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Dresden Plate Quilts December 8, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 7:35 pm

I was given two Dresden Plate quilts to quilt.  They were both purchased for short money. They were both quilt tops.

The first one I tackled was stitched together by hand and by machine with thick quilting thread.  The  fabric used consisted of plaids. They were stitch to old dish towels.  The kind my grandmother had.  I often dried dishes after Sunday dinner at Grammie’s house.  My mother had several plain, white/yellowed dish drying towels too.  They were rectangular in shape. Notice in the photo below how the edges are all off…


My customer is not a quilter and liked the irregular shape. There were however, hems in the seams and many holes in this quilt top.  I needed to take the quilt apart and square up the blocks and try to darn and mend some of the holes. Which I did. Then I stitched the top back together.

My next step was to look at my stash for plaids….none!

At my next Delectable Mountain Quilters meeting, my new quilter friends brought plaids from their stash for me to look through.  I decided to create a story of the dresden plate sections falling into place on this quilt. I covered up bigger holes with dresden plate sections.  I hand appliqued them onto the top.

Next step is to layer the quilt.  I found 108″ wide fabric with old newspaper clippings collaged with sayings of love and blessings.  I used this for the back. I used Quilter’s Dream Cotton for the batting.

The fun part was next. I quilted a spiral in the center of each Dresden Plate block and then 1/4″ away from the edge of each plate, I echoed within and then 3 times around each block. To finish, I stitched a ribbon connecting to the loose dresden template pieces.


I stitched the binding on by hand and returned it to my customer on Thanksgiving.  The note she sent to me is priceless. Although the shape was a square, she was very pleased and amazed at the transformation.


The second Dresden Plate quilt I received to quilt was hand appliqued with the finest of stitches.  The template pieces were curved, unlike the quilt above. This quilt was a real steal!


I was provided a backing. I pressed it and then layers cotton batting and the quilt top.

I know this customer loves cross-hatching so I did that in the center of each block.  Then I echoed the Dresden plated inside, stitched close around them and feathered along the lattice.  It was fun and a pleasure to be a part of such a beautifully stitched quilt.


Perhaps some more cross-hatching could be added to connect the Dresden plates with the feathers.  What do you think?

I never know what quilts will enter my studio each year.  It is fun to see similar patterns come in and go out quilted very differently.


Inspired Layers


Adhesives: A Sticky Situation December 7, 2016

Filed under: adhesives,batik confections,finished project,free motion quilting,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:01 pm


According to the

Did you know that Birch -bark – tar was used to bind rocks together?

Did you know that one square inch of superglue can hold one ton?

Glues and adhesives is an 11 billion dollar industry.

The first commercial glue plant was established in Holland in 1690.

The first British glue patent was granted in 1750.

The first US glue patent was granted in 1876.

Economists are forecasting that adhesive industry will reach a yearly turnover of almost $50 billion around 2020.

What’s the difference between glues and adhesives?

Glues have a natural origin.

Adhesives are synthetic.


Have you ever made homemade paste?  I have a couple of recipes for you:

Homemade Paste 1


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Small saucepan
  • Small bowl
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water


  1. Mix water, corn syrup, and vinegar in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a full, rolling boil.
  3. In bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water.
  4. Add this mixture slowly to the hot mixture, stirring constantly until the mixture returns to a boil.
  5. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  6. When cooled, pour into another container and let stand overnight before using.

Homemade Paste 2


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Cold water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Add cold water to flour until mixture is as thick as cream.
  2. Simmer and stir in saucepan for 5 minutes.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
  4. This wet, messy paste takes a while to dry.


Growing up I used Elmer’s glue and rubber cement. Elmer’s glue was used in most home craft projects. Rubber cement was used to glue leather seams open on my leather coat that I constructed in high school home ec. class.

My children used glue sticks and scotch tape, for the most part.

Here are my three most common adhesives and examples of when I would use them…

  1. Scotch tape.
    1. Making a paper larger
    2. Put on drywall before tapping a nail in place to hang a little quilt or photo.
  2. Mistyfuse
    1. Use iron and BoNash Amazing pressing sheet to bond fabric to fabricimg_20161128_151852
  3. Bonash Fuse It Powder
    1.  Confetti quilting technique: Spritz with water and heat using an amazing pressing sheet


      confetti quilt

All adhesives are not created equally.

Think about your project and buy the appropriate adhesive. Think about the end use and how the glue or adhesive will dry.

Will the piece be folded?

Will the piece be stitched?

Will the piece be exposed to the sun?

With pieces that will be folded, do not use heat and bond, unless you want the creased to stay. I used Heat ‘n Bond light here to make this bag.  I wanted the creases to remain.


Do not use glues that dry hard if you are going to stitch over it. I have made many quilts for churches.  The blocks were created in a CCD class and delivered to me.  When hot glue is used, you cannot stitch through it. BEWARE!

Use ultraviolet adhesive to prevent yellowing due to sunlight. I once made my Red Barn confetti pattern and used white Mistyfuse. behind the snowman.  Over time it yellowed.  There is a fix!!!!!!!! Mistyfuse now sells a ultraviolet Mistyfuse adhesive. It does not turn yellow with time. I use it behind all my light fabrics. LOVE THIS PRODUCT.  THAT’S WHY I SELL IT ON MY WEBSITE.

Did you know there were so many glues? And adhesives?

Find the right one and stick to it.

Linda Ramrath