Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dinner Plates Revisited (quilt along free pattern)

Marny here...
Remember our Dinner Plates Quilt Along?  (You can click on "Dinner Plates" in the Labels column and get all the instructions.)
Dinner Plates throw

Dinner Plates, Queen size.  See at least it is quilted and bound!

April West volunteered to demonstrate the techniques to interested members of the Fabricators quilt guild a few Saturdays ago.  You may remember April is our long arm quilter.  She is also, no surprise, a wonderful piecer and teacher.  Her advice is definitely worth following (or at least trying)!

I was able to go for just a bit and get a look at a few fabric choices and listen to the beginning of her presentation.

Showing how to fold the fabric squares for cutting.
(As an aside, note the table lifted higher on bed risers.)

Showing how to use Cheryl Phillips Cut A Round Ruler

Sharing other circle ideas.  Some use inset circles (like Dinner Plates), others use appliquéd circles, and still others use Drunkard's Path rulers.

At the sewing machine.  It was interesting that April does not use the needle down option for this.
She likes to let the curve flow smoothly.
One pile of squares ready to cut into circles and backgrounds.

Another set of squares all set to go.

Margie with another grouping and a print out of the original Dinner Plate directions from the blog.

Susan's got a lot of choices from a large fat quarter bundle she happily snared a while ago.

Margie's quilt underway.  The folded fabric squares will become circles.

Susan's quilt top is taking shape.  Again the folded squares of fabric will become circles.
April is making another quilt to donate from the circles leftover from cutting the background pieces in her first version and some more yardage for new backgrounds.  Confusing yes, but ever so practical.  Note her original quilt is lying at the bottom of this picture.

Remember her earlier quilt we blogged about.

A second look at her yummy quilting.
Thank you for letting me come and watch and for letting me share!

Till Tuesday...


  1. Yes, I agree that April is an excellent teacher - very helpful and precise in her directions! Thank you for the interesting pictures.

  2. yes even i agree to. I was looking for stuff like this and here a big thanks for you.


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