Tuesday, February 19, 2013

V and Co.: how to: finish a dresden plate

we survived the 4 day weekend.
we even got to leave town briefly to enjoy an indoor water park. 
then i came home and in between dinner and nighttime routines, while editing some pictures i got to yell at the season finale of downton abbey
what the heck. 
i knew it was coming but i didn't know how or when, and then i had to explain to the husband between ugly sobs, that everything was just finally working out and then this happened. he looked at me like i had two heads and was speaking "blah blah blah they killed the character blah blah blah..." (for any of you who don't know what i'm talking about please don't mind me and any other woman walking around all upset for the next couple of weeks while muttering "downton abbey stupid  Season 3." and if you haven't watched it all and are planning to watch it. i've kept all the characters names out of it so i don't ruin it for you.)

okay wait, what am i blogging about today? oh thats right dresden plates. not downtown. i knew it was a "D" word. 

okay 2 weeks ago we talked about making the dresden plate

now this week we are going to talk about appliquéing the dresden plate on and what in the world do we do about that gaping open middle we have going on there.

okay first things first: 
lets talk about how to appliqué the plate onto your project. weather it be a quilt, a pillow, on a bag or like shown above, on a zipper pouch, we need to make sure that plate gets appliquéd on.

i like hand appliqué but i also like how it looks when i use my sewing machine to sew it on as well. 
i will show you both ways.

how to hand appliqué your dresden plate:
what you will need to appliqué
- fabric to applique your dresden plate onto.
-needle and thread.
*optional batting
-with your needle and thread go through all layers and catch one of the edges of your dresden plate petal
**(if you are doing a quilt block it will just be the dresden plate and the block fabric. if you are making a pillow you may want to add batting. if you are making a zipper bag you can add the fusible webbing now or after you do this step)
-make sure you catch the very edge of your dresden plate fabric so that your stitches don't show.
**i like to start on the point you can start anywhere but that's where i usually start.
-go right back down where you started (i like to go down right next to where the thread came up from when you pulled it through to start)
-move over about 1/8" over and come up through all layers like you did the first time and repeat the first step
-continue to do this all around the outside of your dresden plate. 

don't have the patience to do it by hand....

how to machine appliqué your dresden plate:
*using your 1/4" foot (in bernina world it is your #37 foot)
-use the inside notch of the foot as show in the picture above as your guide to get a great top stitch. this is how i always get the (in my eyes) the perfect top stitch
-carefully sew around your outer edge. 

now lets talk about that raw edge middle

how to dresden middles:
most commonly used for the middles of dresden plates are circles. 
first i am going to show you how to do a finished (not a raw edge) circle for your middle

i really like picking the same fabric as my back ground for my middle so that it looks like the plate is a circle with no middle

-but if you do a color middle you get a really cute flower looking plate. both cute and both very easy to do.

lets get started:

what you will need:
-circle making object. (ruler or something around the house! i have been known to use old CD's (cause who uses those anymore when everything is digital these days!) or glasses, or bowls. here the perfect circle size was attained by using a mason jar.
-pellon 807 (found in most craft stores especially fabric stores)
-erasable ink pen
-one piece of fabric your choice for the middle.
- i used a mason jar to trace my circle with my erasable pen.
-draw a circle on either side of your fabric (i've done both. my favorite is to draw the line on the right side of the fabric because i place the pellon on top. but i'll show you this time doing it on the wrong side. really its just preference decide for yourself what you like best.)

-after you have drawn your circle on the wrong side of your fabic , place the pellon on the right side of your fabric. 
-with your drawn line facing up, sew ON THE DRAWN line of the circle.
-cut out your circle, with a 1/8" to 1/4" seam around it.
-pinch your pellon webbing and cut a slit big enough to pull inside out your sewn circle. 
**be gentle when you pull it through because the webbing is more on the delicate side than the sturdy side! 

