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Thread: Dresden Plate Tutorial

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    Many have written and asked me to do a tutorial on the Dresden Plate block! Hope you can understand this...if not, let me know!

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    The whole quilt
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    First -- cut your strip the WOF and the heighth you want the ray of the plate - in this case I cut it 3 1/2" by WOF
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    This is the Easy Dresden ruler I use
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    Lay the ruler down, matching the 3 1/2" line
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    Cut with your rotary cutter on each side, flip the ruler so it's upside down and cut again
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    Sew with 1/4" seam -- I mark the 1/4" seamline when handstitching. MUCH easier
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    Fold in half lengthwise and finger press -- this is important. (sorry for blurry - hard to do a photo with one hand)
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    Sew the 1/4 across the top
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    Nip off at the fold -- and at a slant.
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    Fold down and finger press the seam OPEN
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    Sew the blades together matching the TOP -- don't worry about the bottom, it'll be under the center
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    Flip the right side out and finger press the sides -- make sure the seam stay flat and not folded to one side. Also - make sure your point is sharp -- The Purple Thing is GOOD for this. I matched up the seam line with the fold that you made earlier.... the points will be perfect that way and not skewed. Press with an iron..
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    Make 20 blades. I did 4 sets of 5 and tried to have at least one solide or near solid blade in each set --- 4 solids in each plate.
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    Thanks for the tute, this point is so much easier than sewing a curve. btw, I love all the colors in your quilt. Very pretty.

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    Thanks for showing usI just bought the templates for the pattern!Can you show the rest of the pattenr in tutorial?Thanks

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    Thanks for the Dresden Plate tutorial, I am anxious to try a quilt like yours.

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    I don't have my templates for the center piece (okay - the room's a mess, I can't find them :)). I cut 2 circles out of lightweight cardboard -- one was 3" across and the 2nd was 2 1/2". Cut out your center fabric using the 3" circle for your guide. Lay the 2 1/2" circle in the middle of the fabric piece you cut and draw around it. Now ---- Sew by hand with a large stitch around the outside edge of the fabric circle. Try to keep your stitching far apart (may 3-4 stitches per inch) and on the outer edge. When you have it sewn, do not cut off.....lay your SMALL 2 1/2" piece of cardboard in the circle and pull your threads so it gathers around the template. Now PRESS hard --- You REALLY want the fabric to remember this fold. Take out the cardboard and replace with a 2 1/2" piece of batting. Tie off and knot your thread. You're not pulling the edges up to meat...you want a 2 1/2" circle when you're done. Applique the Plate to the backing you've chosen and then applique the center circle to the plate.

    VOILA -- it's done! Now do 100 more! :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorilou58
    Thanks for showing usI just bought the templates for the pattern!Can you show the rest of the pattenr in tutorial?Thanks
    You folks beat me to it -- I was still finishing up....Let me know if you have any problems.

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    Oh -- more --

    The 9 patch blocks are simply 1 1/2" blocks sewn together in rows. That made 3 1/2" blocks (leaving outside 1/4" for sewing to sashing. The yellow sashing is 3 1/2" wide....
    The white border is 1" (cut 1 1/2" and the green border is 4" (cut 4 1/2".....WHEW!

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    Beautiful quilt, I just bought/received my template last week. I am trying to get all the holiday chores done so I can get back to sewing.

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    Thanks for the help!

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    Thank you for the tutorial.

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    Thank you for the tute :D:D:D

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    Thanks for the tutoraial beautifulquilt

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    I like the looks of doing them this way! Might have to get me one of these rulers, sure makes it look easy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Couldn't bear thinking of making all those circles when I did a Dresden wallhanging so I purchased small doilies. Works for me and adds a bit of flair to the piece.

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    The ruler was around $7.00 at the LQS....only need one -- can do a blade from 1" to 8" (I might try the 1" one -- that would be interesting!!!)

    Seems like you'd have to finish off the inside circle of the plate in order to use the doilies....??????? I'd think raw edges would show thru. But a CUTE idea!

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    Ruler sounds interesting, thanks for the info! I like the idea of playing with smaller ones too!

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    Thanks for the Tutorial! I copied and pasted it into a Word document so I could print it out and put it in my binder. I've been collecting 1930s fabric to learn how to do one of these gorgeous quilts.

    What I loved most about your design was how you used similar colors together instead of random prints. I believe I liked that better than the old fashioned way of just using anything. Also loved the yellow sashing.

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    So, is your background square you appliqued the plate to 6 1/2" unfinished? Your quilt is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcias
    So, is your background square you appliqued the plate to 6 1/2" unfinished? Your quilt is beautiful.
    No -- the background I appliqued to WAS about 10" ---- I cut and cut --- darn -- now it's 8 1/2" (before the 1/4" seams)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949
    Thanks for the Tutorial! I copied and pasted it into a Word document so I could print it out and put it in my binder. I've been collecting 1930s fabric to learn how to do one of these gorgeous quilts.

    What I loved most about your design was how you used similar colors together instead of random prints. I believe I liked that better than the old fashioned way of just using anything. Also loved the yellow sashing.
    Thank you!!!! I'm that way -- usually have trouble with scrap quilts --- I have to coordinate everything!!!! :mrgreen:

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    thanks so much for the tute. I had no idea how to do this. Have to get the ruler now. Your quilt is so beautiful. You should be very proud.

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    Looks so simple....Love the way you make a point instead of the curved top... THANKS

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    Thanks!

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    I am confused about the square you put the plate on. Did you use 10 inch sq and then change to 8 and 1/2? I came back to conversation and saw this note and thought I better check. When I saw your finshed quilt I was so impressed I showed my family. and later I realized that everyone else like it just as much. You should win a ribbon. Good work and thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you Suzanne! I originally appliqued the plates on a 10" white block. Somehow ---when squaring up --- I ended up with 8 1/2" blocks (unfinished).....You can do the background (white in my case) any size you want.

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