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Thread: Help Please! Dresden Plate Advice!

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    I used six different colors in my Dresden plate quilt. Each plate got 5 of the colors, and the four quadrants were the same. If I used the same 5 colors in multiple plates (I did, since I have 21 plates) I tried to arrange them differently.

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    I've done them in all scrappy (my avatar) , and I'm working on one now for my son's wedding that is all blues. 5 different fabs. Haven't decided on the center yet, but they will all be the same. Just depends on the look you want. I'm going for a more uniform look on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    This is one of those questions that you'll get all kinds of answers to. I know many folks who say put them in a bag and pull them out one by one. I can't do that. I need more order. So I would lay out one with 20 different blades and many a couple for the four of the same color idea and the rest different. Stand back and take a look. If one doesn't hit you immediately as the best way, sleep on it and look again the next day. Good luck.

    This is what I would do because I'm the same way. There's lots of good advice here but try it both ways and see which you prefer. Good luck and I hope you'll share some pictures.

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    So, I played with the layouts. I decided to go forward with scrappy. But, the control freak in me likes having the blades in the corners uniform. I have decided to sometimes use light and sometimes dare in the corners to continue the scrappy feel. I have prepared my blades, there will be 16 12" plates, 16 16" plates and about 40 4.5" plates.

    Here are some pictures of what I put together yesterday at sit and sew. I am really pleasantly surprised how forgiving and easy the plates are to put together.

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    The pictures are washed out . They are sittting on an Olfa mat, to give you an idea or what the colors should be.

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    12" plates

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    Close up of 12" plate with light corners.

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    Close up of 12" plate with dark corners.

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    3 small 4.5" plates

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    Close up sample of 4.5" plate

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    Ive wondered if it fits with our personalities? People who like order and control will probably like a specific pattern in the plates and those who wing it most of the time will just pick from the bag and leave it at that. Just a theory. I know I would like at least three of the same at equally separated to make it balanced.

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    I just finished the blocks for one for my granddaughter. Its all batiks. I bought a charm pack in JoAnns just to practive and I loved it so much I kept going. It made 60 blades so I bought 2 more and now I have 9 blocks. I didnt iron until all 20 were joined and it layed flat Still havent done the applique part. I have to practice more.

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    I've never seen the small ones with the big hole in the center. What will you make with that? Im going to post mine that I made from a charm pack later today. I love your blues.

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    I think I am going to buy a piece of wide white fabric to use as the base and scatter the large, medium and smaller plates on it. I think instead of appliquéing circles in the centers of all the plates, I am going to finish the insides like the outsides, turned under and blanket stitched. And then appliqué some yoyos in the areas between the plates. I saw one kind of like this, but it was spaced very evenly, like blocks put together with the circles appliqued at the intersections of the blocks. I think mine is going to be more free form. But, I don't know for sure yet.

    Work In Progress.

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