-place in the middle of your dresden plate
-iron down, and appliqué just like i showed you in the hand appliqué section on the dresden plate section, or machine sew it. 

how about a hexagon middle:
and of course i love the hexagon middle. how i created this hexagon is the same way i made the hexagons in the hexagon applique bag

-follow the same steps we did for the circle center for the hexagon center for the middle, make sure you make the hexagon big enough to cover all the raw edges of the middle though!
-and of course to finish the middle you can do either hand appliqué like i showed you in the beginning of this tutorial, or you can machine it just like i did in this one pictured, following the same steps for machine appliquéing your dresden plate on.

last but not least how about having some texture??: 

how to make a hand twisted flower middle for your dresden plate:
what you will need:
-1 to 2 strips of 2" X WOF (width of fabric) 
-needle and thread matching in color of your cut strips. 
 -grab your strip of fabric on one end.
-fold in half that end.
-fold in half again the same end.
this is your starting bottom center.
 -keeping your folded end folded... fold over the rest of your tail over once.
(Thats a whole heck of of a lot of folds. fold fold fold fold. :))
- place one stitch in through all these layers
(i don't cause i dont need it to keep in place anymore. i guess thats the beauty of doing something over and over and over and over again!)
 -twist your long tail (loosely) a couple of times.

-bring it back to the started folded edge point.
-this is the back side view. 
-place another stitch with your needle and thread. 
**hint: i like to always try to hide my stitches by first off using thread close in color, but second, but placing my stitches under a twisted edge, sometimes only making the stitch go through a few of the layers and not all the way to the top. 
this may take a little bit of practice. :)
 -twist again a couple of times (loosely still!!!) and now place the twisted fabric behind the center you have created. continue to place a few stitches every time you place your new twisted fabric onto the center (that is now growing!)
 -here's a close up of my stitch where the needle only goes in through the bottom part of the twisted fabric.
-continue to twist and place stitches to keep the flower together.
-if you don't have enough with one strip, tuck under the tail and put a few stitches to keep it in place. then continue a new strip (just like you did the first one) only this time just continue to go on the outer part of the flower. 
-make it as big as you need it
-when you have a big enough flower, cut the excess strip, tuck under the flower and stitch in place.

 -pin onto the middle of your appliquéd dresden plate.
- just like you hand appliquéd your circle, do this to the twisted flower. do so around your outer part of the flower.
**ideally this center would be for things that are not going to go through the washer due to the raw edges and fraying. 
ahem, but look how insanely cute it looks on this little zipper pouch. 

hey heres a bonus! 
dont want to have a middle??

melissa created a double dresden delight where she had both ends the finished points!

pretty cool me thinks! i may give this a try.

alright there you have it.
 i think i'll make a little doll quilt with the ones i have left over that i made and surprise the daughter. or another zippered pouch, a girl can never have enough zippered pouches.
just sayin.
where will you put your dresden plate??


Jennifer said...

Completely loving the hexagon center idea!

Julie said...

Love the twisted flower in the middle - I think their may be cushion made like this in my list of to dos.

mama dub said...

Thanks for the ideas. I also shed some tears on Sunday night!

elizabeth said...

very nice :)

Books_Bound said...

I too knew about the impending doom on Downton! In both cases of the dearly departed this season, it was due to the real-life portrayers choosing not to renew their contracts for the fourth season! How dare they put their careers ahead of the dearest wishes of Downton fans?!? :)

Cari said...

Wow, thanks for all the detailed photos. I especially love the pouch with the flower in the middle. Insanely cute is right!

FlourishingPalms said...

Still crying about Downton Abbey too because I haven't yet gotten over the unforeseen trauma from episode four! Now with this final episode, it's too much to take in. But typical of British serial TV writers! They take unorthodox joy in knocking off lead characters.

Carolyn J. said...

Great ideas all around - I've never seen a double dresdan plate, what a beautiful touch!!

KerryQ said...

Yeah, Julian Fellowes is dead to me. Until next season. Just imagine that this episode aired on Christmas Day in the UK!

JJ said...

Very nice tutorial.

janequiltsslowly said...

I really have to try making a dresden now. I need a hand stitching project to take on a trip at the end of March and this will be it! Thank you so much for all the tips and hints. I adore those "double point" dresdens. I think i may have to try that too.

