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The Dresden Plate pattern is another traditional pieced quilt block. I am working on a quilt for one of my daughters and she wants a sunflower quilt so I thought the Dresden plate offers a great foundation for making her one.
I found a pattern for a Dresden Plate based on 30 degree radius which makes for less petals but still has the orgional style Dresden Plate. If you want to make one you can find the tutorial and patterns here. When I first begin looking for a template to make a Dresden Plate, I felt compelled to purchase a Dresden Plate Ruler (affiliate link). Even though I did not use the template I was happy to get the bamboo pointer and creaser tool which is proven most helpful. Thing is, I did not need the pointer since I found this tutorial. Apparently, the Dresden plate triangle can be any degree which most rulers are 18 degrees. The pattern I am using from the tutorial is a 30 degree which turns out 12 petals, but you can make a 45 degree which only requires six petals. I am going to do one this size after I finish this quilt.
Another thing I learned making this quilt so far is the type of thread best for appliqué’ is clear or transparent thread. First, I used an appliqué’ thread but I am very happy with the invisible thread. I was a little skeptical about the durability of the invisible thread but it works great in my machine and poses no problems thus far. If you ever or not tried invisible thread for applique, give it a whirl you wont be dissapointed!