Last week I finished my fifth Dresden quilt. This is the second time that I’ve used small blocks as my background and also the second time that I’ve done a low volume background. See my last quilt here.
I did try some new center methods though….
I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am about this particular quilt block. This might be the single best block I’ve ever made. Ever.
For the majority of the centers in this quilt’s Dresden plates, I used just a basic center, but I made a mistake and didn’t cut enough and had already put all the fabrics back in their places. I moaned and groaned and rolled my eyes at myself which I am always in the habit of doing, cursed myself for being a bit OCD about fabrics being put away in a timely manner, and after a whole lotta sighing I walked over to a basket where I keep fabrics pieces that have been interfaced.
This basket of interfaced fabrics came to be when I’ve cut too many for other projects and they start to pile up. I dug through, hoping something might work and found this and a few others similar to it that I had cut for Wandering Quilt last year. A slow smile begin to spread across my face…….. bingo.
AGF Color Master fat Quarter Bundle includes 10 fat quarters.
Every box is unique and includes randomly selected fat quarter cuts from a mix of Art Gallery collections in a printed designer box.
I videoed myself making this quilt beginning to end on Instagram. You can find it in my ‘highlights’ on my feed here.
A few of you asked about a Dresden pattern. I’m not sure if that I could sell that seeing as how I got the whole Dresden making process on my blog for free. However, I did think that I could probably give you the directions in this post as far as fabric requirements, and direct you to the video tutorials that I do have to help you along your way if making a quilt full of Dresden plates is something you want to do.
So here we go…..
Large Throw Dresden Plate quilt – measures 60×72″
Blocks measure 12.5″.
Total of 30 blocks.
Only 22 of the blocks feature a Dresden plate. The other 8 blocks are left for negative space.
- (20) 1/4 yards of low volume
- (22) 3.5″ x width of fabric strips (feel free to use scraps if you don’t have the WOF strips)
- (22) 5″ish squares for centers (I always use scraps for the centers)
- fusible adhesive (I use this kind)
- 1/2 yard for binding
- 66×78″ piece of batting (I use this batting)
- 4 yards for backing
- From each 1/4 yard of low volume cut a 6.5″ strip of fabric. Subcut each strip into (6) 6.5″ squares.
- From each 3.5″ strip of fabric cut (10) Dresden blades. (I use this Dresden ruler)
Background Piecing Instructions
- Sew all your 6.5″ squares into pairs. Press the seams on half your pairs to the left and half your pairs to the right.
- Sew your sets of pairs together, making a 4-patch quilt block. Press.
You will have (30) 4-patch blocks.
Dresden Plate Instructions
- Group Dresden blades into sets (10 blades each) and then pair two sets together. You want 20 blades per Dresden plate using two different fabrics.
- Fold each Dresden blade in half and sew 1/4″ on the longest “short” side.
- Turn blades inside out and press.
- Sew blades together. Sew the last two blades together to form the circle. Press all seams in one direction.
Sewing plate on background
- Top stitch each plate to a background block.
- Fuse your 5″ squares centers with your fusible adhesive (follow manufacturers instructions)
- Cut a 4″ circle from each square.
- Remove paper adhesive and fuse circle onto the middle of your Dresden plate blocks.
- Using a decorative stitch, top stitch around the edge of your circle.
- Lay out your blocks 5 across and 6 down.
- Sew each row together. Press seams in alternating directions per row.
- Sew rows together.
- Make your backing to measure 66×78″
- Baste your quilt in your preferred method (view my basting method here).
- Quilt as desired (find a free motion quilting tutorial here).
- From your binding fabric, cut (7) 2.5″ strips. Sew them end to end and make your binding. Bind your quilt (here is a machine binding tutorial).