A great trivia question might be: “What do a city in Germany, porcelain china, and a quilt block have in common?” The answer? They all share the name Dresden! Dresden Germany during the 19th century was the center of the romanticism movement that included delicately painted porcelain, subsequently named Dresden china. Quilters in the early 20th century admired the china designs, resulting in a quilting pattern that was given the name—Dresden Plate.
Kate Bashynski, a designer on the Sewing With Nancy team and one of the best stitchers I’ve ever met, has taken great interest in the Dresden Plate designs. As my guest on the 2-part series, Delightful Dresden Appliqués, we show inventive designs and sewing tips.
If you’ve never created a Dresden Plate appliqué, you’ll need a template to create the wedges. We used both large and small template sizes.
- The traditional Dresden wedge is 4″–8″ in length. I designed a template that creates traditional to super-sized Dresden Blocks, the Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Plate Collection.
- Or, I also like Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Dresden Tool. Either style works for these projects!
As you watch the series, you’ll learn how to trace, cut, stitch, and assemble each Dresden Plate.
Dresden Plate with Yo-Yo Centers
The design that I’d like to feature today is one that combines traditional and contemporary sewing and quilting techniques. The Dresden Plate with Yo-Yo Centers has a playful appearance with a dimensional focal point. Another departure from the norm featured in this quilt is the use of ¾ or ½ plates. These partial Dresden Plates are equally as stunning as full plates when placed at the corners and along the borders. Now you can see why Kate is one of the most creative people I know!
During this episode, you’ll also learn how to create a Serpentine Dresden design and a Poinsettia Table Topper.
A total of 11 Dresden designs are featured in the book/DVD combo, Delightful Dresden Appliqués. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the detailed instructions and unique designs.
For a chance to win a copy of Delightful Dresden Appliqués, post which of the Dresden Designs is your favorite. (You’ll have to watch the show to see the others!) Next week there will be another episode with more options. You can vote each week. The random winner will be posted two weeks from today, March 1.
Bye for now,