My first Dresden Plate and another new ruler

Whaoo! I woke in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. I crept down to my sewing room and set about cutting out the shapes to make my first ever Dresden Plate. Crazy, I know but it was on my mind when I went to bed… I used the Darlenne Zimmerman Easy Dresden ruler that I bought two years ago and which, until last night, I’d never lifted from it’s packaging. (I should explain here that I do have a bit of a quilt ruler habit – my ruler collection continues to grow – read on to discover more!).

Dresden Plate Segments and Ruler by Allison Reid

I followed a very clear Dresden Plate tutorial by Leah Day and picked up some useful tips that helped my blades/petals/segments whatchamacallits come together pretty well. I did eventually crawl back upstairs to bed for a bit of sleep and resumed preparing the…. I’ll settle for calling them ‘segments’… after the mornings activities were done. It is a bit of a fiddle stitching those little seams, using a tool to poke out the points and then press them to produce a symmetrical segment. But all that fiddling is worth the hassle as once that is done, stitching all the segments together is quick and stress free. I squared up each quarter of the circle (in this case five segments sewn together) to help ensure the completed ‘plate’ would be a circular shape and lie flat 🙂

I like the ‘cookie cutter’ centre those pointed ends create!

Viv at the Purple Stitches showed me a Dresden Plate on a cushion cover. the Plate had been made using the technique of creating points at the narrow, inner end of each segment as well as at the wider outer edge. The advantage with creating points at both ends is that there are no exposed raw edges. No need to make and applique a circle to hide the open narrow ends, instead a fussy cut piece of fabric can be placed behind the open centre of the Dresden Plate and stitched in place when the Dresden Plate is secured to the background fabric 🙂 Clever!

My ruler habit wasn’t done with using the Easy Dresden though. While I was sewing the Postman delivered a package from The Quilt Room. Yes! The oddly shaped 45º/90º Triangle Ruler had arrived. This purchase was prompted by the unexpected gift of a Moda Rouenneries Deux Jelly Roll with matching fabric cuts from a friend who is having a de-stash! Wow! Such a lovely surprise – I was speechless!

Dresden Plate Segments and Ruler by Allison Reid

The precut strips had me running straight to my Pam and Nicky Lintott pattern books for ideas (they have specialised in creating traditionally pieced quilts from pre-cut fabric collections). I’ve settled on making the ‘Classic Sampler’ quilt from their book ‘Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts’. There are twelve 12″ blocks to make and the 45º/90º Triangle Ruler is recommended for cutting pieces from 2½” fabric strips to make Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles. This will be a challenge for me but a good opportunity to work on achieving consistent, accurate scant quarter inch seams. Not quite sure when I’m going to put this ruler into action though… But I’m getting that warm glow that only the thought of a new project can bring 😉

Linking with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


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