Dresden Plate Quilt Block Tutorial

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I have always been a big fan of the dresden plate quilt block. The little points, the angles….the ability to make it scrappy or not.
I have been putting off making something with them for awhile….today it’s going to stop!

Not only will you be making a dresden plate…but you’ll learn how to quickly make your own template!  It’s not that hard…and you can adjust it make short squatty, or chunky dresdens.
Let’s learn how to sew a dresden plate.

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Dresden Plate Quilt Block Tutorial~

1)  Make your Template– Find out how you can do this quickly here!

2)  Fold the larger end- right sides together and sew across the top

3)  Snip the corner, turn right sides out and iron


4)  Place right side together two sides of the dresden and sew 1/4″ seam


5)  Open and iron.  Repeat until you have the desired length of dresden


Dresden Plates are easy to sew in a big long line.  Cut all your pieces, then fold and sew.  Don’t snip the thread, just feed another dresden in and sew again.  Repeat, repeat.

After you have sewn all of them, then snip the thread connecting them to separate them.


When you have your completed pieces you can now attach them to their base.  I used Liquid Fabric Fuse Adhesive from Thermoweb.  {LOVE IT!} This helps keep them in place.


Depending on what look you are going for you can choose to hand sew along the top points to secure them, just sew a few stitches at the point, or leave it for the machine quilter to quilt on top of.


For the project I was working on I did quarter sections of plates.  You will notice that the center of the plate is one big mess.  The edges might not match up, the fabric ends are exposed…..this needs to be covered.

You can choose to cover it is with a circle — a fabric yo yo works great here, or a straight edge which for me turned out to be a triangle shape.

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If you are using a circle you can applique it in place.

Have you tried making a dresden plate quilt block before?  Have any suggestions?


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