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.
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.