Making Scrappy Dresden Plates

I love making dresden plate blocks and hadn't make one for quite a long time. In the past, I've made a few quilts, table runners, cushions etc so seem to have had a bit of a vacation away from them.

If you like making dresden plate blocks, you should check out the #TinyDresdenParty tag hosted by @berry_birdy over on Instagram. 

After seeing all of the cute little blocks appearing on Instagram, I decided to make one too. I used some green scraps to make this one. 

I have various wedge rulers with different lengths and angles. These are how I'd cut my pieces in the past.

I thought I'd be a little bit wild and used my Crafters Edge Crossover II machine to cut little tumblers with the tumbler die for the outer blades. I wasn't sure if using the tumblers would work well enough to make the complete plate, but lo and behold, it did. Yay!

I then chose a circle die for the centre. I have the circle set, so was able to audition the circles to see which would be the best fit. It's finished with a ric rac centre which I think, is one of the easiest ways to applique the centre circle.

Have you tried the ric-rac applique centre method?

For this method of appliqueing circles, you line up the edge of the ric-rac to the edge of the circle (on the right side of the fabric) and then sew the ric rac down using around 1/8" seam. Basically it's just to hold it in place.

When it's sewn down, turn the ric-rac under and press. You're left with a turned circle with the lovely wavy ric-rac border. It's then just a matter of appliqueing it to the dresden plate. I just use a small straight stitch on my sewing machine, sewing right up against the edge where the circle fabric is turned under.

If you'd like to see it in picture form, I have an example of how I make my centre circles with ric-rac, in this older blog post.

BTW: I couldn't stop at just one Dresden plate block... here's another one made with tiny floral fabrics. These are addictive!


  1. A very pretty green dresden plate.

  2. those are nice and I like the added green rick rack around the circle

  3. These turned out so sweet.
    My long arm quilter had a huge quilt top on her machine the last time I was there.... and it was a bunch of these dresden plates appliqued onto a fancy cloth.
    Impressive Anorina

  4. Wonderful dresdens! I am going to look up the ric rac instructions as it looks terrific around the circle. Thanks!

  5. Lovely Dresden’s and the ric RAC looks great.

  6. This is so pretty, and I really like the background square too. I must have a go at the ric rac, it is not something I have considered or even known about. x

  7. You’re having fun with your green fabrics. They look so nice and fresh. I’m intrigued by your ric rac circle method. I’ll have to have a look.

  8. Too coincidental! I just pulled out a bag of small, scrappy Dresden plates and started working on them again!


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