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 Girl – GO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip Quilter – GO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the River – GO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting Life – GO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant Home – GO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water Quilter – GO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew Crafty – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt Studio – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a Time – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – Beaquilter – GO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly Crazy – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh Quilts – GO! Ohio Star
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