This week in The Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making Dresdens!
During the 1920’s and 30’s, Dresden, Germany produced porcelain plates decorated with elaborate designs using flowers, fruits and foliage. These plates became the inspiration for the Dresden Plate quilt block throughout Europe and beyond. While some Dresden blades can have smooth ends, often the blades are finished with a point or curve.
Typically dresden blocks have even numbered blades. We are making a large 12 bladed dresden for our sampler quilt, but you can make them any size and get creative with how they are pieced and finished.
Just take a look at some awesome dresdens from around the world in my Pinterest Dresden Board.
I’ve been showing the ladies in the Quilt-Along how to use their dresden template different ways, and also how to draw their own dresden templates.
I made my own dresden template to make this cute dresden embellished wristlet pouch!
I paired some Essex Yard Dyed Linen (Denim) with Makower’s Sashiko fabrics to make a clutch size pouch (5″ x 9.5″).
The metal zipper and faux leather tab add a little sophistication but I just love the cuteness petal blades bring to mini dresdens!!
The simplicity of the dresden applique and hand stitching is all this little pouch needed.
So if you’d like to find out how to make your own dresden templates, and how to finish the raw edges of a curved petal blade check out my little video below!