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Monday, September 3, 2012

Dresden Plates - Cutting

My Dresden plate blocks are on today's design wall.
Thank you for those who helped me pick out my colors!  I was worried about not having enough fabric, but what was not "computing" is that I do not need very much fabric for the plates.  I'll probably buy a white muslin or sheet for the back ground.  I'll decide after I sew my plates together.  See my previous post about selecting the fabrics here.
I decided to use just the blue and green fabrics, and only had to use half of them!

I am going to use the stripe as the circle in the middle and maybe the body of the butterfly also.

I have decided to make my wedges 5 1/2 inches, which will make a 15 inch block.  According to the tutorial I found here, the plate will have 20 wedges, but their wedges are only 4 inches.  She says to make 240 wedges for 12 plates.  I made 223 since some of mine will be butterflies and not need as many wedges.  I have extra fabric in case I need to make more.
First I needed to straighten my edges.

 I started by cutting 5 1/2 inch strips.


Then I took my easy Dresden tool by Darlene Zimmerman and started to cut my wedges.
After I cut a wedge this way, I flipped it upside down to cut the next one.  This saves material.
Here they all are.
I will be making a 5 patch sashing or border or both, depends on what I decide to do, with the leftover fabric.
Now I need to start sewing them!  That will be my next blog post!
Have you ever made a Dresden plate quilt before?  How big was yours and with how many wedges?
Missy

4 comments:

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

Got Darlene's ruler recently, used a "Kaffe" Charm Pack and made 4 'plates' for a long tablerunner. Loved the process so much, I'm teaching a class at our local quilt shop in 2 weeks. They turn out great, don't you think?

retrorevival.biz said...

Gorgeous fabrics, Missy! Looking forward to seeing your progress and of course, your beautiful, finished quilt!

~Cindy

Simply Scaife Family said...

Love your fabric choice..so soft and welcoming! Dresden's are my favorite quilt to make.

P. said...

I love the fabrics you've chosen. That is going to be a very pretty quilt!

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