I love dresden blocks and if you do too...
I'm going to show you something fun!
When I designed my BLOOM set of
I made sure to design several of the shapes to do double duty.
Let me explain.
When appliquéing, this A-20 shape can easily be used for
flower petals or a small vase etc.
But today I'm using it to make a cute little dresden plate:)
I used my 2 1/2" strips of Calico Days fabric and cut off a
2" section from each strip.
In other words...
for one dresden blade you need
a piece 2" wide x 2 1/2" tall.
The A-20 shape is 2 1/2" tall so just lay it on top...
and trace down the two sides like this.
PS. There are 2 more fabrics under the yellow one...
I just trace the top piece but cut three at a time.
After tracing...I just lay my 2 1/2" square ruler on the lines and cut.
Using the pink rotating mat for this step really helps.
I just discard the 2 outside leftovers.
See? Now I have three A- 20 shapes cut already.
I just continued...
Until I had a bunch of them cut.
You will just need 18 shapes for one dresden.
I laid 18 out on my design board in the order that I liked and snapped a pic on my iPhone for future reference in case they got mixed up when sewing them together.
I sewed them in pairs and chain pieced
to save thread and time and keep them in order.
Then laid them back out on my design board again...
After pressing the seams open.
Then I sewed the pairs together into sections of 4 with a two section leftover.
I just keep sewing until all sections are sewn together...
With seams pressed open.
It's important to use an accurate 1/4" seam allowance so that it lies flat...
BUT...if it doesn't...no worries!!!
You can easily take a few tiny bit larger seams on a few of the blades
until it lies flat.
This one turned out perfectly flat so I didn't have to...
but I have done it before when needed:)
Okay...now to prepare those outside raw edges for appliqué!
I use my 6" finished Circle Ruler.
to get just this size...
to get the set of four different sizes.
I laid the ruler on the back of my dresden and used
the lines on the ruler to
line up with seams to get it centered.
Then I traced around the circle....
Your line should be 1/2" in from the edge.
Now cut a piece of Pellon 7" square.
Make sure it is the lightweight Sew-In kind
that we are using for the
Lay your dresden right side down on the Pellon and pin.
Sew directly onto the line and backstitch when you start and stop...
or overstitch about 1/2" to secure for turning right side out.
When you stitch...keep this side up so that all of the seams remain open.
Now trim approximately 1/4" past your stitching line.
Now you can carefully turn right side out
through the center hole...
This is what it looks like before pressing...
Use your Clover turning tool if you need
to gently push out the curves on the outside.
Nice and flat!
Remember to PRESS not iron.
You don't want to distort the shape:)
Now for the center circle:)
Grab your A-2 Sew Simple Shape!
Cut a 3" square out of BOTH fabric and Pellon.
Trace A-2 onto the Pellon.
And sew them together on the traced lines and trim.
Cut an "X" in the back of the Pellon only for turning.
Turn right side out and press.
Now you have a cute center circle!
Place it right in the center of the dresden by measuring
1 3/4" from the edges of the blades:)
Pin it into place and appliqué by machine or by hand...your choice!
This 6" dresden would look great on a 8" finished background square.
I'll be showing you another dresden with pointed ends next week.
I'm not showing you how I've finished these yet
because it is part of one of the surprise projects that we will be
doing in my Calico Days retreat/workshop the last week in April!
If you want to come and sew with me in beautiful Utah...
I have lots of fun things planned!
See you on Monday for block nine of the
BLOOM Sew Along:)