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A Pale Dresden Quilt – #7 – Quilt Reveal

I am thrilled to have my seventh Dresden plate quilt finished at last!  This time super pale!  I used fabrics from this post, plus a whole bunch of low volume squares from my stash.

Just before making this one I designed my soon to come latest quilt pattern called Bad Girl.  I can’t wait to show it to you, but as I haven’t made the first block for it yet, I’ll have to wait a bit longer.  I would have already started it, but since it’s focus is mostly Dresden plates I didn’t want to start it too soon around this one.  Dresden plates are so consuming and I need a few weeks break from them first!

But let’s have a better look at this pale Dresden plate quilt.


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This quilt is a custom quilt order.  The buyer sent me a picture of a very pale color palette featuring some pastels.  If that doesn’t scream my name, I don’t know what does.  See the color palette here.

You can have a look at all my Dresden plate quilts here.  The colors keep changing, but I’ve been keeping the pattern the same.  My basic idea for this quilt is a low volume background that also includes one color.  For this quilt that color is pale pink.  Then the Dresden plates in the colors chosen.  I don’t put a dresden plate on every 4-patch square.

This quilt featured (42) 4-patch blocks.  Only 30 of them featured a Dresden plate.  This cuts down on some of the work, plus it gives the quilt a little breathing room.  I really like my quilts to have some negative space to them.  I also feel it makes them look a bit more modern as this pattern is very traditional.


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I used my new applique method for the centers on this quilt.  This one.  I sooooooo love this better.  If you haven’t tried it, you should!  My plates have no bulk or stiffness thanks to this product.

I ended up not having any centers that make the plates look more like flowers, like these, but I did find a few cute centers like these sweet little birds.  I keep a basket of scrap fabric that features fussy cuts for this exact purpose in my studio.



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I get asked a lot about how to quilt these.  There are a lot of ways, but I prefer a no fuss method that is just to NOT quilt on top of the Dresden plates.  I only quilt around them with my basic meander that I do on most of the quilts.  I’m never satisfied with my quilting on top of a Dresden plate, so I’ve just been avoiding it.  I did quilt on top of it for this quilt, but it’s the only one I’ve ever done.  I like the look of the quilting on this quilt just fine and am happy to continue on this path.  The only thing that might change my mind would be acquiring a longarm machine.  Until then, I’ll stick to what I know.  🙂

Quilt Details

Pattern Dresden Plate Quilt 

Measures – 72×84″- featuring (42) 4-patch blocks with 30 Dresden Plates

Cutting Instructions – Cut (168) 6.5″ squares and piece into 4-patch units.  Cut (600) 3.5″ Dresden blades with this ruler.  Centers are 3.5″.

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Batting – Warm and Natural batting by the Warm Company

Thread – So Fine by Superior for piecing and  Quilt Plus by Coats for quilting

Quilting Pattern – Basic meander with no quilting on the Dresden plates (tutorial here)

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I also added in a lot of fabrics I already had in my stash for the background.

Backing FabricsVintage Florets by AGF Studio and Remembrose Doilies light by Katarina Roccella

Binding FabricTender Grid by AGF Studio


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