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Exploring the Basics: The Dresden Plate Block and more...

Exploring the Basics: The Dresden Plate Block

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The Quilt Block Remix is a monthly challenge between quilt pattern designers.  Each month we challenge each other to reimagine (or remix) a traditional quilt block.  January's challenge block was the classic Dresden Plate block.

Dresden Plate

There are many different versions of Dresden Plate.  The biggest differences are:

  • the number of "plates" or wedges
  • the edge finishing of each wedge
    • pointed plate (above)
    • curved plate
    • straight plate
  • centers
    • size of center
    • center or no center     

Let's look at some simple examples of different styles to help make things clear!

Dresden Curve Small
Curved Plate with Small Center

 

The plates, petals, blades - however you want to think about the wedge units - can be curved or pointed.  Here's an example of a 12 plate curved dresden plate block.  Note the center - it is a small circle.  To me, the curved plates look like flower petals.  And this particular coloration with two white plates together looks like small white hearts!

Dresden large center
Curved Plate with Large Center

 

So what happens if you add more plates, or you make the center larger?  Sure - you can absolutely do that!  Here is an example of a 16 plate block with a much larger center.  Changing up the proportions - number of plates, size of the plate, size of the center - really changes how the block looks, doesn't it?!

Dresden no center
Curved Plate with No Center

 

So do you HAVE to have a center?  Nope!  Be aware that most of the rotary templates you purchase will have centers.  But you absolutely can create blades without a center.  As with any block that has a lot of seams coming together at a set point (in this case the center of the block), you are going to have bulk, which is why many folks will opt for the circle center.  But you don't have to.  

Dresden Plate small
Pointed Plate with Small Center

 

We looked at some curved blocks.  So let's take a look at similar blocks that have pointed plates instead.  As with the curved plates, you can have different numbers of plates, as well as different sizes of centers - or no center at all.

Dresdent point lg center
Pointed Plate with Large Center

 

Here's an example of a pointed plate block with a large center.  This one always reminds me of sunflowers.  Imagine it colored in yellows and golds, with a warm brown center - yup, sunflower!

Dresden point no center
Pointed Plate with No Center

 

Just as with the curved plates, you can stitch up pointed plates with no center.  But keep in mind the bulk you'll be dealing with at the center of the block!

So how do you MAKE a Dresden Plate block?  Well, I could show you - I could!  But...Leah Day has a terrific little tutorial that walks you through making this basic block.  You can see her YouTube tutorial by clicking here.

Want to know more about this lovely block? You can read a fascinating history of the Dresden Plate blocks by quilter Rona, who writes under Rona the Ribbiter.  Visit her blog and read the history by clicking here.  Spoiler - they are traditionally appliquéd blocks!

Now, on to the fun stuff - the block challenge!  You've seen what we started with - a traditional Dresden Plate block.  

What are the rules of the challenge?  They are simple - post your fabric pull, post two sneak peeks and post your block reveal.  That's it!  The blocks can be any size.  You can make a full quilt or just a block.  

Dresden Scrap Pull

I love to challenge myself to use my scraps for these block challenges.  I have just a few (ha!) scraps, and it feels good to give them new life!  That was my first step - pulling scraps to see what fabrics and colors I can put to use!  As you can see, I had a LOT to go through and plenty of options!

Dresden Templates
To keep things simple, I decided to use a rotary template - and I had a few to choose from!  As you can see, the biggest differences were the length and angle of the templates.  Each would create a slightly different block.  I ended up using the Easy Dresden template, which is an oldie but a goodie!

Dresden plate gradation

I settled on pinks and reds for my blades, accented by some lovely greens (yup - I was thinking flowers!).  I set them up in a gradation - because I LOVE this technique!  More on creating gradations below!

Dresden Final Block

And - tada - here is the final block!  I had so much fun making it!  I approached it a bit different than the traditional methods - and it was totally easy!  I even quilted it myself (I know - shock!).  It was easy straight line quilting, but I think it accents the flower effect!

Wasn't this fun?  Head over to Instagram and check out the post there.  Be sure to click on all the quilters I tagged in my post. You'll see their amazing blocks and their creative takes on this classic block.  You are sure to get great ideas for your own interpretation of this quilt classic!

Head over to Kate Colleran's blog to check out her insights on the bow tie block too!  Click here: Kate's Blog Post

Remember that gradation technique I mentioned?  Well, how would you like to take a class on how to create gradations for YOUR quilt projects?  Well I have an on-demand class coming up in March!  Get on the waitlist now so you'll be sure to get all of the details!  Click the image below to get on the waitlist.

 
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December 2022 Quilt Block Mania: Goose in the Pond

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It's that time - time for a new FREE block!  This month's theme is Barn Quilt Blocks - and look at all of the amazing blocks you can grab.  Mine is a version of Goose in the Pond.  I call it Goose Goose.  I love how the change in value placement gives this traditional block a fresh new look.

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And once you've done that, you'll want to visit all of these other designers and grab their blocks as well!

Barn Star Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Barn by QuiltFabrication
Independence Block
Sunflower Barn Block by Sugar Sand Quilts
Prairie Winds Block by Martha Jane Creations
Amish Star Block at Fab Fabric Girl
Squash Blossom Block by Paleofish Designs
Celtic Knot at Patti's Patchwork
Maple Leaves by Inquiring Quilter
Goose in the Pond by Tamarinis
Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block at Bonjour Quilts
Corner Star Block
Star of Hope Barn Block by Quiltblox
Meadow Flower by Inflorescence
Bright Star by Blue Bear Quilts
Bear Paw Block by BoBerry Design Co.
June's Pinwheel Block and Quilt by Sew Worthy Mama
Tudor Rose block by Flowerdog Designs
Lucky Clover Block by Patchwork Breeze

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that my Free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge is still going on.  A new block starts off this Thursday (12/08/22).  Click to get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  And yes - you have still have time to jump in. But sign up by Thursday, 12/08.  Due to the holidays and time off for family, I won't be able to catch you up on missed posts.  But you've got time to hit that sign up button! It's just one block - but what block?  Ah....that's the mystery!

