What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

Easy Dresden Plate

With just a few days before we start school, I've been taking the opportunity to stitch up a couple projects while I have some free time.   This is a little quilt I've been working on the past couple days.   Reminiscent of days gone by, Dresden Plate is probably one of my favorite old-time quilt designs.  It's perfect for scrappy quilters like myself who need to reduce their scrap stash.  If you read the sewing room dig-out post, you witnessed just what a scrap saver I am!

That handy acrylic tool up there is what I use to cut out the 20 pieces which comprise the spokes of the Dresden.  Couldn't be simpler. 

It stays simple, too.  I just fold the pieces in half at the widest part and stitch them together in a 1/4" seam.

I chain-piece, which means I just keep feeding them through the machine without stopping.  


I clip them apart and turn the points outward, pressing them lightly with the iron.

I did lay them out to achieve a balanced placement of the colors and number them with a fade-away pen before stitching them together to form a circle.

Here they are all sewn together.   This single Dresden will be appliqued to a fabric back and will have a little embroidery in the center.  I'll quilt it by hand to finish.

When it's completed, I'll show you the end result.

Have a beautiful weekend!



Anonymous said...

This is beautiful? I've made several with 15 pieces but not 20. What dimensions are your pieces if you don't mind me asking? This is really pretty....I've put a doily in the center but I like the embroidery idea much better!your projects are always so fun to look at. :-)

Laura Lee said...

Bonnie, the pieces are 8 inches long and about 2.5 inches at the widest point. The neat thing about the tool is that you can make the pieces smaller if you want. You're welcome to borrow it anytime.:-)