Block # 3 – Wonky Dresden
Various background strips
Various coloured strips
5” background square
Wedge and circle templates
Click to download the templates (note when printing make sure your printer is set to actual size and not fit to page. The wedge should be 8″ in length)
Note: I used the Easy Dresden ruler to create my block. If you have a dresden ruler you can use it and you will need to make an 8″ wedge.
- Take a strip of coloured fabric and sew it to a strip of background along the longest edge. Make sure that the width of the background + coloured fabric is at least 9.5”.
- Along the remaining long edge of the coloured fabric attach another background strip. Ensure that again the width of the coloured strip + new background strip is a minimum of 9.5”
Note: A larger width will allow you more flexibility and more variety when cutting your wedges.
- Repeat steps 1-2 for all coloured strips (you can use as many or as few colours as you wish)
- Take the wedge template and cut out a wedge with the narrow end on the coloured strip and the wide end on one of the background strips.
- Flip the wedge template to have the wide end on the remaining background strip and cut another wedge
Note: you will want to vary the height of the coloured strip on your wedges
6. Repeat the steps for 4-5 for all colours until you have a total of 20 wedges.
7. Arrange the wedges in circle.
8. Using a true ¼” seem attache the wedges to each other, they will form a circle
9. Press the seams to make a flat block. You will now have a large circular block.
10. Trim the block the 12.5” square – the empty circle should remain in about the middle of the block, but does not need to be perfectly centered.
Note: I used green painters tape on my ruler to mark the 12.5″ square so I could make sure I had the block the way I liked before cutting.
11. Place the circle template on the square of background fabric and trim ¼” around the template.
12. Run a basting stitch around the template and pull tight to fold the fabric around the template. Tie off and iron (you can also starch) before removing the template.
13. Place your circle over the “hole” in the middle of your block and stitch in place. You can hand stitch or machine stitch (straight stitch or zig zag).