Problem with Dresden Plate; you can see the darker colors of the

sylviatexas1July 6, 2011

petals beneath the yellow centers.

I'm very reluctant to take the sensible way out & use a darker color for the center;

the "plates" are crayola box colors of red, blue, green, & yellow prints, & the yellow centers are just perfect- except that you can see the darker material underneath-sort of like wearing black underwear under a yellow outfit!

I tried using 2 layers of fabric, but it was impossible to get a needle through the thickness.

I'd be grateful for a solution or hint or clue.


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Sylvia, try pressing the seam towards the petals instead of towards the center. Or if that won't work, maybe you can press that seam open.


    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 1:14PM
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Good idea, Donna!

Or how about trying a yellow print for the center? That might obscure the seams enough so you don't notice them, but still give you the yellow center that you want.


    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 2:32PM
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You could line the center piece. Sew it to a piece of fusible interfacing, slit the interfacing and turn right side out. Then iron it to the center of the plate and applique on.


    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 3:16PM
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You could try using a layer of batting under the center. It might give a nice "poofy" effect as well.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 3:18PM
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Thanks for the great ideas!

I'll print them & take them home & play with them!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 2:45PM
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I always press my seams open like dressmakers do.
This also eliminates loose threads from darker fabrics showing up when it's way too late to do anything about it.
It gives a more even surface to quilt big bumps to drive thru. Nice for both hand quilting and FMQ.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 8:44AM
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