Dresden Plate Block Sew-Along

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Elizabeth is back with our Week Three Sew-Along. So far Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! has guided us through a Triangle Block and a Spiderweb Block. Today we get to try a beautiful Dresden Plate Block!

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This 16” x 16” block looks great alone, for instance as a pillow cover or doll quilt, but it can also be combined with other blocks to create a quilt top with a big impact. Because the components of the Dresden Plate are made separately and then attached to a background fabric, you can have fun playing with their placement. Line completed blocks up in a more traditional side-by-side arrangement, of place them randomly on a whole cloth background.

To complete this block, you’ll need two templates, one for the wedges and one for the center. You can print the templates onto cardstock and then cut them out, or print them on regular copy paper and trace them onto translucent template plastic. If you plan to make a lot of these blocks, you may want to invest in an acrylic wedge ruler made specifically for Dresden Plates. (I recommend Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Dresden ruler, which includes markings for making the wedges in a range of different sizes.)

Start by cutting 20 wedge shapes. (You’ll need a scrap that’s approximately 2” x 5” for each.)

Note: If you’re cutting multiple wedge shapes from each fabric, cut 5” strips and then cut the wedges from that strip, rotating the template or ruler 180 degrees after each wedge is cut.

Fold one of your wedges in half vertically, bringing the shorter sides together and matching right sides. Using a quarter inch seam allowance, sew the top/widest end of the wedge together, as shown in the above photo.

Finger press the seam you’ve just sewn open. Turn the wedge right-side-out so that the seam allowance is hidden and the end of your wedge has a finished, pointed shape. Repeat with the rest of your wedge shapes, making 20 total pointed wedges.

One you’ve made 20 wedges, arrange them in a circular/starburst pattern on your work surface. Sew the wedges into four quadrants (five wedges in each quadrant) using a quarter inch seam allowance and pressing seams open. The finished points will extend beyond your seams. However, you’ll want to pay attention as you’re sewing to how the widest part of these points are lining up. I suggest that, when you’re joining wedges, you match start by matching the points of the two adjacent pieces.

Sew your four quadrants into two halves and then sew your two halves together to create a complete circle.

Fold a 16.5” x 16.5” background fabric square into quarters. Use the tip of a hot iron to press the folded corner at the center of the square. When you open up the square, this will have created a mark right in the center. Use this mark as a guide to center the circle of wedges on top of your background fabric.

Pin securely in place (I suggest one pin per wedge) and sew the outside edges down to your background fabric using some variation of a zigzag stitch. This can be a regular, wide zigzag, a buttonhole stitch, or a satin stitch. The idea is just to enclose the edges and secure the block to the background.

Note: Alternately, you could hand sew your blocks to the background fabric.

For the center circle, you’ll need an approximately 8” x 8” square of fabric and a similarly-sized square of muslin, neutral scrap fabric or sew-in interfacing.

Trace your circle template onto the wrong side of the fabric. Place the fabric, right side down, on your scrap fabric or interfacing and sew the two pieces together along the marked, circular line.

Trim both layers to within about a quarter inch of your stitches, pinking or notching the edges. Cut an opening in the scrap fabric side, as shown above, and turn the circle right-side-out, using your fingers or a turning tool to push out the corners and make a nice circle shape. Press. Reduce bulk by trimming the scrap fabric to within about a half inch from the edge.

Place the circle in desired location at the center of the block, pin in place and secure to the block using some form of zigzag stitch. As with the other part of the block, this can be a wider zigzag, buttonhole stitch or satin stitch.

Note: There are lots of ways you could do this step, including needle-turn appliqué, raw edge machine appliqué using fusible web, etc.

And that’s it! Enjoy your lovely, finished Dresden Plate.

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213 Responses to Dresden Plate Block Sew-Along

  1. Naomi G says:

    This looks awesome! I’ve always thought these were really hard to make. Your tutorial makes it look alot easier. Thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win! I’ll definitely be joining the sew-along!

