Tuesday, 20 March 2012

EZ Dresden

This quilt has been finished for a bit, I've been waiting to post until Katja could get the Dresden ruler in.  I started with an assortment of 5 1/2" strips of reproduction 30s fabric, 2.2 metres of background, an assortment of 4" scraps of solids and an EZ Dresden ruler.

Using the ruler I cut 5 1/2" dresden shapes from several different fabrics.

I used a pencil to lightly mark the centre of the dresden shape on the wrong side.

With right sides together I sewed across the top of the dresden shapes.  I trimmed a little off the centre corner to make the point easier to turn.

The fabric was then turned right side out.  I used my small screw driver to help turn the point out to a fairly crisp shape.  Using the pencil mark for a guideline I pressed the point with the seam matching my pencil line.

I sewed twenty dresden blades together to make a full plate.  I made ten full plates.  I sewed ten together to make a half plate. I made four half plates.

I cut 16" squares of background for the full plates and 8 1/2" x 16 rectangles for the half plates.  I machine appliquéd my plates onto the backgrounds, but you could hand appliqué if you want.  After the appliqué was finished I trimmed the squares to 15" and the half squares to 7 3/4" x 15".

For the centres of the plates I found a cup that was 3 1/4" in diameter and used it as a template.  I cut a piece of cardboard to size, cut the fabric a little bigger, basted around the edges, pulled the basting around the cardboard and then ironed the fabric in the circular shape.  I also machine appliquéd the circles.


  1. it looks great, i love these quilts where LOTS of fabric come together and look FANTASTIC xx

  2. It looks even more lovely in person : )

  3. I've used this Dresden ruler before. It works very well and is fun to use. Beautiful quilt!

  4. Love that quilt. Amazing! Never thought of machining them on. One i would like to try one of these days!

  5. I love dresden plates!! One day ......I will make one...sigh....I have soooo many things started...I just cant start something new....sigh.... Thanks for sharing!! Love it!!

  6. Love it!! this is my "Someday Project" I even went out and bought the dresen ruler!! getting closer to starting??

  7. I love Dresden plates. I now have the regular sized ruler and the mini ruler.

  8. easy? it wouldn't be for me and i wont to try