2015 Block of the Month - Month 7

Category: Quilts

The Dresden Plate is a classic block that can be made in a number of ways. We’re using a simple method that is part piecing and part applique, resulting in a beautiful block.

What you need to make this project

Stick (fusible web)
Fat Quarter Background Fabric
Small Pieces of 12 coordinating fabrics

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Use solids to make a modern dresden, or fussy-cut stripes to make a simple stunner. This block is sure to become a favorite!

bright dresden block

Start by cutting your fabrics. You’ll need a 12.5″x12.5″ background square, 12 Dresden pieces, and one center circle. Use the PDF pattern for the dresden pieces and center circle.

Stitch the Dresden pieces into sets of 3, pressing open the seams.

stitch and press open

Use a square ruler to square up the sides of the block. This seems like an easy step to skip, but is super important! Squaring up the sides of the block at this stage will help your final Dresden stitch up nice and flat.

trim up block

Stitch the quarters together into two halves. At this point, you can check the long side and trim again, if needed.

Stitch the two halves together to make a whole.

Carefully fold in the points, and press in 1/4″. You may need to pick a few stitches from the top of each seam to get the seams to lie flat.

press in edges

Fold your 12.5″ backing piece into quarters. Press to create registration lines. This will allow you to line up the dresden. Pin in place, using the registration creases. Make sure that the points are at least 1/4″ from each edge.

pin in place

Stitch down 1/8″ from the edge.

stitch down edges

Use fusible web to secure the center using the applique technique we learned in month 4. Your block is complete!

floral dresden plate block