A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 9, 2012

Chipping away at Dresden Plates

Filed under: Quilting — quiltcetera @ 7:30 am

I began a Dresden Plate quilt earlier this year. Using a line of 30’s repro prints by Chloe’s Closet for Moda, the plate petals were all cut with an Accuquilt Go Cutter. Since that initial effort, this small Dresden plate runner has sat, untouched by quilty hands.

I began so ambitiously, sure I would end up with a queen size quilt. It didn’t take long to see I was limited by fabric and well to be honest, patience! Lol however, I have chosen to see the sunlight at the end of the tunnel, and I am chipping away at this lovely little quilt.

Day one, I took all the pointy tip petals and pinned them all in half with right sides of fabric facing each other.

Day two, I stitched the tips of each individual petal.


Day three, I turned each petal right side out.

Day Four, I pressed each petal flat. This prepared them for attaching to each other.


Day Five, I pinned them in pairs.

Day Six, I splurged time wise and spent a little over an hour to piece them all into their finished plates.
This was when I realized that what initially looked like zillions of petals actually amounted to 3 blocks. LOL funny right??


So there it is! One of my Dresden plates. Now to finish up with some background and a center. I hope to accomplish that by Friday so I will have a picture to share. I’d like to invite you back for Friday’s post which will be the beginning of my Accuquilt GO cutter giveaway! I’m super excited about this one. πŸ™‚ It will be fabulous to cross this project and giveaway off my UFO list.

Quilty Hugs,


  1. Those look great! I love how you spaced out the process of each step too. Makes it not so overwhelming huh? Can’t wait to see the finished block! Jenn

    Comment by Jennifer — January 9, 2012 @ 8:21 am | Reply

    • It was certainly easier to make progress in little steps! I will think of projects this way from now on. πŸ™‚

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  2. That really IS funny! I can see why you thought you had so many plates done – each one of those dresden plates has a LOT of pieces!! You must learn to relax and not expect to finish a quilt in a week!! Keep at it – it will get better in time! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Vivian Oaks — January 9, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply

    • Very true Vivian! Counting the pieces would have helped me be more realistic too I’m sure. πŸ™‚

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  3. way to go Bradie! You can do it!

    Comment by Marg McCulloch — January 9, 2012 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  4. Okay, dresden plate and wedding ring are 2 quilts I have always wanted to do…funny how many it takes to make a ring, but look on the bright side. At least you are doing the pointy dresden plate and not the curved one πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Sandy S — January 9, 2012 @ 9:11 am | Reply

    • Wedding ring is on my list too Sandy! I’m really happy to have the cutter for all the littles pieces! I have a feeling I will need to be very organized!

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  5. Dresden plate is something that’s been on my to-do list for a while already. Unfortunately it’s going to have to remain on the list for a while longer because of too many other projects (some non-quilty but still crafty) that are still higher on the list. Yours looks GREAT though!! πŸ˜€ Makes me want to get to mine even sooner.

    Comment by Cindy M — January 9, 2012 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  6. I love the dresden plate and ant to make one this year. It is definetly on my to do list.

    Comment by Betty kource — January 9, 2012 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

    • They really are pretty aren’t they? Have fun with yours! πŸ™‚

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  7. Funny? yes! I made a wedding ring quilt and cut twice as many pieces as I needed.
    Funny? no! I made no new years resolutions — lots of patterns I want to eventually turn into quilts — but I made new years realizations — that I’d never make them all. The Accuquilt Go must have been a real boost to get you started.

    Comment by Wanetha Rexroad Ebker — January 10, 2012 @ 9:18 am | Reply

    • There always comes a time when we have to pick and choose isn’t there? πŸ˜‰

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  8. This looks great but I think I see 21 blades/tips. Should this have an even 20?

    Comment by Peggy Apostolos — January 10, 2012 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

    • Yes! You do see 21. 20 left a big hole in the plate so… I threw in another! Now it is complete. πŸ™‚

      Comment by quiltcetera — January 10, 2012 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  9. Beautiful! I just ordered (and got in the mail today) a Dresden Plate set from Sewing with Nancy. Don’t have a fabric cutter, so I will be doing it the old fashioned way. But, I love your fabric choice, and this block looks amazing. I like your suggestion to do things in steps – makes it more manageable, and a better chance at getting it done.

    Comment by Grace — January 12, 2012 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  10. Beautiful! Dresden plate has been a favorite of mine since I first started quilting. One of these days, I’ll attempt it. Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Lisa — January 28, 2012 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

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