Dresden Plates are hugely popular right now across the blogosphere. Everywhere you look you will find a Dresden Plate. The first one I ever made was on Jenna from Sew Happy Geek’s QAL. I really loved how it turned out and thought it would be great to try a few more projects with them. During the giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop last month I asked everyone what notion they wanted to try most and one of the top listed was the Easy Dresden Ruler.
The Easy Dresden Ruler is another ruler designed by Darlene Zimmerman and can I just say that she knows what she is doing! You may remember she is also the person who designed the Tri-Recs Rulers that I loved so much!
The ruler comes with cutting instructions and for the standard Dresden Plate. Like this Big Fat Dresden by Lily’s Quilts:
The cutting instructions help you cut wedges 2″ all the way up to 8″ at 1/2″ intervals.
There are also included instructions for Dresden Fans, here is the one I made following Jenna’s tutorial for the Sew. Happy. Quilt.
Also included, a pattern for a quilt, and then 5 different suggested projects without measurements or instructions. There is also a guide for cutting rounded tops on the edges. There is an image for a tumbler quilt and that is where I got the inspiration for my Flock Quilt that I made for Anne last week and finished quilting Tuesday.
- You will need five 1/4 yard cuts of your favorite fabric – I used Flock by Thomas Kanuer and 3/4″ yard of a coordinating solid – I used Bella Porcelain.
- From each 1/4 yard, cut twelve 8″ wedges using the Easy Dresden Ruler.
- From the solid cut two 5.5″ by WOF strips and four 3.5″ by WOF strips.
- Each tumbler row is 20 wedges sewn randomly together – make 3 tumbler rows – press seams open.
- Assemble your top – use image as a guide
- You will need approximately 1.25 yards for a backing and I used a crib size batting. I haven’t bound it yet, but I will be purchasing 1/2″ yard of fabric for the binding.
Things I like:
- The instructions are very clear and complete with lots of suggested projects
- Block sizes for the wedge plates – 8″ to 20″ and block sizes for the fan plates – 4″ to 10″. Making the tool incredibly versatile!
- Free pattern included – it is a small wall hanging size pattern and is perfect to really learn the technique
- When using it for tumblers it would be great for quilts and borders alike
Area’s for Improvement:
- The circle center and rounded top stencils do not come with instructions explaining resizing for different sized wedges. This is something that could use improvement.
The Easy Dresden Ruler is worth every penny. I see lots of projects in my future utilizing this tool. Do you have this ruler? Do you like it? If not, you can purchase one from Fat Quarter Shop. I would love to know if you make Anne’s new Flock Quilt!