Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dresden Tutorials and Inspirational Links

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Our Monthly Quilter's Tool Giveaway is for the EZ Dresden Ruler.

As I go along this month, I will post links below that I have featured on our Facebook page, so you will have one blog post to have as a reference point for fun things to do with this ruler!  There is just so much you can create and I think you will see that in the links below!  Keep checking back, I will add to the list as the month rolls along.

Quilt by Jenny Cameron

The Seasons, by Sarah Fielke from her book Material Obsessions 2
Photography by John Doughty

Sarah Fielke Inspiration

By Kelly Biscopink

Kelly Biscopink's Take on Dresden

Want to know more about Quilting History, check out The Project Gutenberg ebook:

Unknown Attribution
Quilty Inspiration. I do not know the origin of this photo, nor do I know the quilt designer, if someone has a clue, enlighten me and I will update this post, but I wanted to include it as it is so colorful and fun.

What could this look like if you used this technique with fabric?

There was no attribution for this quilt other than it was shown at the 2012 Pensacola Quilt Show, Happy to update if someone has more information.

Lisa Filion plays with Black and White backgrounds in her award winning polka dot dresden titled "A Few Of My Favorite Things", you can see her process on Flickr here:

Polka Dot Fabric, pretty button embellishment and the center cross hatch quilting really make this little pillow sing! By Lyndsey on Flickr here:

Lots of great close ups of the hand work by Amy Dame at Glitter, Vinyl and Thread on this Cheerful Dresden Mini. One Dresden, lots of echo! Fabulous! 

Fussy cut rose center and circular quilting add interest to this pretty polka dot pillow by Elsie's Girl here:

Another dotty piece in process at Quilternity's Place. Love the colors! There is not a finish photo but I'm anxious to see what she does with this UFO! View here:

What mommy or grandmother wouldn't love to make a little Dresden Doll Quilt like this? Sweet little dots for a red haired girl. You can see her work and her inspiration here:

Half Circle Arcs with plenty of dots! Rethink your quilting at Life in Technicolor here:

Don't toss out that selvage! Look at this cute little dotty selvage Dresden. Here:

Selvage and Dotty! Here you go! Inspiration here:

New to quilting? Never made a Dresden block before, need a little help or a refresher? Amy Gibson does a fine job of walking you through the process from start to finish. Tutorial Here:

Elizabeth Hartman does a fine illustration of how to create your center circle for your dresden. If you don't have pinking shears, after your stitch your circle, clip your seam close to your stitching and clip your seams every so often to allow for a beautiful curve when you turn your fabric. View Tutorial Here:

There are ALWAYS several ways to "skin a cat".  Another Method to create your center circle, this quilter uses a foil wrapped template, cuts her circle larger and then irons it over the edge of the template for a crisp circle, she then glues it in place before finishing.  You can see her tutorial here:

Thinking outside the box with this Winner! 

Penny for your thoughts! About this tiny Dresden Plate Doll Quilt by 
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2004 hand appliqued, hand quilted
19″ x 24″. View here

What to do with those chevrons and stripes? Here you go! Electric on that blue background! Inspiration here:

You can almost hear these birds chirping! Tiny Dresden table topper here:

Striped Dresden Medallion. There is no attribution for this and I have Google searched the image to no avail, but wanted to share. Simply using your EZ Dresden Ruler on a striped fabric will give you a similar effect. The circular quilting on the Dresden adds to the design.

Stacking your fabric can give you some very interesting Dresdens. Inspiration here:

Another Stack Dresden, no attribution available.

Learn how to create fabric illusions for Dresden wedge appliques by watching this video created by Nancy's Notions

Kaffe Fassett Dresden Plate Tutorial


It has been a fun Month of exploring the Dresden Plate, so many different ways to express your creativity.  I hope you have enjoyed these links.  If you have links about Dresden Plate Quilts, Tutorials or Inspiration, please leave them in the comments and we will add them to the page!  

I'll be adding sure to check back


  1. thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to win!

  2. Already following on FB! Love the giveaway! Hope I win! :)

  3. LOVE your uses of the desden ruler... always nice to see out of the box ideas!

  4. May the most neediest person win!!!

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  6. I am new to this site and quilting. I just got a new serger and I am ready to do my first project. The Hello Fall charm pack would be a great start. This site has beautiful designs and I will be coming back for inspiration. ��

  7. Wow, great site!! I had to give up quilting when I went through and recovered from two neck surgeries and now I am SO ready to get back to it! And the Fall charm pack is wonderful, my favorite colors and favorite season!

  8. The colors & the prints work so well together!! I followed the Dresden blog hop (which was amazing) and it gave me the courage to attempt my first ever Dresden!

  9. Love the wealth of information, beautiful fabrics and tutorials you offer on your blog and on Facebook. Definitely want to try the unique dresden block. Would love to make my first ever holiday themed project with the Pine fresh Collection.