Dresden Fans in October

Posted by on October 1, 2016 in housekeeping | 1 comment

sophie-dresden-featuresizeThis post is a placeholder just in case I don’t get unpacked and settled into my new place quickly enough … or there are problems with internet access or … I am just utterly exhausted and too brain dead to do what I plan to do …

In October, we’re making 6 inch Dresden Fans.

There is no pattern written yet, but … here are the templates you’ll need, created by Robin:


Thanks, again, Robin!


Fabric Guidelines

Background – Any solid, tone-on-tone (TOT) print that is cream or light tan

Petals/Wedges (2 fabrics) – Any solid, tone-on-tone (TOT) print that is yellow, gold or orange. Multicolor prints are OK, too as long as they are predominately one of those colors. Choose two fabrics for your petals.

Center – Any solid, tone-on-tone (TOT) print that is red or brown. This can also be a multicolor print as long as it “reads as” red or brown if you were looking at it across the room.

If you are making multiple blocks, you can repeat fabrics as long as each block is unique. No twins!



For each block you will need:

  • One 7-inch square of Background–this will be trimmed to 6 1⁄2 inches square after the appliqué is done.
  • Two wedges (using template) cut from each of your two Petal fabrics– You can cut two petals from a rectangle that is 3 3⁄4 by 5 1⁄2 inches.
  • ONE Center (using template)


Making the Block

This video, from Quiltmaker magazine,  shows the method for making this block. We are making a fan block or 1⁄4 of a Dresden plate. There are only four wedges.

The wedge template for our block is slightly curved edge at the narrow end—this is so you can sew the curved seam to add the center–If you prefer to appliqué that curve, then you do not have to cut the curve in the narrow end of the wedges. When you appliqué the petals (and optionally the center) down, you may use hand or machine appliqué with matching or contrasting thread, as you like. Note that in Robin’s templates, once center is created for appliqué and does not include the seam allowance around the curve so that you can add as much as you like …


Rainbow Scraps Challenge

The colors for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge in October will be yellow/orange with a red accent–the inspiration is sunrise.  For our blocks, the wedges/petals may be yellow, gold or orange (you’ll use two fabrics which will alternate), the center may be red or brown and the background is cream or light tan. My inspiration is Sunflowers.  Put four blocks together and you’ll make a Dresden plate OR a sunflower.


Old MacDonald’s Mystery Sampler

omms-octoberIf you are making Old MacDonald’s Mystery Sampler, you’ll make 8 blocks or 2 sunflowers that will sit at the top of the stalks of leaf pairs and look something like this.

1 Comment

  1. The mystery sampler is lovely!

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