If you’re already deciding how you’ll plan and make your quilt, I’ve got some helpful goodies for you. Below are two pdf downloads, one of the entire quilt (but without any colours), and the other of the woven blocks (without any colours). PLEASE NOTE that the blank quilt Dresden fan features 24 blades, but if you use the 18 degree template from the tutorial you will ONLY need 20 blades to make a full dresden fan.
I’ll give you the pdfs first, then explain how to use them:
As you can see, the outside blocks are all the same – 2 Half Square Triangles and 2 Four-Patch. No biggie there.
However, the woven blocks are a bit trickier.
Because we are evil and like to confuse people at every opportunity. Because it looks really damn cool. Actually, if you set yours up the way we have, there are three blocks to keep track of. In mine, the central ‘diamond’ is all one colour (light purple). The almost-but-not-quite-a-square coming out of the corners of the Dresden plate block are also all the same colour (mine are that darker aqua colour). And if you set up the triangle things in the same way (where I’ve used dark purple for some, then split the others evenly between light and dark orange, you’ll have:
- 4 Corner blocks to make which are identical. They may not look identical because they’re oriented this way and that. But I promise, they are.
- 4 Block A blocks which are also all identical in the same way
- 4 Block B blocks which are all identical.
So if you use the Woven Block Outlines download above, you can colour in your Corner, Block A and Block B, because there are three blanks on the page. We’ll sort out how to actually make the blocks later. For now, it only matters what colours you’re using where.
For me, my one yard cut was that dark aqua because I featured it in the HSTs of the outside block, and again in every block of the woven blocks, plus I used some in the dresden wheel too. I also bought a 1 metre cut of the purple too, so I could use it in all three types of blocks, plus I think I have enough left over to do a border.
Anyway, I hope that helps a bit.
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