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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Cottons. Just purchased the teal for the background. It is Country Classic Solids from Joann's in a wide range of colors.

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What are you most proud of? I really wanted my center circle to be as smooth as possible. I think that with the dresden blocks, the eye is drawn in to the center of the circle, and any extra bulk or distracting seam allowance "halo" detracts from that. I think I succeeded (after a temporary comical setback when I discovered that my mylar cirlce template was NOT heat resistant!!---Oh well cardboard works just as well.)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just make sure your template is correct when you start out or you will have some head-scratching and problem-solving to get it flat in the end. 20 blades that are off by a smidge adds up to something that defies the laws of geometry just when you thought you were almost done! I think it looks best with an appliqued center circle because it is less bulky. I use the gathered running stitch, then insert heat-resistant circle, pull thread tight around back of circle and iron. There are lots of tutorials online for making perfect circles. Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a video you can watch for instance. Have fun! The Modern Dresden wheel has lots of MOD appeal!

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WOW! Very nicely done. I really your block & your technique.Good blend of fabrics also. Thanks for sharing. :-)

11/04/2012 Flag

Thank you Pam. You should google that flower. It's really neat.

11/05/2012 Flag

I will, thanks.

11/05/2012 Flag

Hey Cat, I did Google those flowers & they are spectacular. Thanks for the idea. :-)

11/05/2012 Flag

I actually just imagined them into existence I think!

11/05/2012 Flag

Looks great.

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