Rescued from oblivion ..

…   one fancy Nine Patch Dresden Plate, fabric choices and cutting by Chris, first part of sewing sabotaged by Barbara as part of THAT disastrous class demo, second part remedied by Chris and shown here earlier as a completed plate.  Determined to salvage a modicum of professional pride, Barbara decided she’d better get on with finding a background and doing the last bit of stitching down.

Various fabrics were auditioned for the background but nothing really seemed to hit the spot until black appeared, which made the colours and prints richer and bolder.  So black it was – the perfect target for cat hair and stray threads too!

First step was to starch and press and then mark 1/4″ turn-under allowance with pencil dots on the right side (RS) of the fabric – you can probably see the dots in this pic

Then it was time to turn back the seam allowance using the dots as a guide, folding carefully and using smallish tacking stitches to secure.

From this point it would have been pretty straightforward just to position the plate on the background, pin in several places and get right to the stitching down.  But Barbara was determined not to mess this up    leave room for error so she tacked the plate into position next, again with fairly small stitches and quite close to the edge.  And at last to the stitching itself  (the above preparation took very little time if you discount the part where you linger over the starching and pressing to savour the aromatic steam!).   Barbara used her favourite everyday fine cotton sewing thread (Aurifil 50)  in a dark cream shade instead of worrying about matching thread colour to fabric.  You can see the scale of the stitch and how it is formed from these pics

The needle comes through the background and just into the folded edge and then makes a very short straight stitch down and into the background, diagonal slide across the back and start all over again.  Above, the needle is a little bit too far into the plate, this is better –

This makes a slanting stitch on the back

and you can see from this pic a knot and backstitch finish of thread inside the stitched plate edge.

Some close-ups of ok and less ok stitching, starting with less –

– on the right hand side there are some tiny pokes and creases that could have been avoided so that the curve was smoother

– this is slightly better for smoothness, notice that the stitches are less visible than you might expect.

Plate stitched into position, tackings removed and put out of reach of nosey cat, back to starch and steam, RS down onto a clean towel and it’s done.  Interesting how different the colours look under electric light and daylight – stitching pics are electrically lit, following pics are daylight.

Now there needs to be a further delicate negotation regarding border/small corner fans/fabric etc, but for the moment at least we remain undefeated by a Dresden Plate!

PS from Barbara – Chris is too shy to say that she produced a Dresden Plate booklet which has lots of ideas and templates…. you should find this on our website

PPS from Chris – and of course Barbara is too polite to say that if Chris hadn’t machine stitched right to the edges of the plate petals it would have made the turning under and tacking so-o-o-o much easier!

2 thoughts on “Rescued from oblivion ..

  1. Oooh lovely. Speaking of Dresden Plates (or even Kaleidoplates) I am currently completing my quilt started at a workshop with you both in 2008. It will be on show (providing I finish it before next week – it might be a close run thing) at the London Quilters Exhibition at Swiss Cottage Library from 1st – 31st March. Further details can be found here (sorry, shameless plug I know but it might happend that I. Actually. Finished. Something). Admission Free. Must find details of the closest cake shop!

  2. PPPS – you realised you liked to Chris and Barbara Real Estate, didn’t you Barbara (and yes, I know no-one likes a smarty pants!). Belinda x

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