Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 »
InstructionsI would get the EZ dresden ruler. It makes it so much easier and accurate.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Casual, Mod
Cottons. Just purchased the teal for the background. It is Country Classic Solids from Joann's in a wide range of colors.
What was your inspiration?
Emerald Isles aster. It is a really cool bizarre flower with a chartrese center and green petals!
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.)
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!