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    mini dresden plates help

    Hello everyone,

    I need help! I am trying to make small - mini - dresdens and I keep ending up with these massive dresdens. I have the template to cut them, but I am obviously doing something wrong!

    I found a pic on pinterest and the minis had 12 plates - that's what I am trying to make ... any mathematicians out there? I thought I could figure it out, but apparently not!

    Thanks so much


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    Don’t forget that your seams will make your plate smaller. The wider your blade the bigger your plate will be.

    This is a tutorial for making a Dresden plate with 12 blades, Marion. Hope it helps.

    https://www.aquiltingsheep.com/2012/...FBQUFBRnl0R1Qw

    Edited to add add this tute that explains the math

    http://thecraftyquilter.com/2017/02/...late-tutorial/
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    To make your dresdens smaller you need to start at the narrowest end of the template and make them from that end. I hope that make sense.
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    Maybe this will help

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    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    Thanks, but those are still too big LOL ... i'm looking for minis that are about 6 inches from top to bottom of the whole thing (so maybe 2.5 inch blades?) and a small circle in the middle ...

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    Yes, you make the finished dresden smaller by shortening from the red line in the drawing. I would think 2.5 ish would get the finished size you want.
    Quote Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
    Thanks, but those are still too big LOL ... i'm looking for minis that are about 6 inches from top to bottom of the whole thing (so maybe 2.5 inch blades?) and a small circle in the middle ...
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    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    Love the graphic - really shows what is meant by "from the bottom/narrow end of the template"
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    SheriR did a QB tutorial on mini dresdens using quilters candy squares. I used them for mug rugs for my sisters. The plates were about 6 inches finished but they only had 10 petals.

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    It looks like you want a wider angled ruler to get fewer blades.

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    within the tutorial linked by Janie above is a pdf of a template for a 12 bladed dresden. and as diagrammed by Kassaundra above, cut your blades from the narrower end.
    http://thecraftyquilter.com/wp-conte...e-Template.pdf
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    Here's a diagram that may help. If you print it out so it's 3" square, the middle wedge should give you the size template needed. I didn't know how big you wanted the circle so two sizes are included. You can also draw it up yourself if you make a 3" square as I included the measurements for the lines. Don't forget to add seam allowances when cutting out the fabric.
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    thank you everyone. I figured out my problem - me and the template I was using ... my template was for 24 blades LOL so no matter how "low" i cut it, I still had to have 24 blades ...

    so I have now purchased mini dresden template rulers ...

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    You can draw your own w/ the template ruler you have now. Draw out one blade, draw in your seam allowance on one side, place your ruler beside the drawn blade so that the seam lines match (where you would be sewing) draw out your second blade beside it. now you have a 12 blade dressie pattern w/ seam allowances on the outer seams only.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
    thank you everyone. I figured out my problem - me and the template I was using ... my template was for 24 blades LOL so no matter how "low" i cut it, I still had to have 24 blades ...

    so I have now purchased mini dresden template rulers ...
    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kassaundra View Post
    Maybe this will help

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