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Thread: I can't figure this out......

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    I can't figure this out......

    I recently copied a beautiful dresden plate pattern made with a jelly roll and large enough to fit a 48" tabletop but, can't for the life of me, figure out how to back it without appliqueing it to another piece of fabric. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks a bunch!!! http://lurineg.blogspot.com .au/2009/12/dresden plate-tutorial.html

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    Your link doesn't work. However, I have never seen a Dresden plate that was not appliqued to a backing fabric.

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    I tried the post and you're right, it doesn't work anymore.... odd that I was able to get the pattern, anyway I really hope someone can give me some ideas.

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    If it's 48" could you just sew it right sides together to a circle of backing and "birth' it. You could use iron-on fleece or batting and iron it to the wrong side before you turn it.

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    I saw this pattern somewhere not long ago and printed it out. The one I saw was appliqued on to a white on a white block of fabric. I have never seen a one that was not appliqued on.

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    That's a great link/tutorial. Thanks Tesspug. I see it's just one BIG block. (I still think joining the 'birthed' Dresdens would be interesting.
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    YES!!! That's it! Thanks tesspug!!!!!!

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    I have never seen a Dresden Plate that was not appliqued to another fabric, but I am always open to new resolves. I will be watching this post to see the responses.

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    P.S. I don't think that the plate is appliqued to the white background simply because it looks as if the white is only used as a backdrop for the tute.

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    I have seen smaller dresdens "birthed" the way tesspug described and they turn out very nicely.
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    You might want to check out this old thread on a dresden plate that was birthed. The member goes into detail on how she did it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t118942.html

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    That's a really pretty dresden top, I remember that post. Only problem is, those wedges are rounded and the one I'm thinking of making has pointed ends. I could sew right sides together, but given the fact that the tips are already doubled, I think there would be a lot of bulk at the end of each wedge. Hmmmm. what to do, what to do!!!!!!

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    I would think the rounded ends would work better than points.
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    Can't you just sew the Dresden plates to the background fabric? That is what I did when I made my first Dresden plates. I sewed them by hand to the background fabric.
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    You can use facing to finish the edges - demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwPe_84GBfY

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    Thank you for posting this link! I thought I wasn't a fan of dresdan's but after seeing this one I am now a fan and plan to try making one soon.

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    Without actually seeing it, I'm making a guess. From what I am understanding you are making a table topper from one single, huge, Dresdan plate circle with pointed tips. Can you layer batting and a piece of fabric on the back, quilt it (but stay away from the edges), and trim and turn the edges of the backing, hand-stitching in place to fit the circular part of the plate, leaving the points to hang free kind of like prairie points? Do I make any sense?
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    Thanks for that tute.... what a great way to bind uneven edges. I have to bookmark this one.

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    I have made one similar and quilted in the ditch, radiating out from the center circle to the edge of the block. The tip stays down ok, but i decided to just tack it down anyway.
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    Thanks, Tesspug, for the link and thanks oh Munner for the idea. Great one!

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    So you want a Dresden but don't want to appliqué it onto a backing fabric- right? How about using a CIRCLE of Pellon or fleece that would cover the back but not extend beyond the inner points? Your outer points are already finished, your Pellon won't ravel & you could stitch between the plates to hold it down.

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    The picture did look like the white was the background for the picture. It looked difficult to make until looking through the tute. Really pretty and easy. I might make it and fuze it to insulbrite and use it for a hotpad on the table. The ruler is now on my bucket/wish list
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    I have used this tutorial to make a centre piece for a table and I birthed it with a circle of fabric, it worked out great.

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    the only dresden i know of that is not appliqued, is quilt as you go. had the great luck to attend class with analie belden who has book on this technique. her book "Thoroughly Modern Dresden" is wonderful. check it out for next time. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...e+be%2Caps%2C0
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