Pickle Dish Selvage Experiment and Free Pattern

Pickle dish selvage experiment
I've always appreciated the pickle dish (aka gypsy kiss) quilt pattern although I've never sewn one.  It appeared to be a very labor intensive design with complicated curves and lots of little pieces; not exactly a choice pattern for me to tackle.  That being the case, when I saw the similar double wedding ring pattern by the Berlin Quilter, it seemed that her use of selvages instead of precisely cut little wedge pieces just might make this assignment a little more doable for me.

Pickle dish selvage experiment close up
As I suspected, sewing the selvages onto a paper pattern foundation proved to be a simple and effective method for creating the dish section of the block.  Trimming the ends after sewing was the only cutting that was required which enabled these sections come together fairly quickly.  Forming the curves wasn't so bad either.  I had to do a little more pinning than I prefer but other than that, they were fairly simple to do.

Pickle dish selvage experiment backing and binding

I backed this little sample with an aqua print, did my usual meandering quilting on my domestic machine and bound the 9" square in a grey and white herringbone.

Pickle dish four blocks combined
My block makes a 9" finished square.  Four of these joined together would make a complete 18" finished ring as depicted above.  If you'd like to make a pickle dish, with or without selvages, you may download my pattern for free from my Dropbox site located here.  Best wishes!




9 comments:

beachiesews said...

wonderful, thank you!
Sue.

Linda said...

Hello and Thank you so much for this download...

Pinspot said...

Thanks for the pattern, it was exactly what I was looking for! I'm making ti fir my Schnitzel and Boo Mini swap partner. Thanks again!

B said...

You are all most welcome! Thank you for your kind comments.

I am Just One Mom said...

So excited! I saw an antique DWR in the wide style, like yours, and I have been rather fixated on making it. Now I can! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Synnove said...

Thank you so much for the free pattern! I'm sewing a pillow, and this was just what I needed:-)

icluesew said...

Thanks very much for sharing the ideas and the pattern, Denby

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

thank you!

Dinah said...

I love your block done in selvages! Thank you so much for generously sharing it!