“Shortcut to Dresden” Republished

Quilting Daily, the company that publishes many of your favorite quilting magazines, has issued a special edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Included are twelve of “our most popular patterns.” If you are a regular subscriber, you’ve seen and appreciated these beauties in the past few years. I was pleased to see my “Shortcut to Dresden” quilt included in the roundup. Click here to read my original blog post about this quilt.

The fabric line, “Flower Mill” by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics, is an all time favorite. It is so fresh and pretty, perfect for spring. I felt that the design and coloring were perfect for girls, so I gave the quilt to my niece who has three daughters.

Some insider information for you:  The instructions call for adhering fusible web to the wrong side of all the wedges and machine appliqueing around all with a blanket stitch. This construction technique was my editor’s prerogative, making the quilt “quick, modern, and stress free.” When making this quilt, I actually added 1/4″ seam allowances to the sides of the wedges and sewed them together with a traditional construction method. Once the plates were assembled and seams pressed open, I machine appliqued them on the white background squares with a blanket stitch.

You can see that the “Dresden Plate” lends itself to many fabric styles. Using Civil War reproduction fabric with shirting backgrounds lends a comfortable, homey look. Whereas all twelve wedges for each Plate of the published quilt are of different fabrics, each Plate of the CW repro quilt uses just two alternating fabrics. I added seam allowances to the points of the wedges and hand appliqued the Plates on large shirting “Four Patches.” Illustrating two setting options, the blocks in the published quilt are set on point, and the blocks of the second quilt are straight set with pieced sashing and “Nine Patch” cornerstones.

My friend, Carol, says that “Dresden Plate” is on her quilt bucket list. How about you? Are you planning to make a “Dresden Plate,” or have you already made one? Leave your answer in a comment if you’d like to be in a drawing for a free issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, June/July 2020. Two winners will be notified on May 2, 2020.

You can order a digital copy of this and any other magazine published by Quilting Daily on their website. Click here to shop for magazines.

15 thoughts on ““Shortcut to Dresden” Republished

  1. I’ve made a Dresden block for a sampler quilt but not a whole quilt. But I have this collection of fat quarters of Hoffman floral fabrics that would work for a quilt. It would be so spring/summer like. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have made one Dresden using a French General jellyroll–I really liked it and would like to make one in different fabrics.

  3. I have made a few Dresden Plates using different patterns. I have a blue 1930s repro on the guest bed. I also, just last week, made a mini Dresden Plate quilt for a wall hanging.

  4. Love making dresdens and prefer the method you use. I received the magazine so don’t include me in the drawing. Was fun to see your quilt again.

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