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Sunday Best Quilt

by Darlene Zimmerman

54" x 71"

Image of Sunday Best Quilt Image of Sunday Best Quilt Grid
Materials Needed:
Tools Fabrics
  • 2 1/2 yds. White Background
  • 2/3 yd. Blue Solid
  • Variety of prints (can be fat quarters)
Cutting Directions
Fabric Cut To Yield
White1214 1/2" squares
Variety Prints5' strips240Easy Dresden wedges
622" x 14 1/2" rectangles
Blue Solid203 1/2" squares
62 1/2" wide strips for double binding


Assembling the Wedges

Fold a wedge in half the long way, right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam across the top (widest edge) of the wedge on a short stitch setting (to prevent the seam from opening). Clip the corner of the seam by the fold, turn right side out, using the Bamboo Pointer Creaser. Center the seam in the middle of the wedge and press the point of the wedge. Repeat for the other wedges.

To assemble the wedges into circles, half circles or quarter circles, match the long sides of two wedges right sides together. Start sewing 1/4" in from the top of the wedge, backstitch to the edge of the wedge, then stitch forward to the end of the seam. By stitching in this manner you have backstitched the top edge of the wedge, while hiding the thread ends inside the wedge.

Twenty wedges make up a circle, 10 a half circle, 5 a quarter circle. Make one circle, 4 half circles and 4 quarter circles. Press all the seams one direction.

Assembling the Blocks

Crease the background square in half and quarters. This marks the center of all 4 sides. Center the point of every fifth wedge on a crease. Pin and baste in position.

Appliqué in place by hand using a neutral thread that will blend into the fabrics, or set your sewing machine to stitch a small zigzag, and shorten the stitch length slightly. Using a neutral thread or an invisible thread on top, stitch slowly along the very edge of the wedges, catching both the wedge and the background fabric. Another option would be to baste the Dresden Plate in place and simply quilt in the ditch between each wedge later to hold the plate in position.

Using the circle template given in the tool instructions cut a template from cardboard, mylar or freezer paper. If using freezer paper, iron the circle to the wrong side of the blue fabric. Cut out, adding a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Center the circle on the plate and appliqué in place by hand or by using the machine method given above. Remove the freezer paper by slitting the back, or remove it before the last inch is stitched.

If using mylar or cardboard, use the template to draw around on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the circle, adding a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seam allowance around the edge of the template, then appliqué in place.

Assembling the Quilt

Sew the long edges of two sashing strips together, making a pair. Repeat for the remainder of the sashing strips to make a total of 31 pairs.

Make 4 rows of 3 blocks with 4 sashing strips.

schematic of row of blocks with sashing strips

Make 5 horizontal rows of 3 sashing strips and 4 blue corner squares.

schematic of horizontal sashing

Finishing the Quilt

Cut batting and backing 4" larger than the top. Baste, then quilt as desired. Bind in blue double binding.

Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!

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