Donuts (20″ diameter rings)

Each 20″ ring requires 1/2 yd (or 2 fat quarters) of fabric.
Background requires 1yd. Example is 34″w x 34″l. Make it larger if you wish!

• For each ring, cut (4) 9″ x 18″ strips of Dresden fabric, then cut (20) wedges for each ring as shown.

• Fold wedges lengthwise right sides together and stitch across the wide ends with 1/4” seam allowance and 1.5mm stitch length. Leave thread tails of at least 1/4” at the fold.

• Finger press seam open and flatten the “little hat” or triangle at the point.

• Turn point right side out and gently use pointed tool to create a sharp point. Press.

• Repeat for narrow ends and remaining wedges.

• Sew wedges side-by-side back-stitching at beginning and end of each seam. Press seam allowances to one side. Twenty wedges are needed for each ring.

• Layer quilt top/batting/backing and quilt the quilt.

• Place Dresden rings on the quilted quilt anywhere you wish and stitch in the ditches through Dresdens and the quilted quilt. After stitching a Dresden ditch, fold back a point, then stitch on the quilt over to the next ditch, stitch that ditch and repeat. Only one start and stop is needed for each ring!

• Bind and label your quilt.

Innovative projects and fantastic tips are available in Susan K Cleveland’s Dynamic Dresdens(TM) book and on PiecesBeWithYou.com.

You’ll learn to:

• Turn points with the patented Prairie Pointer tool.

• Stitch wedges to a fabric foundation to create flat, more accurate units.

• Eliminate background fabric from shadowing through Dresden fabrics.

• Construct pieced wedges with immaculate intersections.

• Add piping to pieced wedges.

• Interlock Dresden rings for a 3-D effect.

• Integrate partial units into background piecing.

• Build waves and loopdie-loops with double-pointed wedges.

• Design your own Dresden in the size you choose.

• Create a flat, square quilt with beautiful binding.

• Finish with the “Dresdens over the edge” technique.