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Leave the square blocks and rigid rows behind you. These Dresden plates vine up the quilt top like roses on a trellis.
Techniques include machine piecing, applique, and options for regular applique or thread painting.
Centers are hexies and yoyos, but options are given for buttons, or you can leave it at just the hexies.
Dresden plates are machine appliqued as whole pieces. Leaves are fusible applique and can be machine appliqued before quilting. But I like to iron them on and wait until the quilting process to thread paint and applique them in one step.
The vines between flowers are rickrack or decorative trim, depending on my mood. I like quilt extra Dresden plate outlines tucked in around the appliques and finish off the top with channel quilting to represent a trellis.
I'm joyous every time I make one of these, and visitors can't help touching the one hanging on my office wall.
A confident beginner can probably handle this, and all patterns are included for blades and yoyos, but these two tools make the whole thing faster and more approachable. I use them both because I like to go fast.
• Easy Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman, available at feedsacklady.com, or in most quilting stores.
• Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker, 45mm