Piece and Fuse a Curved Dresden Ring - Block #5

This week I'm experimenting with curved, fusible edges to a new Dresden Ring! Learn how to piece and fuse Dresden Ring #5 with me in this video:

Dresden Plate Template Set

Circle Template Set

True Grips Applique Grippers

True Grips

Microtip Glue Bottles for Applique

Microtip Glue Bottles

How to Follow Along with this Dresden Plate / Ring Block Along

Remember – This is a Block Along, so we’re going to work block-by-block. No, there isn’t a pattern, fabric calculation, or a picture of the finished quilt yet.

Find links to all the blocks shared so far at the bottom of this post! The purpose of this project is to use up scraps or your favorite fat quarters. Working on one block at a time makes this a lot less stressful and encourages you to shop your stash for material. I’m planning to use up my stash of 1930s reproduction fabrics, which I’ve been saving for over ten years!

How to Piece and Fuse Dresden Ring #5

This Dresden Ring has curves on all sides! I cut out the pieces using Dresden Template #2 and then used the 4-inch circle template from the Circle Template Set to cut the inside curves too.

Dresden Ring Fusible Applique Quilt Block

Preparation to Piece Dresden Ring #5

To make this 8 petal fused Dresden Ring, you’ll need the following materials:

Fabric A – 3 x 21-inch strip

Fabric B – 4 1/2 x 21-inch strip

Background square – 14 inch square (roughly) – we will trim this down to 12 1/2 inches when it’s time to piece a quilt together.

1-inch strips of fusible web, I used Lite Steam-a-Seam 2

How to Piece Dresden Ring #5

First fuse 1-inch strips of fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric strips. You'll need fusible web on both the upper and lower edge because both edges will be cut with curves for this Dresden Ring.

Cut 4 petals from Fabric A using Template #2. Make sure to align the 2.5 mark with the bottom edge of the strip.

Fold these petals in half and mark this crease line so you can see it on the fabric. Now use the crease line to help you align a 4-inch circle template with the bottom (straight) edge of the petal. Follow the instructions in the video to help you cut the inner edge of the petals.

Cut 4 petals from Fabric B using Template #2, this time aligning the 1.5 mark with the bottom edge of the strip.

Use the 4-inch circle template again to cut an opposing curve on these petals, as shown in the video above.

Piece the petals together in sets of 2, then piece the four quarters together to create this Dresden Ring. Press the seam allowances towards the larger petals (Fabric B).

How to Secure Your Dresden Ring

Fold your background fabric square in half and press to create crease lines running through the center in both directions. Peel off all the paper on the back of the fusible web. Center the Dresden Ring on the fabric and carefully smooth it in place.

Once the Dresden Ring is properly positioned, press with a hot iron to fuse it in place. Follow the instructions on your fusible web to fuse the petal edges perfectly.

Finish the Dresden Ring with a bit of stitching around the inner and outer edges. I like to use a straight stitch, 1/8 inch away from either the raw or folded edge of the fabric. I’ve decided to use white thread throughout to make securing the 1930s fabrics down quick and easy.

So that is it for how to piece a Mini Dresden Plate and our 5th block in this Block Along! We have many fun Dresden Plate and Dresden Ring quilt blocks to come in 2022. I can’t wait to show you all the fun shapes you can cut with the new Dresden Template Set.

Let’s go Quilt,

Leah Day

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