Catching-up Day Two – Pixellated Centre for a Spiked Dresden

This month I am trying to catch up on the blocks of my Round the Year quilt, which had become pending when I was laid up for 3 months with a bad back!

I am piecing the current block, the Spiked Dresden, first. But Day Two was not as good as the first day!
This is what I did on Day One:

I finished piecing the Dresden ring of blades and started work on the pixellated centre.
Step 1 – Drew an inch grid on one-sided lightweight fusible interfacing.
Step 2 – Cut one inch squares from fabric for pixels
Step 3 – Arranged the fabric squares on the sticky side of the fusible interfacing and pressed them on place.
Yesterday I sewed the squares in place! Let me take  you through my day…

Step 4 Sewing the Centre

Flipping over to the interfacing side, I crease a row along the inch grid line. I take the standard 1/4″ seam on the fold. I was glad I had cut the centre into two, because I did not have to clip the thread after every seam, I could kind of chain stitch the two pieces!

Sewing the rows.

Sewing the rows.

The two sets of rows are done!

The two sets of rows are done!

Pinned together and ready to be joined

Pinned together and ready to be joined

 

The two halves are joined to make a single piece

The two halves are joined to make a single piece

Now the seams have to be opened. I insert a small pair of scissors into the stitched interfacing to do this – mine are not sharp enough. I also tried trimming off the edge with a roller cutter, but this was not very satifactory either! The thinner seam is even more unmanageable.

Inserting a  pair of  small scissors into the folded interfacing to cut open the seam.

Inserting a pair of small scissors into the folded interfacing to cut open the seam.

This was the stage I discover that a small square had a mind of its own. I have to rip open the seam to insert it into the interfacing.

The offending fabric square had to be coaxed back into the seam line

The offending fabric square that had to be coaxed back into the seam line

I then press open the seams. This was the toughest part – I hated it! That is why I probably forgot to take a picture! Now for the columns. I crease the columns on the grid and start sewing a 1/4″ seam…

…and again I discover a problem! I had left too much of the interfacing on the corners bare. So there is more ripping and insertion of fabric squares…

Pixellated Centre Spiked Dresden Round the Year Quilt

Inserting more squares into the interfacing.

At long last, the columns are also done!

At last, the piecing is done!

At last, the piecing is done!

This is how it looks from the back.

The pieced back

The pieced back

Oh my God! I shudder at the thought of more pressing of those seams.  So I skip the pressing and decide to move to the next step.

Step Five- The Final Step 

The centre will be ready at 7″,  and I wanted a 1/2″ seam allowance, so I cut an 8″circle (diameter) from freezer paper. I press it on the right side of the pieced centre and cut out the citcle.

Cutting the circle.

Cutting the circle.

Back to the ironing table. This time I use steam, and have instant success!

Steamed into obedience!

Steamed into obedience!

 

Pixellated Centre Spiked Dresden Round the Year Quilt

Pretty!

I have had a tough day and am still trying to work out how this will be attached to the ring…but I will think about it tomorrow.

A preview

A preview

Tomorrow is another day.

 

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4 thoughts on “Catching-up Day Two – Pixellated Centre for a Spiked Dresden

  1. Madhu,
    What amazing skills you have.I follow all your posts, hoping what I read/see & learn will be retained and I will use it in my quilting journey
    Thanks.

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