  2. Allyson says:

    I’m a little late to the party. I just found this tutorial this weekend. But I made a plate and LOVE it! Thanks so much for this super simple tutorial. I will definately be making this again. I’d love to make an entire quilt.

    Here’s a link to my blog post with pics!

    http://fatcatquilts.typepad.com/fat-cat-quilts/2011/01/just-for-fun.html

  3. Julie says:

    I am getting ready to start a dresden plate quilt with some ties that were passed to me after my father passed away a year and a half ago–there will be no real color pattern to them but it will be filled with memories of my daddy. Hope the squares look as nice as these do!! This will be my first attempt in quilting!

  4. Ann Jones says:

    I have to agree, you do make it look easy

  5. joyce dark says:

    love ,love ,love your plates. thanks for instructions

  6. martha tompkins says:

    Loved the tutorial and it makes the Dresden Plate so easy to make. The results look so professional and neat!
    Wow!! Thank You.
    Martha

  7. dian says:

    Never thought black and white could be this pretty. I have to make one for myself. I have to!!!

  8. eLLen says:

    Thank you for your easy to follow photo tutorial. I plan to make this now. I thought it was way to daunting to try, but your photos gave a great break down of the steps and has inspired me to give it a try!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  9. Jodie says:

    This looks so neat. I think it would be an easy project for my grandaughters to make & choose from my collection (I know we all have them, huh?) & later I can put blocks together.

  10. Lynn says:

    Now that looks easier than what i envisioned! Im a beginner but this looks like i want to try it soon. Great pattern!

  11. Corinne says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I was just showing my mom the Dresden Plate square, and she thought it was neat. It just so happens that her birthday is coming up, and now here’s a tutorial. I think I know what she’s getting for a birthday gift! :)

  12. Geri Ann says:

    I’m printing this out at work – and running home to make one! Thanks for the tut – you made it look very easy!

  13. Nan says:

    That is a great tutorial on the dresden plate. I have been wanting to try making one, but afraid it won’t turn out good. Thank you for the help.

  14. Julie says:

    Great template! Thanks for the inspiration :) I have some great 1920s style fabrics that I’ve been wanting to play with :)

  15. Mandy says:

    Wow!! This is the inspiration I was looking for, woo hoo, I’m going to make a dresden plate doll quilt. Thank you!

  16. Lucy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. Krystina says:

    Another awesome one!

  18. Shelly says:

    I have always wanted to do a dresden plate quilt and now I may try and attempt it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. Maggy says:

    Thank you for the tutorial

  20. Kathy Holland says:

    Your tutorials are wonderful. I was so excited when I was directed to you site. I will be checking back. Thanks for the ideas.

  21. Ethne says:

    I’ll try this sometime – thanks for the tutoral

  22. Amy says:

    How timely this post was!!! I wanted to find a template for making the 20 blade Dresden block. I think it would be a good way to use my new layer cake of fabric.

  23. Kathleen says:

    So pretty! :)

  24. Linda says:

    I always wondered about these blocks. Thanks for the tute!

  25. Myra says:

    I have made these before, DZ’s wedge ruler makes it easier. Just finished a set for a lady, I use fusible web to attach plate to muslin, then machine applique around, also fuse the circle and machine applique down. I love this block pattern.

  26. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I love it! You made it appear so easy and effortless.

  27. Becki says:

    I have wanted to try one of these, but was always intimidated by it. This tutorial makes it look simple, so I think I am finally gonna try it! Thanks!

  28. Maya says:

    Great tutorial! It looks so simple to do…I must make one! After I finish about a dozen other projects.

  29. Brenda says:

    great tutorial! I made about 20 plates earlier this winter, and found cutting them the most tedious part. Next time I’m going to buy that ruler. It would be well worth it!

  30. tia says:

    http://campfollowerbags.blogspot.com/2010/04/yet-another-little-project-thanks-sew.html

    I blogged about my block I made using this tutorial! Thank you so very much!

