Monday, October 3, 2011

Free pattern day ! Dresden Plates

The Dresden Plate quilt block was named after the ornately decorated tableware of Dresden, Germany. These quilts brightened many households during the Great Depression of the 1930's, and they are  among our favorite quilts. Some fantastic variations and settings can be seen in the patterns below. (Note: This post was updated on January 21, 2013)

Sentimentalities Quilt, free pattern by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, seen at Going Home to Roost

Dresden Burst baby quilt tutorial by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs

Sunburst Baby Quilt tutorial by Shelley at Elsie's Girl

Fanfare Quilt, Downton Abbey collection, pattern by Chris Hoover at Andover Fabrics

Strip-pieced Dresden Plate block tutorial at Quiltjane

Curved Edge Dresden Plate tutorial and free templates by Bari J

Semi Dresden Mug Rug tutorial at Samelia's Mum

Fashion Plate, free quilt pattern by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass Fabrics

Primavera Iris by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics

Decadent Pear by Samantha Lee Walker for Riley Blake Designs 

Color Wheel Runner by Karen Montgomery for Timeless Treasures Fabric

A Day in Dresden by Rosalie Quinlan at Rosalie Quinlan Designs, for the Folk Heart Collection by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien

China Blue by Hilary Gooding for Makower UK

Flirt Dresden Plate Quilt by Marinda Stewart, for the Flirt collection by Robyn Pandolph for Free Spirit Fabrics

Dresden Plate pattern by Sandie McKann for the Imperial collection at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Dresden Plate Quilt at The Spotlight Inspiration Room (Australia) (metric measurements)

Rise and Shine by Darlene Zimmerman for Simplicity Creative Group

Chef’s Table Topper, by Nanette Merrill at Freda’s Hive for RJR Fabrics

Dresden Plates are perfect for floral prints.  "Dresden Blooms", below,  reminds us of baskets of spring flowers.  The pattern is by Jean Ann Wright for the Flower Shop Collection at Robert Kaufman

Tuscan Wildflower by Margrit Hall for the Fusions Collection by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman

The block with one-quarter of a Dresden Plate is also called a fan or Grandmother's Fan. In "Milady's Mural" and "Annabelle and her Fans", below, the fan blocks are set on point:

Milady's Mural by Debbie Beaves for RJR Fabrics

Annabelle and her Fans by Bev Remillard for the Annabelle collection at Hoffman California

Pi Pillow Tutorial by Alexandra at A Squared W

Some Dresden Plate quilt blocks are made with a smooth outer circle, as seen in "Urban Couture" below.  These quilt blocks are also called Wagon Wheels.

Urban Couture by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

Grandmother’s Colorwheel by Kimberly Crapsey at QuiltPox

Antiquities Medallion by Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics has 41 fan blades, and the tips are embellished with fussy-cut medallions:

Freebird Free Circle Quilt Pattern, 50 x 50", by MoMo for Moda, free download at Red Rooster Fabrics

Modern Vortex quilt by Debby Kratovil for Blank Quilting

Plates for your Table, plate charger and table runner, by Kim Walus at Bitty Bits and Pieces, for Moda Bakeshop

Flowers in the Park table topper by Susan Allen at The Quilt Asylum for Moda Bakeshop

Grandmother's Fan tutorial by Amy at Seven Stitches

Dresden plate sew-along by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransson for Sew Mama Sew

Dresden plate tutorial by Lurline at Lurline's Place

Dresden Plate Cushion tutorial by Rhianon Taylor at The Nifty Stitcher (Scotland)

Dresden Strip Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs

Image credits : All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links. If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.


  1. What a beautiful, inspiring post. Thanks so much!!!

  2. Absolutely fantastic post. Thank you for taking the time to put it together and share. So much inspiration!

  3. My eyeballs are spinning. Amazing post!

  4. Preciosos quilt enhorabuena. Un saludo. Carmen Fuster.


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