Jane here from Sew Create It.
How many of you have one of these rulers?
How many of you have used it once to make a traditional Dresden plate?
And how many of you would like to see what trick I have up my sleeve for this dandy ruler?
Great! Let’s get started....
This is the block I want to share with you.
Pretty isn’t it? (it measures 15” finished)
With a 2½” strip (width of the fabric...approx 44”) and a 3½” strip (WOF)
A 16½” background square and 4 - 3½” squares you too can make this block.
And yes, it is made using that Dresden Ruler!
Sew the 2½” strip and the 3½” strip together (long edges together)
Once sewn, your strip should measure 5½” wide.
Using the Dresden ruler, cut wedges lining up the bottom of the ruler and the 5½” markings.
As you cut along the strip rotate the ruler as you go along.
Each set will yield 20 wedges which is enough for one circle. If you want to spice it up then sew a second set of strips and swap your wedges around. As I have here:
Now I know what you are thinking..."Just how am I going to sew this into a background?" Well I have another top technique to share. Have you ever heard of Sharon Schamber and her technique of piecelique? Have a look at her PDF describing the method. Then come back here... I’ll wait :o)
Like Sharon describes, make a freezer paper template of your background and cut a 12” circle from the middle of the freezer paper. Then ironed the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric square which is cut 16½” and cut the centre circle out leaving a ½” seam allowance.
After clipping the curve and using starch and an iron, fold over the seam allowance.
After removing the freezer paper place the circle of wedges face down on top of the opening. Sharon does it the other way in her PDF but the result is the same.
Using a thin line of glue secured the circle to the background.
Allow to dry ..use an iron to speed that process up, if you like!
Take it to the machine and lift the background up to reveal the crease.
Sew carefully in the crease to attach the two pieces together.
After stitching, cut the excess seam allowance down to a ¼" and press.
The little centre circle which is 3½” in diameter is appliquéd into place to cover the hole.
Square your block to 15½".
For the triangles in the corners, draw a line on the reverse of the 3½” squares corner to corner. Line the square in the corner and sew on the line...just like a snowball block.