    Tia

  31. Alyssa says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have 12 beautiful dresden plates that my great grandmother made and I have been very tentative in how to approach them. Dealing with the center opening has been an area of particular concern. But no more!

  32. Voila! That is it! Looks easy – I am sure I can muck it up :-)

  33. Melissa says:

    These are such amazing tutorials!! Thank you for helping me along with learning some great new blocks. Here is my Dresden Plate Mini Quilt. I can’t wait for the fourth to finish the set.

    http://wearecorrys.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-quilt-number-three.html

  34. Katie says:

    Ahh, I was wondering how this would be pieced. Isn’t applique the best?

  35. Rose L says:

    Oh my, this looks challenging… maybe some day…

  36. Tanya H. says:

    I’m loving how modern that classic pattern looks in b&w with the green accents! G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!

  37. Sophia DeLonghi says:

    Always wanted to make a dresden plate and this tutorial inspired me to do it. Thanks

  38. Margaret says:

    My sister and I had Dresden Plate quilts on our beds when we were little, and I loved looking at all the interesting fabrics in each circle. I would LOVE to make one of these — thanks for the tutorial!

  39. Somer says:

    That is really pretty.

  40. Kristin says:

    Another great tutorial to add to my “to do” list.

  41. Sherry J says:

    Dresden plate is one of my favorite quilt blocks. thanks for featuring it.

  42. Melissa says:

    I just made a wall hanging like this and it was so much fun! I hand embroidered in the center circle for a little extra.

  43. Jane says:

    This inspires me to actually use the template I bought a couple of years ago!

  44. Sara says:

    Would make a great sun, if I ever need to make a sun…

  45. so great, i will certainly try that. thanks so much!!
    claudia

  46. Kaye Prince says:

    Oh yay! I’ve been wanting to try a Dresden for awhile and it’s so great to have this visual tutorial to refer to!

  47. amy c. says:

    lovely miniquilt!

  48. Cristi says:

    So cool and so classic.

  49. Susan says:

    I’ve always thought this was a really hard block to make. You’ve opened my eyes to how easy it can be – and I LOVE your fabrics – an heirloom block in contemporary colors.

  50. Sarah-Hayden says:

    Thank you for the well-written tutorial. I have been wanting to try the Dresden Plate pattern for a long time!

  51. Courtney says:

    I am inspired to go make a pillow in some lovely blue & yellow remnants I’ve been saving. Thanks for this incredibly usable guide!

  52. Sarah says:

    Okay, adding to my project list now! This looks like it could be a great way to use up some scraps, too.

  53. This is just so great! I love it!

  54. Lisa says:

    Thank you! What a great tutorial,I have been wanting to try this and you make it look so easy.

  55. Sherri says:

    I love this! Will have to try soon…

  56. abi says:

    You make it look sew easy.

  57. jana says:

    This is one I want to try. What about a double wedding ring tutorial? Curves are scary!

  58. Jane Swanson says:

    So beautiful! Excellent tutorial! This might be just the pattern for my coveted stack of smaller pieces of Flea Market Fancy!
    Thanks so much!
    Jane

  59. Cheryl says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a dresden quilt, thanks so much for the tutorial!

  60. Shelley C says:

    I bought the templates back in Jan. and made a dresden plate quilt in pink/brown for my newest granddaughter. She will make an appearance any day now..after 4 boys, she is being looked forward to so the quilt had to be extra special, and a dresden fits that bill! My circles needed a bit of work, but all in all, it turned out so nice!

  61. Terriaw says:

    I will definitely be making this one, along with my spiderweb block and my HST blocks, which I’m still working on. I never realized dresden blocks were this easy, so I’m excited to get right to it.

  62. Lori says:

    wow! i have been struggling to make the DP block and this makes so much more sence than other directions I have seen. I now feel I am able and ready to make this block. Thank you very much! Excited to get to the sewing room

  63. Marcia W. says:

    Nice modern uptake on Dresden Plate. Thank you Elizabeth.

