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drooling over dresdens

Hello all, Mary Ellen back again,

After writing yesterday’s post, I got dresden plate blocks stuck in my head so I went exploring. I found some neato variations on the traditional block. Not all are easy-peasy but they all are keen! Enough already! Spoiler alert, many are paper pieced to get perfect sized wedges.

This one is a off center swirled dresden:click here.

A very modern angular dresden: click here.

a peppermint pinwheel block: click here.

dresden plate lampshade!: click here.

ideas for finishing the middle of your dresden plate. The best one is shown on the very chic purse at the beginning of the post-it’s the dimensional rose. Love it! click here.

I think this is what I meant yesterday about getting so much mileage out of a few great classic blocks. Enjoy!


  1. Robi says:

    Visually, the swirlies were my favorite, followed closely by the peppermints. Really liked the different finishing options in that last link — great step-by-step pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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