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How To Make Dresdens - (12:30pm-4:30pm)

Fabric:  Background (1yard), sashing (fat quarter - 1/2 yard) and assorted fabrics for Dresden petals & centers (fat quarters, layer cakes or yardage).  Pieces of fusible and/or non-fusible interfacing.

Tools:  Any Dresden rulers you have (various degree widths); any favorite thread and/or foot for machine applique.

Optional: If you have the Prairie Pointer Pressing Template by Susan Cleveland, please bring it with you.  If you have books or patterns on Dresdens bring the along for reference.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Confident Beginner

It is a technique class to show how to make Dresdens, so I did not include a specific pattern or book.

I plan to cover:
-various types of Dresden petals - pointed ones and rounded ones
-various methods to make the center circle, as well as how to make a square center, or use a button
-how to make double pointed petals, so the center shows the background fabric
-how to change the width and length of petals depending on what markings are used on Dresden rulers
-how to calculate the number of petals using different degree rulers
-tips on how to sew the petals together to get a flat circle
-tips on how to applique the Dresden to the background
-examples of other uses for Dresden petals - wreaths, trees, butterflies, dragonflies, dresses, flowers, houses, etc.
Requirements: Rotary Cutter
cutting mat
Sewing Machine in good working condition
power cord
foot pedal
All Purpose Sewing Foot
1/4" Foot
open toe or applique foot
Thread to blend with fabric

Basic Sewing kit:

seam ripper
thread snips or small scissors
marking pencil

Fabrics/Supplies for Project
Fabric/Supplies for Project
Instructor: Nancy Koyanik
Instructor Bio: Nancy has enjoyed sewing since she was introduced to it in middle school. With an interest in architecture and working for a paint company for over 30 years, quilting became a great hobby when she retired and moved home from New Jersey. After taking many classes at Cottonwood, building her skills, she began sharing her passion by designing mystery Block of the Month quilts and teaching at Cottonwood!

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