hello all! I have a little something to show you. I've sewn up those dresden plates and now I've got a pile of trivets for the table...
The first one I sewed I used my EZ dresden plate template, which creates 20 thinner wedges of fabric, and I sewed it into an "organic" flower shape. I also zigzagged the circle in the middle. My husband likes this one best.
For the next dresden plate, I drew up my own template, which is the width of two wedges: 10 wedges to make a full circle. I like the look of the fatter wedges and it's less work, ha! This time, I sewed by hand the circle in the middle, after using Anna Maria Horner's method to make super circles. I hand quilted this dresden with two layers of batting and then slip stitched the back to the front, all the way around... each and every corner. Ooh, those inner corners were tough.
Did the same with the third dresden, and all the while I was thinking, "there's got to be a better way!"
So for my last dresden, I didn't finish the points at the top. I sewed all the wedges together, drew a scallop pattern, sandwiched it with only one layer of batting, finished it with the sewing machine and then hand quilted it together. I have to admit... I'm kind of on the fence. I love the look of the pointy dresdens, but the scalloped one looks pretty too and it was a lot easier. What do you think? Which do you like best?
Also, I totally would love to hear your secret tips or techniques... yep, I can keep a secret! (no, not really.)