Thursday, October 31, 2013

November's Block


November is here and it's that time of year when we give thanks. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I'm already pulling out the favorite family recipes for the Holidays. Not only is it the time of year that we give Thanks but it's also that time of year that we think of those no~longer with us to celebrate with. One of those people I always think of is my grandma. She loved the Holidays and cooked and baked up a storm this time of year. It's fun to pull out her recipes. So I'm naming this month's block, 'Grandma's Plate'. There was a little glimpse of this month's block when I introduced to you the borders and sashings... I hope that I didn't scare you with a Dresden Plate. I myself had never done one, was always afraid to do one. So this month's block was a challenge also for myself! It was surprisingly easy! I'm in love with Dresden Plates now and have been making them when-ever I can.  Past patterns can be found for a small $1.99 fee at my Etsy and Craftsy shops just in case you are just joining the BOM or have missed one.

So here is how I made 'Grandma's Plate'...

I gathered six different fabrics for my plate... you can use 2,3,6,or 12 different fabrics.
I also traced the Dresden Plate template onto a piece of cardboard.

Cut out your wedges using a rotary cutter and the template.

Here are my wedges or blades, I cut two of each color for a total of 12.

Fold the wedge or blade in half with right sides together.

Sew a 1/4" seam down the top edge on each of the wedges/blades.

Turn the point of the blade corner inside out as shown. You can use a pointed
tip such as a chop stick or crochet hook to get a nice point... iron.

Here I have my sections laid out as to how I would like to sew them together.

With right sides together sew together using a 1/4" seam. Iron...

I started by sewing pairs together... continue to sew them together until
you have a 'plate'.

At the ironing board, this is what the back of my plate looks like.

Center your plate onto your 12 1/2" background square.
Pin in place.

I used a blanket stitch to sew may plate onto my square.
You can also use a zig~zag stitch, or hand stitch it using
a blind stitch. Whatever to prefer.

Trace your center circle onto the heat n bond and iron onto
the wrong side of your center circle fabric.

Iron you center circle onto the plate covering the hole.
Then using a blanket stitch, sew around the edge.

'Grandma's Plate'

The last block will be released December 1st.  Wow the year is almost done... we are almost to the close of the Quilt Doodle BOM 2013. The winner for the November block giveaway will be posted on December 1st too. So remember to get you photos taken and posted in the flickr group for a chance to win this month's prize, which will be announced on the 15th. Remember, there will be a GRAND PRIZE  giveaway for those of you who complete the Quilt Doodle BOM quilt top. It doesn't have to be quilted, but it does have to be pieced to qualify. I will be announcing the BIG PRIZE on December 15th also. I'm already thinking about what 2014 will bring and I'll be gearing up to present another Quilt Doodle BOM.

Happy Quilting!

Congratulations to our winners!

October Flying in Circles
Dee Davis

Kathy's Block

They each won a Aurifil sample pack and 2 Christmas Fat Quarters!


  1. you did make it look easy, I have wanted to attempt one too and I am going to have to do it after I finish my other projects.

  2. You did a lovely job on your dresden plate! Your way of doing it makes it look easy. I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful dresden plate and congrats to the winners.Have a fun weekend!!

  4. I love the classic Dresden plate. I posted mine on my blog today if you want to Pin It.

  5. Where does one find the template for this? Or a size marking for a Dresden ruler?