My circles measure about 18″ in diameter (across). I created them using a traditional Dresden wedge ruler. (Mine is a EZ Quilting Easy Dresden Ruler. I’ve lost track of how often I use this ruler.) For each Dresden (or circle) block I cut 20 different wedges that were 6″ long, but instead of beginning my measurement from the bottom of the ruler, I started it at the 2″ line and finished at the 8″ line so that I’d get a wider wedge. (I’ve written another Dresden circle tutorial here if you would like to see how to assemble the 20 wedges.)
Coats and Clark provided me with thread for this project. The thread worked really well for both piecing and quilting.
After the blocks were quilted, I sewed the four blocks together, pressing seams open to help the bulk of the batting lie as flat as possible. Then basted the front piece to the backing and quilted a little bit more to hold the back layer together. I used more of Jenean’s Wishing Well for my backing and binding fabrics.
|1/21||Stitchery Dickory Dock|
|1/22||I’m A Ginger Monkey|
|1/23||The Sewing Loft|
|1/27||Dairy of A Quilter (moi)|
|1/30||Stitched in Color|
|2/3||Jay Bird Quilts|