If you use a Dresden ruler

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • Cotton fabric
  • cotton and invisible thread
  • fusible web
  • freezer paper.

Q&A with NanaJeanFL

TrishaG asked:
It looks great! The colors, the mix of fabric designs--Love this one!
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thanks Trisha! I just saw your two quilts. They're both wonderful! Look forward to future blocks!
artbythebay asked:
I don't understand any of your comments... I just think you are a GENIUS! Go girl.
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thanks artbythebay! I'm no genius - just a determined quilter!
2626shirl asked:
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.
NanaJeanFL answered:
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!
GmaMK asked:
Lovely job! You're very creative!
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thank you GmaMK! Actually I'd call this a "rescue" more than a creation :D
Ladybev asked:
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!
NanaJeanFL answered:
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!!

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