Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Mystery Piece...

There seems to be a mystery piece in the January directions for the Quilt Doodle BOM. I've gotten tons of email about the mysterious 'B'. I have no great explanation.... the software I use for designing kicked the 'B' piece out for me. I left this 'B' piece on the pattern sheet, it was a complete oversight on my part to leave it there with no explanation. While working on this block I decided there's an easier way to make this 'piece' of the quilt so I drew up the wedge piece with the 'fold' marked on it. For our grandmothers and great grandmothers they would have more than likely used the 'B' piece and fussed with folding the edges over and ironing the finished edge using a bit of spray starch.... I don't know about you but I will find a shortcut if I can, so that is when the other piece showed up.... the one you fold over right sides together and sew the one end and voila! a finished edge. I can't say that I didn't find piece 'B' useful, I did.... let me show you how I used it in a quirky goofy way to check my blades.....
Here is the wedge shape I have you cut for the blades of the Dresden plate.

Then following the directions you fold it over, sew the edge and then turn it right side out to form the blade  that is shown in the picture. (You can see the directions explaining this in the background.)

Here's where I probably break a few quilt rules.... I used the mysterious 'B' piece to measure my single blade for my block... I line up the 'finished' solid line with the finished edge of the blade, and the unfinished edges line up with the dotted line on the 'B' piece. This is how I checked my blades.

I hope that this answers your questions about 'B'. It's not a necessary piece unless you want to be old school about putting the block together or use it to check your sizing. I didn't mean to add any confusion to the first blocks.
January's directions are only FREE this month, then after that they will be found on my Etsy site for a small fee. The patterns can also be found on Craftsy but since their new redesign of the website, it has been harder to find. Remember the patterns can also be found each month on the
Quilt Doodle website
I have a special 2017 tab. If you are viewing the website on your phone or mobile device, you may not be looking at the website in it's full version. So scroll down to the bottom of the 'page' and click on the view full version so it expands the page so that you get everything.
Fat Quarter bundles of 16 fat quarters are available in my Etsy store to get you started.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's little piggies and kittens.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!


  1. Thank you for the explanation. Was making me crazy trying to figure out why it was there and it's a short trip for me to crazy when I'm quilting. Such cute appliques!! I was going to do this even if I couldn't! lol Thanks again, Cincy

  2. I knew what you were doing. I am going old-school and hand sewing my blades with the rough template - then I can use my left over jelly roll strips.

  3. Grazie mille Cindy progetto carinissimo. ..

  4. Many many thanks.
    Merci beaucoup !

  5. What size are the blades? I'm trying to decide which fabric I want to use. The blades look short,could I use charm packs? Thank you!