Large Dresden Plate

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The freehand quilting in the centers of the plates. I really wasn't sure how it would come out, but I love how it looked What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure you keep track of how many pieces you cut out - I had enough for two quilts!

What you will need

  • Fabric
  • batting
  • thread

Q&A with Pamela Boatright

sewbug57 asked:
I want SO badly to make a Dresden Plate quilt for my king-size bed...but...I made a wall-hanging of Dresden Plates and they nearly drove me crazy. When I would sew in the last segment of the plate, it would NOT lie flat no matter what I did and I couldn't figure out what to do to stop it. What is the secret to this? I need to know so I can make mine, please tell me.
Pamela Boatright answered:
The plat will only lie flat if your wedges are accurately cut and sewn, so you need a good pattern to start with. Someone else had started this quilt, so I can't take credit for the pieces, but I did have to do a bit of adjusting to make them lie flat. One of the things I did was to sew in segments. There were 16 wedges in each circle, so I would sew 4 together, then make sure the outside seams made a 90 degree angle. Then I would sew two together and make sure each half was straight across the bottom. That way I could make minor adjustments as I progressed and when I sewed the halves the plates were nice and flat.
RxTech asked:
So nice! They look so complicated. I had one in my cedar chest that my grandmother did. It was just the top. I finally took it out and opened it up. I was so shocked-she had done every stitch by hand. It was a king size. It must have taken her forever.
Pamela Boatright answered:
How special! I'll bet it's beautiful!
Sandra in CA asked:
Wow, what a lot of work, it is beautiful. I love how the quilting in the background really makes the dresden plates really stand out. Who gets the other quilt?
Pamela Boatright answered:
All the pieces went back to the lady who commissioned me to finish it! She cut out all the pieces, and had more than enough for this project, but wasn't able to get it finished.