This weekend I made my Dresden plate blocks for my latest version of the Sundance quilt, directions for which available through your local BERNINA dealer.
As you can see, these plates flank the sides of the quilt, which is set on point, so the plates are actually applied to large quarter square triangles.
First I cut a 8 plates from each of five fabrics. You can use the template provided, but if you happen to have Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Dresden Ruler, you can use the 6″ mark to cut the plates as well.
Note that I changed some of the fabrics for the plates from the original plan. I like to sew with pre-washed fabrics and I didn’t have enough of some of those already washed so I took a shortcut and opted to switch out some of the fabrics to others from my Topiary line for Blend Fabrics instead!
Chain-piece the ends of the plates – I like to backstitch at each end.
Clip off the excess fabric at the corners, press the seams open, and turn the plate right side out. Press, centering the seam.
Join the plates, pressing the seams open. I like to fuse a little piece of Steam-A-Seam tape onto the edges of the Dresden because I find it is a more secure method of securing the plates when I sew.
Remove the tape’s paper backing and fuse it down onto the background triangle, being careful not to stretch the triangle’s bias edges! Use the background fabric to align the quarter circle before trimming it away to reduce bulk.
Appliqué the quarter circle. Pretty simple!
I’ll be back after Market to piece the quilt top together. I’m waiting to quilt this one on a BERNINA long arm – I can’t wait!
If you are sewing along be sure to post your progress on Instagram using the hashtags #berninausa #sundancequilt.
Hope you enjoy the last days of summer!