Re: DA. I am stunned by the ending, but happier (a little) to know that the actors wanted out before the 4th season. Their loss, I'm thinking.

Unknown said...

very nice ideas:))

Grete said...

Hah - ain't that nice - people from all over the globe watching the same stuff, sobbing along in unison, if that isn't a prime example of globalization. And I have to come up with a bag pattern for a magazine until Monday and also decided on doing something with a Dresden Plate :o) (humming: "it's a small world after all" under my breath). BTW - the whole family had a good laugh at the dinner table last night about farts and flowers. XO, Grete

Rebecca Grace said...

Oooh, SO many good ideas here! I've been thinking of appliqueing my own Dresden plates to the background blocks with a machine blanket stitch, since I used a digitized applique embroidery flower for the center and it has a blanket stitch around the edges. So, questions:

1. When you stitch your plate to your background fabric for a quilt, do you need to use any kind of stabilizer first? Do you pin the plate in place or use some kind of glue, adhesive spray, or fusible product to hold it in place while you sew it down?

2. My other issue -- I made my plates from new, unwashed fabric; I didn't know what I would be using them for when I made them. Now I've decided to make them into a Minky backed quilt for my 5 year old neice and I'm concerned about the quilt top shrinking in the wash since of course the Minky will NOT shrink. I can still prewash the background block fabric and the sashing fabric, but what about the plates? Do you think I can shrink them a little with heavy steam from my iron? If I can't shrink them ahead of time, I'm afraid they will rip out of the background fabric when they shrink in the wash. Help!

Kay said...

I have always loved dresdens, but I especially like the twist of adding a fabric flower to the center.
As for Downton Abbey, in England we saw that episode on Christmas day, it ruined Christmas for people all over the country!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I just hopped onto your blog and saw this. It is gorgeous! I think I need to make one and put on a bag...soon! So so pretty! I love the flower in the middle. :)

Cori said...

Great idea for the pillow, just finished a dresden plate quilt. I have a few extra plates so I making the pillows. Thank you

blg2240 said...

I love the Dresden and this gives me another way to use them. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.
My husband and I are both avid Downton Abbey fans. We watched the first episode of season 3 last night and oh some of the comments from others makes me very uneasy.

ChineseSmartphonesInCanada said...

I love all the ways you played with the dresden plate. So inspiring! :) Thank you!

V and Co. said...

1. pins, glue or whatever you like should be fine. it's all up to you. i just pin.
also on the stabilizer, i don't use one.
2. i don't prewash any of my fabrics and when you are using precuts, you obviously can't prewash.
i think if you don't prewash all the fabrics you should be just fine, beacuse the shrinking will be the same. as for using minty...i'm not an expert so i have no idea on that! sorry!!!

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Melissa Corry said...

I absolutely love the rose center!! So incredible adorable!! Thanks for all of those wonderful pictures!! And thank you for the shout out on my DDD. You are such a sweetheart!!

Custom Trading Pins said...

Very fantastic and well-written post.you did a great job.Just keep it up.

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Really very nice and great photo and detail.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if I want to use the Dresden Plate for a Table Centerpiece and I don't want to sew it to a square piece of fabric, can i just back it somehow to keep the shape round ?

Laurie said...

Thank you SO much for this!!! I just started quilting and I LOVE the dresden plates. I just had no idea how to put it ON the quilt. Like if it was pieced or what! Haha. But making it an applique totally makes sense now! Thanks, again!!

Unknown said...

what a beautiful touch!!

yarnivorous said...

A very late thanks for showing me how to finish off the centre of a Dresden plate. "Applique a circle" many instructions tell me but your instructions make sense and work :-)

Designs By Dona said...

I've had my Dresden plate on my designs board for ages, not knowing what to do in the center to cover some mistakes. I will now use the folded flower for the center, love the idea!

Unknown said...

Vanessa; I have just found your site, (being curious as to what to do with a Dresden plate). I love your ideas the way you present them. Good for you; good for us. I will follow you from now on. I think you are a hoot ! Thanks for the info. (Y)

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