It was always my dream to have a Dresden Plate quilt but in my travels, I was never able to find an antique one to add to my collection. Sure there are off-shore facsimiles available that are marketed as ‘hand made’ but they never struck my fancy.
I spotted the ‘Easy Dresden’ template/ruler at my LQS last year and decided to buy it. The instructions are well written and very easy to follow so I decided to give it a whirl.
I used Madeira and Shangri-La by Moda to make the wedges for the Dresden Plates and Shangri-La for the sashing and borders. The blocks had to be cut at 14 1/2” to accommodate the size of the Dresden Plate. The wedges took two charm packs in total and I cut them at 5”, the actual width of a charm square which yielded 2 wedges per charm square. The centers were cut from additional yardage.
From the outset, I knew that I wanted to quilt this project by hand. I purchased a beautiful feather wreath stencil that I used as the quilting pattern in the alternate blocks.
The actual construction of the quilt did not take long at all. Because I decided to alternate the blocks, 25 in total were needed to complete the top. The finished quilt including sashing and borders measures 100” x 100”. Never in my wildest dreams did I plan on making a quilt this size!
It took eight months to complete the quilt. Not too long after I had started the hand quilting, I realized that I should have had it machine quilted simply because the actual size of the quilt made it both awkward and difficult to manipulate for hand quilting.
Will I make another Dresden Plate quilt? Absolutely! That was the best part…cutting, assembling and appliquéing the Dresden Plates.