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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beyond the Dresden Plate

Hi Everybody, 
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.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little idea and if you try it, please let me know I’d love to see your version!

Until Next Time...

44 comments:

  1. That is a fabulous tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. That's it... I have to quit visiting quilting blogs... I keep seeing new things I want to try... lol.

    No seriously, that it is pretty and your tutorial is great.

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  3. This is a very pretty block! I don't have this ruler yet...but I do have a huge wedge ruler that I think I can use.

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  4. I really like the look you achieve with the pieced wedges. I will have to try it. Thanks!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  5. I can't wait to try that. Thank you so much!!!

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  6. What a great idea Jane. The block looks fantastic. I have a Dresden plate ruler and I'm definately going to try this.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Excellent tutorial and beautiful look of the block. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Another great idea Jane. Shall look forward to seeing the end result.

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  9. Great Tute, thanks :) Dresdens seem to be all the rage at the moment, I'm taking part in a Dresden QAL, and last night at my local group I won 12 traditional dresden blocks :) I love my dresden ruler, so versatile!

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  10. Thanks for this great tutorial!!!the block is just gorgeous! I'll try it!
    Hugs from Brasil!

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  11. Good Morning Jane...I just had to have one of those rulers...now I know what to do with it....SEE you ladies sew inspire sew many of us...today dresden tut, was just the inspiration I needed....now where is my ruler? lol Oh ....can you come over this morning for a private lesson..wink...

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  12. Love finding new uses for old tools. Your block tutorial was great. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Lovely block and tute! It's always fun to see an old block get a make-over. I have this ruler...somewhere...

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  14. I don't have the dresden ruler - but our guild just did mini plates at a meeting - the blocks will go into a raffle quilt. I like the make-over of an old block. Thank you for sharing today.

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  15. That is really cute Jane, thanks.

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  16. Beautiful. I am in awe of your knowledge and patience!

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  17. absolutely stunning - many many thanks for the tut ! I love the variation - that is simply too kewl !

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  18. Lovely as can be! Thanks for the tutorial and the "piecelique" link. Marvelous idea!

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  19. Wonderful tutorial and repurposing is so great. Have ruler, have fabric, need a morning alone to get it done. Would make a lovely pillow. Judy C

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  20. Thanks, Jane, for reminding me that those circles I made long ago are good for more than just plain circles. Great Tut!

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  21. I love it! I think I'll have to get that ruler. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  22. what a wonderful tutorial thank you so much for posting this. clear concise and informative with super photos to match. thank you. lovely blog - cheers

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  23. Whoa Jane! I don't really like Dresden plates and I don't like applique. HOWEVER after seeing your fabric choices and your technique, I just might have been converted. Seriously - this is a great tutorial (with great fabrics) and got me right out of my comfort zone. Many thankx!

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  24. Nice tutorial Jane! What a nice block...

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  25. excellent! I have been dreaming on making such blocks like that! thanks so much for the great tutorial

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  26. Thank you for a great block idea! I have one of those rulers that I've never even taken out of the package! I will have to give it a try!
    Thanks!

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  27. What a great idea!!! I am definately going to try that technique! Thanks so much.
    Marie

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  28. Clever! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Thanks for such a nice tutorial...clear photos and text, and the link to piecelique was helpful, too. I think I see a great block to use some of my feedsack prints on!! :)
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I'm saying thank you to Kim from CyberQuilters YahooGroup for sending a link to your blog to the list.

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  31. Great tutorial. Love the block. Can't wait to try it.

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  32. Interesting block. Cool concept!

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  33. Fabulous tutorial -- and I love the resulting block!

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  34. Awesome tut! Thanks for making it look so easy!! Now where is that darn ruler....

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  35. I am seeing something in the line of a dartboard.. my DH plays darts EVERY night.. after driving on the horrible highway home from work.. it helps him relax.. maybe a mancave sign.. hmmm So cute! Thanks for sharing this.. I'll add it to my list of things that is already OH so long.. but.. I'll squeeze it in there somewhere!!

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  36. Great tutorial. I've sold thousands of these rulers at show over the last 7 years! It was neat to see something different done with it.

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  37. Awesome tutorial!! I will definately be trying this. I love this site - so much inspiration and talent!! Cheers, Dianne

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  38. Wow! What a great tute! Thank you so much. I have to try this once I get one of those rulers.

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  39. Thanks for the great idea! I have that ruler and haven't ever used it. I'm definitely going to try this.

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  40. Wow! This is a great tutorial. I don't have that ruler, now I'm going to have to use all of my will power not to acquire it.

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  41. GREAT Tutorial!! I have that ruler and have never used it, now I must. I had to re-visit today, failed to copy instructions yesterday. Thanks!

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  42. Oh this is Great! I've never cared to try a Dresden Plate but I'd like to try yours! Thanks a bunch :-)

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  43. Fantastic idea... I love it. I made my first dresden spring 2010. Wendi

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