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Patricia Fox 114/02/2016 10:45:53
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I may have asked this already but now I am ready to start my quilt today.

At a class I joined only last week I was told NOT to use a plain fabric in a dresden plate. I have some really nice \kaffe fabrics to use but I would like to put in the odd plain fabric.

Am I doing something very wrong. Does it go against all the quilting teaching.

Margaret S14/02/2016 11:00:09
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Patricia, No quilt police here! If you want plains then lay it out and see what it looks like. Depends how many blades you are using but best to set the same colours opposite each other as in Katy's block. Go with what you feel is right for you and what looks balanced. If in doubt, lay the block out before stitching and take a photo. It's amazing what you see then.

Irene B14/02/2016 11:11:27
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Patricia, very good advice from Margaret. I would have said the same. I quite often take a photo of things I'm making to see how it looks. Enjoy making your Dresden Plate.

Irene rose

Tessa14/02/2016 13:31:25
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Patricia, I agree with Margaret and Irene...your Dresden plate is your design...your colours and patterns...we have no time for Quilt Police on this go with what you feel you want and not someone elses ideas. I've just made a shoulder bag with a Dresden plate on one side....see the plain fabrics bring out the colours of the patterned blades.

Dresden Plate Bag

Dresden Bag

stephs stitches.14/02/2016 13:51:28
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That's a very good idea to take a picture of your work or fabric selection, they look quite different on a screen and it's a good way to help you make your mind up with layouts etc A camera is almost a must have in the list of tools needed in the sewing room 📱🖥📸 nowadays

rosemary Rosenfeld14/02/2016 13:53:43
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Quite right one and all! The "quilt police" have been banned from this site! When it comes down to it ..... go with what looks good/right for you......your project.......your fabric......... your choices!! Enough said!!! I'm afraid I'm the sort of person that ignores "you should......" or "if I were you........"......... ask my family!!!

Looking forward to seeing what you produce in the end!

Best Rosemary

Patricia Fox 114/02/2016 14:32:19
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Thank you ladies. Definately made up my mind to listen to advice at my class, but do my own thing too. Your posts are so helpful.

Katy15/02/2016 14:30:58
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Hope you had fun auditioning fabric Patricia, it's up to you what you do, don't worry about what you think you ought to do...

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