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.
Half Yard (18″ x 44″) each of the 19 prints from Modern Backgrounds More Paper by Zen Chic
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.
(Just finished reading this. Loved it. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.)
Custom Quilt Labels
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.
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. 🙂
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″.
Tips – Dresden Making page
Quilting Pattern – Basic meander with no quilting on the Dresden plates (tutorial here)
Top Fabrics –
- Little Friends in pink – C+S
- Little Friends in natural – C+S
- Mermaids in Marshmallow – Dear Stella
- Toile in peach – C+S
- Rosa in Violet Metallic – C+S
- Sweetly Sings in golden organic – AGF
- Mojave in Opaque – AGF
- XOXO in lilac – C+S
- Lush Canopy in sky – AGF
- Leaflet in Eucalyptus – AGF
- Joy Crossroads in Azure – AGF
- Firefly in sigh – AGF
- Add it Up in taffy – C+S
- Caterpillar Dots in pink metallic – C+S
- Florametry in ice – C+S
- Bloomin Times in periwinkle – Michael Miller
I also added in a lot of fabrics I already had in my stash for the background.
Binding Fabric – Tender Grid by AGF Studio
My Quilt Patterns