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    The easiest way I know of is the "starch method" of preparing the edges of the petals.

    This site explains the whole process - if you're only doing the petals on the Dresden and perhaps the center circles, it will be much simpler than the process as shown.

    After turning the edges under, you can then use Elmer's Washable School Glue or Roxanne's Glue Baste-It and glue the raw edge of the turned-under part and press the plate onto the squares of backing fabric with a steam iron.

    The glue holds the fabric in place without interfering with getting the plates sewn onto the backing squares. But, it washes right out - soak the block in warm water and then give it a scrub between your thumbs. The glue comes right out. :)

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