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:

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

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

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

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  4. I love Dresdens and yours look fabulous! Well done!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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??

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  7. Oh...I so love these...

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

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

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

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  11. 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 ;-)

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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  15. The red looks so bright and pretty with the green!

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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

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  18. 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

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

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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!

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

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  23. Love Dresden Plates and yours look wonderful.

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  24. 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)

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  25. 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.

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

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

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