The Free Motion Quilting Project: Machine Quilting a Dainty Dresden Plate Block

Monday, June 12, 2017

Machine Quilting a Dainty Dresden Plate Block

Last week we learned how to piece a Dainty Dresden Plate quilt block with sixteen pointy petals. This week we're going to quilt our dresden plate block with free motion feathers, a marked leaf design, and more ruler foot quilting!

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I designed this block with the quilting design covering two Dresden plate petals at a time so the designs could be larger with more space between the lines of quilting.

I also think it looks really cool to have a design cross over two different colors of fabric. I noticed the quilting design stands out a bit better over the purple fabric and blends in a bit more over the green fabric.

This is one of those fun things you can experiment with quilting design - having some parts of the design contrast and other parts blend can create really interesting effects on your quilts.

Now let's learn how to quilt it together in this new video:

Click Here to find the pattern for Block #6 which includes the piecing instructions and a full sized quilting diagram and templates for you to mark this beautiful design.

My favorite part of quilting this Dainty Dresden Plate was quilting with rulers in the background. I honestly found my quilting more precise and accurate using a ruler as a guide and completely ignoring the lines I'd marked over the background.

I used template #5 from the Dresden Plate Template Set to quilt these lines. This is my favorite ruler for ruler foot quilting because it's small and narrow and allows me to hang onto the quilt and the ruler at the same time, which makes it easier to keep in position.

But remember, if you don't have a ruler foot or rulers, you can still quilt the straight lines in your block with regular free motion quilting or walking foot quilting. There are always other styles of quilting you can use and it's fun to mix and match to try new designs and ways of machine quilting.

What was your favorite part of quilting this Dainty Dresden Plate? Did you like how the designs covered two petals at once? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day 

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