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Friday, March 27, 2009

Sampler Quilt Block # 8 (I think)

Today I finished this Dresden Plate block, and I think it turned out well. Of course, the ones that don't turn out well, I don't post on the internet. Like the one that resulted from an exercise out of a scrap quilting book that involved pulling random scraps out of your scrap bag without looking and making a block out of them. I'll put it on the foot end of the quilt, where it will be between the mattress and the sleigh-style footboard, and no one will see it.

This particular Dresden Plate came out of the Georgia Bonesteel book. I believe it also could be called a Wagon Wheel.

I turned the seam allowances under and topstitched the plate to the backing, instead of doing hand applique or using a machine zig-zag. I don't like the look of zig-zag appliques so much, and I don't like hand work, so the topstitching seemed like a good idea. I've never seen it listed as an applique technique, but surely I'm not the only one who has thought of this.

I thought I'd add a link here to a site that's been useful to me in my quilt designing:
Free Printable Graph Paper generator. Choose your paper size and block size, line thickness, etc.


Anonymous said...

I am always amazed at how well you do this.

My quilt block, bless the old lady's heart it was for, had to of laughed at the 3 pieces in strips.

Awesome block!

MadeByAmanda said...

Well, as they say, practice makes perfect. The first pieced block I tried years ago turned out awful (it was supposed to be a fish and looked like a tiny pine tree). I gave up on pieced blocks and just did applique and plain blocks for that quilt. Then I gave up on quilting altogether for a few years.