  64. A really great modern take on an old favorite!

  65. Heather K says:

    Oh my, I’ve had that template thingy in my stash for years and, ahem, never took it out of the package. Today, it gets used!

  66. Lisa H. says:

    I really like the modern look of the black and white in this block. Thanks for a great tutorial! You make it a really do-able project!

  67. Teresa says:

    I love the block. I’m in the middle of making an 8 piece dresden plate block at the moment – less room for error with fewer pieces :-)
    Teresa x

  68. Terri F. says:

    This block is BEAUTIFUL. I need to finish up last week’s and get busy on the dresden plate. Too many projects, not enough time!! Thank you for this tutorial.

  69. Melanie says:

    That is really pretty. And it seems that it is much simpler to make than I first thought!

  70. Wow that looks totally do-able. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  71. Melissa says:

    Ok, that definitely seems much easier than it looks. I’ve got to give it a try!

  72. Manechka says:

    It looks so easy now! Thank you thank you! :)

  73. Angie says:

    wow this is really beautiful!

  74. Molly says:

    Thanks so much – always wondered how to make this block.

  75. Katrina H says:

    I love making these! thanks for the directions, now I won’t forget how!

  76. Corky says:

    Wow, love the Dresdan plate block!!! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  77. Julia says:

    So great! I love the yellow with black&white. thanks for breakin’ it down!

  78. Vintagefern says:

    I love dresden plates, I really need to try one!

  79. Brownie says:

    My grandmother loved sunflowers, and this reminds me of her. I think I’m going to have to make one in her memory. Thanks!

  80. Keithena says:

    Thanks for the tut!! I have been chicken to try this one….But with this, I think I’ll give it a shot.

  81. sharon says:

    Very good tutorial! Thanks Sharonj.

  82. Kadybug says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing how to do it!

  83. Fran says:

    Great tutorial !
    So different from last week’s Spider Web….
    but yet basically the same fabrics ?
    Interesting contrast….

  84. Ephi says:

    I love this! I’ve always wanted to try this technique…Thank you for sharing!

  85. Megan Presley says:

    She makes this look easy! (Although, I’m still scared to try this one!) I love the colors she used too! It looks great!

  86. Shruti says:

    This is beautiful!

  87. Tegan says:

    Great tutorial–many thanks!

  88. LaLa Lemon says:

    I love this! I can’t wait to get started!

  89. ewebewe says:

    I’d like to make these to use as placemats. Thanks for the tute!

  90. Annette says:

    I do love a dresden plate design. One day I’m going to make a whole quilt of them – like in Material Obsession!!

  91. Meghan says:

    I love this method! Never would have figured this out on my own.

  92. Jodie says:

    This is exactly the tutorial I have been looking for. My children’s grandmother on their father’s side recently past away. She had start a quilt like this and her fabrics are 40 years old. They want me to finish it.

  93. Lynn D. says:

    Great colors!

  94. Barb B says:

    Oh another technique and quilt on the to-do/wish list. I may not have enough time in my life to get it all done. But dreaming is wonderful.

  95. I’m going to try this one for sure!

  96. Sara says:

    Something new for me—I never have heard of the Dresden plate block–so thanks for the insight!

  97. Munaiba says:

    What a clever way to make them.

  98. Joan says:

    Love the modern look the black and white fabrics bring to this old fashioned block. Lovely work, Elizabeth (as always)!

  99. bruinbr says:

    Fantastic tutorial! I’ve been wanting to try a dresden quilt for a long time! This is just perfect!

  100. Fabulous tutorial!

  101. Maureen says:

    Great block. Nice way of finishing the circle edge with a pinking shears.

  102. Nicole N. says:

    My mom made one of these when I was little! I am off to ask her what happened to it, I haven’t seen it since I was 10!

  103. VanessaC says:

    This is very awesomeeeee!!!!! I just love this look!

