Materials per flower:
Two fat quarters
16 charm squares (or 5" squares of fabric)
large fabric scrap for centre
needle, thread, pins and scissors
pearl cotton (if hand quilting)
batting 18.5" square
rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Here's how you cut the petals out.
Cut a diagonal from the left corner to 1" in from bottom right corner.
At the top, measure 4" across and then cut a diagonal down
1" in as pictured. Making sense??
Fold the top edge of your wedge in half as pictured
and sew a quarter inch seam (by hand or machine)
Clip the corner off the seam of the point so it turns nicely
and turn right side out.
Sew the petals together with a 1/4 inch seam.
16 petals makes the circle!
Sorry about this poxy photo.
Next find a plate in your cupboard that is big enough to cover
the centre of your dresden plate.
Lay it on the backing fabric (I use a thin piece of old sheet for this)
and draw around it.
Lay the backing fabric the and the centre fabric right sides together
and sew on your drawn line.
Trim 1/4 in from line. Cut a slit in the backing fabric
and turn the circle right sides out.
Press carefully. You should have a perfect circle.
Cut a 18.5" square from your fat quarter fabric
and pin your dresden plate on it.
I hand sewed mine down, but I guess you could machine it
if you were careful.
I've decided to make a quilt and to quilt it as I go
so I cut a piece of batting and backing and pinned it to the top
and hand quilted the centre of the circle and the outside edge
of the dresden plate.
But you could do this by machine as well.
I just think the quilt-as-you-go method
will mean prettier quilting for this lovely block.
I know that Cat has already made 12 of 24
(that's going to be an epic quilt)
but I'm going to make 9 blocks.
It's so pretty and I'm thrilled to have finally mastered it,
I do hope you can too.
Please do let me know if you make one
I'd love to see it!!