Can you believe we are half way through our block of the month adventure? This sixth Block of the Month is the Art Deco Dresden. The modifications to a traditional Dresden block give a striking new look to an old favorite. Using the Sew Grand Dresden Templates, the Dresden sections are pieced and easily machine appliquéd. You may recall that we also used this template set in January’s Block #1 and April’s Block #4. As a bonus, this block has two appliqué size variations; make one or both. 

The series of blocks will go together in The 2015 Adventure Quilt. Join us on our journey as we stitch our way through many quilting fabrics and scraps using lots of different techniques. 

This quilt will be a scrap adventure. Total yardage for the entire quilt is not provided. Rather, we will be working in a color palette of scraps (or Fat Quarters).

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Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies:

Get started by choosing fabrics. Any three-color combinations will work. I had a surplus of black, white, and chartreuse green in my quilting fabric scraps.

Month: Art Deco Dresden

All blocks in The 2015 Adventure Quilt measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″, creating a 12″x 12″ finished block. 1/4″ seam allowances are included.


  • Assorted Fabric Scraps
  • Trace ‘n Create Dresden Templates
  • Sof Shape Interfacing
  • Fine Tip Non-Permanent Marking Pen

Trace and Cut

For the smaller appliquéd design (green background with a black and white appliqué):

  • Cut a 10-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace one 12″ Dresden wedge (center), aligning the template on the fabric between the 12″ Dresden Wedge marking and the lower edge, which is the same as the  4-1/2″ circle marking.
  • Cut a 6-1/4″  and a 4-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace  two  8″ and 6″ wedges. Again, align the template between either the 8″ or 6″ Dresden Wedge markings and the lower edge.

Note from Nancy: If you are only making one block, cut a partial crosswise strip or use scraps of fabric. You’ll only need a small amount of fabric for each wedge. 

  • Rotary cut along the marked lines.
For the larger appliquéd block (black background with a green and white appliqué):
  • Cut a 13-1/4″ crosswise strip. Then trace  one 16″ Dresden Wedge (center), aligning the template on the fabric between the 16″ wedge marking and the  lower 6-1/2″ circle marking.
  • Cut a 9-1/4″  and a 5-1/4″ crosswise strips. Then trace  two  12″ and 8″ wedges. Again, align the template along the 12″ or 8″ Dresden Wedge marking and the 6-1/2″ circle line.
Block of the Month Nancy Zieman Art Deco Dresden
Note From Nancy: The wedges in this block were fussy-cut to create a secondary design. The translucent templates make it easy to center the template over a specific portion of the fabric design.

Block of the Month Nancy Zieman Art Deco Dresden

Both the larger and smaller appliqué shapes will be constructed in the same manner.
  • Fold each wedge in half lengthwise.

  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to chain stitch the short ends of all Dresden wedge shapes.

  • Clip chain stitching threads.

  • Finger press the seams open. Turn each wedge right-side out.
  • Make a pressing template from a 4″ square of tag board. Draw a straight line from corner to corner.
  • Insert pressing template between fabric layers, aligning seam with a straight line. Press.

  • Stagger the five wedges.
  • Matching right sides together, align the smaller pair of wedges.
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch along the shortest wedge.

  • Press the seam allowance AND the unstitched edge of the larger wedge towards the wrong side of the larger wedge. In some cases, the “press towards the darker fabric” will not apply. It is ok.
  • Repeat these steps to add the remaining three wedges.

Create the Quarter Circle

  • A 4-1/2″ quarter circle was used for the smaller appliquéd  block and a 6-1/2″ quarter circle was used for the larger appliquéd  block.
  • Cut one fabric and one interfacing square to create a 4-1/2″  or 6-1/2″ quarter circle,  2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ squares respectively. Directions are given in the packaging for the Trace’n Create Dresden Template.
  • Lay the smooth side of the interfacing on the right side of the fabric.
  • Using a fine tip marking pen to trace the quarter circle onto the interfacing.

  • Pin the two layers together, matching right sides.

  • Straight stitch directly on the marked curve.

  • Use a rotary pinking blade to remove excess fabric.

  • Remove the excess interfacing from within the circle, leaving approximately 1″ of interfacing.

  • Turn the interfacing to the wrong side with a turning tool.

  • Press.

Appliqué and Finish

  • Position the stitched wedge shape in one corner of the block, matching the cut edges of the block with the cut edges of the wedge.
  • Pin in place.

  • Use monofilament thread to edgestitch around the points.
  • Baste along the cut edges within the 1/4″ seam allowance.

  • Position the quarter circle over the wedges aligning the cut edges of the corner.
  • Pin and edge stitch with monofilament thread.
Ta Dah! The June block is complete. Six down, six to go!

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What would a Quilt Look Like?

As part of this Block of the Month series, included are ideas of what a quilt might look like if you made it with only this month’s block. Some of the concepts have sashing and others do not. These quilts are a good way to brainstorm what this block looks like repeated.

  • Arranging the directional Art Deco block around a center point creates this medallion style quilt.
  • This quilt creates the illusion of floral clusters by grouping four blocks together and meeting the center quarter-circles.
  • With traditional quilt sashings, this quilt features the strong diagonal line created in each block, to create a crisscross directional effect over the entire quilt design.

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Sew Grand Dresden Quilts with Nancy Zieman

Read and watch more about all the different quilt designs you can create with the Sew Grand Dresden Templates.

Sew Grand Dresden Quilts by Nancy ZiemanIn the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month series, we’ll be making twelve fun blocks from five different templates/tools: Carefree Curves TemplateDresden TemplateGrandmother’s One Patch TemplateLone Star Template, and the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

See all the 2015 Adventure Quilt Blocks HERE.

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