  104. Nancy Lee says:

    I’ve got the ruler…now you have given me the kick in the behind to use it.. love this..

  105. sewlindaann says:

    great tutorial. short, sweet and clear. I want to make a dresden quilt for my bed with some fabric I collected a long, long time ago and now have the inspiration. Thanks!

  106. Sarah S says:

    Wow, I never would have thought of doign it that way! Thanks!

  107. Nancy says:

    I’m trying hard to resist starting any new projects before I finish my many UFOs, but these block sew-alongs are making it very difficult for me to resist because Elizabeth makes them look so easy.

  108. Q says:

    Very nice! Another great block to try out.

  109. Colleen says:

    Wow! For something that looks so complex, this is actually do-able! Thanks for the tutorial.

  110. Kate E. says:

    My mom was given a hand-stitched quilt with this pattern. I never knew what the pattern was called until just now. How fun!! For some reason it looked to difficult to do by machine, so I just never even bothered to look it up. Now I am anxious to try to make a Dresden plate block myself.

  111. Natacha says:

    Well now, I might try a circular pattern!

  112. Valerie says:

    Great tutorial! The block is awesome! Thanks!

  113. Ramona says:

    I am making new pillows for my living room and I think I am going to use this tutorial to make one of them. Thanks!

  114. Annika says:

    What an amazing block! I don’t know that I’ve ever been so drawn to one–it’s on my must make list!

  115. Dot says:

    easiest, clearest tutorial on dresden plate that I have ever seen. Thank you ever so much.

  116. Marie says:

    Great tutorial – even I understood it. Thanks.

  117. A great tutorial…Elizabeth, your photos are really well done and well chosen! Dresden plate always scared me to death, but now I will give it a try. I also love the fabrics you chose. Muy classy! Looking forward to more tutorials.

  118. Linda says:

    Love the black and white print with the green. Must copy these templates. Thanks

  119. Krista says:

    Can’t wait to try this tonight.

  120. Lynnette says:

    What simplicity! Thank you for providing it. I could see a sun rising or setting if only half was used.

  121. amy says:

    What a great quilt block! Thanks!

  122. Leah says:

    I’ve always wondered how these were done! Thank you!

  123. Rachel says:

    This looks awesome! I need to make some of these quilt blocks.

  124. Heather says:

    Another new technique to try! Thanks for the inspiration and instructions!

  125. Rochelle says:

    This is great in black and white. I think I’ll try it in orange!

  126. Andi says:

    I’ve wanted to try a Dresden Plate block for a long time – I’ll have to catch up and finish last weeks spiderweb block first. Thanks for the great tutorial and sew-along!

  127. Kimberly says:

    LOVE this!

  128. duff says:

    Never a dull moment around here! That point is so simple to make and I really thought this would be too difficult–thanks for the tutorial!

  129. Jessica B says:

    Very nice! I think that I’ll try this!

  130. Deb V says:

    This was a great tutorial. I have never tried a dresden plate before but this tutorial makes me want to try one.

  131. Melissa P says:

    I purchased a dresden template and I’ve been playing about with it. Thank you for this great tutorial.

  132. alisha says:

    I can’t wait to give this a try. And I love the black/white/gray fabrics with green center and binding.

  133. Kiza M says:

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I’ve been interest in the Dresden blocks, but they’ve always seemed a bit daunting. This makes them seem not-too-scary. :)

  134. sang says:

    Great tut with easy to follow directions! I will be making some pillow covers.

  135. Marcelle says:

    Another great tutorial! I’m learning so much from these and the flower is awesome.

  136. I want that quilt! I love this tutorial-so clear.
    jana

  137. KT says:

    Wow! these clever tricks are very good to know.

  138. susan says:

    yea for dresdens!!

  139. Abby says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! The petals of the flower remind me of ties!

  140. Michelle says:

    Such wonderful tutorials. I am loving this blog!!

