The Dresden plates I bought on ebay were pieced so I just had to applique them onto a background fabric. Applique is not my favorite thing. My mom showed me a great technique for appliqueing curves which made it a little more bearable. I used spray baste to temporarily adhere the right side of each Dresden plate onto Pellon. A quarter inch from the edge, I sewed a straight stitch around the inner and outer edges. I clipped the curves and cut the back of the Pellon so I could turn the Dresden plate right side out.
I cut the background (that I appliqued the plates onto) an inch or two bigger than the finished size will be. The squares are folded diagonally in half, ironed, and then folded in half again and ironed.This gives you creases so you can easily center the Dresden plate and pin it on in preparation for appliqueing it on.
The finished product.
I used a modified nine patch in every other position to give it an Irish chain effect.
I decided that since I spent a lot of time appliqueing the Dresden plates, I might as well make an intricate border.
Since I had already spent so much time making the top, I figured I might as well hand quilt it. The batting I used was Quilter’s Dream. It really is fantastic; my stitches have never been smaller.
I quilted a simple quarter inch around the Dresden plates and a quirky flower pattern around the large squares.
When it came time to piece the back, I wanted to keep it traditional so my mom taught me how to match up the pattern.
It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Thank you, Amber, for sharing your beautiful quilt, and also how you used the pretty vintage dresden plates!
#2 Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
#3 Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
#4 Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
#5 A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
#6 Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
#7 “Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
#8 “Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes
#9 Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
#10 Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
#11 Today: Amber’s Vintage Dresden Quilt
March 1: Honeybee Quilt from Linda Fasules of I Finally Have Time
I am looking for quilts that are beautiful, quilts that have great stories, quilts that are funky or fun, quilts that are unique, quilts that were made by your great great grandmother–basically, great vintage quilts. I will be posting on Sundays, and once a month I plan to post a block tutorial based on one of the vintage quilts featured here.