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Old 05-04-2021, 03:55 PM
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Those are really neat Watson!

Here are some that I've been working on. I don't know if I'd have the disciple to stick with it if I was making a bunch the same though.

The brown stripe with the cream is two plates that I'll put together. I'm thinking of appliqueing circles on the outer ends to match what I put in the center, just not sure what that will be yet.


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Old 05-06-2021, 08:01 AM
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Beautiful Macybaby. I've never done the rounded dresden plate. Is it easy?
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:10 AM
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Queenbarbiej - you finish the rounded edges before you sew the petals together. I simply traced the curve onto the wrong side of the petal, then I cut muslin squares for the facing and sewed along the traced line. Then I used my pinking shears to trim off the excess fabric, turned and pressed. I sewed the curves with a rather short stitch to give a smoother curve.

I recently bought the large set of the Perfect Circles templates, they go from 2.5" to 4". I used a pencil to mark the exact center so I could get them lined up correctly for tracing. I also them to create the centers. They are heat resistant

At that point sewing the petals together is the same as when you sew and turn the points first..

I had always looked at these and thought that turning the outer edge after all the petals were sewn together would be a nightmare, had no idea you did it first! I've been very surprised to find how easy and fun these are to make.
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Watson View Post
Another experiment. This isn't applique'd yet, just sitting on a towel.
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I LOVE your experiments! That kind of plate would be so pretty scattered across a wholecloth top, or on a pillow or a wallhanging.
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Queenbarbiej View Post
Beautiful Macybaby. I've never done the rounded dresden plate. Is it easy?
Macybaby describes a faced curve, which is a nice easy way to create the curved ends - and if the facing is deep enough, it can even make your plates dimensional, with the tips of the wedges not sewn down.

You could also finish the curved ends with a starch-prepared method - brush some heavy starch on the curved end and press the edge over a heat-resistant template - you can do this before you sew the wedges together or afterward. Steam press the sewn plate flat, use a little School Glue stick to baste it to the block and sew around the edges.

Or you could mark a quarter-inch hem all around the plate with a wash-out marker and use needle-turn applique to apply it to the block. I love needle-turn, but I'm juggling too many projects right now to even think about hand applique, but it's a nice project to take with you in the car or to work on while you're watching tv.

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Old 05-06-2021, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post

The brown stripe with the cream is two plates that I'll put together. I'm thinking of appliqueing circles on the outer ends to match what I put in the center, just not sure what that will be yet.
Quite a nice mix you've got there! I love the bright colored ones with the flowers lining up all around.

The circles idea sounds pretty amazing - very inventive!
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
Here is a picture of the Round Robbin quilt I used the plates on. I only added the four corners, the rest was done by other participants.
This quilt is so gorgeous and such a one of a kind!!! I love it!
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:05 PM
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I have decided to drop out of this. I was iffy to start with and since my time just can hold another activity the completion of my current Dresden Plate will have to wait. To think I could pull out the WIP and finish it up while working on the projects I have going was not to smart on my end. I will watch this thread. I love to see other Dresden Plate quilts and I will post here a pic of one of my first ones. I made this King Size quilt more than 30 years ago.
It gets overwhelming to have too many quilts on the go, focus on the ones that are inspiring you! Purple quilts are awesome, thanks for sharing your quilt. Is it still in use? That's impressive
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Watson View Post
My first Dresden plate and I'm hooked. I've been looking at Dresden plate videos all day long!

Still needs a centre.

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Watson I'm so glad you joined us, I love when you post pictures of your quilts you are so talented. It's amazing to me how varied the dresden plate can be, yours look very modern! It's giving me an idea for a fireworks quilt...hmmm
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Old 05-06-2021, 05:26 PM
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My plan today was to do a border - and I was going to make a fancy border - diamonds. I pulled out my border book that I bought and never used and figured out everything, did the math, cut, and started sewing strips. And then I realized the border would only add 1.4" and I didn't think it would like right that thin. I decided to set aside those pieces for another quilt and just went for a typical border.

Normally I would add the yellow all the way around, then the blue. But I thought hey why not sew the yellow and blue strips together first? It will have the same outcome! Nope, nope it doesn't. Got a small yellow stripe thing happening in the corners, whoops. Now I know why you go around one border at a time. My plan is to sandwich it this weekend and maybe even quilt it.

I can't get the photo with a border added, but will post on the weekend hopefully
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