Cut accurate wedges every time. The Easy Dresden cuts multiple sizes and a variety of designs. It's easy to use for beginners and experienced quilters alike.
Directions for Cutting Wedges
Cut a strip the width of the size wedge you've chosen. The tool would cut wedges from a strip of fabric in this manner (see illustration at right).
Finishing the Edges
The top edge of the completed circle can be turned under 1/4" in a smooth curve, or the top of each wedge can be curved by using the template given to recut the tops of the wedges after they've been cut from the fabric strip.
To make finished points on the top of each wedge, fold the top edges right sides together and using a short stitch length, sew a 1/4" seam. Clip the folded corner at an angle, turn the point and press with the seam centered on the wedge (see illustration at right).
Joining the Wedges
Use an exact 1/4" seam when sewing the wedges together. Handle all the pieces gently, as they have bias edges. Press the seams all one direction around the circle or quarter circle. You may do this as you sew each piece, or sew the entire Dresden Plate or Fan together before pressing. (NOTE: Use a dry iron so the circle is not stretched out of round.)
If you have sewn the top seam of the wedges to make a point, join the wedges by starting the stitching 1/4" from the top edge, backstitch to the top edge, then continue stitching the rest of the seam. This will prevent your wedges pulling apart, and the thread ends will be hidden underneath.
If making rounded tops on the wedges, start stitching 1/4" from the top edge to allow for turn-under.
Twenty wedges are joined for one Dresden Plate. Fold the background square in fourths, and use the creased lines to center the Dresden Plate. Baste in position, then applique by hand or machine. A center is usually appliqued last in the center of the plate, or the inside edges can just be turned under and appliqued in place.
Five wedges make up a Grandmother's Fan or other variation of the fan. When the fan wedges are joined, applique them to a corner of a square, adding the quarter circle last.
The background fabric can be trimmed away from underneath the fan, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance or it can be left in for stabilization.