Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chevron Dresdens... The Process

Hello Everyone,

In my last blog post I was able to show you the beautiful quilt that Stephanie made for me in our little swap. Now I would like to share with you the quilt I made for her and a little bit about the process.


Knowing how much Stephanie loves dresdens, I knew that I had to make her a quilt with some form of a dresden. I also knew that she loves green and super cute fabric too. This is when the light bulb above my head turned on.


Also, I wanted to add some very elegant quilting and feathers was just the thing. I used a variegated lime green thread. It may not look variegated, but it is monochromatic going from various shades of one color.


Simple quilting in the chevron dresdens was all that was needed.


A closer look at the feathers. Now a little about the process of the dresdens.


First you begin by making two strip sets that are identical, but reversed in fabric order. I chose to make my strips varying widths too for more interest.


Then the special tool comes into play, the 9 degree Circle Wedge Ruler. I don't sell it in my shop, but you can find it here. I had first seen this ruler several years ago and picked it up because I wanted to make a Christmas Tree skirt. Have I made the skirt yet? No. But this ruler is quite large and oh so versatile.


You must make your first angled cut and then cut your first wedge.


Then turn your ruler around and make your second cut and repeat.


You will end up with two pieces like this and eventually a full circle! Depending on how large your strip set is will affect how large your finished circle will become. It is really fun and you have so many design options.


Here you can see how I was auditioning for the final quilt. It was a lot of fun to make for Stephanie. I enjoyed using this tool and hope, just maybe, to make a tree skirt this year... maybe.

***New Batiks were added to the shop yesterday, just in time for the $7.50 per yard sale ending 4/1/11. Click here to see them.***


Until Next Time...

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22 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

That's brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I'm sure your swap partner is very happy!

Mary said...

Wow - fantastic ruler! I will be looking for one of those to add to my collection!!

Stephanie said...

I knew you had a cool tool! Thank you for sharing the process. I'm thinking I might need a new tool. Now that Brady is gone I can go into my sewing room and hand my lovely quilt.

Shelley said...

Just fantastic! I love all things dresden, and I've been plotting a stripey one, but the chevrons are so much more fun. One questions: What is the angle of the first cut you made on the strip set? Is it just random? Help!

Thanks much!

*karendianne. said...

Dang this is completely cool!!! Quilting is fun. ;)

Rumi said...

Amazing how one simple tool can make something that looks oh so complicated! Stephanie's quilt turned out so wonderful!

Barb said...

The quilting is just wonderful!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jackie -- it looks great -- what a cool technique. You guys both won in the swap!

deborah said...

Everything about this quilt makes me smile! The fabric, the design (how cool is that ruler?), the quilting..all of it!

Nedra said...

I have never seen Chevron dresdens! You are so smart to come up with that concept. For some reason Chevrons and zig zags have really been calling to me lately. In fact, I'm currently crocheting a Chevron afghan for my daughter.

Poppyprint said...

What a cool technique, thanks for sharing that!! Love your quilting, as always.

Lisa said...

Love this! I've been casually looking for a tree skirt idea that I loved for several years. This ruler and your chevron look is it! I can't wait to get started (except I probably won't until mid-December next year...)

Manda said...

Wow thanks for sharing the quilt is fantastic!

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

This is really pretty! I really like seeing the darker background for a change! The ruler is intriguing! Thanks for sharing and the quilting is beautiful!

Janet said...

You have some brilliant ideas, this one is one of them. I love the colours and the quilting looks fabulous.

Teodo said...

Your quilt for Stephanie and this quilt for you are fantastic here in Italy we say MERAVIGLIOSO.
ciao ciao

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Fabulous tutorial...looks so complicated, but yet the magic is in the ruler! Just a quick question...What angle did you use to get your initiate cut before you started cutting the wedges?

Grazia said...

Fantastic Jackie!
I'm having fun with my 18 degree ruler....:)
Ciao!

Michele said...

This is amazing! I'll have to get one of the rulers. What a nice gift for Stephanie :-)

Sherri said...

It's just such an amazing quilt...and thanks for the great tutorial as well!

Pat V. said...

Oooh, this is so cool. I know what I want for my birthday (coming up!) -- one of these rulers! Thanks for sharing this...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Unbelievable. I love this. Wow!

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