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.
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)
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