June 29, 2010

Week 9ish: Dresden Plate Party

I think I am on week ten, but who's counting now. You must be bored of this, but I learned a few things this last week.

I stayed up until 10:30 last night and pieced all the strips in an hour. I thought it would take so much longer, but minus the child interruption factor it was quick! I think I will stay up more to quilt.

I can take decent pictures at night, because there is a menu item called color preview. All of these were taken late last night.

You need a numbering system to work on this many strips (check the pins).

Lots of pictures always help to keep things in order. I wanted the red and aqua not to be concentrated in on area of the quilt and some motifs had an up and a down.

I shocked myself when I saw how many polka dots I have added to this quilt!

I realized that a scant 1/4 inch is very important. If you are off  by 1/32" 18 times that is a half an inch! I averaged a 1/4" or more loss every 9 blocks. I will have pick some two or three squares and make a very scant 1/4" with them to compensate for this loss. I don't think anyone will notice. I did half my strips until I noticed this. Opps...

I still don't know what to do for a border. Dark represents red and aqua and light blue white. I thought a couple of dollar fat quarters were easier to sacrifice that the real goods.

Choice A: I used my Dresden template for these trapezoids. They can be longer like this quilt.

Choice B: Using the largest measures, I took my Dresden plate ruler and made stubby plates. I wanted it too look like this border here.

Choice C: This is the traditonal ice cream cone border using a EZ template for 45 degree petals. I am not sure it complements the points of my Dresdens. I am kinda heart broken. There is not one tutorial on this on the internet. Yes, there are some generic templates, but that's about it.

Choice D: Isosceles triangles.

I think I like choice A from my Dresden plate ruler. I'll have to play with it until I find the sweet spot that will give me a good look for my pieced border. I can see how no one uses pieced borders anymore. The math is off the hook!

Now I will ask the audience. If you read all of this could you take the survey? What do you think?


  1. That red and aqua Dresden quilt is going to be just stunning! I like Choice A or B the best.

  2. I like choice B best, I think it echos the design. I've voted :)


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