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Thread: If you haven't tried the easy dresden tool, you have to!

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Just thought I'd mention how very cool and fun the easy dresden tool is. Last night when hubby had the kids at ball practice, I thought for once I was just going to sit down and sew something fun. Picked out some fun fabric from my scraps, and put together a dresden plate block (wanted to try one like forever!). It was SO easy, and I truly enjoyed the process. I still need to applique it, but wanted to say how easy it was. I'm thinking of doing a whole quilt now, with nice big 'blank' blocks in between for some nice handquilting. Now I have to remember how to applique (haven't done it for so long!).

    p.s. btw, I used the 4 1/2" mark on the tool & a 13" block for this little project.

    Well, I wanted to share. If you have one of these in your closet, I encourage you to give it a try! :mrgreen:
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    You have inspired me to get mine out and try it. Thanks!

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    I used mine to make my queen sized Dresden Plate quilt. It really is pretty simple to use. I used charm squares and set them on 16 inch blocks.

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    Way to go! Love the colors:) Can't wait to see a completed quilt!

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    There must be something in the air ---- I've had the tool for a couple of years and didn't use it, either. Just last night I started playing with it. You're right, it's a lot of fun and really burns through the scraps.

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    Pretty colors!

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    Very lovely. I had best put mine to good use as well. Thank you for encouraging and sharing.

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    Yes, I agree it really is an easy way to make Dresden's. I have one and use it anytime I want even a quarter circle for fans and such. Thanks for the testimonial.

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    I'm still planning one just like yours but not now.

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    I got the tool recently, but haven't played with it yet! Someone on here did a mini xmas wreath last year, & I loved it, so I bought the tool when I finally found it. Love the colors in yours, will definitely have to do some soon! Post more when you do some other blocks to go with it, nice!

    Am curious? How do you figure out the center when doing these various sizes, or, does the info that comes with the ruler tell you? Just wondering....

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    I've got that one also! It does make it very easy to put together!

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    Love your block, it is very pretty.

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    Thanks, everybody. I just found a plastic cup that is around the size I need to make the center circle (went through glasses, jars, etc. until I found one that I liked). I'm THINKING of using this block as a table topper (maybe I'll I'll try another new technique and attempt quilt as you go?), and make a more fall-colored quilt next time. I'm just having fun playing around and learning new things. :)

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    You are inspiring. It is beautiful. Great fabrics. When things are cut accurately it does make it easier to sew accurately

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    Okay I'm going to get the tool now. Lol

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    I have tried it and it takes all the guess work out of how big to cut. Thanks for the reminder, I will "have" to get it out and use again soon.

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    I use mine when ever I make any thing wiht a dresden plate. I made a few Christmas table runner last year. Have a great day, Huggies, Fay

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    i just love mine :)

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    The other cool thing about this tool is that you can use it to piece it a different way - back & forth, just the way you use it to cut the fabric. You can alternate colors, or go scrappy. Thought it may be fun to make a mug rug that way. I'll keep ya posted. :) Hubby & DS went to the cabin for the day, so... when the cat's away... ;)

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    I love the old fashion, the one that is round off at the top. Am I showing my age ? :roll:

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    Wow I have this tool too. I should get it out and play with it. Yours is so beautiful.

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    I can't wait to try it. Thanks


    debra

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    Beautiful!

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    Very cool!!!

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    Yep, I have one of those, too, but haven't even taken it out of the pkg. yet! I really need to finish a couple of other quilts before I start on a new one. I WILL get to it one day, but not anytime in the near future. Love yours!!!

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