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    Default Checkered Dresden Tips

    I fell in love with Jenny's Checkered Dresden and I've been working on one. Here are a couple tips that I learned:

    I don't love sewing long strips together and pressing them. I thought the strips would be much easier to sew/press/cut if I cut the strips in half before sewing. It worked like a charm, BUT I lost 2 cuts (blades) by doing this. Since the quilt requires 180 blades you need every strip in your roll. I ordered a couple quarter yards to makeup for this not-so-bright idea! Luckily I only did this on one pieced strip.

    Despite sewing nearly perfect 1/4" seams, there is a little fullness in the center of each plate once everything is sewn together. I just made slightly larger seams on every other blade in the narrow section only.

    The best tip of all is to follow Jenny's pressing instructions so your blade seams will nest.

    Happy Sewing!


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    Default Re: Checkered Dresden Tips

    Thanks for the tips! Your Dresden is pretty!
    Ellen =^..^=

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    Default Re: Checkered Dresden Tips

    Came out pretty. Thanks for the heads up.

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    It's stunning and thank you for your tips. I can see how starting with shorter strips would be easier to handle.

    Bubby, can you explain what you mean by adjusting your seam on every other blade at the narrow end? Does this mean when you started at the top of sewing two blades together you used a scant 1/4, but as you sewed down towards the middle, you adjusted your seam allowance a tad wider?

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    Perfect! This is actually on my sewing table next, I just picked a jelly roll! Yours is beautiful and I can't wait to see your finished quilt.
    ~~Libby~~

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    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tips as this is one on my "to do" list.
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    Default Re: Checkered Dresden Tips

    Very pretty!
    Shirley

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    Absolutely gorgeous, Barb! This will be fantastic when you're completed! I can't wait to see the final reveal!
    Sherri

    "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Checkered Dresden Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by KaylaWalker View Post
    It's stunning and thank you for your tips. I can see how starting with shorter strips would be easier to handle.

    Bubby, can you explain what you mean by adjusting your seam on every other blade at the narrow end? Does this mean when you started at the top of sewing two blades together you used a scant 1/4, but as you sewed down towards the middle, you adjusted your seam allowance a tad wider?

    I sew the blades with my standard 1/4" seam (starting at the top edge) but when I get to the final pieced segment (the part that will be covered by the center circle) I make my seam a tiny bit wider. I did this on every other blade seam so the "taking in" would be even.

    I recommend you make a plate first and see how it comes out. If your plate is a little too full at the center, try what I do. You might only need to take in a small number of blades to make yours fit.

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    Default Re: Checkered Dresden Tips

    Very pretty and thanks for the tips!

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