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Rachel Young Posted: Wed, Nov 30 2011 9:55 AM

Hey y'all! I hope this is the correct forum to post this in...

Last week, my husband found a box belonging to my late grandmother (she passed 3 years ago). Inside were two finished 'flowers' with 16 petals each:

There are enough petals to finish 3 more flowers. I'd like to create a quilt from this and give it to my parents for Christmas - thinking that a quilt made by both myself and my grandmother, years apart, would be a really special gift. I haven't mentioned finding the fabric to them, so it'll be a complete and total surprise.

Problem is - I haven't got a clue what to do with them. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Rachel

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Nana replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 9:58 AM

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This is a Dresden Plate block.   You cut out squares about 4 in bigger than the "Plate" and applique the plate onto the square.  You can also cut a contrasting circle to sew over the small hole in the center.  This is a beautiful "Plate".  The fabrics are so pretty.

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Thanks, Nana!

I don't know what she was going to do with it, but I'm really excited to see what it becomes. I'm also thrilled to be working on this "with" my grandmother. It just makes it so special.

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Elizabeth replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 10:08 AM

this is the dresden plate pattern.  If you google it you will find lots of info.  What a wonderful find!!!

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Nana replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 10:09 AM

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You are welcome.  Your quilt will be beautiful and have lots of memories.

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Barbara replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 10:57 AM

Rachel ,Here is a example of what I did with a Dresden plate, That I made with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star  ,I love the fabric your grandmother has used it will be beautiful.Barbara

You can really see it better if you go to my gallery and look at it.Barbara

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What a great idea!

Here I was thinking it had to be symmetrical...I hadn't thought of making actuall flowers! Love it!

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Barbara replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 11:32 AM

Rachel Young:

What a great idea!

Here I was thinking it had to be symmetrical...I hadn't thought of making actuall flowers! Love it!

 You might checkout  U tube and find the tutorial that  Jenny Doan has On doing this ,she made it so easy to do . took me acouple of days  to make . I think she just called it Dresedn Flower..Barbara

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Joy replied on Sun, Dec 4 2011 12:38 PM

Rachel these Dresden plate blocks are a treasure! Since they are your grandmothers and from an earlier era, I would keep with a more traditional block/quilt as that is most likely what the blocks were intended for. As there are going to be 5 blocks I think it would make a lovely lap quilt for your parents to use and reflect upon each time they use it.

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Joni replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 11:08 AM

Lovely Dresden plate...you could make a wall hanging, throw pillows...and the list goes on!  What a beautiful treasure for remembering someone dear.  If you make throw pillows (good for  bed, chair or couch) you could give one to your parents and keep one for yourself.

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