This tutorial has been written by Sarah Ashford, founder of the South West Modern Quilt Guild.
Dresden Plate Mini Quilt Project
You will need:
Background fabric - 18” x 18”
Selection of fabrics for the 9 'blades' (a minimum of 8” x 8” per blade)
Central circle fabric – 6” x 6” (you may wish to fussy cut a motif here)
Backing circle fabric 6” x 6”
Batting, backing and binding, as desired
All usual sewing supplies, machine, threads etc.
Dresden blade template - click to download.
1) Cut out 9 dresden blades in your chosen fabrics.
2. Fold each blade in half lengthways, right sides together and sew along the outer straight edge, using a ¼ inch seam. Finger press the seam open, then press with with a hot, dry iron.
3) Unfold the blade, turning the stitched end to the reverse. Use a point turner to push the top of the seam into a point. Press the blade flat to finish the point. Repeat for all 9 blades.
4) With right sides together, stitch 3 blades together down the long edge, using a ¼ inch seam. Repeat so that you have 3 sets of three blades. Finally, join each set of blades together, until you have a complete circle of blades. Press.
5) Pin and stitch the blades to the backing fabric using your stitch of choice. This can be done by hand using a slip stitch so that the stitches are not seen, or using a straight machine stitch.
6 ) Next create the central circle. Using a template, cut out 2 circles, one in the chosen fabric (you may wish to fussy cut a motif here) and one for the back. Stitch the two circles right sides together.
Here's an example of a fussy cut centre for a dresden plate.
7) Notch and trim the seam allowance. Cut a slit in the backing fabric and turn the circle right side out. Use a hera marker to get a smooth line along the edge of the circle. Press the front.
8) Pin and stitch the circle to the centre of the blades.
9) Quilt back and bind your mini quilt as desired. In this example, the Dresden Plate has been machine echo quilted around the blades.
Why not create your own fabric, for example by stitching strips of fabric together and then cutting out the blades. This is a great way for using up small scraps.
You could add some hand quilting to your piece, or even stitch a saying or motto.
You could create a 12 blade Dresden using a smaller template.
Or create a mini dresden for a name tag lanyard.
For other mini quilt projects click on one of the images below.