Yeah, its a little bit of a melodramatic title, but it seems like the blog-o-sphere is titling itself in song lyrics. I didn’t want to be left out so I titled a post about colors and rainbows with a sad song. Hm. I might have messed up the game. Nah, I’ll call it an artistic expression. If I were high art – I could use a phrase like juxtaposition of great sadness with childlike blissfulness. Probably a good thing I’m not high art!
Anyway, I finally started on Dizzy Dresdens by actually cutting some fabric! The magazine the pattern came from had a pull out pattern section so I took it to a copier and made about 20 copies of the template. I’m a little bit lazy and don’t like to hand cut things like this so I keep an old rotary blade marked with a sharpie ‘P’.
I find it cuts through paper just fine and is more accurate than scissors. I cut so many templates for two reasons; I can layout several at once and when I accidentally cut into one I can just toss it.
I know this is a bit different than traditional methods to cutting around templates, but it works for me and I’m all about works for me. Here’s the first set all laid out for fussy cutting.
The next step is to sew across the tops of each of the shapes so it can be folded over into points. By this time, I had also cut some purple shapes out to complete one full dresden.
Since I’ve not done a dresden before, I laid them out to get an idea of how they were going to come together. Thankfully, the instructions suggested completing quarters then putting the quarters together. It is so obvious now, but I’m positive I would have just started stringing them together and run into all sorts of trouble without that little tip.
A little bit of sewing and a little bit of pressing leads to a whole dresden. Here she is sitting on some of the green fabric that will eventually be the background.
On to the Orange!
Damn, on to the seam ripper!
Stay tuned to see all the Dresdens come together. If you’d like, you can check out all the posts related to this quilt in the handy Dizzy Dresdens Index.