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Dresden Plate Christmas Table Runner

Christmas Table Runner

What the Heck is a Dresden Plate?

I know what a Dresden Plate quilting design is. (Dresden Fan, if you’re not doing a full 360 degree design.) I kinda figured that it was named after some fancy pants dinner plate from the Old World. It is, but there’s more to it than that.

Dresden is a town in Germany and Dresden porcelain refers to period style of porcelain made in the 18th century by several companies around Dresden. There are figurines, urns and yes, even fancy pants dinnerware. Here’s a good example of ornate Dresden on eBay. I really like the reticulated pieces.

Ever since I saw this Dresden plate Christmas table runner, I knew I had to get a template ruler and give it a shot. I love the way the candles make it glow and how the circular plate pattern echos it. I think that’s why I’m fascinated by it. I don’t have the need for a runner, but I will make one plate block and use it for a candle rug. I’ve got a tons of Christmas prints I can use. I also have a lot of metallic fabrics that I think/hope would glow nicely, too.

Dresden Plate Christmas Table Runner

Here’s the dresden template tool I had to order. Couldn’t find any fabric store near me that had one. It should arrive any day. Can’t wait.

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Color Theme Creator for Quilting

Sophia - Picture it...

Let me set the scene here, or as Sophia would say, “Picture it…” You’ve been sitting in front of Pinterest for the last 3 hours looking at quilts. Stop, stop, stop! Which one of you just said, “pfft”? Ok, 5 hours. You’re getting ideas not only for patterns, but for colors palettes. Red, black, teal… Tangerine, lime green, white… you get the idea. But when it comes time to actually go to the fabric store, you can’t remember all those beautiful color combinations.

I did it yesterday, myself. Spent about an hour staring at bolts of fabric, finally decided to get a cart, put a few bolts into the cart and there I was doing it again… straying from my original plan of sticking to one color scheme. I have THE hardest time only selecting a handful of colors. There are so many beautiful quilts online and the prettiest seem to be the ones with a few bright colors, but my mind goes crazy when I’m in the store and I just can’t stay on-task.

I’m good at co-ordinating colors once I have a focus fabric, but I suck at coming up with original color themes. Before I know it, I’ve got a cart full of fabric because I like ALL the colors, yet I have no idea how I’m going to use any of it. Yea, I know, that’s how stashes are built, but I need to get a handle on the spending.

This morning I thought, what if there was a cool tool that I could use to create color theme ideas for quilting? What if there was a way for me to track the colors I see from all the talented quilt makers I see on Pinterest?

I just love the colors in Vanessa’s quilt. Teal, cherry, black and white theme.

Vanessa's Block Quilt

I have a color picker that I use for website graphics. It’s a pretty slick little eye dropper that grabs both the RGB and HEX values of a color from any image on my computer screen. So I picked up the colors in Vanessa’s block quilt and put them in the color tool over at http://www.colorcombos.com/combomaker.html and here’s what I came up with…

Vanessa's quilt colorsIs that slick or what! SewQuickly, baby!!

Right now you can’t save your color combos, but you can download a .png file of them. If you register on the website with your email address, they will notify you when the program is updated to allow saving your color combos.

UPDATE: Friday, January 19, 2013 – A couple days after I wrote this and explained how to use the color picker that I used, the stupid thing decided to stop working, after all these beers. So I had to hunt for a new picker. I found one called Color Cop and will work just fine. (download link below). They have some nice reviews on all kinds of pickers and they’re free, but free comes with a price is you don’t pay attention.

BEWARE when you install Color Cop or any others; read the dialogs on the screen and uncheck any checkboxes that want you to install toolbars and/or replace your default browser home page or search engine.

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ColorCombos tool: http://www.colorcombos.com/combomaker.html

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Free Printable 1″ Hexie Template

Suckie hexie template

All of the printable hexie templates I’ve seen online for quilting are designed wrong. They nest them together so they cover the complete page. Yes, that’s a lot of hexies, but it also means you have to cut each one out individually. Here’s a picture of a suckie hexie template.

Well, heck, that’s not what SewQuickly is all about. I wanted a template that I could cut apart with a rotary cutter. So I cracked open my graphics editor and started designing. Depending upon the size of the hexie, I get more or fewer of them per page.

Here’s the 1″ hexie pattern I came up with. That’s 1″ on each side and 2″ across the widest part. The download link is at the bottom of this page.

Better Hexie Layout

You’ll notice that now I can use my rotary cutter to neatly slice each row apart horizontally, making a total of five slices. After each row is separated, then I can use my scissors to snip off the little triangle sections. They cut up very quickly. Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about… SewQuickly!

You can also cut the rows diagonally and only cut off one triangle tip to create gems. Or leave the tips on and make diamonds.

After they are cut apart, I use a paper punch to punch a hole in the middle of each one. The hole serves two purposes; 1) pinning the template to the fabric and 2) poking a pointed tool into the hole for easy removal of the template paper after the hexies are sewn together. If the throat on your paper punch won’t reach the middle, it’s all good. Just punch a hole as far as it will reach.

Pinning hexie to fabric


I started basting the hexies like just about everyone else does, where the long stitches show on the outside of the fabric. I think it looks messy. So I started doing it on the inside (under the fabric, but on top of the paper) to hide them. After the template is removed, the stitches will be buried between the two layers of fabric. Much cleaner. I’m just anal like that.

Basting hexies

I’ve been stuffing them in empty check boxes.

My hexies

Paper Selection

I suggest printing them using a laser printer instead of a inkjet. If you use an inkjet and spill your glass of quilting wine, the ink will bleed onto your fabric. Laser toner doesn’t bleed. I print them on card stock fed through the manual paper feeder tray. I bought a ream of it from Staples years ago for some other project. It’s 110 pound weight. So when you print them, select the correct paper type from your printer’s properties.


DO NOT scale the template to fit the page. I’ve already designed it so it prints at 100% scale. If you shrink it, the hexies won’t be 1″ on each side.

DO print in landscape mode.

Free Printable – 1″ Hexie Template .PDF

  1. You are allowed to print as many templates as you like for your own personal or commercial use.
  2. You may put a link on your webpage to this blog post so others can download it.
  3. You can Pin this page so it goes viral and becomes wildly popular.
  4. You may NOT offer MY .PDF file for download on your website. Like I said, link to this page, don’t steal my file.

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Download it here: 1″ Hexie Template Download

Download it here:  3/4″ Hexie Template Download

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