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