This is the very first Dresden flower I made (minus it's circle center...I'm still looking for just the right yellow for the centers). This week I cut a 14x14 square out of white fabric and fastened the flower to it. I pinned it carefully making sure it was centered, then stitched the rounded tops of the petals onto the white fabric by hand. Tucking the edges under as I went seemed to be the only way. Surprisingly, the stitching went pretty quickly and I am happy with how it turned out!
Here is how I find the center of my block.
|Start with the square of fabric.|
|Fold the fabric square in half.|
|Fold in half again and iron the center corner. This will create a little x in the center of your material without having to measure with a ruler and mark with a pen. This is easy-peezy-lemon-squeezy!|
Then came the fun part! I got out my box of 1930's reproduction fabric pieces that I got from my mom's friend, and cut one or two petals from each design. I left some back and will do more later as my quilt grows.
|A happy, colorful little stack of petals.|
|Petals on the right are my absolute FAVORITES.|
It was a good thing Shannan was gone to Kansas City because I stayed up way too late playing around with different color combinations. I'm having so much fun with all of the different designs! Each one is like a little piece of candy!!
|All of my favorite designs put into color groups.|
|My favorite reds.|
|Favorite orange patterns.|
|Favorite multicolored and B&W petals.|
|Then it was time to piece a block.|
|Sewing the petals together moves along pretty quickly and is very relaxing.|
I'll do my best to keep up with the progress pictures. Until later,
Have a happy, colorful day!