Good Monday morning! I'm so glad to be linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times and Free Motion by the River today. Hop on over and be inspired by other wonderful design walls! As promised here's a tutorial for how I made my Dresden with scallops. Before we get started I'd like to apologize for picture quality. My camera quit working so I had to grab Ross's camera(older). It didn't like up close shots and I just couldn't make sense of the manual. Well here we go anyway!
Fabric needed for one block
(20) 2.5 squares (Dresden blades)
(1) 3.5 square green(leaves)
(2) 1.5 x WOF (scallops)
(2) 3/4 x 3.5 brown (stems)
(1) 1 3/8 x 26 bias strip (circle frame)
(2) 2.5 squares (cherries)
(1) 9" square white (pic shows circle because I cut mine before pic..OOPS)
This is the ruler I used, marking with glow tape as shown in picture. If you don't have this ruler the templates for this block are provided here and here.
So lets get started by cutting all 20 blades
Sew them together in pairs
Keep sewing till you have a complete circle, then press seams open. I don't use steam throughout the entire process of making this block.
Trim away these little wings sticking out. It will make it easier to sew on the scallops later.
Once trimmed it can be set aside for now.
Because I made this pattern into a full size quilt with 12 blocks I made 20 scallop templates. It made the process move along quicker. Also my templates are made by taking 3 sheets of regular freezer paper and ironing them together, then tracing my templates onto them. You can use these many times and they still stick really well. This is he 13th time I've used this set. Once your template is made line the straight edge up with the straight edge on your fabric and iron them shiny side down, the waxy surface sticks to the fabric and will not leave a residue.
Now cut them apart
This is why I use 3 layers. When using one and two layers the starch would soften the paper and the template would bend. Sta-flo starch mix is 1 part starch 3 parts water. You can buy Sta-flo at the grocery in the laundry detergent section. Also at this point some would clip these seams up to the template. I do not. (My pressing mat is so clean in this pic. By the time I get done it's not so pretty)
Using a paint brush apply starch to the exposed fabric.
Only 19 more to go! At this point I'd also like to share with you a great link for applique tutorials because I didn't take pictures of how I make my circles. My cherry circles were leftover from the original blocks. There's more than one tutorial at this link so just keep scrolling till you see circles.
The starch when dry will stick to these templates, I was trying to show you how I use my thumb to loosen the edges before trying to pull out the paper. Instead you got a great pic of the background... MAKE SURE TO PULL OUT ALL PAPER ON LEAVES AND SCALLOPS NOW. After pulling out the paper another pressing is a good idea.
Folding your bias strip in half wrong sides together(do not press) using a contrasting thread(the contrast will be helpful later) sew a very small seam, about 1/16 to 1/8 . You can also sew your 3/4 x 3.5 brown stem at this point using the same seam allowance.
I use these pressing bars, but the next step can be done with out them. I chose the 1/2" bar for the blue frame and 3/16 for the brown stems.
Weather you use the bias bar or not, try to keep the seam in the middle of the strip it will serve as a guide later
remove the bar after pressing and press again. I gave mine a little shot of steam just to help it lay flat. I know I said I didn't use steam...but I had too! Remember NO STARCH, we need it to bend.
Carefully tuck one end inside the tube about a quarter inch
Cut out your circle using the template provided.
I use Roxanne's glue baste, but you can use Elmer's washable school glue. I've already purchased my Elmer's to refill this bottle.
This is when that contrasting thread come in handy. Put a few tiny drops of glue on the edge of your circle. I line up my seam with the edge of the circle, working in about 2" sections, use an iron to set the glue and move on to the next section until you make it all the way around the circle.
Trim away excess leaving about 1" overlap. Tuck the over lap inside the other end. After you get it in just the right spot add a tiny drop of glue inside to hold it in place until stitched.
Lightly press in half both ways
Line up those pressed lines with the lines on the template
glue baste down the stems leaving the top longer than needed and not glued
Apply glue to leaves only
position your leaves and press to dry glue. The pin is place in the middle where the two leaves intersect
trim off right next to the pin
finish gluing down your leaves. And then add your cherries!
Press your Dresden in half both ways. Depending on the look that you want you may want to use the seam in the Dresden for the center, I chose the middle of the Dresden blade.
Line up the pressing lines on the circle and the Dresden, using one drop of glue at each pressed line to secure.
finish gluing your way around the circle.
Lets start adding those scallops! Whoohoo! We're almost there!
These are going to overlap just a bit. It'll help hide the open seam later. One at a time pin your scallops in place. The next piece will be line up with the seam that the scissors are pointing to. Allowing the overlap on the previous piece.
Carefully stitch that famous quarter inch seam. Making adjustments as needed. Go very slow!
Press like so..
It was to hard to press open to begin with. So I came back and pressed open the seam to get rid of the bulk. Applying starch only to the bulky seam.
Flip that baby over and give her a good steam pressing if you like!
Ain't she a cutie!
Alrighty now just stitch it down however you like!
The original block below. I love how changing the fabrics gave this block a new name. I'm calling the one above "As American As Cherry Pie" Below is "Cherry Blossom Marmalade" If any one makes this block please send pictures! We would all love to see them.
You can see my finished quilt here