Mini Dresden Plate ~ pattern review

December 5, 2011

...Giveaway closed...

Welcome to my second review of an Eleanor Burns Signature Pattern. =) 

This one was a fun pattern because, as most of you already know, I seriously love Dresden Plates! 

These are tiny. The smallest I have ever made. The strips are 2 1/2 inches wide, which means this is a great pattern to use with jelly roll strips. It doesn't take a lot of fabric, so its also a great scrap buster type of pattern. I am going to use this quilt as a wall hanging in my kitchen, so I chose fabric to go with the new paint that will be on the kitchen walls at the end of the month. I have high hopes. =D

Love chain piecing. 

A handy dandy thread cutter. It was the best $5 I have spent on a gadget. 

 Blades waiting to be pressed. 

The pattern gives detailed instructions on how to press the fan blades after they are sewn together so the plate will lay nice and flat after its pressed. It was the first time pressing my Dresden Plates with all open seams and seeing how well my plates turned out, I will be pressing my Dresden's with open seams from now on. 

Note to self...Take a picture of the back of the plate so my peeps can see how nice the seams look...

The trickiest part of the Dresden plate, at least I think so, is making the circles. I tried doing them the way the pattern suggested, but I couldn't get them to lay nicely. It's completely my error, not the patterns fault or the technique suggested because I have seen others use this technique. I ended up doing it my way which is to starch the fabric like crazy and press the edges around a circle template. They are far from perfect. I need to get this figured out. I  like my circles to be perfectly round. 

This was new for me. The pattern tells you to chain piece the pieces together and NOT clip the connecting threads or press. It was kind of tricky, but I really liked this method of getting the rows together (the pieces didn't get mixed up) and I liked not having to pin to get the seams lined up. I attribute this method as the reason why my corner stones did so well with staying lined up.  Always a good thing. =) After it was all one piece, I then took it to my table for a good pressing. 

The quilting process has begun....

The rest of my quilting I am going to do by hand with perle cotton. 

I loved this pattern and it's one I would do over and over again. It's easy, fairly quick and fun. It makes a nice size wall hanging (26" x 26"), small baby quilt or a nice table topper. 

Did you notice in one of the earlier pictures, that the paper was still on the fan template that came with the pattern? You know what that means, don't you??

I would love to gift this pattern to one of you, dear friends....All you need to do is leave me a comment.  If you want, let me know what your favorite quilt block is. =) 

I will draw a winner on Sunday, 11th of December. It will be my birthday present to YOU. 

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Have a great one! 


  1. Amy - I love everything about this quilt. I finally got myself a ruler to use to make dresdens, and I am going to try it after the holidays. They just seems so daunting to me, I think it's the whole middle circle thing! You made it look so easy :)


  2. Great little tutorial and review. I can't believe how tiny these are. Sure is pretty:)

  3. I love Eleanor Burns patterns. They are always so well thought out. Thanks for the tutorial. The plates are beautiful. My favorite quilt block is the basket :-)

  4. Eleanor Burns is one of the reasons I got into quilting. I got to see her at the AQS show last year.
    Very nice review!

  5. What a cute pattern! I had no idea she had this one! My favorite block is the cathedral window, which really isn't a "block" but it steals my heart every time I see it.

  6. I have always been so afraid of the Dresden Plates ! This pattern makes it look a little less intimidating - I'm glad for your review. My favoritest block is the nice and simple Ohio Star :) PS - I love the look of your blog - I've been reading you from Google Reader - this is the first time in a while that I've stopped by the actual blog. It looks SO pretty :)

  7. This is gorgeous!!! Did you use stash fabric or a particular range - the colours in the patterns come together perfectly in these mini dresdens!!! I have only done one dresden plate, but I really enjoyed making it - thanks for the opportunity to try out this pattern myself! ... Looking forward to seeing how you decide to finish off the quilting in this wall hanging!!

  8. Not really sure if I have a favorite quilt block. I love the look of your Dresden blocks. I have not made a quilt using this block yet but would really like to try to make one. This giveaway would really get me in the right direction to learning this block. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Sew Cute! Great job! My favorite block is anything with a 'star' in it. I've only made one Dresden plate block so far, but, it was fun to do. Thanks for the giveaway, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  10. What a great giveaway! It is a beautiful pattern.

  11. Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope that kitchen gets painted...your mini dresden quilt will be so SwEeT in your kitchen. I have lots of favorites, but dresden is one of them, for true ~

  12. Great job Amy! As usual! :) I love the dresden's too! Maybe someday I'll actually attempt them. Winning this would definitely help me! ;) Take Care! :)

  13. hi!
    Want a great pattern, thank's for that giveaway! My favorite block... hum a love appliqué quilt with animal.. my next project!
    have a nice day


  15. Amy, I put a link for a "ladder" shelf. If I had the space, I thought these shelves would hold alot of quilts...whatcha think?

  16. I have never made this type of block but would really love to try.

  17. Love this pattern! You have done it so well! Kudos!

  18. Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope all the celebrations are just extra special this year! I love pinwheels so anything with small flying geese in it would be a quilt block I'd love!

  19. oh your blocks are beautiful I think this might be my new favourite block
    Happy Birthday hugs Beth

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