Dresden Plate Sewing

Hi Everyone!

Many of you have ordered the new Dresden Plate stamp and are well on your way to creating beautiful blocks.  There has been some discussion on the “Stitching With Cindy Blackberg” face book page and I wanted to clarify the method I used in turning under the curves.

If you are a needle turn applique artist, you need no help.  But for those of us that failed needleturn 4 times, we need help!  That is how I arrived at the method I used.  It is clearly written out in the instructions with the Dresden Plate stamp, but I thought I’d elaborate on it in this blog for those of you pondering how to applique your blocks.

First I used Heavy Duty Freezer paper by Cut Rite.  Because it is thicker than normal freezer paper, it doesn’t need to be doubled (or tripled).  Because of the thickness, I used a very easy solid 1″ punch by “Stampin’ Up”.  I have a limited number of them available on my website or you can order your punch from my sister, Doreen at: doesluvsbuck@gmail.com.  (My sister is a “Stampin’ Up” dealer.)

I punched out the circles quick as a wink.

I punched out the circles quick as a wink.

After sewing the 12 plates together, I DID press open the seams as indicated on the pattern and clipped to the reference marks.

(The method of applique I’m showing here was taught by Jodi Savage at an applique workshop at her wonderful Whistlestop farm house retreat center in TN.  She learned many years ago from a teacher in California.  It has been around awhile, but I love it because once your blocks are prepped, you can take them anywhere and they won’t need to be repressed.)

Spray a little spray starch into a small jar.

Spray a little spray starch into a small jar.

Press the 1″ punched circle freezer paper circle shiny side down just inside the sharp curve on the plate using a mini iron.

1" circle fits PERFECTLY!

1″ circle fits PERFECTLY!

Take a small brush and dab on the spray starch on the outside of the curve.  (Do not soak the fabric as I said in the instructions.)

Dabbing on the starch.

Dabbing on the starch.

Now using 2 hands, pulling the fabric over the freezer paper with a stylus and press it with the mini iron.

It takes a little practice using 2 hands!

It takes a little practice using 2 hands!

When you finished your first plate will look like this:

PERFECTLY ROUNDED!

PERFECTLY ROUNDED!

Continue to do each top.  When you are finished, remove the freezer paper and turn over.

Look at me, I'm perfect!

Look at me, I’m perfect!

To make the centers, I just punched out another circle and turned it under the same way.

Center circles.

Center circles.

You can travel with your blocks without fear of having to retouch the folded in edges.  They are very sharp and ready to applique into place.  Use Roxanne’s glue and dab sparingly to the back to keep it in place or use pins.

You can order your Dresden Plate and supplies on my website at: http://cindyblackberg.com/shop/template-stamps/dresden-plate/

Dresden Plate Stamp

Dresden Plate Stamp

Until next time, Happy Stitching!


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