I finished my two blocks for July. This month we visited the traditional Dresden Plate pattern and a modern version without the points.
The color arrangement is typically spread out evenly but I chose to put my colors together more like a wheel. This was a fun pattern to make. It would make a nice throw pillow block too. Once the blades are sewn together, the entire circle is placed on the background and stitched. I used a blanket stitch, as well with the center circle.
For this block, we were to cut a longer blade all from the same fabric. The blades are sewn together without making the point on the end. Once all the blades are in a circle, it is placed right side down on a square of fabric – I used my background white as well – and stitched with a small seam allowance. Because there is a hole in the center, it is easy to turn it right side out. The edges are smoothed out and ironed. I used the blanket stitch from my machine for this block as well. Once again the center circle is stitched to cover the inside ends of the blades. Actually I did a better job on this circle I see. To make the circle, I cut a template from paper 4 1/2 inches. With right sides together sew a seam close to the edge – trying to keep it round. Pull the centers apart with your fingers and clip one layer so it can be turned right side out, presenting you with a nice smooth turned under edge. The hard way would be to try to press under an edge with a single layer. After the circle is turned, smoothed and pressed, I stitched it down with the blanker stitch.
Ok, I’m ready for August! I have my 5 July Christmas cards and my 2 BOM’s done for this month.