What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you are new to quilting, use the 12.5 larger block. I downsized to an 8-inch finished block, which means many of the blocks need to be redesigned. In this Dresden Plate, I used 12 sections rather than the 20 indicated in the lesson. It requires some math for dividing a circle. The smaller the block, the less room for inaccuracies.