Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dresden Plates

I found a tutorial on making Dresden Plates. Bunny Hill Designs has a quilt along that was started this past January that is called the Scrappy Plate Club. I found the directions clear and easy to understand. I thought the plates were so pretty and I loved that I could use scraps to make them! I ran out and bought a ruler called Easy Dresden by Darlene Zimmerman. I couldn't wait to start cutting my scraps.

Here's a view of my ruler and some of my cut "blades". I used scraps leftover from previous projects. You don't need a very large piece. These are 4 inch wedges so they aren't very large at all.

Each wedge gets folded in half lengthwise, right sides together. The wider edge is sewn and back stitched along the folded edge. Stitch length has been decreased to 1.5. After chain piecing, you get this sort of messy looking pile! Time to go to the iron.

I iron each wedge and open up the point. I place the blades in a nice arrangement and head on over to the sewing machine.

Here it is! All put together before it gets ironed. Each plate measures 10 inches across.

That's my take on the Bunny Hill tutorial. If anyone has any tips or hints, I'd love to hear them. I have to make 12 blocks and then work on my center circles. I'm leaning towards a dark purple for the centers but haven't decided for sure yet. I hope April of Little Mama Hen sees this post. I've been admiring her dresden plates for awhile now and feel she inspired me to try my own!





26 comments:

  1. Very pretty. I love dresden plate even though I've never done one...but it's on my mental "To Do" list. I was wondering how the points were done...cool. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I've always liked them but had no idea if I could get the points to look good. This method is great! It works every time! I hope you get to make them sometime! More fun than I thought! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Ah, so that is how the points are done! I have always loved Dresden plates, but never got around making any. Too many projects I want to do! Yours look great and I love the idea of using scraps. Perhaps one day.......

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    1. So much easier than I thought they would be! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Silvana! So glad you visited my blog!

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  4. I bought one of those rulers too but haven't used it yet. Too many other projects in the works I guess.

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    1. Anne, it was very easy to use. Hope you get to it sometime!

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  5. Its a Dresden craz, going on. I just posted my Dresden Flower, using Cheryl Phillips easy method, please come over a check it out. Your block looks great.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'll definitely check out your Dresden plates!

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  6. love your dresdan plate! come ceheck out mine at sewyouquilt2. they are so fun and addictive. I have some in scraps, some in black red and white.....the list goes on. LOL

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    1. I will be right over to check out your plates! We all seem to have the same idea, Dresden plates!! Thanks for the visit!

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  7. Don't you love it when you can do a new project with "leftovers". Very pretty plate!
    Linda

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    1. Linda, it must be a free project since I didn't have to buy fabric to make it! Haha! If only that were true! Lots of fun!

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  8. ooh... it's pretty, can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thank you! I'll show all 12 together when they're done!

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  9. That is so pretty! I've made one dresden block before but it was done the old-fashioned way and I didn't like it. The Craftsy BOM teaches how to make them the way you showed in this post and I was excited about this method! Just haven't done it yet. I did purchase that same template you did. Can't wait to try it out!

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    1. Sharon, it's so much easier using this template and just folding down the edge! The dresden plates were a pleasure to make! I made the first one not knowing how they would turn out. I was so happy to see how easy and fast they were. You have to try it!

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  10. woohooo! I love dresdens! And yours is gorgeous!! I'm so behind in my blogging!lol I'm just now reading this! My little Ladybug (6 year old) had been sick all week! Love Love your plate! I can't wait to see the others! -Little Mama Hen.

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    1. I was so hoping you would see this, April! Your blog always shows off your beautiful dresden plates! You inspired me to try my own. I really loved making them! I'll show more pictures as I make more progress! Hope Ladybug is all better!!

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  11. Hi I'm over from FAFF. I'm crazy about dresdens and yours is lovely. I've seen the tutorial you mentioned and have wanted to make it for ages. I'll get round to it eventually.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Maria! Scrappy Plate Club by Bunny Hill Designs is the tutorial I'm following. Stop by my blog again as I will be posting each step of my progress of the Dresden Plates! Wonderful to meet you!

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  12. Hi Rosemary

    How funny, I just completed my first Dresden plates in September, although I only made six for a lap quilt. Nicely done :)

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    1. Thanks! I've had a few other bloggers say they also made dresden plate quilts recently. Great minds think alike!!

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