Friday, July 8, 2011

Circle (Dresden) Blocks

I have the urge to make a giant Dresden block. I've been seeing them all over blog-land and the quilting community and really like them. Since you're doing just one it doesn't seem as daunting as a gazillion blocks to make up a whole quilt. I've found a couple of tutorials online:

 This one is from Sew Mama Sew
I like it because it has an even number of petals. It also shows a cool technique to get the points on the petals- but I'm not sure I want pointed petals. Also, the block is appliqued to the background.


This one is from Lily's Quilts
I like this one because the finished block is a little bigger and there are no points on the petals. However, there's an odd number of petals. For this quilt the background is pieced into the block.

Both of the tutorials were Quilt-A-Long's and have been finished for some time. But the tutorials are still posted on their blogs.

Have you made a block/quilt like this?

What technique or tutorial did you use?

Do you have any pictures to share?


11 comments:

Nancy said...

I also have this urge...although I don't mind the uneven number of blades...

Will be interesting to read the comments....

Deb said...

I am in love with Dresden plates and made my first one a couple of weeks ago. I just made a small one and put it in an embroidery hoop and hung it in my "studio". I used 2 tutorials - Oh Fransson's tutorial (the one you posted from Sew, Mama, Sew) and also one here: http://bloomandblossom.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-cut-dresden-plate-wedges-from-5.html. I have an obsession with charm squares and this tutorial shows you how to cute the petals from charms...perfect. I love mine so much I'm going to make another ASAP!

ZanBryDesigns said...

I have made one of these quilts. I chose to use the appliqued method for it. I will have to email you a picture of it I know that you will love the colors.

paulette said...

Check out my blog...yesterday's posting...my Dresden is finished!! YEAH!!!
Paulette

Sharon Pernes said...

I haven't made one yet, but I have the ruler to use for it. I will chck out the tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

I have been planning on doing the one by Sew Mama Sew because it is so cute and looks pretty easy, but that other one is really nice too, maybe I will have to try both!

Steph :) said...

I just finished a 20 inch Dresden Plate. Actually I did a layered Dresden. I used the Easy Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman. It was super easy. I choose pointed blades but the instructions include directions for rounded and flat blades. I made 20 8 inch blades and 20 4 inch blades. I plan on doing a zig-zag stich on the back ground fabric. It turned out beautiful and I love it. It was a lot easier than I expected it to be.

Steph :) said...

Also... The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a great video tutorial on making a Dresden, and several different videos with ideas for using Dresden blades including a turkey that is pretty cute.
http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

Carolyn said...

This is one of my favorite blocks.
I like to make a big one in different shades of green and make it a Chritmas Wreath with a red bow,as a wall hanging. I like your black and yellow,very pretty.

Connie said...

I've only done small dresdens but I really like these.

BijouxBaby said...

I did Lily's QAL Giant Dresden. It turned out perfectly. I had never done a curved seam before and I thought I could surely ease an 18 inch diameter circle. I didn't have a single pucker and every lay perfectly flat. Here is my finished quilt.
http://bijouxbaby.blogspot.com/2011/05/finishing-unfinished.html