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    Default Dresden Table Topper

    It was asked for me to do a quick tut on how I made this table topper, so here goes. This will make a 26 inch round table topper.

    You will need the Fat Cats template by Darlene Zimmerman (EZ Quilting)

    3 Fabrics, your choice of colors. All are 2 1/2 inch strips. The original one was R/W/B, the one shown here is Tan, Red & Black.

    9 - Tan apx 5/8 yard 6- Black & Red apx 1/2 yard each

    1. You will need 7 strips per strip set and you will be making 3 strip sets.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_114432_919.jpg

    2. Make 3 strip sets, sewing them in this order:
    Tan / Black / Red / Tan / Black / Red / Tan

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_121136_391.jpg

    3. Using your Fat Cats Ruler and a finished strip, lay your ruler on the strip and adjust it to cover all of the strips. You will want to make sure that you do not put either corner directly at the seam, but at least 1/4 inch away.

    I use glow tape, but you can use any tape you wish to mark this next line.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_121328_664.jpg

    4. Place the tape on any seam you wish. This will be your reference for all future cuts.

    I placed the middle of this tape at the 4 1/2 mark and angled it down to the 8 inch mark.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_121211_620.jpg

    5. Start your cuts at either end of the strip, I started on the right side.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_121401_275.jpg

    6. For your second and all other cuts, use the tape on the ruler and line it up at the same seam you did as before. Cut and repeat.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_121510_539.jpg

    7. You will need to cut 12 to make the circle. You will be able to get 4 cuts from each strip.

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_131515_802.jpg

    Sew them together as you do any Dresden plate, but remember with this cut, you will be sewing on the bias, so make sure you do not stretch the sides as you sew. Finish the center with a circle and bind using bias binding as you are going around a circle.

    Hope you enjoy making this Table Topper!
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    Thanks for the tutorial! Now to find the ruler.....time for shopping!
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    What an awesome tute! So you don't add a circle this just goes on the background fabric?



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    Default Re: Dresden Table Topper

    That looks very interesting. Thanks for the tute. Is there a pic of the finished project somewhere?
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    Default Re: Dresden Table Topper

    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriclovr View Post
    Finish the center with a circle and bind using bias binding as you are going around a circle.

    Hope you enjoy making this Table Topper!
    Quote Originally Posted by Hulamoon View Post
    What an awesome tute! So you don't add a circle this just goes on the background fabric?
    Yes, the center takes a circle.
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    Hey, I have this template - never used it but now I know how I will - soon, too!

    Thanks!
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    Please post a picture of the finished dresden. I can't find it anywhere and I want to see it!
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    The finished Dresden from this tutorial is in this thread - look for Fabriclovr's (Susan's) post, and its the RWB one.
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    Oh, sorry! Forgot to add that picture.. DUH!

    Dresden Table Topper-img_20130728_133343_803.jpg

    At the moment, It has no center. I will put this with the batting and do the quilting and then add the center and do the final applique around the center. and then add the binding around the edge. The centers are always appliqued on as you would go 'bonkers' trying to fit a circle in there!

    If you look at the center, the points are not even. I did not take enough care in matching the tops and my points are lopsided. Guess that is what happens when you rush. I did this one from scratch in about 45 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulamoon View Post
    What an awesome tute! So you don't add a circle this just goes on the background fabric?
    I will add the circle center as the last step before I trim the edges and add the binding. Just didn't get that far. DH rang the dinner bell and I start back to work tomorrow (school is back in session) so this project will get finished next weekend. I will post a finished picture there. I would love to see others post their pictures here as well.
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