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Thread: Center for Dresden plate

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    I need to find a good way to make that perfect circle the the center of the dresden plate. Any good ideas?

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    Trace around a glass or pill bottle. Anything close to the size you need.

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    I use a circle template to trace onto interfacing, then sew this (right sides together) to the fabric I want for the center. Trim around with pinking shears to about 1/8" .. Cut small slit in interfacing and turn. Press well.
    I have the plastic circle templates I bought from Joann's - there is 5 different sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I use a circle template to trace onto interfacing, then sew this (right sides together) to the fabric I want for the center. Trim around with pinking shears to about 1/8" .. Cut small slit in interfacing and turn. Press well.
    I have the plastic circle templates I bought from Joann's - there is 5 different sizes.
    This is what I do but I go to the Kitchen for my shapes:)

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    use a glass or something else from the kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I use a circle template to trace onto interfacing, then sew this (right sides together) to the fabric I want for the center. Trim around with pinking shears to about 1/8" .. Cut small slit in interfacing and turn. Press well.
    I have the plastic circle templates I bought from Joann's - there is 5 different sizes.
    This is what I do but I go to the Kitchen for my shapes:)
    yep yep...... only way I have found to make a GOOD circle... many are adding a yo yo to the center of a dresden plate too

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    make a template out of something like poster board
    cut the fabric bigger than template (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch )
    hand stitch around the outer edge of fabric
    pull tight under to make it fix nicely around template, like making a yo yo
    PRESS from the top
    lossen thread
    remove template
    you should have a nice perfect circle to stitch to your your quilt !!!!!!

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    I'm glad you asked this question because I was wondering the same thing.

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    I do the same as Buzzy Bee

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    I also
    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I use a circle template to trace onto interfacing, then sew this (right sides together) to the fabric I want for the center. Trim around with pinking shears to about 1/8" .. Cut small slit in interfacing and turn. Press well.
    I have the plastic circle templates I bought from Joann's - there is 5 different sizes.
    This is what I do but I go to the Kitchen for my shapes:)
    yep yep...... only way I have found to make a GOOD circle... many are adding a yo yo to the center of a dresden plate too
    this is what do.also use this way for hearts.[quote]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzy Bee
    make a template out of something like poster board
    cut the fabric bigger than template (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch )
    hand stitch around the outer edge of fabric
    pull tight under to make it fix nicely around template, like making a yo yo
    PRESS from the top
    lossen thread
    remove template
    you should have a nice perfect circle to stitch to your your quilt !!!!!!
    That was the process in a recent tut I watched from Missouri Star. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzy Bee
    make a template out of something like poster board
    cut the fabric bigger than template (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch )
    hand stitch around the outer edge of fabric
    pull tight under to make it fix nicely around template, like making a yo yo
    PRESS from the top
    lossen thread
    remove template
    you should have a nice perfect circle to stitch to your your quilt !!!!!!
    Ditto, this is the way my grandma taught me. Works well.:)

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    make the circle template out of a no melt plastic and stritz the edges with starch and iron over the edges.
    Perfect circles every time. What size are your circles.

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    I make my own templates out of heavy cardstock and a protractor...so I can iron on them. After cutting out the circle, I use the largest stitch on my machine and stitch around the outside, back stitching at one end...then lay the template on the circle, pull the thread and the edges pull tight around the template so you can iron a nice sharp edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I do the same as Buzzy Bee
    me too, They come out perfect.

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    [quote=CoriAmD]I use a circle template to trace onto interfacing, then sew this (right sides together) to the fabric I want for the center. Trim around with pinking shears to about 1/8" .. Cut small slit in interfacing and turn. Press well. ]
    Ditto to this post. I also sometimes save used dryer sheets instead of interfacing. I use this method for Dresden centers and for Buggy Wheels, too. For Buggy Wheels centers I make a 4 patch first then cut my circle from that so it has 4 pie shaped pieces for a more scrappy look.

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    I have a fabric circle cutter from Olfa. I loooooove it!!! I use it to cut the circles for my yo-yos

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    yep yep...... only way I have found to make a GOOD circle... many are adding a yo yo to the center of a dresden plate too
    I agree and they look so pretty, this is just one of the blocks on my Dresden plate quilt. IMO

    I attach them by machine sewing them on before pulling the threads.

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    I have one too....It's the greatest ....you can cut muti layers of fabric.....found it by accident at a quilt expo....so glad I did...
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have a fabric circle cutter from Olfa. I loooooove it!!! I use it to cut the circles for my yo-yos

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    I too use the used dryer sheet method for doing circles and simple shapes. I machine stitch the shape, trim with my pinking sheers, cut a slit in the dryer sheet, turn right side out and press with the iron.

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    You can use a biscuit cutter, glass, small bowl, stoneware coaster, pencil holder container, plastic homemade template,
    purchased template.
    Cut out, stitch together with right sides facing, cut slit, turn, press.

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