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Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Tour

I’m happy to finally show you my block that’s in the

newest volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

Dresden Framed #1348,  is on page 35.


It’s fun to make.

With a little bit of piecing &

a little bit of applique,

you get a beautiful Mini Dresden plate with pizzazz.


I used the new “Pumpkin Pie” fabric collection by Laundry Basket quilts for Moda.

(all but the olive green which is a Jan Patek also by Moda).

I love to make little Dresden plates!

This block uses my Mini Dresden Plate template.

The paper template is included in the magazine,

but if you want the ease and accuracy of cutting 8 petals at once with a rotary cutter,

use my plastic template.

You can purchase them on my website here.

How about a pretty table runner?


Make 4 blocks.

Cut 13 sashing strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Cut 10 corner stones 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.

Make a 14 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ table runner.

Perhaps you’d prefer to make a lap or wall quilt.


Make 16 blocks.

Cut 40 sashing strips 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Cut 25 corner stones 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.

Make a 53 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ quilt.

Here’s a little Dresden plate tutorial.

This block makes perfect use of 10″ layer cake squares!

This is the gorgeous “Autumn Elegance” layer cake by Sentimental Studios for Moda.


Choose 4 squares and press them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press.


With 1 square, cut 2 strips 3 1/2″, subcut 10 petals with the template.


2 more petals will need to be cut the other direction from the remaining strip so be sure and use a non-directional print.


After cutting 12 petals, there will be a corner left over to cut a center circle for another plate.


Hardly any waste!

Fold each petal in half chain piecing all 12 petals using a scant 1/4″ seam.


Trim away most of the seam allowance near the fold, then press the petals flat as sewn.


Turn them right side out, carefully poking out the points, then press them again.


A little tray helps me transport ALL of the petals to my ironing board and back again.

Chain piece the petals together in pairs, again using a scant 1/4″ seam.


Press the seams open, then chain sew 2 of those pairs together.


Press again…


Sew these 3 units to complete the plate,


Be sure to press all of the seams open.

No trimming necessary!

Give another press with more Best Press using the single finger pump bottle.

It sprays with a fine spray that doesn’t over saturate the little pieces.

I spray both sides of the plate, but only press the back side.


If you’ve used scant 1/4″ seam allowances your plate will lie perfectly flat.

If it doesn’t lay flat, you need to adjust your seam allowance.

Using the pattern in the magazine, cut a 2″ circle of freezer paper.

Fuse it to the wrong side of another 10″ layer cake square.

Cut out with a 3/16″ seam allowance.


Glue the edge of the seam allowance with Roxanne basting glue.


Press glued seam allowance to paper side of template.

(Notice my gluing surface?

I’ve been using this same plastic coated brochure from  Classic Metal Company for over 2 years!

I know because I bought one of their big metal barn quilts and have been using this brochure ever since.

It protects my table and my glued pieces don’t stick to it.

After all this time, it’s still like new and all I do is brush off the loose glue once in a while.

Next week I will be giving away 2 cool new products that they now have in addition to their metal barn quilts.

I’ll give you a hint; they light up!

Come back next week for those!)


Easily work out any imperfections with Apliquick bars like I show in detail here.

No clipping necessary.


Voila! Perfectly round circle.

Center and glue the circle on the plate.


Stitch the circle in place using thread that matches the circle.

I use a tiny blind hem stitch.

It resembles a hand stitch,

but it’s much quicker!


You can hardly see it, right?

Wet the center circle and let it rest a minute.

Remove the freezer paper through the hole in the back of the plate.

Let the plate dry.

Don’t press the wet plate, that will distort it.

While it’s drying, make the 24 half square triangles

using 2 more layer cake squares.


I like using Thangles. They’re quick and accurate.

Cut the 4 corner squares.


Assemble the block following the instructions in the magazine.

I use the same tiny blind hem stitch to applique the plate to the center of the background square.

I got so caught up in finishing the block that I forgot to take photos of that part, sorry!


That may have happened because I was also listening to Little Women

& started watching when Jo came home to spend time with poor sick Beth.

