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How to Make a Dresden Plate – Using Embroidery for Applique

Today’s post is part of a series called How to Make a Dresden Plate.  There are no measurements included in these posts, but those should be found in the pattern you are following.

Consider this a helpful visual and companion for any of my quilt patterns that feature Dresden plates.  Sometimes you just need to see it to understand it.  

To view all previous posts in this series, click here.




It might surprise you to know that the embroidery on the Dresden plate above didn’t take me too long.  Less than an hour or two and I didn’t work continuously and heaven knows I’m not fast by any stretch.  I encourage you to give it a try and see if it’s for you.

I’m pretty pleased with this effort.  Let’s chat about some concerns that there always is initially…



This is raw edge applique.  AND I didn’t back my fabric with interfacing or adhesive.  If you are going to hand stitch your faces onto your Dresden plates, you don’t need any of that.

All you need is:

You might be worried about the gaps I left between my stitch lines, but I plan on adding more security there when I machine quilt this block.  I talk about this a little more in the video.




In the video

The stitch I use in the video is called a back stitch.  If you are interested in more embroidery stitches, you can find them here.

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