Traditional Modern Dresden Plate

I can’t say I’ve always been intrigued by Dresden plate designs but I saw a miniature Dresden Plate quilt in a shop using 30’s prints that I thought was darling. I had left over 30’s fabrics and thought why not?P1230971 (508x640)

I chose what I thought was a “small” blade. Even while making it, it seemed a reasonable size. Once you sew 22 of those blades together it is not so small anymore. The diameter of each plate is 9 inches.

I did start out with just the 30’s prints:

Dresden PlateI thought they looked a little busy so I added in some solids:

Dresden PlateThen I put them together:

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So instead of a small doll sized quilt, I have a quilt that is 36.5 x 48 finished.

Dresden Plate

I learned quite a bit and plan to do some things differently the next time. And yes, there will be a next time. This may not be a favorite quilt but I still want to make a doll quilt with smaller blades.

I had decided that I would applique the blades onto the quilt as part of the quilting with a straight stitch. Simple enough. Simple yes, fun no.

I had to turn the quilt around each blade. I was also stitching a straight line across the block between the blades in a spoke pattern. That made for a lot of turning. DSCN4127 (800x520) (640x416)_wm

It felt like I was spending more time turning and twisting than sewing.

So I moved to my free motion foot. I thought it would be good practice sewing an even straight line going in every direction.

P1220256 (800x600) (640x480)_wmI used a Clover Hera Marker to mark my fabric. At times it was hard to see in some directions because of shadows, other than that, it worked well.

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I used an iron-on spray adhesive that I did not like. It didn’t work well and left a sticky residue. Not strong enough to hold the fabric, but sticky enough to collect the lint pieces and thread. I finally used my quilting basting spray.

My pesky foot just got caught at the tip of each blade and I found that by stitching closer to the edge and using smaller stitches I was able to eliminate the problem.

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While the stitching is not fancy or flowery designs I did learn quilt a bit quilting a straight line with the free motion foot. I found I liked it better than a traditional or walking foot.

Linking up with Leah Day’s Free Motion Project.

What foot do you use when you quilt straight lines?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • verylazydaisy

    I also use my free motion foot for straight line quilting. Especially if I am working in short lines. When sewing longer lines I will sometimes use the walking foot, but I really prefer the free motion foot. That’s frustrating when it gets caught on the blades. The quilt is lovely. I like the mixing in of the solids, well done!

    • Jackie

      Thank you Daisy, it is good to hear that I am not the only one that prefers to use my free motion foot for straight line quilting. I find I even do better stitch in the ditch with my free motion foot. Seems counter-intuitive doesn’t it?

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Daphne Lewis

    Great pictures of your quilting. I was not familiar with the Clover Hera Marker and have been reading about it.

    • Jackie

      Daphne, I can’t remember where or how I heard about it, but decided to purchase it. I always struggle with marking my quilt so this is a great way to do straight lines.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

      • Daphne Lewis

        Well, you certainly did a beautiful job on this quilt with it. I’m going to see if I can find one locally.

  • Esther

    I use the FMQ foot to for these jobs. It is also a helpful practise for bigger FMQ-jobs! Your Dresden’s are really pretty!
    Esther
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  • Susan Owenby

    Beautiful! And excellent practice and problem solving!

  • Kitty Pearl

    YAY! Glad I got to see Dresden all finished! Looks awesome 🙂 Luv the starburst quilting too.