Friday, February 17, 2012

Go! Ahead & Show Some Love

Have you seen the Go! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop? Paulette from Sweet Pea Quilting and Creations is hosting it in conjunction with the Quilters With Modern Tools group. This months blog hop is all about the color red, Valentine Day and the Accuquilt cutting system. And today it's my turn on the hop!

The project I made for this blog hop is my Dresden Love hot pad. It's kinda big for a mug rug, but kinda small for a table topper, but is the perfect size for a hot pad.

This is a simple dresden fan using a 22.5 degree ruler. For those of you that are new to my blog, I do a monthly series on Nifty Notions rulers and the ruler of the month in January was the 22.5 degree wedge. Check out all the ruler tutorials I have done for you here.

You will need
1 - 2.5" x WOF red fabric
1 - 2.5" x WOF pink fabric
1 - 5" square red fabric
1 - 8" square white fabric for background
1 - 1.5" x WOF pink fabric for border
2 - 2.25" x WOF red for binding
1 - 12" square red fabric for backing
1 - 12" square batting

To make this hot pad you will first need to figure out what size fan pieces to cut. 

1. Decide on the size of the fan/plate you want. For this project I wanted the fan to measure 7" across the diameter. For those of you who failed HS geometry the diameter is the size of the line drawn thru the center of a circle. 

2. Once you know how big of a fan/plate you want you can figure out what size pieces you will need. It's a pretty easy formula:

Take the diameter and subtract 2 and then divide by 2. So if you want a 7" plate/fan it works this way... 7 - 2 = 5/2 = 2.5. So the strip you cut your wedges from need to be 2.5".

3. Now that we know what size strips to use it's time to cut the strips. If you are using 2 different fabrics for the plate/fan cut your strips the desired size and then lay them out one on top of the other with right sides together. Place the ruler on the strip with the Logo face up (so you can read it). Line up the top edge with the line that corresponds to the size of the strip. Trim the left side and cut along the right side to make your first wedge.

4. Then flip the ruler over so the small edge is at the top. Line the left edge of the ruler with the left edge of the strip and cut along the right side of the ruler.

5. To figure out how many pieces to cut divide 360 by the degree of the ruler. In this case
360 ÷ 22.5 = 16. So you will need to cut 16 pieces or 8 sets of wedges. This formula applies to any wedge you are using.

You will now have 16 cut pieces like this. 

6. Once you have all your wedge pieces cut you will be sewing them to make a point at the top. Here's how:

Fold the wedge in half like so.

7. Then sew using a quarter inch seam along the larger straight line

 8. Then turn the piece right side out to form a point. You can use a stiletto or other pointy object to push the point out. Here's what you will have now

9. Then sew the pieces together. Start at the part closest part to the point and sew using a quarter inch seam to the bottom. Sew them in 2's, making sure the same fabric is always on the top.

10. Continue sewing pieces together, pressing the seams open as you go till you have a full circle (made with 16 wedges).

11. Now it's time to put it all together. You will need the 3" circle die, some double sided web interfacing (I use Steam-a-Seam). Following the directions affix the Steam-a-Seam to the back of the piece of fabric you will be making your circle with. In this case the red fabric.

12. Using your Accuquilt cut a 3" circle out. Also cut a 5" circle out of the Steam-a-Seam alone.

13. Affix the 5" circle to the back of the dresden fan. Then take the paper backing off press the dresden fan onto your background fabric.

14. Peel the paper off the back of the 3" red circle and affix it to the center of the fan.

15. Cut the border fabric into 2 - 1.5" x 8" and 2 - 1.5" x 10" rectangles.

16. Sew the 8" strips to the top and bottom sides of the background fabric and the 10" strips to the sides of the background.

17. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing face down, the batting and the top face up. Pin to keep it together.

18. Using a blanket stitch on your machine sew around the circle to finish the edges. Or you can hand sew a blanket stitch if you prefer.

19. Quilt and bind. I quilted in the ditch between the background and the border until I got to the corners. I marked 1" in from each side and used painters tape to show the line to sew on. This gave it a slightly framed look.

There you go a Dresden Love Hot Pad.

I hope you like this tutorial. Be sure to check out all the other blog hop stops in the Go! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop.

If you are looking for the Accuquilt cutting system and dies they can be found here.

Till Next Time


  1. Very cute; love the dresden.

  2. Your tutorial is great. I love this design.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Is that not the cutest Hot Pad ever!! I'm in love!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!P

  4. Your tutorial is great. I'm a new follower and I'll be catching up on your tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Very cute! Your fabric choices are wonderful too!

  6. Oh how awesome Sharon! Thank you. I LOVE Dresdens.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I never would of thought of making hot pads to learn a new block and test out if you like it!

  8. Thanks for the tute. I am going to give this a try!

  9. Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Thank you for the tutorial Sharon :)

  11. I just love the old fashion look of a dresdon plate

  12. I'm getting fascinated with Dresden Plate blocks -- I have a friend named Dresden, and I've been thinking it'd be fun to surprise her with something. Maybe this!

  13. I love dresden plates! I'm going to have to get myself a ruler!

  14. This is a great idea! Thank you for the tutorial.

  15. That's a sweet idea. Love the fabric, and Dresden plate. Thanks.

  16. Precious. Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. Such a good tutorial=will save it!
    Love Dresden plates!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks for sharing this cute tutorial on dresden plate. I enjoy your blog.

  19. You do, do a great tutorial. One of my favorite blocks, thanks for the tutorial. ;-> Toni Anne

  20. What a great tutorial!!! I love dresdens!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  21. Dresdens are so pretty. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  22. Great tutorial and love your dresden plate with that template! Thanks!

  23. Thanks for the great tutorial. :-)

  24. Thanks for the tutorial. Loved the hot pad!

  25. Thanks for the tutorial! I've always wondered how to make the Dresden and you explained it perfectly. The colors are so happy!

  26. Thank you for a great tutorial! I love dresdens and yourcolors are great!

  27. What a great your dresden plate! TFS

  28. I'm just catching up on some of my this hot pad! Thanks for sharing the lovely idea!


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