Seven Ringie Dingie pattern, Dresden ruler, Prairie Pointer

Seven Ringie Dingie pattern, Dresden ruler, Prairie Pointer

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  • Seven Ringie Dingies pattern
  • Dresden ruler
  • Prairie Pointer tool
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Seven Ringie Dingies pattern

My instructions are written for a quilt 48"x 71" but you could quite easily make it any size you like. Rings are about 18" in diameter. I suggest you keep to this size ring to take advantage of all the tips and tricks in the pattern.

This contemporary spin on a traditional favorite is made easier by eliminating the need for an applique center. I create a point on the narrow end of each Dresden wedge just like the wide end so the inside of each ring is already finished! Dresden points are 3D in my quilt, but you certainly could stitch them down if you prefer. (I recommend this if the quilt is to be washed.)

Instructions are written to cut Dresden wedges with or without a specialty ruler and tips are given to turn points with or without the Prairie Pointer tool. While these tools make creating Dresdens faster and easier, they aren't necessities.

As another twist, Dresden rings are pieced on to a fabric foundation so they are flat and perfect. Traditionally this has been difficult and many Dresden volcanoes have been created in error! This foundation also prevents background fabrics from shadowing through. I use white starched fabric as a foundation.

The background is pieced and quilted then completed rings are simply ditch-stitched onto the quilted quilt. I quilt in the ditch between wedges, flipp up a point, travel to the next ditch, and so on. It works beautifully!

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The EZ Quilting Dresden ruler makes cutting Dresden wedges quick and the Prairie Pointer tool makes turning Dresden points easy. My preferred thread for quilting in the ditch so stitches don't show is WonderFil InvisaFil #100 poly with a 60/8 Microtex needle and regular 50 or 60wt cotton thread in the bobbin. After ditch quilting, I quilted parallel lines in each background piece with WonderFil Spagetti 12wt cotton thread using a 100/16 or 90/14 Topstitch needle and regular 50 or 60wt cotton thread in the bobbin.

Watch my video to see how easy this is! This video shows piecing wedges without the foundation mentioned above. I'll update the video eventually.

Dresden ruler

The EZ Quilting Dresden ruler is an 18 degree wedge ruler. Of course wedges may be cut with a template instead, but this ruler saves valuable time and can be used for any Dresden design or pattern. My Dresden patterns show this ruler in the cutting instructions. Use your extra time to make more!

Prairie Pointer tool

The Prairie Pointer tool was designed for creating prairie points and it turns out it's equally fabulous at creating nice pointy points on Dresden wedges!

After sewing across the end of the Dresden wedge, I place the wedge on a pressing surface and slip the PP tool into the point of the wedge to finger press the seam open and flatten the little "hat" at the point. I then use my finger to turn the point right side out, place it back down on the pressing surface and slip the PP tool in to poke the point out. I place the iron over the point and immediately slip the tool out so it doesn't get hot. It's really wonderful!

U.S. Patent No. 8,393,093 B2
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