April 27, 2010
Week 1: Invite your friends to the Dresden Plate Party Sew Along!
This week we will be picking our fabric, peeking around for inspiration, buying a template and inviting our friends to this Dresden Plate Party Sew Along. I want this group to help provide support to finish these great blocks!
I am committed to finish all of my blocks by this summer. I plan to sew and applique one block a week until I am finished. Don't you love how scrappy this block can be? I am making one quilt in modern fabrics and one in traditional 30s fabrics! Both make me so happy!
I have been busy cutting fabric and making messes this weekend. For each block you'll need some fabric scraps, size depends on template measurement used, and a background fabric about 20 inches by 20 inches to square up later. Find your fabric this week and share in our flickr group and next week's link up.
There are many different tutorials out there. I will have a full tutorial, on methods I use, next week. If you anything like me, you've searched for some already! You've probably peeked and got lost in Flickr too. Moda has a tutorial by bitty bits and pieces that is wonderful. Oh, Fransson! has just finished a monthly sew along block and Bloom has an idea that works great with charm squares. Another way for you to complete the block is to paper piece it by hand. There are so many possibilities. Pick out which method is best for you! There is a paper version here, but I personally love using the plastic template as it gives the precision necessary in this block.
The template I use is a Stack-and-Whack 18 degree fan ruler. It makes all the sizes you'll see. Ask your quilter friends. They may have one from this type of quilt. You can find it here. It's on sale too! How great is that?
To start off this party, we need to let our friends know they are invited too. Blog about this party and grab the button to spread the word. To get one lucky person started, I will be giving away a fabric pack of enough red and aqua fabrics to make a aqua and red Dresden Plate block.
There are twenty 5 in by 10 in pieces of fabric and a center polka dot fabric included. You pick your own favorite background from your stash. I will announce a winner next Tuesday. Isn't this fun!
These are the ways you can enter.
1.) Leave a comment below and tell us something interesting about yourself. (1 entry)
2.) Be a follower. Comment that you did this. (1 entry)
3.) Blog about this giveaway and new group. Then link back to this page. Add two more comments below. (2 entries)
Don't worry if the last two comments look silly duplicated. I will be choosing the winner by a random number generator only based on these numbered comments.
You can join the flickr group The Dresden Pate Party Sew Along or if you have completed blocks you may join the Dresden Plates in Quilting flickr group.
Join the Party! (If you are not a blogger yet, you can still join. Enter your Flickr photostream's web address.)