Monday, 17 February 2014

Progress on Dresden Plates

Steadily working away on piecing these small wedges together started this last week... see also my previous post 'Going off on a tangent...again'!

Then of course realised I needed some background fabric...and something for the border. Wanted some dark fabric for the background but could not find anything suitable, so went for a tone-on-tone beige background. Then found the red fabric that sort of goes with the red in the wedges...

That is as close as I could come to matching the red. This Jelly Roll - French General from Moda is very tricky to match, I must say.

Did I say Quick Fix project before? Well, I then went ahead and centred the plate on my background fabric, basting the plate in the middle to the background fabric and securing the spokes with a bit of fabric glue. Initially I tried to sew it on with an invisible thread using a very small zig-zag stitch. Did not like it at all ...maybe I did something wrong but it looked very obvious and so I proceeded to stitch the plate on by hand.

This is how far I got ...2 more to go and then I need to figure out how to get the centre exactly where I want it to be...this should be interesting. Intending to also sew the centre on by hand...just looks neater, I think.

Wow, a bit very colourful...maybe a bit too much going on here. But I am happy to report I used up lots of remaining Jelly Roll strips, but still got enough variety for another small project, I think.

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  1. Reds can be very hard to match! You did a great the border and background. These are just lovely Dresdens!

  2. WOW, that is one impressive Dresden Plate! I adore how you alternated between the lights and the reds! Very sophisticated!!!
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  3. My long time teaching mentor, Mary Ellen Hopkins, insisted that all reds go together -- not everyone agrees, but I think it makes a piece more interesting! Your plates are terrific!

  4. I'm loving your Dresden project! It's really lovely the way the prints work together, and I agree--all reds go together, especially when there are a lot of them!

    When I did my Dresden Plate quilt (here, if you'd like to see!, I cut the centers from freezer paper, ironed it on the reverse side of the fabric for the centers and then cut around it leaving a 1/4" allowance. I turned the seam allowance under, probably used water soluble glue to hold it there, and then folded the circle in half in each direction and creased it gently. Then I could line up the creases with the seams between the Dresden blades, pin it in place and then applique it down. Hope that helps!


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