Friday, July 12, 2013

Trouble Shooting Dresden Plate Mini Quilt

So you're going to do it, you're going to make a Dresden Plate mini quilt, let me go over some things that will make it easier for you.

When picking your fabric, it's nice to lay them out and make sure they all play nice together.  It's nice to get a variety of scale, so some small print and some large.  Mix up geometric with organics with solids.  If you're stuck on a fabric choice, go with black.  It ties in with almost everything and adds a nice visual punch.

If you're not feeling a fabric...go with your instincts.  It's much better to keep trying until you get something you like, than settling and never really liking what you chose.

The blocks don't have to line up in the middle, as long as your circle is big enough to cover any gaps, you can go with a piece of fabric that's maybe less than 6" long.  For instance, the navy blue in this picture...was a bit longer than 5", but far from the 6" you're supposed to have...but I liked it, so I went with it.

If you're wild and you punch through your stitching when making the point, don't fret, just make another stitch line 1/8" down.  See a couple pictures above, you're not going to ruin your Dresden if they're not all the same length in the's going to get covered up.

I like to repeat a couple of my fabric choices throughout the Dresden, but I like my middles to be completely different.  I don't want my middle to run into one of the spindles. 

Thanks for reading!



  1. HEATHER! So pretty and you certainly have an eye for putting these colors together! I too love that your centers are completely different!

  2. So much work, and worth every single second!!!

  3. WOW. That is BEAUTIFUL. You did a great job. I get lost by the time I have to pick more than 3 colors. My mom is a quilter so I know what goes into this. You did a gorgeous job. Thanks for the tips :)

  4. Beautiful quilt, had me with the bluebirds ;) Awesome job, I love the colors and fabric choices, especially the first one! *tweet tweet"

  5. Gorgeous, you're making me twitchy, must finish hexi.....


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