Dresden Plate Quilt Block

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The finished quilt block.Learning a new quilt block design and made it into a table runner.


Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 1

Link: Dresden Plate Tutorial


Supplies for making the Dresden Plate Quilt Block


  1. First, using a dresden plate template (see link on project page to print out patterns), pin and cut out twelve pieces from the fabric scraps. I like to use my quilting ruler, quilting mat, and a cutter.
  2. Marking fabric for the quilt block.
    Cutting a piece for the quilt block.
    Cutting a piece for the quilt block.
  3. Pin each of the twelves piece right sides together as pictured and sew across the edge. To speed up the process, "chain" sew each piece. Cut the threads between each of the pieces. Turn right side out and press each of the twelve pieces. Design the order and placement of each piece. Pin two at a time right sides together and sew. Then, pin the pairs together until you have completed the entire "circle" of dresden plate pieces.
  4. Sewing the quilt block pieces together.
    Assembling the quilt block.
    Sewing the quilt block together.
    Assembling the quilt pieces.
    One piece of the quilt.
    Assembling the quilt block.
    Assembling the quilt block.

  5. For the middle, cut out a large enough circle, using the circle pattern from the link or bottom of a glass, that will cover up the center hole of the block. Using a needle and thread, sew a gathering stitch around the circle's perimeter about 1/4 inch away from the edge. Pull the end of the thread up and knot. Press the circle from the inside to produce a nice rounded circle. Hand sew the circle to the middle of the dresden plate block.
  6. Using a paper pattern on the center piece.
    Sewing the center piece of the quilt block.
    Assembling the quilt block.
  7. To quilt the block, cut out a piece of batting, a backing piece the size of the block, and a top backing piece the size of the block. I like to hand baste the dresden plate block, centered, to the top backing piece. Safety pin the three layers together. Quilt by machine sewing along the edges of each dresden plate piece.
  8. Assembling the quilt block.
    Sewing the pieces together.

  9. To make the binding, cut accent strips of fabric about 2 inch wide and the length of the sides of the quilt block. Press one edge about 1/4 inch turning to the wrong side of the fabric Pin the right side of the strip to the right side of the top of the quilt block, sewing each side separately. The fabric strips will overlap on two sides of the block. Pin the strips to the underneath side of the block, folding double at the corners. Sew by hand around the perimeter of the block.
  10. Attaching the quilt pieces together.
    Sewing the quilt block together.
    Attaching the quilt pieces together.

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