Block #8: Dresden Plate

While planning out blocks to add to this quilt, I had an inkling I might like to try a Dresden Plate.  But I wasn’t sure – it was just SO traditional.  Then I saw this fabulous block on Flickr and knew I had to try it.

Never having made a Dresden Plate block before, I did a quick Google search for tutorials.  I found some useful information, but every single tutorial claimed that I needed to go out and buy a special ruler for making Dresden Plate blocks.  I was not about to buy a ruler for a singular quilt block, so out came the graph paper and the compass and the protractor:


Template in hand, I made quick work of the Dresden Plate.  It was so much easier than I had assumed, and super addicting.

Dresden Plate!

If anyone is interested in trying it for themselves, here are some good tutorials:

Just keep in mind that, with a little effort, you do not have to buy a special ruler.  Also, these tutorials mainly advocate appliqueing by machine, but I did mine by hand.  One isn’t better than the other, necessarily, but it is nice to know that it can be done either way.

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3 Responses to Block #8: Dresden Plate

  1. Jenny Pedigo says:

    That is really awesome!! I love your stuff and the bright fabrics you use!

  2. Dee says:

    This is so pretty and I’m impressed with your math skills!

    Way to take an inspiration and OWN it!

  3. Amy says:

    Wow, Kate! Glad Pat sent me over here….this quilt is breathtaking so far! I was going to say, “can’t wait to see how it turns out” but realized that this is one where the journey IS the destination. Thanks for letting us join you on the ride.

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