Like so many of us, either working from home, self-isolating or shielding I’ve taken some of my ‘out of work’ hours to reduce some of my fabric ‘scraps stash’ – this stash includes those pieces that were cut wrongly, odd shapes etc …. some of them even make their way into special little boxes as you can see below. It’s just so hard to part with even the smallest piece isn’t it?
I quite like Dresden plates but never made anything much with them. Yes, you can see from the box that I have some already to sew, but I decided these would be too narrow for what I wanted so I used the mini fat cat template to cut out my shapes.
What you will need:
Fabric scraps – each fat cat shape can be cut out of a 2½ x 2½ inch square
Top fabric -Triangle – approx. 18 x 18 x 18 inch
Wadding (this can be pieced from scraps too)
Backing fabric – approx. 1 fat quarter
Binding – (3) 2 inch x 19 inch strips contrasting
Cut out 13 fabric shapes – this can either be from the same fabric or from different pieces of fabric.
1) Fold the fat cat fabric shape in half, RS together.
2) Sew across the widest edge using a ¼ inch seam.
3) Snip into the corner and turn right side out.
5) Repeat for all 13 shapes.
6) Sew each one together as in the picture above until you complete the circle.
Now – what to do with them …..
I had some triangle pieces left over from the Ombre Bloom quilt (made in my last blog) and thought these would be ideal to applique the Dresden circles onto.
7) I added some binding to the inner edge of the blue circle, trimmed, turned and later appliqued it using a blanket stitch.
8) Layer the top fabric, wadding and backing fabric together.
9) Find the centre of the triangle and pin the Dresden circle in place. Now begin your quilting!
10) I chose to use blanket stitch for the centre edge of the circle and straight stitch around the outer edge/points. I used a contrasting thread colour for this.
11) ‘Echo’ stitch around the points in white thread to match the top fabric (John Louden Flutter fabric in white). Repeat 2 more times.
12) Choose 3 points from the Dresden circle and run a line of stitching from there to the point of the triangle (see pic below of the reverse side as it’s easier to see the sewn lines).
The way you positioned your Dresden circle on the triangle may dictate whether you can sew 3 lines to the triangle point or 2.
13) Trim the triangle so that sides are of equal length.
14) Sew the contrasting binding on – I used a ½ inch seam for this and add some strips across the back to hang the triangle later if you wish. You can either hand or machine sew to finish off the binding.
Voila – and you have finished
Why not add a button or embroider the centre of the circle?
I must confess that it didn’t make a huge dent in my scrap stash but I did enjoy making them. These are destined for our quilt exhibition, which sadly has been postponed this year.
Now … what can I make with the rest of the stash? … not holding out much hope that it will ever happen!
I hope you will have a go at making the one yourself. If you do, pop back here and add some comments below or head off to our social media site and post your pics there. You could always post it on my twitter page too @quiltsewgo
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Happy sewing everyone.