Can you believe we are half way through our block of the month adventure? This sixth Block of the Month is the Art Deco Dresden. The modifications to a traditional Dresden block give a striking new look to an old favorite. Using the Sew Grand Dresden Templates, the Dresden sections are pieced and easily machine appliquéd. You may recall that we also used this template set in January’s Block #1 and April’s Block #4. As a bonus, this block has two appliqué size variations; make one or both.
The series of blocks will go together in The 2015 Adventure Quilt. Join us on our journey as we stitch our way through many quilting fabrics and scraps using lots of different techniques.
This quilt will be a scrap adventure. Total yardage for the entire quilt is not provided. Rather, we will be working in a color palette of scraps (or Fat Quarters).
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Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:
Get started by choosing fabrics. Any three-color combinations will work. I had a surplus of black, white, and chartreuse green in my quilting fabric scraps.
Month: Art Deco Dresden
All blocks in The 2015 Adventure Quilt measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, creating a 12″x 12″ finished block. 1/4″ seam allowances are included.
- Assorted Fabric Scraps
- Trace ‘n Create Dresden Templates
- Sof Shape Interfacing
- Fine Tip Non-Permanent Marking Pen
Trace and Cut
For the smaller appliquéd design (green background with a black and white appliqué):
- Cut a 10-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace one 12″ Dresden wedge (center), aligning the template on the fabric between the 12″ Dresden Wedge marking and the lower edge, which is the same as the 4-1/2″ circle marking.
- Cut a 6-1/4″ and a 4-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace two 8″ and 6″ wedges. Again, align the template between either the 8″ or 6″ Dresden Wedge markings and the lower edge.
Note from Nancy: If you are only making one block, cut a partial crosswise strip or use scraps of fabric. You’ll only need a small amount of fabric for each wedge.
- Rotary cut along the marked lines.
- Cut a 13-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace one 16″ Dresden Wedge (center), aligning the template on the fabric between the 16″ wedge marking and the lower 6-1/2″ circle marking.
- Cut a 9-1/4″ and a 5-1/4″ crosswise strips. Then trace two 12″ and 8″ wedges. Again, align the template along the 12″ or 8″ Dresden Wedge marking and the 6-1/2″ circle line.
- Clip chain stitching threads.
- Finger press the seams open. Turn each wedge right-side out.
- Make a pressing template from a 4″ square of tag board. Draw a straight line from corner to corner.
- Insert pressing template between fabric layers, aligning seam with a straight line. Press.
- Stagger the five wedges.
- Matching right sides together, align the smaller pair of wedges.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch along the shortest wedge.
- Repeat these steps to add the remaining three wedges.
Create the Quarter Circle
- A 4-1/2″ quarter circle was used for the smaller appliquéd block and a 6-1/2″ quarter circle was used for the larger appliquéd block.
- Cut one fabric and one interfacing square to create a 4-1/2″ or 6-1/2″ quarter circle, 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ squares respectively. Directions are given in the packaging for the Trace’n Create Dresden Template.
- Lay the smooth side of the interfacing on the right side of the fabric.
- Using a fine tip marking pen to trace the quarter circle onto the interfacing.
- Pin the two layers together, matching right sides.
- Straight stitch directly on the marked curve.
- Use a rotary pinking blade to remove excess fabric.
- Remove the excess interfacing from within the circle, leaving approximately 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn the interfacing to the wrong side with a turning tool.
- Position the stitched wedge shape in one corner of the block, matching the cut edges of the block with the cut edges of the wedge.
- Pin in place.
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What would a Quilt Look Like?
As part of this Block of the Month series, included are ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. Some of the concepts have sashing and others do not. These quilts are a good way to brainstorm what this block looks like repeated.
- This quilt creates the illusion of floral clusters by grouping four blocks together and meeting the center quarter-circles.
- With traditional quilt sashings, this quilt features the strong diagonal line created in each block, to create a crisscross directional effect over the entire quilt design.
Watch Sew Grand Dresden Quilts on Sewing With Nancy online.
In the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month series, we’ll be making twelve fun blocks from five different templates/tools: Carefree Curves Template, Dresden Template, Grandmother’s One Patch Template, Lone Star Template, and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.
The random winner of a Trace ‘n Create Carefree Curves Template set from Clover is Betty. She said: I started sewing when I was very young and thought I knew everything about sewing until I started watching your TV shows. I’ve got many of your books and have learned many, many things. Love it and I am going to make the little boat quilt. I have four little great grandchildren that would love them. Thank you Nancy for getting me back to sewing.
Bye for now,