How to applique Dresden Plates on quilt block by Nancy Devine May 12, 2016 written by Nancy Devine May 12, 2016 1.2K Yesterday on QUILTsocial, we created four Dresden Plate blocks to embellish four 12½ʺ x 12½ʺ background blocks which form the top and bottom quilted bands on a pretty and practical covering that’s part quilt and part towel. I’ve dubbed it a ‘quiltowel”. It’s perfect for lakeside reading or as a beach blanket. Serving up applique: Dresden plates decorate the top bands of the Day at the Lake covering. How to applique Dresden Plates on quilt block To applique the plates to the background blocks, place them, right side down onto a non-stick applique mat. Spray the wrong sides of the plates with 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive. Measure the plate edges about 2″ from edges of the background block. Though the adhesive will keep the plate in place for the most part, I also used a few quilting pins to make sure they didn’t shift as they were moved around during the applique process. Place the block into an embroidery hoop, and tighten. Use a small quilting in-between needle threaded with Gütermann Silk Thread. This fine, strong thread is perfect for applique since it resists knotting and is almost invisible when used in hand applique. Place a small stitch that catches just the edge of the Dresden Plate. Don’t pull too much, but keep an even tension all the way around the applique. The hoop will likely have to move at least three times in order to allow access to all edges of the plate. With each move, take care not to make the block so tight in the hoop that the fabric pulls and distorts. Measure the position of the Dresden Plate on the background block after spray basting and before pinning the plate into place. Tiny stitches and even tension are important in appliqueing the Dresden Plates to the background blocks. Give the appliqued blocks a good press with lots of steam. Spray baste the center circles and pin. Place the block back in the hoop, and applique the centers to the Dresden Plate. If you like, go around the center circle with embroidery thread using an even running stitch. That’s all for today. Tomorrow, we’ll create some yo-yos to embellish the bottom portion of the Day at the Lake quiltowel, along with finishing attaching the top and bottom bands, quilting the bands and binding the unfinished edges. This is part 4 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 3: Sewing the perfect Dresden Plate quilt block [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF dresden plate quilt blockgutermann silk threadquiltingsewing FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Nancy Devine Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess. previous post Sewing the perfect Dresden Plate quilt block next post Yo-yos and echo quilting to finish a quilt YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 4 comments Rhonda Kopp May 12, 2016 - 4:10 pm Awesome blog! Reply Nancy Devine May 13, 2016 - 5:56 pm Thanks, Rhonda! I hope you keep coming back for more quilty fun! Reply Ali May 12, 2016 - 9:18 am I glue bast my dresdens to the background then use clear thread to catch the edges with a slight zig zag stitch! Reply Nancy Devine May 12, 2016 - 10:21 am Hi Ali I have never been happy with the results when I do machine applique. It’s a personal choice, I think. Thanks for visiting QUILTsocial. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.