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Experiment using Dresden ruler

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic, Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabric, cotton and invisible thread, fusible web, freezer paper.

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What are you most proud of? I marked the top and bottom of a completed fan blade on a Dresden ruler. Then I "adjusted" it by moving the ruler towards the center to create a smaller center - or so I thought. When I put the 1st three blades together I realized I'd inadvertently changed the angle - narrowing the blades - and would not be able to use four fabrics evenly around the fan. Since I'd already cut three of the four fabrics I decided to make a three colored fan. After doing the math I made a 21 piece fan. I also re-used a fused center I had removed earlier. Everything came out fine - just different! Its the same size circle but I'll need to add the background pieces as a whole joining one final seam at the end of sewing the curve all the way around.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a case of "Don't do as I do - Do as I say". If you're going to switch from template to any ruler make sure you can cut the exact same size and shape the pattern calls for. Otherwise things will come out differently. I now realize I could have taped the paper template onto the ruler and checked from the back (or by holding it up to the light) to see if it really did fit instead of deciding it looked OK (over a finished blade) and I should not have adjusted the length by moving the ruler without any problems. To get the smaller center circle all I really needed to do was add some length to the bottom of the pieces.

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It looks really nice. I've also considered using the Dresden plate template but haven't jumped in yet as I am waiting to see what others are doing.

04/05/2013 Flag

Thank you 2626shirl! I'm such a stickler for detail I'll probably go back and try using the ruler with what I've learned on some scrap material. Can always use a practice piece for FMQ!

04/06/2013 Flag

Lovely job! You're very creative!

04/05/2013 Flag

Thank you GmaMK! Actually I'd call this a "rescue" more than a creation :D

04/06/2013 Flag

That's what you call a " learning curve!" Lol. As long as you didn't waste your fabric. As far as the background - couldn't you appliqu the fan to a big background square and clip away the big circle on the back? Awesome block!

04/06/2013 Flag

ROFLOL!! "leaning curve" indeed :D You make my day Ladybev. I like your idea for the background square - like what we did in 2012 - thanks!!

04/06/2013 Flag

The fan with the big flowers is super sharp! Can't believe you made 2 fans! ! ;-)

04/06/2013 Flag

Thanks again! Actually if I include the number of times it took to end up with these two I'm be too embarressed to say :)

04/06/2013 Flag

This is such a pretty block! Love the colors and mix of print and geometrics.

05/10/2013 Flag

Thanks sewgurlie! I just saw your blocks. Your fabric choices are wonderful and you do beautiful work. Can't wait to see more!

05/12/2013 Flag