Thursday, August 21, 2014

Accuquilt Dresden: Block on Board

Note: The Accuquilt Dresden die was provided to me at no charge; however, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

 Dresdens are one of my favorite blocks, so when given the opportunity to play with the new Accuquilt Dresden "Block on Board" die I quickly said yes. The great thing about these new Go! dies is that everything you need for a block can be cut at once which saves time and simplifies the whole process.

I pulled some of my favorite Bonnie and Camille scraps and set out to make a block.

The Dresden Accuquilt die contains options for rounded or angled Dresdens. In fact, you can even alternate the petals or make one of each type of block. I also like the fact that there are two circle templates on the die. When you're using sheer fabric you can cut another perfect circle for a lining...or you can cut one circle of fabric and another circle of interfacing to use the easy interfaced method for finishing the edges of your circle.

The cutting went super fast and of course all of your pieces will be exactly the same size.

 There are also notches on the sides of the Dresden blades to make sure you line everything up perfectly.

You'll need 20 petals to make a Dresden block. I sewed my petals in pairs and then in groups of four before sewing them all together.

 I will definitely use this Dresden die--it makes a finished Dresden which finishes approximately 12 1/2" in diameter; this is a good standard size to use for pillows or quilts, of course.

I cut my block background at 15". At first I was going to finish this up into a pillow, but I'm thinking of using it instead in a sampler quilt I'm putting together with my "orphan" blocks.

You can go here to purchase this Accuquilt Dresden Go! die, and for a free table runner pattern from Accuquilt, be sure to visit here.

There are several other Accuquilt "Block on Board" Go! Cutter dies available, too. Here are some other blogs where you can see blocks and projects from a variety of the other dies (you can also find this list on the Accuquilt blog):

August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon GirlGO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip QuilterGO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the RiverGO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting LifeGO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant HomeGO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water QuilterGO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew CraftyGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt StudioGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a TimeGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – BeaquilterGO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly CrazyGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh QuiltsGO! Ohio Star

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Joy said...

I adore Dresden Plates!! I made my first throw of them for my mom last Christmas, but I will be making a quilt for me also.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I love Dresden Plates too and this is definitely a great die to have! Thanks for sharing!

Rosa said...

I love Dresden plate and your is fabulous!

Lorna McMahon said...

Wow! That BOB die sure makes this project a breeze! Your finished Dresden is absolutely gorgeous. Using it in a sampler quilt is a brilliant idea!

Lyn said...

Very nice! I love your choice of fabrics and the die really looks like it makes it easier. Thanks

laurajane said...

I also love dresdens,beautiful fabric choice.xx

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OPQuilt said...

Anything you do looks fabulous and this is no exception. One of my friends found a box of vintage Dresden plate blocks at a garage sale and spent the summer sewing them to backing fabrics. They do evoke something in us, these old blocks, don't they?

Lovely work--

LivinH20 said...

Dresdens are classic and will never get old. A sampler quilt of orphan blocks is a neat idea. This block will definitely be a star.

WhoMom said...

Dresdens are another one of those blocks I've admired but been afraid to try. Love that there are notches to line things up and the cutting is easy. Your fabric choices are awesome and the block has wow factor on the gray background. Thank you for sharing!

Amy said...

Your Dresden block is just cute as a button. Love the scrappy look. :)

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