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What size is a Dresden Plate template?

What size is a Dresden Plate template?

Most Dresden plates are made with an 18 degree wedge ruler that requires 20 blades to form a full circle. The math goes like this: 18 x 20 = 360 degrees. My Dresden plate is made with a 30 degree template and it requires 12 blades.

How do you make a Dresden quilt pattern?


  1. Press the Blades. Take 16 Dresden Plate blade patches to the ironing board and press flat.
  2. Sew the Blades. Sew a quarter-inch seam from one edge to the other across the top end of all folded patches.
  3. Press Again.
  4. Sew the Dresden Plate Quilt Block.
  5. Make Centers.
  6. Finish Sewing.

How much fabric do I need for a Dresden Plate?

Stack 3 – 4 fabrics on top of each other and using your Dresden plate ruler or template cut out (20) twenty 5.5″ Dresden quilt blocks. The finished Dresden plate quilt block is 5″, but you will need to cut an extra 1/2″ for seam allowance.

What is a Dresden pattern?

The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. This quilt is made of blocks with fabric appliquéd in a series of radiating “petals” with flat sides.

Why is it called a Dresden Plate?

It turns out it is named after the town of Dresden in Germany, which became famous in the Victorian Era with its fine decoration of porcelain plates with colourful flowers, fruits, and foliage.

What degree is a Dresden Plate?

Use this 18 degree circle segment ruler set to cut 20-petal round or pointed Dresden Plates from strips with no waste of fabric. Or sew together five segments to create round or pointed fans.

Why is it called Dresden Plate?

Is Dresden china worth anything?

A: Your circa-1920 to -1930 china plate mass-produced in Dresden, Germany, could retail for up to $300 if in good condition, according to dealer Marvin Baer, of the Ivory Tower Antiques, 38 Oak St., Ridgewood, N.J. 07450, (201) 670-6191.

How old is the Dresden Plate quilt pattern?

Making its debut in the 1920s, the Dresden plate quilt block was first published as a pattern in the 1930s. These quilts are typically easy to date because of the traditional floral prints of the time and are often made of feed sacks.

Where can I find free Dresden Plate quilts?

Some fantastic Dresden Plate variations and settings can be found in the free patterns below. To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words “PDF download” (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

What to make with a Dresden plate pattern?

Use vividly-colored strips of fabric to make this contemporary take on the traditional Dresden quilt design. A powerful Dresden plate pattern such as this will capture attention no matter what kind of quilt you put it on. Make one of the cutest patterns for a Christmas quilt with this delightful block pattern.

Do you use a Dresden ruler for baby quilts?

While this baby quilt pattern may not look like a typical Dresden plate design, it uses a Dresden ruler to cut perfect wedges. While this simple striped tumbler quilt pattern may not look like classic Dresden plate quilts, you might be surprised to find that it uses a Dresden ruler to create the perfect wedges in each stripe.

How many wedges are in a Dresden plate template?

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