Have you heard of Anne Sutton's (Bunny Hill blog) Scrappy Plate Club? Oh my gosh, you should check it out. Anne is sponsoring a free tutorial on how to make a Dresden Plate Quilt, from beginning to end. Her instructions are so clear and understandable, a beginning level quilter could master the project. And the Flickr group she started where folks can share photos of their little Dresden Plates is such fun and inspiration to look at.
Well, you have all heard me moan and whine recently that I have way too much stuff in the stash. I thought this might be just the thing to reduce said stash and end up with a beautiful "free quilt". Turns out that this project has not put a noticable dent in the likes of my stash, but don't you let that stop you. It is well worth your time and scraps. My Fig Tree stash was beginning to look rather alarming, so I chose that to work with.
I printed out Part One of the instructions and got started. Anne recommends a ruller called "Easy Dresden" designed by Darlene Zimmerman. I think you can cut out the units using a regular ruler as well, but I thought I'd go with the proper tool for the job. I got my Fig Tree fabrics cut out in no time flat using this handy little device. You can get the idea how it is used from the photo above. You cut a strip the length of the unit you want (mine is 4 inches) and flip flop the ruler along the strip to cut your units.
Here are my 250+ pieces for a total of 20 blocks.
Lay out the units until you get a color pattern that pleases you. Follow Anne's instructions on stitching the small units and connecting them all together.
In Part 2 and 3 of the Dresden Plate instructions, we will be appliquing a circle to the center of the plate and appliquing the entire plate unit to a background square. Finally, we will connect the blocks and do a final layout for the quilt top.
Even though this scrappy project didn't make much of a dent in my stash, I am very pleased that it did not cost me anything. I had all the scraps, background and backing on hand. What a pretty project for spring and summer.