Monday, May 25, 2009

Circles

Jenny at Elefantz won a dresden ruler from my blog giveaway recently. She was thrilled to receive it and started making her blades. Then she e-mailed saying she'd have to put it away until she learned to do needleturn applique for the circle center. When I e-mailed back with how to do a circle she was relieved. By the way if you haven't visited her blog you're in for a treat.

Once your plate is made find something large enough to cover the raw edges.

Trace onto a piece of thin cardboard or template plastic. I like the type of template plastic you can use an iron with. Cut out your template circle and trace onto the wrong side of your circle fabric. I like using a piece of fine grit sandpaper underneath so the fabric doesn't tug when I trace.

Thread a long piece of thread through your needle and tie one end. Now baste stitch near the outer edge of your circle.

Once you've done that lay your circle template in the center where you traced your circle and pull you thread taut. Press the back and the front.

Gently remove your template and press again if neccessary. Also you may need to give a gentle pull on your thread to get your "perfect" circle shape after having removed the template.

Your circle is only as perfect as your cutting. I will never make a perfect circle but I've learned to live with it. If anyone cares then that's their problem. :o)

After your dresden plate is appliqued down onto your background fabric, pin your circle and applique.
s
Now to address a recent comment about the number of blades to use. Blogless Me is "no reply and no name" so I can't reply directly to her. Apparently she clicked to enlarge my dresden plate photos when I first shared them and counted the blades in each plate. So yes, she did discover some have 21 blades and some have 20. I was having trouble at first so 2 of my plates have 21. After cussing and fussing and fiddling I adjusted the needle placement on my machine and was able to get 20 blades to lay flat. It really doesn't matter how many blades in my opinion as long as you get it to lay flat. I never figured anyone would really count.
s
I'm back to work on my plates.
s
~Piecefully, Stephanie

27 comments:

Ulla said...

That's a nice way to make a circle!

Nedra said...

Aren't we bloggers the funniest people? Who would have guessed that people would count the blades? But for us visual learners, it makes sense. I can figure a pattern out by sight sometimes better than reading. That's why the pictures of the tutorial are so helpful. Those dresden plates are showing up everywhere!

Beth said...

You've inspired me -- I'm headed to JoAnn today to get my Dresden Plate tool.

I think your circle looks pretty much perfect!

Kaaren said...

Great tool, great project, great fabric, great circle tutorial from a great person.

And did I mention...have a G-R-E-A-T day!

Jackie said...

Funny, that might have been me counting at some point. You know that the Dresden's are on my list of to do's... so I probably would have come back to your posts and counted, but now I don't have too. So thanks, Stephanie and blogless me for helping me out. Have a fantastic weekend!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh Stephanie, BLESS your sweet heart! I am such a visual person, and your tutorial has me nodding all the way. I get it! \o/ At last. ;-)
Thanks so much!

Janet said...

Actually if I were making the block with the same ruler, I would have counted but I probably would have only counted one.And it would have been the wrong one :-)
The plates are just gorgeous.

calicodaisy said...

Nice tutorial and photos. Like I said before, you're getting better all the time!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh Man! I step away from blogger for a week and I miss all kinds of fun projects!
Love your easy step by steps. Although I know I'll probably never be able to make a Dresden plate quilt block, the applique circle technique will definitely come in handy. :)

I've got to go back now and read about those cute purses and wall pockets you made.

Kimberly :)

dotti white said...

I love your dresden plates and the tips on how to do the circles is so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing!

Darlene said...

Ideal way to make a circle - perfect. Thank you Stephanie!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the extra info on the Dresden. I am about ready to start and am taking in any suggestions.

dotti white said...

P.S. Stephanie...please check out my latest post and let me know if you have any suggestions! thank you so much!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Great circle to finish! people make me laugh :) I recently changed my needle position too!

Richardson's Randoms said...

Thank you so much for your awesome tutorials! You always manage to make it look doable or approachable. I really appreciate your willingness to share your talents.

Your friend in blogging land,
~Kimberly

Dawn said...

Awesome tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

I picked up the Dresden Plate tool yesterday at JoAnn's - I walked in the door and was surprised with all notions 50% off - I needed a wheelbarrow to get out of there!
Great tutorial, Stephanie!
Cheers!

jacquie said...

i'm finally back to reading blogs and this was my first post...am i'm glad i came here first just so i could see this fab fabric used in this beautiful way. oh steph...this is going to be stunning!!

szkornelia said...

This is really nice. Thanks for the nice little tutorial.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

20 or 21 they look great. I'm glad you posted that about the circle applique! I had to look that one up myself recently as I have not done applique since I was in 11th grade!great info!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Stephanie, you are always so much help to us. I have my dresden tool, now just need to get busy. Love this one you did.
Thanks again,
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Rumi said...

Your tutorials are always so well done!

*karendianne. said...

I love your approach and attitude to the Dresden centers and number of blade. You know what I mean. "if anyone cares then that's there problem." Although I can understand if someone is new and trying hard to learn. The number of blades could potentially be a learning curve question. THAT I understand.

Don't count me out with Love, *karendianne.

Melanie said...

Thanks for the tips Stephanie. I will have to add Dresden Plate to my list soon.

Sherri said...

The center fabric is absolutely perfect!!! And great instructions as well!

artycrafty said...

perfect! Thank yo so much for your wonderful instructions!

Sue said...

gosh, I'm so behind in reading blogs. But I just had to comment anyway! I always had trouble with really round circles until I found the perfect circles from Karen Kay Buckley. She has big ones too. They're made out of the ironable plastic too and you use them the same way you showed. No affiliation, just love the circles!