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Man, you really inherited some great stuff!! Unfortunately, I've never done a Dresden plate-too scared. But I'm sure that someone can send you on the right path.
I think the edges need to be turned under on your Grandmothers too. And probably continue with the blanket stitch like in the center. Just my opinion :wink:
Thanks for valuable information. I'm building up the courage to try. Perhaps a small wall hanging or even a pillow. Why, oh why, didn't I find you great people a long time ago. Am thankful to have found you.
Pittsburgpam, thank you so much for the illustration on turning the edges down. I have several "fans" left from my last fan quilt and hadn't decided what I wanted to do with them, now I know :) I have been reading the forum for several months and recently joined. The only problem I'm having is deciding which quilt I want to start from all the great ideas I read on here. This is a great quilting site and I recommend it to all my quilting friends.
This is exactly the way I would do it with your others as well.Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
I have seen some with blanket stitch around the circle and the outer edges, but most are done with a whip stitch, even when the blanket stitch was used in the center..
If you do use the blanket stitch on the outer edge, it should be turned under and basted first.. then lay it on you background, baste and apply with blanket stitch..
Do you have a blanket stitch on your machine? I'd use that. One other thing that has served me well over the years is taking Fray-chek to the raw edges so they won't unravel through the years. It's cheap, easy to apply, and does not take too long to dry.
Thank you for showing how you stop at the 1/4" and then turn under before sewing down.
What great blocks--and such unusual fabrics too. You are so fortunate to have inherited these.