Saturday, January 12, 2013

Working on the WIPs

Sew, sew, sew...Christmas Strings quilt top finished.

Uh oh - no backing fabric.

An Instagram friend is sending me some. Wait for backing fabric.

Sew, sew, sew...Sock Monkeys Postage Stamp blocks put together.

Uh oh - not enough border fabric.

Order border fabric from Fat Quarter Shop (along with some special backing fabric wink wink). Wait for border fabric.

Sew, sew, sew...Twelve Dresden Plates completed.

Uh oh - I don't have the fancy circle template to do the centres.

Tell me, have you made a Dresden Plate quilt? How important is the circle template? I know there are other ways of making the centres, such as the freezer paper template, but do these other methods make accurate, smooth circles?

Until I figure this out, I'm stuck.

I might have to start something new...and that's against the rules!


Anonymous said...

If you don't want to start something new you could come to my house and work on something of mine.....

No? Well, no harm offering suggstions ;D

I have so many UFOs I could outfit a city of sewists for a while. I'm trying not to start anything new either. SO HARD though. New is so fun!


Four dogs and one quilter said...

I love Dresdens and have seen some really cute ideas for covering the center circle. Take a look at Pinterest for ideas. My favorite method to get a nice finished edge on your circle is to use interfacing, fusible or not, to make the circle. Check out Fons & Porter>Online Extras>Sew Easy Lessons>Interfacing appliqué lesson. Hope this helps. Can't wait to see your quilt.

What Comes Next? said...

you have been busy! what a shame to keep running into roadblocks like that - hopefully the fabric shipments will arrive quickly! I wouldn't think a special template would be required for the circles for your Dresdens (which are lovely btw) The interfacing method works well for me, too.

heartsease54 said...

I bought a pack of Karen Kay Buckley's Bigger Perfect Circles for this express purpose. Use a larger one for the actual cutting, then center the one just down in size on the fabric, run a basting stitch around it, closing it up over the plastic template, press with starch. Pop out the template & wah-lah.

Lynne said...

How frustrating for you! I have an Accuquilt Go Baby. I used it to cut a circle template from cardboard then cut out a rough circle of fabric 3/16" larger and made my circular quilt label that way!

Julie Fukuda said...

What? They have a template? I thought you just drew around a cup of the right size.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

You are on a roll! I have no Dresden Plate wisdom to give you but I just love it.. I'm working on a WIP. Actually 2 at the same time. I hope to post about them in the next week or so.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- look at you go girl! Looks like you're getting a lot done. How 'bout making a template of your own out of a plastic -- like milk carton plastic or something?

Anonymous said...

What are the fancy circle template things? I've always used freezer paper.