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Thread: More Grandmother's blocks

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I also inherited 24 Dresden Plate blocks. I believe these are much newer than the other quilts and blocks I posted. The material is stiff, like un-washed, and the fabric patterns look newer. It is all hand pieced and the center circle is sewed on top with a blanket embroidery stitch in dark red thread.

    I actually have 8 (I think) dresden plate blocks completed that I made from the scrap material my grandmother gave me when she couldn't see well enough to sew anymore.

    I plan on finishing this quilt and I have a question. To keep it in the same style should I sew the plates onto the background square with the same blanket stitch rather than a hidden stitch? If so, do I baste a hem around the plates first or just leave the edges raw? The center circles are raw edges.
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    Love those! One of my favorite patterns and those colors are awesome together

    Lynette

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    If it was me I would stitch all raw edges down...
    Maybe not with an applique stitch or a zig but maybe raw applique straight stitch or something....
    K

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    You have just hit the jackpot!
    Very pretty!

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    Those are so pretty. I will be anxious to see how your progress goes putting your quilt together.

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    Very nice.

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    I have never done a Dresden Plate, but I love the pattern. It's those curved edges that frighten me. Any tips on going around the "scalloped" edge?

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    I would stitch down the raw edges. I personally don't care for them to be exposed on anything that might get washed a few times. Wallhangings are "ok", but everything else gets done a different method.

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    Very Nice. I can't wait to see more.

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    I'm no expert but the one that I am making, sewing by hand, I stop the seam joining the wedges 1/4" from the scalloped end. This leaves room to turn under the curved edges and baste a hem. I did a very small whip stitch around the edges to sew the plates onto the background square.


    Leave the seam allowance unsewn to easily turn under the scalloped edges.
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    A small whip stitch to sew it down. Can use a hidden stitch or a decorative stitch.
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    sooooooo pretty

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    Man, you really inherited some great stuff!! Unfortunately, I've never done a Dresden plate-too scared. But I'm sure that someone can send you on the right path.

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    I think the edges need to be turned under on your Grandmothers too. And probably continue with the blanket stitch like in the center. Just my opinion :wink:

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    Thanks for valuable information. I'm building up the courage to try. Perhaps a small wall hanging or even a pillow. Why, oh why, didn't I find you great people a long time ago. Am thankful to have found you.

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    Pittsburgpam, thank you so much for the illustration on turning the edges down. I have several "fans" left from my last fan quilt and hadn't decided what I wanted to do with them, now I know :) I have been reading the forum for several months and recently joined. The only problem I'm having is deciding which quilt I want to start from all the great ideas I read on here. This is a great quilting site and I recommend it to all my quilting friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I'm no expert but the one that I am making, sewing by hand, I stop the seam joining the wedges 1/4" from the scalloped end. This leaves room to turn under the curved edges and baste a hem. I did a very small whip stitch around the edges to sew the plates onto the background square.
    This is exactly the way I would do it with your others as well.

    I have seen some with blanket stitch around the circle and the outer edges, but most are done with a whip stitch, even when the blanket stitch was used in the center..

    If you do use the blanket stitch on the outer edge, it should be turned under and basted first.. then lay it on you background, baste and apply with blanket stitch..


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    Do you have a blanket stitch on your machine? I'd use that. One other thing that has served me well over the years is taking Fray-chek to the raw edges so they won't unravel through the years. It's cheap, easy to apply, and does not take too long to dry.

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    Very pretty!

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    Thank you for showing how you stop at the 1/4" and then turn under before sewing down.

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    What great blocks--and such unusual fabrics too. You are so fortunate to have inherited these.

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    nice blocks

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    nice blocks............

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