I made this little table Center last fall to show the colors we would be using for our block of the month program: the Saturday Surprise Sampler.
It is basically one Dresden plate stitched down to a backing of felted wool.
I used my little Dresden plate ruler, which is an 18degree wedge ruler, from which you make 20 petals or blades to make up a circle:
There are other 18 degree rulers, like the squedge ruler which is a little longer.
My little ruler is only 8 inches long, which would only make a circle 17 or 18 inches wide, and I wanted it a bit larger, so I just extended the side edge when I cut the pieces.
So, step by step, here we go..
1. Pick your fabrics!
The backing is felted wool, and that is probably the scarcest thing you will need,
For the brown one above, I had an old wool blanket that I could use.
For the one pictured here, I had purchased some off white yardage of 100% wool and washed it in hot water, and dried it on hot in the dryer to shrink it.
I had been looking for a project to use the Bee My Honey fabrics by moda.
I decided to stay in the gray and white tones for this project,
2. Cut 20 wedges,
I cut the fabrics 12 inches wide and cut the wedges using the ruler:
You can see here how I combined it with my longer ruler to extend the side edge, extending the angle along the edge.
Note: I used five fabrics and cut four blades from each fabric. In the brown one above, each blade was a different fabric. If you do it this way, you will need a 5" x 12" piece of fabric to cut the piece from.
2. Sew the ends:
Fold the long end over, backstitching at the folded end of the seam.
Trim the corner at the folded end, and turn the point right sides out:
Press the ends, trying to center the seam.
3. Sew the long edges of the petals, or blades together to make the circle, press the seams all to the sides, backstitching at the wide ends,
The circular unit should lie flat!
Cut a piece of wool for the backing with a margin of at least half an inch all around it.
5. After you are done, then trim the edges of the wool about an eighth or a quarter inch beyond the edge of the fabric edge,
That's all there is to it really, I hope you give this project a try!