Thursday, 26 November 2009

How to cut Dresden plate wedges from 5" charm squares

You may remember my Mum's table runner that she has been working on? The pattern is called 'Plates for your Table' by Kim Walus at bitty bits & pieces. I said that we had modified Kim's instructions to suit two charm packs, instead of using fat quarters. This was followed closely by a query from a reader who 'couldn't for the life of her' work out how we had done that!
So, in case you were wondering ... Take a 5" charm:
Fold the charm square in half & press.
The dresden plate piece in Kim's table runner pattern is 3.75" long. I put a piece of tape across my ruler at 3.75" because it wasn't marked. Position the ruler as close to the unfolded edge as you can.
Cut around the wedge ruler to give you two wedges.
Open up the remaining folded piece. There should be JUST enough fabric left to cut one more wedge.
You will get one more wedge from this piece, with very little to spare!
So one 5" charm will yield 3 wedges.
This will only work for the table runner pattern. The wedges for the plate charger are bigger. We managed to cut all the dresden plate wedges and half square triangles for the table runner from two charm packs, with a few charms left over.

27 comments:

  1. That is brilliant. I have more than a few charm square packs and it will be nice to do something else with them besides squares and triangles.

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  2. Thank you so much for the the charm pack Dresden tip!!

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  3. Thanks a lot! This is very useful tip. I like charm packs.... Now I know, what should I do with them!

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  4. I'm loving this!! And from 2 charm packs-fantastic!! The runner is gorgeous-can't wait to make one. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Paulette

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  5. Brilliant Bloom, and what a GAWJUS runner it is. Thanks for the clever cutting tut' :o)!!
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)

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  6. Oh, this runner is beautiful! I made a Dresden Plate quilt once. A hard one to do. I sewed around paper pieces.
    Brenda

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  7. It's hard to believe that runner only used two charm packs. Now that's good a use for them. Thanks for sharing the cutting method.

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  8. Beautiful runner and Brilliant tip! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Great tutorial! It is beautiful

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  10. That is absolutely amazing that you were able to make the plates and the quarter square triangle blocks out of two charm packs. WoW!!

    Did you use one charm pack for the plates and one charm pack for the quarter square triangle blocks?

    Amazing!! Thanks for sharing this with me and everyone else. I love it!!! The table runner your Mum made is very beautiful, too!!!

    Can I link everyone from my blog to your blog. I'd like to share your tip. Thanks!

    I'm working on a bigger quilt with these two blocks for a class I'm going to teach at a local retreat.

    Hugs, Kim

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  11. This is genius! I especially love that there is very little waste.

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  12. I just came from Kim's. Thank you for the great tip, I am always looking for ways to use my charm packs!!

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  13. Oh how wonderful...and charming.:)

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  14. That's a clever trick and the table runner looks fabulous! I love how bloggers share all these terrific ideas. Ann :)

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  15. Very very slick! Quite the trick. I'm glad Kim sent me over.

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  16. That is a stunning table runner. tytyty for easy to read instructions.

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  17. Hi There! I was given 2 charm packs as a christmas gift and would like to make this table runner. The only thing is that I can't get the fan templates anywhere where I live, so would like to make my own template. Can you tell me what the width of your fan templates are at the top and the bottom. Could probably work it out but thought I'd ask you first!

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  18. s.m.a.r.t. i love dresden plates...i should probably make more of them.

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  19. I have some large leftover DP block might be a good way to use them.

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  20. Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful ! Love it !
    Terry Devine aka sunnywolfgar

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  21. That's pure genius. I was watching YouTube video last week that only got two out of a charm. I'll need make note of this. I couldn't find that Dresden template at any local stores and had to order it online. Glad I know about this before that order arrives.

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  22. Thank you for this great idea; I don't use often charm squares, I wish to have a pack right now and start cutting;I shared it with my readers and linked back to your blog.

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  23. This is really neat. It works

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  24. Thank you for this fabulous idea!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a message. I endeavour to reply to each & every one of your comments, but forgive me if occasionally I don't - life just gets in the way sometimes! Be assured your comments are ALWAYS read & appreciated. Best wishes, Bloom.

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