Friday, June 14, 2019

Try a Technique {June IBA Project + Giveaway}

This month's theme for our Island Batik Ambassador assignment is trying a new technique!


This is a theme that we've had before for our Ambassador challenges -- last year, I played around with using bias tape to make a table runner.


This year, I'm going to try a technique that's been on my to do list for a VERY long time -- making Dresden plates! My plan is to make a Dresden plate mini quilt.

I do not have a Dresden plate-specific ruler, but I do have a variety of other wedge rulers that can also be used to make the necessary wedges for Dresden plates.

There are a lot of different Dresden plate tutorials out there -- some using specific rulers, some not. The basic thing about Dresden plates is that the larger the angle of the wedge, the fewer wedges are required to make a full plate. The ruler I'm going to use has a 30 degree angle, so each block will have 12 wedges.

For my fabrics, I'm going to use some red, white, and blue Island Batik Scraps.


Since I haven't done an Island Batik giveaway in a while, let's do one today!

This time around, I'm sharing a bunch of the fabrics left over from my Plus Sign Sampler that I made last month. There are a lot of yellow, orange, and red scraps.


Comments for entries, you know the drill. If for some reason, you have issues with leaving a comment, send me an email (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) and I'll comment on your behalf. (PS. If you have issues commenting on my blog and other blogs, it is usually a result of your cookie and security settings.)

Leave me a comment telling me about what new techniques you've tried lately or what new techniques you want to try soon!

Good luck! I'll pick a winner next Wednesday.

41 comments:

  1. Your Island Batik projects are always so fun to see! I finally made some Dresden Plate blocks for the first time this year, and I enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing the scraps, Alison!

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  2. Comment from Rebecca T: Good morning....love the colors your playing with . I have made several Dresden blocks but never a full quilt...just a wall hanging and bag or or two. Have fun with it. I will be emailing this note also because my comments only come thru about 25% of the time with this format..I have checked cookies and security settings and it still keeps happening .

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  3. I have used bias tape to add interest to my projects and I love the look! Making a Dresden Plate is on my to-do list also...hopefully this summer we'll both get at least one made!

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  4. I have made a Dresden Plate quilt. I am picturing that you are making a patriotic fireworks quilt. :) I would love to try a quilt in the round, and, eventually, I will try free motion quilting. All those fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I’m looking forward to seeing your Dresden plate project. I have been thinking about making a small one myself. Batiks should be perfect for ir.

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  6. Two techniques I would like to try are flanged binding and prairie points.

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  7. I haven't tried Dresden plate. Once I see your project, I'll give it a try.

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  8. hi! i'm finially working on my first whlole quilt quilt, no piecing [well not alot, only a "frame" with mitered corners, also a first], just quilting....so far so good! thanks for the giveaway.and good luck with your dresdens!

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  9. Can't wait to see the finished Dresden; I, too, have wanted to try but have shied away from it. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  10. There are lots of things I want to try. Dresden plates, prairie points, quilting on a long arm machine, and quilting with rulers on my machine are just a few of them. Can't wait to see how your project turns out.

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  11. I have been wanting to try doing a rag quilt for a while but still haven't gotten around to it.

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  12. Oh - check out the pattern called "dresden plate tropical lei" a tutorial from "Happy Quilting" blog - I made this as a baby quilt and the mom loved it......my latest experiment was to make a Ricky Timms Convergence quilt - easy peasy and a lot of fun -

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  13. I love the idea of the bias tape technique. I have a full set of different size bias tape makers and think it would be interesting to use different sizes of bias tape in a project. This idea I'm definitely going to try. Looking forward to seeing your patriotic dresden project.

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  14. I have never tried Dresden plates. Good for you for giving it a whirl! I am signed up for a hand (isn’t that a 4 letter word?) appliqué class...I have never done it before so am a little terrified, a little excited to try!

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  15. Your Dresden plates looks neat. I would like to try paper piecing. Enjoy your day!! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  16. I've never made a Dresden plate quilt yet. I've made Dresden hearts for a wall hanging and quilt for my daughter. And still a UFO. One of these days!

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  17. Sweet fabrics. You can do this. I would love to try my hand at making something with Dresdens some day. Right now I am teaching myself machine applique. Going slow, but fun.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  18. I know your Dresden plate quilt will be just perfect! The colors are all so bright!

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  19. I've been trying to do more applique, I'm not real good at it so I thought practice makes perfect. Right?

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  20. I am still trying to improve my free motion quilting

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  21. I would love to make a Dresden plate quilt! First I need to finish my nephews Eagle Scout quilt! Thank you for the lovely giveaway1

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  22. I made a wall quilt for my granddaughter using raw edge appliqué. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  23. Getting out of my comfort zone with colors - these would do! LOL!

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  24. I can't wait to see your Dresden plate. Orange fabric...Yes Please!!!! ☺

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  25. I want to tr needle-turn applique.

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  26. I can't wait to see your Dresden. Love those oranges.

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  27. Love Dresden's… just got a Template.. definitely plan to try this summer! :) Also working on FMQ. Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too

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  28. I received a Quick Curve Ruler (made by Sew Kind of Wonderful) and have some of their patterns, so that is the next "new thing" I'm going to try. Learning something new often shakes things up for me and gets me excited about my projects, my stash, and my calendar of giving, so I'm happy about this.

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  29. I'm quilting on minky for the second time.... I'm not loving it but my daughter loves the feel of it on her quilt! Bethastrand@gmail.com

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  30. I'm working on sewing curves and have started some drunkard path blocks; even with more than one curve. Thanks for all you share.

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  31. I made a dresden plate quilt and loved making it. I know you will have fun. I would like to quilt with rulers. I've seen a demo on it, and it is really fascinating. Of course, it was very easy for the demonstrator!!

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  32. Oooh, red white and blue dresdens will look fantastic! I have not made dresdens before, that's on my long-term list. Hawaiian quilting has been on my try list for the longest, I think. I also want to do binding corners that aren't 90 degrees--that one might be coming soon. I've got a book on making a silhouette quilt out of a photograph, that's something I'm really interesting in trying. Oh, and I have the jelly roll rug pattern and haven't made it, that involves making rope out of fabric strips and I consider that a technique. I could probably go on and on! My most recent new things were for my IB project--reverse applique and a flange binding, both of which I am likely to do again. Can't wait to see your dresdens! I'm interested in how you do it without a specialty ruler, since I also don't have one and don't like rulers I am not likely to use frequently.

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  33. Will be interested to see what you do with your Dresden Plate! I've just come back from Quilt Canada and am excited to put the Appliquick into practice!
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  34. I am wanting to try EPP and make something with Hexies this summer.

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  35. I love applique. So far I've only used fusible with buttonhole stitch. I want to try needleturn. BTW Dresden plates are on my bucket list, too.

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  36. Haven't tried Dresden plate yet. Got hung up on EPP & have bags of various shapes in varying stages of completion everywhere. pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  37. I love Dresden plates. I've only made a couple, but they are fun.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  38. I would love to try working with curves. -- I am a beginner and have been sticking to straight seams/lines.

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  39. One person's scraps are another person's treasure. I just took a class using Sewkindofwonderful's Quick Curve ruler. I'm loving the curvy designs they have.

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  40. I tried raw edge applique for a kids quilt with puppies. It was cute - making them look furry. I love the Island Batik fabrics!

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