The bright, festive quilt above, Twirling Parasols, features a traditional Dresden Plate quilt design with bold fabric choices and a couple technique modifications. This is just one of the ways I’ll show you how to incorporate a newer, modern Dresden design on this week’s featured Sewing With Nancy TV episode, Sew Grand Dresden Quilts.
Traditional Dresden plate designs, as featured in the wall quilt below, have the characteristic points at the end of the wedges. With a little modification, traditional turns modern!
Here’s a preview of the modern process.
- Choose five fabrics plus a white background fabric. The tool that I used to create the quilt is the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection. This unique tool gives 12″ to 40″ Dresden plate options.
- Cut crosswise strips to create all of the parasols and then sew into a strata. Exact cutting instructions are given in the Sew Grand Dresden Quilts book.
- Use Template A to trace the wedge shapes.
- Cut along the traced lines, plus cut an equal number of white wedges.
- Separate the wedges into the same color orientation. There will be two color options—one set of wedges will be inverted.
- Pair a colorful wedge with a white wedge; stitch 10 pairs for each parasol. Note: Traditional wedges are folded in half and stitched across the top to create the points prior to this step. This is the first of the makeover tips.
- Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric.
- Stitch the pairs together to create a complete circle.
- Cut bias strips of knit fusible interfacing.
- Align the smooth side of interfacing to the right side of the parasol. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Turn the interfacing to the wrong side and press.
- Create the circles using Template B and more fusible interfacing. (Watch this tip on TV since I forgot to take a photo!)
- Stitch a circle to the center of each parasol.
- Make two 36″ and six 16″ parasols. Position them on the background fabric. You’ll find the background dimensions in the book, yet feel free to personalize the background sizes.
- Position the parasols on the background; topstitch with monofilament thread.
Praise for this technique!
Jane Hall, a Sewing With Nancy viewer watched the Sew Grand Dresden Quilts series and had these comments.
. . . right before Christmas I finally made a decision to tackle a much dreaded task that I had put off for TEN YEARS. I was challenged with 50 Dresden plate circles made by my boyfriend’s mother back in the 50s that were something less than perfect in their size and assembly! I plowed my way through “turning under” and sewing down the raw edges—accomplishing nine of those “masterpieces.”
However, I promised to make four more for his children and thought I’ll never get this done! And, then, NANCY TO THE RESCUE! I watched your shows on Sew Grand Dresden Quilts and cried with JOY! I had no idea that the answer was so simple, using fusible lightweight interfacing to turn those raw edges into finished circles! Thank you, Nancy, I’m proud to say I have now completed all of those circles with your magic method.
More blog posts on Dresden Quilts:
Watch Sew Grand Dresden Quilts on Sewing With Nancy online.
You’ll love this great combo. If you already own the templates, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book and DVD also. Now is your chance to win this combo by leaving a comment telling us if you prefer a more modern Dresden design or a more traditional Dresden design. One winner will be selected randomly and announced on May 21.
The random winner of Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery is Chris Ball. She said: The most stressful part is starting!! I’m always so afraid of making a mistake!! I would love to try a stress-free method!!
Bye for now,