Hello there, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with my very first Sizzix Tutorial! For today's project I am going to share with you how to create a Half Dresden Baby Quilt. This pattern can be easily modified to a larger size by creating more half Dresden shapes going down the sides of the quilt. This is essentially a whole cloth quilt since we are quilting two whole pieces of fabric together and then applying the Dresden pattern on top and at the bottom. This was just the second time I have worked with a Dresden pattern (the first was the night before I made this) and let me tell you....there is no reason to be intimidated. Using the Sizzix die made this an absolute breeze and I am looking forward to making some more in the future!
This baby quilt measures approximately 36" x 45"
This project features some lovely fabric I have been hoarding away.
Layer a cutting pad, the Dresden die face up, and up to 8 layers of fabric, then another cutting pad. Run through the machine. You will need a total of 20 Dresden blades cut to create the quilt as shown - 10 on each side.
I chose to use 10 different colors of fabric for my half Dresden blades. Get creative and alternate two colors or even the same color on all 20 blades.
To create the pointed ends on the Dresden blades you will take each one and fold in half at the wide end. If you are using a patterned fabric make sure that the right side is inside the fold.
It is very easy to do a chain stitch on all 20 blades, saves time and just a bit of thread.
Snip and separate your blades from the chain stitch, the widest part of your fabric should look like this.
Turn right side out and using your finger or a knitting needle poke out the point.
Align the seam in the middle and press with a hot iron. Do this to all 20 Dresden blades.
Once you have all of your blades sewn and ironed you can lay out your design. I went in color order with this Dresden, laying out 10 of the blades. Stack in order and take to your machine, we will sew these together in the next step.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch your blades together starting at the top side point of each blade like shown. When finished I ironed my seams in one direction to keep them flat.
You can now set your two Dresden halves aside while we complete the quilt. This can be completely custom to fit your crib or age of child. I like to make baby quilts using 1 yard cuts, so for this example I have 1 yard of each fabric. Inside is a 1 yard size piece of cotton batting. I pin basted these three layers together. To quilt I chose to do a straight line stitch, 1 inch apart - a free motion design or grid pattern would look amazing as well.
Now that your quilt is quilted you can square up your fabric and fold in half longways. While folded make a small mark on each side showing where your middle point is so we can have a spot to place our Dresden halves.
Place a Dresden half on each end of your quilt, with the flat end along the side edge. To keep in place while quilting I sprayed the back of the Dresden half with a basting spray and then quilted it down along the edges and in the ditch between each blade.
Once you have your Dresden halves in place you will need to cover the half circle on each side. Using a glass from your kitchen you can create an easy circle applique. Find a size that covers the circle completely and use it as a template. Trace around the glass on a piece of light fusible interfacing.
Cut your interfacing out, and lay on your desired fabric. Draw a 1/4" circle larger than your interfacing circle.
Lay your circle fabric right side down, and on top lay your interfacing piece fusible side up. Using your iron carefully fold over your fabric and fuse to the edges of your interfacing circle.
Cut in half, and using a hot iron, fuse the half circle to the dresden opening covering the hole. Use the other half on the other half dresden and then sew around the edges securing in place.
Finish off your quilt with a coordinating binding and you are all set!
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial as a member of the Sizzix Design Team!
Other Products Used:
- Michael Miller - Prism in Primary, Cynthia Rowley Painbox collection - 1.5 yards
- Modern Solids in various warm shades by Alissa Haight Carlton - 10 colors, 10" x 10" piece of each color
- Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Black - 1 yard