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Exploring the Basics: The Bow Tie Block

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The designer block challenge this month was the classic Bow Tie Quilt Block.  Are you familiar with it?  The block can be simple or made complex with an inset center.

Let's look at the block.

Bow Tie Quilt Block Simplified

That center square is sometimes inset, which discourages some quilters from piecing it.  But it can easily be made using the stitch and flip technique used to make blocks like a snowball block.  This makes it much easier! 

Simplified Bow Tie Block

The Bow Tie block was the focus of the Quilt Block Remix this month.  Let's look at how some of the participating designers took this basic block and reimagined it.

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@shout4joy turned some of the angles into curves.  Isn't it amazing how that small change gave this block a whole new dynamic?  Check out her Instagram feed to see how this block looks in a repeat pattern in a quilt.

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@poorhousequilts thought of pasta when reimagining her block - how fun is that?  Check out her feed to see more of her creative work.

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@patchworkbreeze used old ties and a dimensional center for a fun twist on the classic block.  View her Instagram feed for more beautiful work.

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@quiltberryhill_quilts created three different versions of a bow tie block - this is just one of them.  Visit her feed to see all three versions and how each one looks in a quilt.  

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@southwind_quilts gave the block a holiday turn.  Isn't this so very clever?  Visit her Instagram feed for amazing blocks and quilts, many featuring her signature curves!

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Here is my version of the bow tie block.  I stretched it. Sometimes a stretch is all a block needs.  Then I added some echoing lines. My first thought was shadows, so I just echoed the original lines of the block. I then thought about overlapping and intersecting units (remember the hourglass block remix?), and added some "interruptions". Tada! Tangles! Swipe to see the full block. And let me know what you think!

 

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Last but not least is @katecollerandesigns.  You really need to head over to her Instagram feed to see the options and resulting quilts from her block remix!  And check out her insights on the bow tie block too!  Click here: Kate's Blog Post

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October Quilt Block Mania: On the Farm Blocks

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It's that time - time for a new FREE block!  This month's theme is On the Farm - and look at all of the amazing blocks you can grab.  Mine is the fun paper pieced sunshine block (because every farm - and everyone - needs a little sunshine)!

Sunshine block

How do you get my paper pieced sun block?  Easy peasy - just sign up for my newsletter using this link:

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And once you've done that, you'll want to visit all of these other designers and grab their blocks as well!

 

Tulip Farm Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rooster Sunrise by QuiltFabrication
Farmers Daughter Quilt Block
This Little Piggy by Sugar Sand Quilts
Duck Duck Goose
Horse Play at Patti's Patchwork
How I Roll by Inquiring Quilter
Sunshine by Tamarinis
The Quilting Room
Windmill at Patchwork Breeze
Guinea Pig Quilt Block by Cristy Fincher
My Red Barn by Quiltblox
Summer Peach by Inflorescence
Red Beets by Blue Bear Quilts
Cow Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Scarecrow quilt block by Flowerdog Designs

 

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that my Free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge is still going on.  A new block starts off this Thursday (10/06/22).  Click to get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  And yes - you have still have time to jump in. But sign up by Thursday, 10/06.  Due to my heavy travel schedule, I won't be able to catch you up on missed posts.  But you've got time to hit that sign up button! It's just one block - but what block?  Ah....that's the mystery!

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Exploring the Basics: Old Maid's Puzzle

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The designer block challenge this month was the traditional Old Maid's Puzzle.  Are you familiar with it?  It is made up of two sets of blocks: a simple block, Goose Chase (a small HST unit in the corner of a large HST) and a simple four patch made up of two squares and two HST.

 

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Old Maid's Puzzle looks like this (the block above).  Easy, simple, appealing and versatile.  Why do I say that?  So glad you asked!

Old Maids Puzzle Quilt 1

Here is one option - twenty of the Old Maid's Puzzle blocks all set in the same direction.  Isn't it fun how they look like stretched stars?

Old Maids Puzzle Quilt 2

And look what happens if you alternative every other block - large stars within stars!  Ah....so simple and yet so dynamic!  But that's the block as it is drafted. 

The challenge is to reimagine the block.  And so I did.  Here's how the process went - in my head:

  • Old Maid's Puzzle = puzzle
  • What happens when you are putting a puzzle together, and someone bumps the table?
  • Puzzle pieces everywhere.  Puzzle chaos.  Puzzle salad.
  • What would THAT chaos and turnover look like?

Old Maids Puzzle Remix

Here's what I think that might look like - puzzle pieces over and under each other, out of place and slightly ajar.  I tried to keep just enough of the original layout to suggest it, while giving the block a fresh new look.

If you are Instagram, check out all of the different versions of Old Maid's Puzzle.  Search #OldMaidsPuzzleblockchallenge to see all of the designer results!

Head over to Kate's blog to see her insights into the Old Maid's Puzzle block too!  Click here: Kate's Blog Post

Hey - before you go, I wanted to let you know that the next free Mystery Quilt Block Challenge starts October 6th.  Sign up and get all of the details for this free, fun month long challenge!  Because October is a heavy travel month, please sign up BEFORE October 6th to be sure to get all of the clues!

In a nutshell - I tell you how many fabrics you need and how much, then give you "clues" (instructions) on how to make units, and the final "clue" is how to put the Mystery Block together.  We had fun in June with the Mosaic block, and July's block is something completely different.  Come join the fun and click below to sign up!

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