This Isn't Your Grandmother's Dresden Quilt

Sep 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Bea Lee

Hi, it's me Bea again from beaquilter.com. I'm here to show you this modern Dresden quilt.

 

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I made this using the Dresden plates die

 

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The 8" QUBE set (only the 2 1/2" square from it)

 

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the 8" companion set

 

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 and the 2 1/2" strip die

 

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I also used a FQ bundle of 20 fabrics, BUT I had already cut into it for a hunter star quilt I made recently, so I had to see how far I'd get with this one!

I also used a bunch of white, maybe 1 1/2 yards? I'm not really sure as the quilt grew as I went along. But I'm guessing between 1 1/2 yards and 2 yards of white.

First I cut out 4 Dresdens from each fabric using the dresden shapes with the straight tops.

 

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Then following the directions on the insert that comes with the die, I folded the wider top edge in half right sides together and sewed with a 1/4" seam allowance of course, then trimmed the corner at the middle edge and turned right side out and pressed flat.

 

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A Dresden block with this die uses 20 wedges, it was perfect that my FQ bundle (scraps) had 20 colors!

I laid them out in a circle and tried not to have an abrupt change from one to the next.

 

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Then I sewed them together! and here is where I decided that the black should be facing toward the center.

 

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I cut out (4) 14 1/2" squares in white and placed the Dresdens centered on each one and stitched down.

 

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It helps to mark the mid points of the blocks and then line up one of the tips with that point near the edge. So marking 4 marks at the half way point on all 4 sides, this way it will be centered perfectly!

 

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I decided on a white center circle and since it's white I wanted more than just one layer of fabric, so for each Dresden I cut out 2 circles.

 

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Then with two circles together (right sides, but it doesn't matter with white fabric), I sewed 1/4" all the way around, trimmed the seam allowance and cut and X slit thru only ONE of the circles and turned it inside out and pressed flat

 

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and then I sewed it down the middle of the Dresden block.

Here you can see my straight stitch on the Dresden pieces too, I liked that instead of a satin stitch/ button hole stitch.

 

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Since the block is 14 1/2" (14" done) and I have 20 fabrics, I cut out 4 of each fabric with shape #2 from the 8" QUBE set, which is 2 1/2" squares.

Then laid them out around each block and followed the same order as the Dresden blocks.

 

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Then, I added white squares on each side and in the corners so it would equal 14 1/2" when sewn together!

 

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Then sewed each block together like this

 

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and here's all 4 blocks together, PLUS I added 2 1/2" strips in white around the whole quilt center, which I cut out with the 2 1/2" strip die.

 

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I still had more fabrics leftover from the FQ scraps, so I decided to use the chisel shape from the companion set and cut out 4 of each, but this time I sorted them and decided on a right or left of each one, still following the order of the dresden, so some fabrics were right side up and some were right side down!

 

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I also cut out matching #5 small triangles with the 8" QUBE set and sewed these to the chisels.

 

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And I sewed these together like this and ironed the seams open.

 

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Then added these as a border and added a large 4 1/2" square to the corners as well (shape #1)

and quilted it and added binding.

 

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Here's close up of the quilting and I didn't touch the Dresdens at all so they sort of stand out.

 

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And here's a few pics from outside.

 

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The Dresden is a fun die to play with and my scraps took me pretty far!

But now I don't have hardly anything left from the FQs- which is good!!

Try it out, even though it's a traditional die and maybe you thin of grandma or olden days, it's easy to make it into something new and fresh and more modern!

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

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