Better Than A Paper Plate Ideas

Better Than A Paper Plate, aka The Dresden Fan Collection, was released this week. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out here!

Half way through making the quilt, I decided to do some fussy cutting for the small fans. My new “Transformation” fabric line has lots of possibilities for fussy cutting and I haven’t done a whole lot of fussy cutting before. I fell in love with the results! Since then, I’ve been playing (on the computer) with some fussy cutting ideas to share with you – so that you can find inspiration to make your own version of the quilt 🙂 That’s half the story!

Now for the other half. When I was in Sweden this summer visiting my family, I took a quick trip over to Norway to spend a couple of days teaching. In one of the classes, the students were learning how easy it is to do multiple hooping – using a design from Better Than A Paper Plate. The ladies in the class were using a variety of fabric, one of them working with teal and turquoise on a solid grey background. She wanted to make a whole quilt using two shades of grey as the background.

The quilt below is what happened when I combined the grey background with the fussy cut fans!

Better Than A Paper Plate

 

I decided to see first what I could create using the Flower of Life fabrics. Here are some closeups of the results

Large Dresden Fans

The Flower of Life design is made up of 2″ diameter circles. For the large fan blades, the design is really too small to do fun things with fussy cutting, so I decided to keep the fan blades solid and fussy cut the centers. Can you spot the difference between the two?

Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Medium Dresden Fans

This size of fan blade creates some super cool kaleidoscope effects when fussy cutting! Playing with different colors of fabric provides added interest. (Btw – click on any fan to see a larger version of it!)

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Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs   Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs   Better Than A Paper Plate by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Small Dresden Fans

For the scale of the design on the fabric, these fans produce the most “dramatic” results. I used the green/turquoise Flower of Life fabric for all of these fans – and it’s amazing how different the effects are.

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Which one is your favorite?

13 Comments

  1. Amazingly beautiful. Would love to purchase them.

  2. I like the small ones. They turned out looking very interesting to me. But truly they are all lovely.

  3. Theses are beautiful although all your work , I can hardly wait until I can this. I am crazy about the Dresden plate block and all the different ways to do centers and blades. Evelyn

  4. Just beautiful, Sarah. Your work is so inspiring!

  5. The small ones pop more. Love the design.

  6. Which ONE do I like the best??? Uh, how about all of them! However, if I must narrow it down to one and one only, I can’t. But I can narrow it down to one group, and that would be the small fans. I love the kaleidoscope effect of the fabric!

  7. So different, so inspiring.
    Did you use the Go Cutter Sarah?

  8. Love the small ones, however they are all beautiful!!

  9. Love them all, especially the smaller ones – the seem to “pop”. Just getting into embroidery and trying to learn. Want to do all the beautiful things. Fabric is beautiful!!!

  10. patricia mccarthy

    i love them both but like the 2nd one most

  11. I loved the design so much I bought it. I don’t have the cameo so I will have to trace and cut, bummer. I just hope it turns out as nice as yours…

  12. Sarah, your work is so inspirational. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but the imaginative creativity your work displays is breath-taking. I dream of the day that I can begin to produce work that looks as stunning!

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