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Piece a Mini Dresden Plate Quilt Block - Dresden #4

We’ve made a lot of big Dresden Rings, now let’s try piecing a Mini Dresden Plate! Betty is new to quilting, but super excited to help out!

Check out the tools and supplies used to make Dresden Plate quilt blocks and Dresden rings:

Preparation to Piece a Mini Dresden Plate Quilt Block

To make this 16 pointy petal Mini Dresden Plate, you’ll need the following materials:

Mini Dresden Plate Quilt Block Tutorial

Just in case Betty's sweetness distracts you, here's that list again:

Fabric A – 2 1/2 x 21-inch strip

Fabric B – 2 1/2 x 21-inch strip

Fabric C – 3 inch square

Background square – 14 inch square (roughly) – we will trim this down to 12 1/2 inches when it’s time to piece a quilt together.

How to Piece a Mini Dresden Plate

Cut 8 petals each from Fabric A and B using Template #5 – 16 Petal Point for a total of 16 petals. Follow the instructions in the video above to create the pointy end of the petals.

Piece the petals together in sets of 4, then piece the four quarters together to create the mini Dresden Plate which will measure 5 3/4 inches.

How to Piece a Mini Dresden Plate Quilt Block

Finally, follow the instructions in the video to create a freezer paper turning template and turn a 2-inch circle for the center of your Dresden Plate.

How to Secure Your Mini Dresden Plate

Fold your background fabric square in half and press to create crease lines running through the center in both directions. Center the Dresden Plate on the fabric and using a Microtip Bottle, glue the inner points of the ring in place and press with a hot, dry iron to heat set the glue.

Finish the Dresden Ring with a bit of stitching around the inner and outer edges. I like to use a straight stitch, 1/8 inch away from either the raw or folded edge of the fabric. I’ve decided to use white thread throughout to make securing the 1930s fabrics down quick and easy.

This Mini Dresden Plate is just one of many you can create with the Dresden Template Set. Have fun piecing many mini blocks... LOL! Say that three times fast!

Let’s go Quilt,

Leah Day

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