The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. It was first published in the 20s but not always under the name Dresden Plate. Grandmother's Sunburst, Friendship Ring, Aster, Dahlia and Sunflower are just a few names to mention.

The Dresden block requires only basic cutting and piecing experience. It is quite easy to make and turn the practice pieces into placemats. They can also be  appliquéd on a plain background to make a simple but very striking quilt. 

I prefer the Dresden block with relatively large center but you can make it with a smaller one as well, the cutting and piecing technique is the same.

You need 

- rotary cutter and cutting mat

- EZ Dresden ruler

- scraps (minimum  4" x 6" rectangles) or 6" wides fabric strips for the petals

- 10" x 10" fabric piece for the center

- bow compass or a 9" diameter round bowl or plate

- 18" x 18" batting and backing materials


- cut all petal fabric pieces to 6" wide 

- place the ruler on top of the fabric and line up the upper edge of the ruler with the upper edge of the fabric

- cut along the two sides of the ruler

- if you cut several pieces from the same piece of fabric, flip the ruler upside down to cut the next piece

- cut 20 petals in total 


- press the petals in half, right side inside  

- stitch along the top, 1/4" away from the edge  

- trim off the tip of the folded corner 

- turn the stitched edge inside to create a triangle on the top of the petal 

- align the seamline with the pressed center line and press the petals flat with hot iron 

- sew the petals together with 1/4" seam

- open the seam on the back with your fingers and press it open

- join 5 petals into one section

- press all seams open with hot iron

- make 4 sections

- join the 4 sections and press the seams open

- measure the size of the circle 

- draw a circle on cardboard, adding 1" to the measured diameter 

- cut out the cardboard circle

- draw a circle on the center fabric - using the cardboard template - with 1/2" seam allowance all around 

- stitch the circle around approximately 1/8-1/4" away from the edge with large, straight stitches

- place the cardstock circle in the middle of the wrong side 

- pull either end of the thread until the edge turn in all around

- press the edges down with hot iron and remove the cardstock 

- place the center on top of the dresden plate and align it evenly away from the edges

- stitch the center in place with small blanket or zigzag stitches 

If you want to turn the block into a placemat 

- cut a 15 1/2" diameter circle from the batting

- place the batting on the wrong side of the block and make sure that it is not visible from the front (trim off the extra) 

- cut a 16 1/2"-17" diameter circle from the backing  

- place the backing on top of the batting with right side up

- the backing should be evenly visible from the front

- press the layers together with hot, steam iron 

- quilt the center (either with free motion stitches or with your walking foot) 

- turn the edges of the backing under the batting and pin it down all around 

- stitch the edge around approximately 1/4" - 3/8" away from the outer edge of the block (use your walking foot for straingth stitches)

- stitch a second line approximately 1/4" away from the first one 

- besides decoration, the double parallel stitches will self-bind the placemat  

If you do not have a Dresden ruler but would like to try your hands on this versatile block visit my shop

The pattern contains templates for the petals, center, batting and backing.

Sunshine placemats and 57" x 76" quilt

Sunflowers 60" x 60"