I recently had the privilege to attend the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society’s Getaway. I took a class there on the dresden plate and was able to spend the day sewing with some super sweet ladies. I had seen a partial dresden quilt block by Nancy Zieman where she had pieced her fabric before cutting her pieces and I liked the look. I decided to give it a try. (Link to Nancy Zieman’s pattern) Mine turned out completely different than Nancy’s due to the different colored fabrics and the difference in where we laid the ruler.
The first thing I did was to piece my fabrics together in the order and sizes that I wanted.
I then used the dresden plate ruler that one of the ladies was kind enough to loan me. I laid the ruler on the fabric making sure to line the 5 1/2 inch marking up between the black and the green. I flipped the ruler so that the end was facing the opposite direction with every other piece. When I sewed my circle together I was careful to match my seams. After I sewed it on my white fabric and added a border I had a nice 30 inch square. I added a casing to the back so that it can either be used as a table runner or as a wall hanging.