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Turn your UFO into a Present

All quilters go through various phases, times when we turn our attention to one particular style, fabric, design or color.

One of mine was the Dresden phase - around the same time last year - when I made several different quilts with this traditional block.

By changing the size, proportions of the blades and center, adding applique to the center, inserting skinny triangles between the blades or adding an inner ring give unlimited possibilities.

If you have a few orphan Dresden plates turn them into placemats or small table toppers!

  • Cut a circle from batting, measure the diameter between the blades

  • Place the batting on the back of the Dresden plate (left image below)

  • The batting should not be visible from the front, adjust the size if needed

  • Cut a circle from the backing, the diameter should be 1" larger than the batting

  • Place the backing on top the batting

  • The backing should be evenly visible between the blades (center image below)

  • Press the 3 layers together with steam iron

  • Stitch the center to the batting and backing either with free motion quilting or using your walking foot

  • Turn the edges of the backing under the batting and pin it down all around (right image below)

  • Hand-stitch the backing to the top

Stitch the layers together close to the edge using your walking foot as shown below

See my Dresden quilts here

You can find more UFO ideas on the pages of my fellow designers

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