The Free Motion Quilting Project: Dresden Plate Party!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dresden Plate Party!

We've been having a party making Dresden Plates with the new Dresden Plate Template Set!


Dad has been piecing dozens of Dresden Plates together since January and I love seeing the variety of quilt blocks you can create using the templates. You can mix and match the templates in many ways to create a huge variety of Dresden Plate Quilt Blocks.

The easiest way to make a creative Dresden Plate is by changing the way the petal edges are finished. Let's learn how to finish the edges of the petals four different ways in this new quilting tutorial:


Click Here to find the Dresden Plate Template Set.

I think my favorite way to finish the Dresden Plate petal edges is by making them pointy because it's super easy to stitch and turn to make perfect points every time. This Dresden Plate quilt block was created by stitching pointy petals with Template #1 and #5:


You can use the same templates to cut petals and turn a straight edge to make an octagon, dodecagon, and a hexadecagon Dresden Plate:



This is probably the fastest way to finish the edges because you just fold over the edge and stitch them together! You can also fold over the inside edge too to create a finished edge to the inside as well.

If you're craving a curved edge petal, you can create two types of curves using templates #2, #4, and #6. There are two ways to create the curve - by turning the outer edge under using a turning template or by attaching fusible web to the outer edge before cutting.

Because the fusible web curve doesn't have to be turned, these petals will end up a bit longer than the rest and create 12 inch Dresden Plates.



I also shared yet another way to create a Dresden Plate last week with the Color Wheel Quilt Block tutorial. For this wheel style block you just attach fusible web to the edges of the fabric before cutting tumbler shapes, then cut the edges of the finished Dresden Plate using a circle cutter.


There are so many creative ways you can make Dresden Plate Quilt blocks! What is your favorite finish? Would you like to see more tutorials on creating Dresden Plate Quilts? Let me know in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day 

1 comment:

  1. I love the Dresden plate designs. I think they would be great for making a kids quilt. They are fast and look like there are tons of variations. Looks like the would be a good way do make star designs. I'd love to see more videos.

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