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Sew Intertwined QAL: Dresden Fan Tutorial

Ok, it’s time for the first tutorial of the Sew Intertwined Quilt Along! I promise this isn’t very difficult, and if you participated in my last QAL you already know how to make it. But there are a few downloads, and I’ll explain them.

This is the tutorial for the whole Dresden Fan block – everyone needs this whether they’re joining their diamonds up, such as this:

Sew Intertwined Quilt - Stockholm Fabrics by Robin Singone

or not joining them up (this is the option I’m taking):

SewIntertwined with NO corners

Dresden Fan Block tutorial

Here’s the dresden blade and circle template, which everyone will need unless you have a dresden ruler, in which case you can just use that.

Dresden_Mystery_QAL (Dresden template)

If you’re doing the corners to complete the diamond, here’s the template to paper piece that section:


Set your printer to Landscape, and double check the size is 10″ when it prints. You may have to get it to print at, say, 104% or so to get it just right. For some reason Cute PDF makes things a tiny bit smaller when it converts them into pdfs.

Be sure to post your progress pics in the Flickr group!

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5 thoughts on “Sew Intertwined QAL: Dresden Fan Tutorial

  1. Hi, yay it’s all starting and I have the fabric, but in the instructions, from page 4 to 5 I don’t know how you got the fabric onto the corner, for matching up the diamond.
    Did you cut the paper corner strips off to get the width and add a seam allowance (or not), or something else. Sorry, I’ve only done paper piecing twice before and the second time I did it I got too cocky and did it wrong!
    Thanks In Advance

    1. Hi Kathy,
      For the paper pieced blocks with the diamond corners, you will cut your backing fabric to 10.5, then cut your diamond strip to 2.5″. Pin the 10.5″ piece with the 2.5″piece to the back of the foundation paper (right sides together). After sewing along the dotted line, fold paper back and trim your seam allowance to .25″. Press away from backing fabric towards diamond piece. Then use the corner you trimmed off of the backing fabric for the very last triangle piece. Pin to the back of the foundation piece, sew, and then trim the block down to 10.5″ again. The dotted line all the way around the block is the built in seam allowance.

      If you have any questions or need more pictures you can email Jenna or Me – or just write us in the flickr group!


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