July 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

Traditional Dresden Plate Craftsy July 2012 Block of the Month

Dresden plates! Dresden plates were one of the first quilt blocks that I learned to identify when my mom took up quilting. I’ve always loved their look but had no interest in making them myself because of all the hand stitching involved. I’ve since started to enjoy hand stitching, so I was thrilled to make these blocks for the Craftsy July 2012 Block of the Month! I simply adore how my fabric choices look in this block (unlike many of the other blocks).

Dresden Plate pinned onto block

The first dresden plate block is a very traditional dresden plate, with points on each ray of the plate. The class teaches the way to sew the rays so that the points are finished and you don’t have to turn them under yourself. Apparently it’s a very traditional technique, but a revelation for me as I had never considered the idea before. To attach the plate to the block background I pinned every other ray down, as instructed, and then I stitched the inside circle by machine at 1/8th inch. The stitching is hidden by the center circle but it helps to make the block a little sturdier.

Hand sewn dresden plate block

I’m very proud of my hand stitching that is invisible on both the ends of the rays and center circle. I think my mom and her quilty ladies will be proud too :)

Modern Dresden Plate Craftsy 2012 July Block of the Month

The second dresden plate block was a more modern take on the block. This plate didn’t come together quite as smoothly as the inside of the plate had a fair bit of excess fabric that I needed to ease. Fortunately, it hid well beneath the center circle that is appliqued on top. This must have happened because my seam widths consistently increased very slightly from the center of the circle out. I’ll have to watch that I’m more consistent for the length of the seam next time.

Dresden Plate inside facing muslin

To finish the edges of the plate without having to turn a 1/4″ hem, The plate is appliqued to a circle of fabric the same size, right sides together, and turned inside out. I used muslin since it’s a bit thinner than the heavy Kona cotton I’m using for a background. I also trimmed out the middle of the muslin to reduce thickness across the center where there are the additional 2 layers of fabric from the center circle.

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  1. Did you use a fancy plastic template to make your plates, or did you just go with the paper pattern that comes with the course instructions? For the hexis, I just used the paper pattern, but since these need to be sized carefully so they’ll form a circle, I am wondering whether a plastic template might be worth the (very small) expense. Hmmm… Once I decide that, I can finally get started on these blocks myself! Also, I noticed that Beautifully Sewn is also catching up with the 2012 BOM class.

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      I just used the paper template. I found that I just had to cut carefully and slowly and it worked out fine. My mom has every plastic template imaginable so I didn’t want to buy any of my own since I’ll soon be close enough to use hers any time I want. If you want to take a day trip to Vashon and meet my mom, I know you’d be welcome to borrow hers!!

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