Movies often keep me company while I sew.

I have a library of movies that I listen to over and over because they’re not so distracting that I can’t sew, well, usually!


it only takes about an hour to make one of these blocks.

(less than 1 movie!)


It looks lovely with my front yard’s fall colors don’t you think?

Sorry the drawing is over now.





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leave me

a comment

telling me if you’ve ever made a Dresden plate.


I will be having a second drawing as well.

One of my lucky blog followers will win not only this block that I just made,

but also the remaining layer cake to make more blocks with!

If you’d like to win the block & remaining layer cake,

become one of my blog followers then leave me a second comment





If you already follow my blog,

let me know that in your second comment.

If you love making Dresden plates like I do,

here are a few of my latest patterns that use either

my Tiny Dresden and/or

my Mini Dresden plates.


You can see them all on my website here.

Be sure to visit the other designers on the blog tour

& Quiltmakers’ Quilty Pleasures blog for more fun and many free prizes.

I will choose the 2 lucky winners this Saturday.

Be sure & tell all of your friends.

Good luck &

Just Keep Sewing…


223 thoughts on “Welcome to Day 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Tour”

  1. I love your block and your choice of fabric. I have made Dresden Plate wallhanging. Thangles are a favorite of mine also for accurate half-square triangles. A good tutorial!!!!!

    On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM, Quilting my way through life! wrote:

    > suznquilts posted: “I’m happy to finally show you my block that’s in the > newest volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. Dresden Framed #1348, > is on page 35. It’s fun to make. With a little bit of piecing & a little > bit of applique, you get a beautiful Mini D” >

  2. Good Morning, I already do subscribe to your blog. Have a great day!!!!!

    On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM, Quilting my way through life! wrote:

    > suznquilts posted: “I’m happy to finally show you my block that’s in the > newest volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. Dresden Framed #1348, > is on page 35. It’s fun to make. With a little bit of piecing & a little > bit of applique, you get a beautiful Mini D” >

  3. I made a set of Dresden Plate placemats and centerpiece for a wedding present but that was before the days of rotary cutting and glue basting. Think it is time to make another….

  4. I love your choice of fabrics for this block. I haven’t exactly made a Dresden plate but I’ve used the blades to design a Christmas tree. Turned out pretty well.

  5. Dresdens are one of my favorite blocks to make, I think they’re fun to make and are beautiful.

  6. I love dresdens but have yet to make one. Love your step by step instructions–I think I may be ready to tackle one now!

  7. I love your block. I have not made a dresden plate quilt yet, but it’s always on my “want to” list.

  8. I have never made a dresden block, have always wanted to, maybe this coming year, love your block. I would make a table runner.

  9. No I have not made a Dresden yet. It is on my do to list for this next year
    congratulations. your block is lovely

  10. Yes, as a matter of fact, I just made 4 mini Dresdens this past year. I tested 13 blocks for Volume 14, and although I didn’t test your block, I did test one with Dresden. I already have a copy of Vol. 14. It’s great!

  11. I haven’t made a Dresden yet, but when I see the Dresden turkeys this time of year, I am wanting to try one.

  12. I have made Dresden blocks before and used them for hot mats for my mom and aunt. They were a hit!

  13. I have never tried making dresden blocks before, but I was so glad that you gave such a great tutorial on how to do so!!!

  14. I have never made a Dresden plate block, but I know I should try one sometime. Yours is great!

  15. I have made a couple of Dresden blocks, but I think I need to make another one. Love yours. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I have made a Dresden plate block and am planning on making a table runner with your neat block. Have been looking for just the right block and yours is it.

  17. I have never made a Dresden Plate block, but I love them and they are on my bucket list of things to do!

  18. I made one Dresden block for The Splendid Sampler. Thank you for such a thorough tutorial, and now I’m anxious to make more.

  19. I also love “Autumn Elegance” layer cake by Sentimental Studios for Moda, and of course would love your remainder. Love your detailed instructions,big time LOVE THEM.

  20. That is a great way to make dresdens, I made sun bonnet sue with dresden skirts. Thanks for giveaway, and I will try your way to make dresdens from now on.

