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      This is a quick overview with additional pictures for the Dresden Fan pattern. For full-size templates, fabric requirements, and complete pattern instructions you must print out the PDF file version of Dresden fan.




Step 1 Diagram

Step 1 - Each block requires three patches, and a 6.5 inch square of background fabric. Using template A, the patches are cut from 5.25 inch strips of fabric. The background squares are 6.5 inches and can be from one or more fabrics. There should be some contrast between patches and the background fabrics. Directional fabrics will require additional yardage.

Step 2 DiagramStep 2 - Sew sets of three patches together, forming triplets. Press the seams open. Mark the triplets using template B with the applique lines. I use a very fine permanent ink pen to mark my applique lines. After you have the applique lines in place, trim within a scant quarter of an inch to the applique lines.

Step 3 - Placing the triplets on top of the background squares with right sides facing up, carefully align the straight edges, and pin or baste into place. Using the hand applique method of needle turning, use the needle to turn the fabric over the marked edge of the curve and stitch along the marked curves. If the quilt is to be machine quilted over the edges for durability, use the minimum number of stitches to create a smooth curve. Afterwards, if you choose you can clip the background fabric from behind the fan area, reducing bulk. I recommend removing the background fabric, especially if you intend to hand quilt.

Step 4- The blocks are then ready to assemble into a quilt top. Lay out the blocks, and stack carefully. Sew first into rows, and then sew rows together to form the quilt top. After assembling the quilt top, use two simple templates, templates C and D, to mark each block with lines to be quilted using a proper marking tool. These two sets of lines along with the edges of the fans will form the guidelines used during machine quilting. Layer the quilt, using the backing and batting. Pin or thread baste the layers into place.

Step 5 DiagramStep 5 - Starting in the center and working outwards, machine quilt along the marked lines. Keep echo stitching along those lines until you have quilted it enough to make it visually pleasing, and to satisfy the batting’s minimum quilting requirements. If you prefer you can machine quilt over the edges of the applique to reinforce it.
     This image is the quilt top with the suggested quilting lines to give an idea of the overall effect. The blue lines are the marked quilting lines done in Step 4. The red lines are echo quilting lines. The dotted black lines are the quilting over the edges of applique. Do not quilt in between the patches. This machine quilting can be done easily with a walking foot. A variegated thread can really add an extra sparkle to the quilting.
      Finish with a simple binding, and you have a durable yet fanciful quilt to be used and laundered with little fuss. Perfect as gifts to children, and adults alike.

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