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Thread: Flowers that Bloom in the Spring - TraLa TraLa - SIGN UPS CLOSED

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    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
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    Description: Dresden Plate spring flowers and leaves.
    We will be using the block pattern Dresden Plate from Quilterscache.com. Here is the link.

    http://quilterscache.com/D/DresdenPlateBlock.html

    Make 12 blocks alike, you will receive one of yours back and 11 different blocks.

    Please mark EACH ONE of your blocks with a little slip of paper pinned to each block, or a sticky label can be used, please put the label on the back as sometimes some of the 'sticky' adhears to the block itself. Or you may write in somewhere that it will not bleed through with a permanent thin pigma pen. Please include your real name AND Board name.

    You may send them to me any way you wish, just make sure you have a return ADDRESS label and a Flat Rate Stamp ($4.95) for the returning blocks. You do not need to send an envelope. I have ordered padded FRE for your return swapped blocks. Sign-up will close on MAY 31. PM me if you wish to join.

    Blocks due to me by June 30. Because of problems with the deadlines in other swaps, if there is going to be a problem with having them here by June 30, please pm me. You also have the option of dropping out of the swap. It is not fair for those who do honor the deadline to be waiting and waiting and waiting.
    In accordance with general swap rules, failure to send promised BLOCKS will be reported in both the public column of the group activity matrix and as negative feedback against the profile of anyone who does not fulfill their commitment to the swap.

    If you want to make multiple sets, just make sure you have 12 blocks of each SET design. You will receive back as many sets as you send. The flat rate bubble envelope will hold two/theee sets. Any more than that, you will need another flat rate return address label and stamp.

    I will post a tutorial and post a pic of my block later on. Please note - even though the plate shows the rounded edge, we will be folding the ends to make the point.

    This will be the first in a two part Dresden plate swap. This first will be flowers of spring - you may use any spring time colors for your petals. I do ask that your background be white, or beige or even pale yellow if you prefer. We will be appliqueing leaves on our flowers. In June, I will open up the second swap, Flowers that Brighten our Fall FaLa, FaLa - which will be fall flower colors, same pattern. You may join in one or both!

    This is an example of the finished block for this swap.
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    Super Member Karen's Avatar
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    Sneakin this one in?!! I am going to have you put me down as a maybe, I will try the block and see if I can do it and let ya know!

    Just put me down for one set! I went over and checked out the pattern..it don't look that hard!

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    I'm in I love Dresden block I made a quilt years ago with it.

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    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
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    Not sneaking anything in!!! Well, maybe. With this block link, it will ensure that all the petals (plates) will be uniform size. I am headed to the basement now to do a plate, and some step by step for those who have not done this before.

    I cut my background fabric 13" square. I will square it to 12-1/2 after the entire block is constructed
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    I chose pinks for my flower
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    This is a 16 petal block. I cut 8 of the lightest pink, and 4 each of the med and dark pink. The purple will be used for the center
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    After I chained stitched all of the plates, I snipped off the inside corner. This makes the 'point' of the plate
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    I learned this little trick to make the points real sharp. I cut a piece of that plastic 1-3/4 square. By putting one of the corners in the plate, it helps make a sharp point. Afterwards I press it flat with the iron
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    I had taken my background fabric, and folded it in half, pressed the fold, did the same for the top and bottom. I align my seams top and bottom as well as left and right on the folds of the fabric. This centers the plate on the background fabric
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    I used Heat n Bond lite for the leaves. You may use any leaf style you choose. I used an oval pattern. I also used it for the center purple circle
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    I decided to do a cluster of three leaves in each corner. I used a blanket stitch to finish off the 'flower', and used a lighter color thread to outline the leaves. Matching thread for the center circle. Pressed well, then square up to 12-1/2
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    I fingerpressed the seam open. This allows the tips to lay flat. I used a wooden applicator to poke the tip out
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    I printed off the templates from the link, cut them out and then traced and cut them out on a piece of folder plastic.
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    Begin to stitch the plates together in the layout design you choose. I started a little bit in from the edge, then backstitched to the top, then stitched down the 1/4" seam
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    The leaves need to be placed under the plates before stitching the plate in place. You may use any style or cluster of leaves that you choose.
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    Hmmm. not supposed to be sidways. Well, here is my part in neck exercises for you!! I folded the plate in half, and stitched across the top 1/4 inch. Be sure to start from the edge and sew in, instead of the middle out.
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    YEAH Debbie!! You go girl!

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    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
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    Karen and Homecaregiver are on the roster!

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    OH WOW Deb! You make this very hard not to join!!
    I am going to have to think about it and see if I can up with time to do it!!
    Beautiful block and GREAT tute!!
    Thanks for hosting this (even if I can't come up with the time to do it!) I am going to love seeing the blocks everyone makes!

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    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
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    Well, this is my 7th host in one year...and (Patrice thinks that I am nuts...) I have discovered that if I take the time to post the tutorial (even though many of us are seasoned quilters) with the finished block, it really takes out all the guesswork. I know for some the tutorials are not necessary, but if someone is just getting the courage to join, being very specific helps them. And I like the addition of the leaves, it really changes the look of the traditional Dresden plate block.

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    You little stinker,I wasn't going to do another swap for a while.But since this is on my to do list put me down for at least one set,will decide later if I can work in 2 probable will though.Did you turn your leaves under,I kinda glanced at the tute?

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    Would love to join the swap. Am picking my colors now.(In my head.) Could you PM me an address? thank you for all your hard work.

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