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!
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?
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!)
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.
Which one is your favorite?