Saturday, November 22, 2014

Piecing Dresden plate blocks

I had a great group of quilters at the "So Easy Dresden" class last weekend. And, let me tell you, these women were nailing that quarter-inch seam! Whoa.
So Easy Dresden class
With sixteen 22.5-degree wedges that have to fit together exactly to form a circle, you have to get that 1/4-inch seam allowance pretty much on-the-money or your plate will not lie flat. They did it… waaaay better than I do when making these blocks.

The class fabric and color combinations were charming, colorful and festive. Students auditioned background and border possibilities. Some of these Dresdens will likely find their way to holiday tables and be used as decorations for the season.
Mary's Dresden
Martha's Dresden
Frances' Dresden
Lisa's Dresden
Judy's Dresden
Brenda's Dresden
My students made excellent progress on their Dresden plates. We discussed options for hand and machine appliqué and tips for quilting this dimension quilt block. This is a perfect small project for practicing free-motion quilting.
"So Easy Dresden" quilting class at Chattanooga Sewing Center
Chattanooga, TN
Very well done, ladies! I can't wait to see your finished projects. Thanks for an enjoyable class.

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