  141. Andrea Krauss says:

    Love this block. You are right it looks complicated but it is do able. This would be perfect on my kitchen table under my Italian bowl and use less space than a table runner. Cheers!

  142. Kerri Kowal says:

    When I first saw the topic/picture of this week’s sew-along, I thought… ignore that… you can’t do that! But after reading Elizabeth’s instructions… I think I CAN DO IT! And have fun at the same time :-D

  143. Colette says:

    That would be too cute hanging in my new sewing room! Love it!

  144. Fawn says:

    I love this!!! I so want to try this design out in the near future! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  145. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Elizabeth, this is great! Tis would look great as a design for a set of hot pads.

  146. Tonya says:

    Was not a fan of the dresden plate until I saw this black and white version! Thanks for the tutorial!

  147. Michelle says:

    Bee-yoo-tee-full! Love it. Such a modern look with those colors.

  148. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for the tute, I’ve always wanted to make a dresden plate but your intsrutions are clear. Thanks for sharing.

  149. Susanne says:

    How the heck do you always manage to make these old patterns look so new again? Love it!

  150. Sally says:

    Elizabeth makes everything look so easy! Can’t wait to try this block, it’s been on my wishlist for a long time.

  151. Christine says:

    That looks way easier than I had thought the Dresden Plate pattern could ever be. Thanks!!!

  152. Jeni says:

    Beautiful! A great tutorial, I love dresden plates!

  153. Jessica says:

    I love it!

  154. Amy says:

    I made one recently and have been itching to make another. Maybe this will push me over the top :)

  155. jm says:

    Awesome!

  156. Becca says:

    This looks awesome! Love the black and white around the green center. I’ll be saving this tutorial!

  157. Amanda says:

    I think the dresden square is so pretty. I have to go back and find the other tutorials!

  158. Aparna Mulgund says:

    This is so beautiful I feel so inspired to make this .

  159. Marianne C says:

    I have been wanting to try a dresden plate without having to make the commitment of purchasing templates. Thanks for this tutorial. It is next on my to do list!

  160. Erika Ray says:

    I’M IN LOVE WITH QUILT MONTH II. All of these turtorials are making me so happy. This is a fantastic feature. Keep up the good work!

  161. Samantha says:

    Excellent! Thanks Elizabeth. I’ve always loved Dresden. You make it look so easy!

  162. Rebecca says:

    Great tutorial!

  163. Sheetal says:

    I’ve been so intimidated by the Dresden plate because of how complicated it looks. thanks for the clear tute, I think I’m just going to have to try it…and maybe in combination with a ‘quilt as you go’quilt.

  164. Charity says:

    OMG! I love how simple this is. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make one of these but thought they were too complicated. I am totally taking this on. Thanks!!

  165. Michelle Balletti says:

    I love this tutorial!! There are so many great ideas to do quilting….

  166. This is great! I’ve been thinking about Christmas gift ideas for my mom, and I can see how you could easily turn this idea into a poinsettia design for Christmas.

  167. DebbieKL says:

    Very cool!

  168. DebbieB says:

    That is so beautiful. My eye is always drawn to the Dresden plate and now I may acutally attempt it. I still love these colors she is using too! Thank you for the continued help!

  169. Meg says:

    How neat! I love it! I would never even thought of trying this before.

  170. Tong says:

    I’ve always been intimidated by dresden plates and never worked up the courage to actually try them, but thanks to this wonderful tutorial, I might finally give them a go! Thank you!

  171. Lindsey says:

    Love the black and white with the pop of green!

  172. Never beena fan of dresden plate, but this one is so pretty!

  173. delitealex says:

    Great tutorial I have been wanting to try a dresden plate. I love the way they look. Thanks for the tips.

  174. Shelia says:

    So pretty. Love the black & white dresden plate~

  175. Shelia says:

    So pretty! I love the black & white dresden plate.

  176. Kaylee says:

    I will be trying this one, but with solid wedges and a cool background and center.

