Monday, May 23, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
2016 Eugene MQG Skill Building BOM
Topic: Dresden Plate
Presenter: Kim Olsen
How to make Dresden blades and an applique circle. Work on quarter inch seams. Also, sew down/applique onto background
Pat Sloan Dresden Tutorials (Pat Sloan blogged about many different tutorials
Proposed Quilt Block (16.5” unfinished)
I used a 30 degree ruler, as I could not locate my 18 degree one. The 30 degree ruler makes 12 blades in the dresden plate, while the 18 degree makes 20. Blades can be made from almost any isosceles triangle that divides evenly into 360 degrees: so one can use a 45 (makes 8 blades)(kaleidoscope ruler anyone?) or a 60 degree one that makes only 6. I used a 6 inch strip of fabric to cut the blades, but placed the 7 inch line of the wedge ruler at the top and had an inch of the ruler hang out over lower part of fabric. This makes a resulting circle that is close to 14 inches in diameter. The center circle will easily cover the resulting hole in the center. It is easier to sew this way than having the points join in the center. Having the plate be 14 inches allows for centering, or skewing, as you prefer. One could make any size at all! I used a lid from a can of peanuts to draw around for a template (cereal box) for the center. Cut about a quarter inch larger than desired circle size and using a double threaded needle, I sewed around and pulled it up around the template. Starch and press! Probably best to use a 17 inchsquare for background. As one sews/appliques on the dresden plate, it may cause shrinkage! Ha Ha! The tutorials on Sew Mama Sew and Bunny Hill give very good tips for the sewing. Well worth reading :-) There are many variations in color placement and striping that would be very fun to try!
Monday, May 9, 2016
Bonnie G. will present more information about the EMQG Geek Fandom Swap. She's very excited about it! The sign-up form for the swap is posted as a separate file on the EMQG group page on the MQG website. Please print the form, fill it out, and bring it to the meeting so she can begin assigning Secret Partners. Deadline for sign-ups is this Friday, May 13.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Also, a big Thank You to all EMQG members who helped make over 25 butterfly blankets for Bags of Love this past winter! They were so excited to receive them! You can see a few of your creations below.
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