  21. You are one of my faves because I love the Dresden as much as you. Thanks for the chance to win, with Hasting’s closed I have no where to pick the magazine up at anymore.

  22. And yes I follow you already, not sure which email if not this one it starts with itz in the address.

  23. Congrats on your winning block! Since I have never made a Dresden block, I appreciate your very detailed tutorial. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.

  24. Really, really liked how your block looked 4 in a row! I’ve made Dresden plates before but you’ve given me new inspiration to make new ones.

  25. I have made small quilts with dresden plates – but I’d like to try your method of making them.

  26. Congratulations!… What a wonderful block!
    My mother once made a beautiful Dresden block which she then turned into a lovely table mat (over 40 years ago!!). It fascinated me, and I made several of my own that summer, before my first child was born. I’m surprised to think that I never made another Dresden!… But, seeing your adorable little Dresden blocks has me wanting to make up for lost time!!
    Thank you for the sweet “lost” memory!
    Pat T.
    (I remember the fabrics I had to work with back then… It will be so much fun making these with the beautiful fabrics available today!)

  27. Of course i’ve made your dresden plates, i just finished quilting the butterfly quilt, now on to the binding.

  28. Nope, never made one. On guild has the Dresden as a symbol and wants everyone to have a Dresden badge. Another member made mine….

  29. I made a half of a dresden plate box to use as turkey feathers to put on a tissue box cover (my pattern).

  30. I have made Dresden plates before. Once I made brightly colored ones and turned them into flowers on a baby quilt.

  31. Awesome block! The HST frame is perfect. I have made Dresden Plates before as well as they are part of a current project, Sundresses.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  32. I have made exactly one dresden plate block for a Christmas door entry wallhanging. I think my error was using homespuns that frayed terribly as I did the applique. But I DID finish it! Thanks for the chance.

  33. Your block is very cute! I’ve not made a dresden plate before. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  34. I have made one Dresden plate, and my DD made her Grma a lap quilt that had all sizes of DP in it. Thanks for the great tutorial! kathy in colo

  35. I love to make Dresden plates! I made several Christmas wall hangings and gave them to kids last year.

  36. I LOVE sewing Dresden blocks. I have done them with my machine and also in English paper piecing. They make me think of vintage quilts. Your block is really beautiful and I can’t wait to make it.

  37. I have made large Dresden Plates, and small ones using EPP. Love the combination of all the techniques.

  38. Fabulous tutorial!! Now I want to make more Dresden Plate blocks. Actually my very first quilted pillow (made in the very early 70’s) is a Dresden Plate pillow made with material from some of my handmade maternity tops. I still have and use it.

  39. Love Love LOOOOVE Dresden’s, but have never made one! :/ Thank you for the Tutorial!! Love your block!! :)

    Thank you too, for chance to win your Give-a-way!! :D

  40. I love making Dresden blocks! They are so versatile and useful for various projects- cushions, Christmas wreaths, even small pincushions!

  41. I love Dresden plates. I’ve made several for various quilts. I always love the way they look.

  42. I love the Dresden Plate block. It is one of my favorites and I have made a lot of quilts using it. Your block is very lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. I have never made a Dresden Plate block. Your block looks great, but I’m just not so sure I could do it. Your instruction do give me some hope though. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  44. I’ve made one Dresden plate block for a sample quilt I made years ago. Thanks for the tutorial…I might have make more.

  45. Great block. I have never made a Dresden plate. But thanks for the tutorial & the chance to win.

  46. Yes, I’ve made Dresden Plates in a couple of different sizes. I can see your’s in Civil War Reproduction fabrics… nice :)

  47. The DresdenPlate has been on my list for a long time, but it keeps getting pushed down the list. Your block is great!

  48. Never have I made a Dresden Plate. Maybe after I do the Gyspy Wife quilt which I am learning a lot lately and will feel brave to take it on! Thank you for a chance to win.