  177. Diana says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for putting that together

  178. Robyn says:

    Super cool colors! I think a doll quilt would be a perfect way to try this technique!

  179. upstatelisa says:

    it’s lovely! I am making some myself right now. I like how you made the circles!

  180. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I have 8 unfinished dresden plates that I picked up at an antique shop all ready to be stitched onto the background fabric. This post inspires me to get moving on it!

  181. Kathy says:

    I have been wanting to make a Dresden Plate block for so long! Now that I have the templates, I have no excuse not to do it!!

  182. PeachRainbow says:

    gorgeous!

  183. Kelli says:

    Drseden’s are one of my most favorite blocks EVER!! For my 1st anniversary, my great-grandmother gave us a dresden quilt she’d made. That quilt is on my guest bed and everyone who stays with us sleeps under it. I’ve had a dresden plate quilt on my to-do list for some time. Thanks Elizabeth…now I’ve got directions for my spiderweb quilt and dresden plate quilt ready and waiting on me!!!

  184. I really must give this a try – this makes it look so easy! Thank you!

  185. Alison says:

    Excellent instructions…makes it look so easy.
    I really love the colours too

  186. MamaBee says:

    Beautiful! Adding Dresden Plates to my “sew someday” list.

  187. Tracey J says:

    you make it look so easy! I’ve always been scared of these!
    Thank you so much. :)

  188. Julie says:

    Thanks for this!! I’ve been wanting to try a Dresden Plate, just for fun, but couldn’t find a tutorial that suited me just right. Leave it to Elizabeth to make it clear – and less intimidating!

  189. CaLynn says:

    Thank you for this tutorial – i had always assumed this would be very technical and difficult but after reading it, i have confidence that I could try it and not sew out a disaster! Yay! :)

  190. Andi says:

    I love it! I always thought this block would be way harder than this shows. Nice fabrics, too!

  191. Kelly B. says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  192. RosaMaria says:

    great tutorial!!! thanks!

  193. Kolleen says:

    Nice instructions–your fat quarter set looks so great with all these blocks!

  194. Brooke says:

    ooo…I want to go home and make one of these right now!

  195. Julia says:

    Oh my goodness I love that! I am bookmarking this so I can try it when my machine gets back from it’s tune up.

  196. Cathy A says:

    This tutorial makes it look not too difficult! Thanks for sharing!

    I love the black and white with the accent color, too!

  197. qsogirl says:

    wow, you make it look so easy… I’d love to try this now!

  198. Mitali says:

    What a great tutorial! I hope I can make it this week!

  199. Christine says:

    Great tutorial. You make it look easy, and thanks for the templates, too!

  200. Nanna says:

    Pretty quilt square!

  201. Margaret says:

    Super tutorial with great photos to explain it!

  202. tia says:

    What a great way to make a Dresden plate! You make it look so wonderfully simple. I MUST try this! Thank you!

  203. Rene says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  204. Erin says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for another winner, Elizabeth!

  205. Ann says:

    Such clear directions as always! I never knew how those points were made – quilters are so clever.

  206. Karo says:

    i’m starting to think that elizabeth somehow gained access to my “to sew list” and has decided to send me continuous reminders to get to work. ;)
    i had looked at dresden plate tutorials a couple of weeks ago. this one seems to combine several tipps i’ve seen. really should get started on this.
    of course her version as always looks absolutely perfect!

  207. I love this technique, but the circular piecing does scare me a little! These instructions do make it seem more manageable though, so I think it is going to be added onto the to do list.
    Michelle

  208. Tina says:

    WOW, the dresden plate has never looked so good as it does in black and white!

  209. kelly jo says:

    Wow – beautiful! I love the look of Dresden plates, but they always seemed so overwhelming! This makes it so much simpler!!

  210. Aniza says:

    Lovely dresden plate…thanks for the tute.

  211. Mary Lou says:

    Another excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  212. Mary P says:

    You make it look so easy!

  213. Helen says:

    I need to get one of those templates! This looks HOT!

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