Thanks so much to all of you who commented or emailed me suggestions for my dresden dilemma. I thought about it, researched it & have managed to come up with an easy & cheap way to fix the dreaded curved dresden problem.
They now look like this:
The dresden flower is completed, appliqued onto some linen & I'm in the process of hand quilting them now.
I thought that some of you maybe would like to know how to do these, so here is a wee mini tutorial which I hope you will be of some use to you.... so here goes...
DELIGHTFUL DRESDEN TUTORIAL:
Step One: What you will need
As well as fabric & scissors - an iron, spray starch & two card templates: one for your fabric dresden petals (we will call this the petal template) and one approx 1/8" smaller than your dresden template (we will call this the finishing template)
Step Two: Lets Cut
Cut your dresden petals using your petal template. Also, using the same petal template cut little top pieces (we will call them petal toppers) from any old material you have to hand (I used old curtain lining fabric)
For the petal toppers you will see that I just cut the curved part of the petal in my lining material so that when the curve stops, you just cut straight across to make a wee semi-circle (this is where this tutorial may differ from the method using interfacing).
Using your lovely spray starch, starch each piece so that they keep their shape.... it really will help you later on!
Step Three: Putting the Topper Onto the Petal
Set your sewing machine to a small stitch, I used 1.5. This will help you do a neater curve
Place the wee petal topper on top of the right side of the fabric &, using a scant 1/4" seam (slightly less than 1/4"), slowly sew round the top of the curve. Start just before the petal topper & finish just after it. (If you do it this way you won't need to worry about your thread ends as they will be sewn in a seam a wee bit later on)
Step Four: Admire Your Work!
OK you've just sewn as neatly as you can round a curve, so take it out of the machine & have a wee look at it to make sure you are happy with the curve. You can see here how I started sewing before the petal topper and finished after.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim back both the dresden petal and the petal topper to help you get a smoother curve.
Step Six: Turn Through
Do you remember the finishing template I mentioned at the beginning? This is where it comes in very handy!
Turn your fabric right side out and use the finishing template to help you achieve a nice clean curve at the top. The point at the bottom of the template helps you centre the curve. If you are using cardboard you can iron this with the template in place, if you are using template plastic, take the template out & iron the curve carefully.
Step Seven: Putting The Petals Together
OK you have the hard part done, its downhill all the way from here! Align carefully two petals right sides together and using a 1/4" seam sew straight down from the point where the curve of the top meets the straight of the sides. (This way you will sew over the tails of your curve sewing, so less finishing off work for you at the end).
So we started off with three petals and three petal toppers & we have ended up with this:
This is how it should look at the back:
If you are making the whole circle flower thing, there should be 16 petals in your circle & it is good to sew them in sets of four, so that you keep things nice & neat ... but if you look closely at mine I have 17!!
So that's a wee tutorial for you... my very first one! I hope you will be able to follow it & it might be of some use you. If I can help clarify any of the steps do please get in touch & I'll do my best to help you out
I hope you all have a lovely "end of the summer weekend" & a great bank holiday Monday (to those of you in the UK)!