  49. I love Dresdens. I think they were some of the first quilt blocks that I ever noticed and wanted to make.
    I’ve made several Dresdens and Dresden fans. I have even modified a Dresden and cut to shape it, to design my own block. I call it the Maltese Dresden, because I created a Maltese Cross (the symbol of the firefighter). I even embroider the “scramble” of firefighter tools inside the center circle.

  50. I do love your mini Dresden plate blocks. So much fun. And yes I have made a Dresden plate. But I think I’m going to have to try a few more.

  51. I have made several Dresden plate blocks fr several different sampler quilts. I love your tutorial, too. It has a lot of great information in it!

  52. Love making Dresdens! I have a top I don’t know how to finish. It has 3 different sizes of plates.

  53. i have made one plate in a sampler, many years ago. need to make another soon, maybe a christmas table topper

  54. Yes I have made Dresden plates before. I’m amazed with your block, look so lovely and the fabric is soooo cute!!!

  55. I have not yet made a Dresden Plate quilt, but I do have it on the to do list. Thanks for the great lesson.

  56. This block is adorable. I have not made a Dresden block but this one is tempting. Thanks for the tutorial too!

  57. I made a fun Dresden Squared quilt, and a couple of appliquéd dresdens in shadow boxes. I think I’m hooked!

  58. I’ve never made a Dresden plate quilt before. However after seeing yours and your wonderful instructions, I’m anxious to try one!! Thanks for your tutorial and step by step instructions!

  59. I haven’t made a Dresden plate for years, but I do love them. Thanks for the new inspiration.

  60. Your block is really lovely and this fabric line is beautiful. Yes I’ve made a dresden plate before. Striking!

  61. I love the little dresden plate block! I have bought some from you before to make the little hangings on the hangers!

  62. Oh my what a neat idea for a border on a Dresden plate block–I do love making Dresden plates–and thank you for the tutorial on how you did yours-I did learn a trick or two–
    love and laughter, di

  63. What a beautiful block and a blog full of wonderful instructions. I have to admit that I have never made the Dresden Plate block. With your beautiful block I just might have to make one. It would make a beautiful block to make a round robin quilt. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  64. One of my first quilt had a block with Dresden plate, made with the paper method pattern piece and good old hand scissors. Rotary cutter I love you and glad you have a template I can rotary cut maybe I will make another quilt with your block. I need to work on the centers. Thanks for the blog. Maybe I can do better job this time and like making one.

  65. I made a dresden plate for a block exchange once. Definitely could have used the tips in your tutorial ( :

  66. following your blog. it’s so fun how the 100 block event introduces us to new sources of inspiration (:

  67. What a sweet Dresdon block! I have only made one in the past but have been thinking of them a lot lately. Your template looks perfect and I love that your block will make good use of a layer cake. Thank you for the sweet giveaway! Off to add my name to your list of followers :-)

  68. I have never made a Dresden but a few friends and I have been talking about trying some. And there was your block! Perfect timing. Your directions look very clear too.

  69. No, I have never made a Dresden Plate, but I do have a stack of them that my Grandmother never got to put into a quilt.

  70. Thank you for your tutorial. I just tried making dresdens for the first time this year. They are fun.

  71. I enjoyed your blog and have added it to my list. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to exploring it more.

  72. I love your block! I have not made a Dresden quilt, but it is on my bucket list of quilts I want to make.

  73. I haven’t made a Dresden Plate block yet, but your block would be a great way to try it out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  74. I haven’t ever made a dresden plate. I like how yours comes together with the frame around each one.

  75. Congrats on your block!! I’ve made Dresden plate, but I’m still practicing. Mine curve up like my gluten free choc chip cookies before they cool. I adjust the seams on the dresden and it behaves… practice makes perfect. and now I need a cookie!

  76. A Dresden Plate was the first block I ever tried. Love it, but I thought it was pretty hard. I made 4 blocks, put it away, and started geometric shaped quilts. Thank you for the giveaway.

  77. I’ve made one before. Thank you so much though for this tutorial. I like your Dresden template.

  78. I’ve made several Dresden blocks, The biggest being a silk tie dresden plate quilt. It was a nice memory quilt. Love your block design.

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