Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dresden Plates and Scrappy Saturday

This is my first Dresden Plate.  I have had this template for several years.  A few days ago I saw a post on Anne Marie's blog showing some beautiful fabrics and her Dresden Plate template.  I left a comment on her blog telling her that I have had that template for ages and never did anything with it, and we exchanged a few emails about making these blocks.  When she posted her first Dresden Plate block on her blog, she challenged me to make one, too.  I used Modas Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain, and I hand applique'd the block to the background and then the center onto the block.  The widest part of the fan is 12", and it is applique'd onto a 16" block.
The blades in the fan are cut at 5 inches.  I was ready to cut the blades from a charm pack when I realized that you can cut these blades from a 2 1/2" strip of fabric.  Since I had strips leftover from another project, I used those.  So this project was easy to cut.

Here's the Dresden Plate math using a jelly roll:
One jelly roll strip @ approximately 40" will yield 8 fan blades that are 5".
40 strips in an average jelly roll will yield 320 blades (8 per strip X 40 strips).
Each Dresden plate takes 20 fan blades.  So one jelly roll = 16 blocks that measure 12 inches across.  (NOTE: If you use a jelly roll, you will need some yardage for the fan center circle.) 

And.....today is Scrappy Saturday over at Angela's So Scrappy Blog.  This months challenge color is green.  Since I was in the mood to make more Dresden Plates, I pulled out my green scraps and cut this one out and started sewing.
But then I got an idea and decided to try something else and ended up with this.
Hope you are all having a good weekend and finding some time to stitch! 

29 comments:

Quiet Quilter said...

How clever! Dresden Plates are on my agenda....eventually..

Just One More Thing said...

Gorgeous, Dresden Plates are too scary for me to try. Yours are wonderful.

Maria said...

That sure is an easy way to make dresen plates.
Yours are lovely

Cardygirl said...

I love Dresdens and yours look fabulous! Well done!

Suedio said...

Your first Dresden Plate is lovely . . . the colours are really fun.

The next two look like there could be a Christmas quilt coming on!

Thanks for sharing.

Staci said...

I love your lovely LOVELY dresden! I, too, have that ruler in the drawer, still in the package. . .
Your Christmas-y Dresden is wonderful. Looks like you've learned a wonderful new skill. Do you plan to make more Lovely plates? More Christmas plates? Both??

Barb said...

Oh...I so love these...

Yvette said...

Your Dresden Plates are wonderful! This quilt is on my to-do list one day.

Karen said...

Very nice LuAnn! Be careful, they can be addictive!

Quilter Kathy said...

These are such fun blocks! For some reason, I love that photo of the half made green block!

Annemariesquilt said...

Wow you have made a wonderful Dresden plate and I love your vibrant colours..
The 2 next one are lovely too and the Christmas look is clear..
Thank you for playing with me, I had lots of fun and it is especially inspiering to do this with you Luann!!
I have another Dresden plate ready today but it looks very similair to the first one so I will not post it. Hmm and what am I going to make with them, I do not know. Maybe a bag or maybe a little wall quilt but then I will need 2 more plates..
Take care and have more fun making Dresden ;-)

Connie said...

I never thought of using a jelly roll for a dresden plate, neat idea! Love the colors in yours.....now I want to add that to my list of projects.

scraphappy said...

Oh what fun. I am so glad you are having so much fun with a new to you pattern. I think the green looks terrific, but it is hard to argue with green and red for Christmas. It is nice to know that jelly rolls work for Dresden Plates.

KathyB said...

I'm not a quilter, but this looks tricky. I am impressed! If you want an idea of what to do with your very small scraps of these scraps, drop by my site. I'll share what I do. http://kbartdesigns.com/index.php?page=style

Susanne said...

The red looks so bright and pretty with the green!

Brenda Kay said...

These look absolutely lovely. I just may have to add the Dresden Plate to my list of projects to try someday. Right now I seem to be in overload with graduation coming.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Gorgeous Dresden Plates LuAnn

Pokey said...

Love the dresdens, LuAnn, especially the Fresh Flowers, I am likin' those brights right now. You did a great job sharing the math information, too. That was my challenge, to cut from the 2 1/2" jelly roll I had, and make the finished plate in an 8" square. Math is so necessary, huh?

Thank you for the inspiration!
:-}pokey

Comfort Cove Designs said...

ooooooooooooooooooohhhhh me likey!!!!!

Thanks for the math lesson for jelly rolls. I have yet to buy myself a jelly roll but I will someday!

Quiltingly Yours
Andrea

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful Dresden plates.

Linda said...

Isn't that just the easiest way to make Dresden's!! That's the way I make mine. Love yours!!! Especially perfect for Christmas!

Elly D said...

Lovely Dresden! I'm thinking on making one for my Rainbow Scrappy. I have an Inklingo Dresden Plate program to try out. I still have my pies and tarts to finish first ;)
I like your reds with the greens.

Sandy said...

Thanks for the great info on the Dresden blades. I just did a purse using a charm pack....love the idea of a Jelly Roll too!

Stephanie said...

It's no secret that I LOVE dresdens!!! Pretty.

Ellen said...

Love Dresden Plates and yours look wonderful.

Teresa said...

Yes, Dresden Plate is on my agenda as well...I particularly love the first one in the bright springy colors! Very nice!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Carrie P. said...

thanks for sharing that info about making dresdens with jelly rolls. I have one of those rulers and one day I am going to make a dresden plate quilt. It is one of my favorite designs.

Mama Pea said...

Those look fun. I love Dresdens. I have that ruler but haven't gotten my rear in gear to use it yet!

Lynnie said...

oh my, i love Dresden Plate patterns! thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas

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