Vintage-inspired Dresden Plate quilt finish

Vintage inspired Dresden Plate Quilt-001

Three cheers for the completion of a long-time WIP! I started this Dresden Plate quilt over 5 years ago. (uh, yeah. Could be worse, right?) I know this because I remember appliqueing the dresden blocks while watching the 2010 Winter Olympics.

vintage inspired Dresden Plate quilt

I had the four Dresdens done and knew what I wanted to do for borders, but never actually did it. Until my vow to dig out those long-standing WIPS (works-in-progress) (also known as UFO’s: Unfinished Objects) a few months ago and get them done.

vintage reproduction dresden plate block


For the backing I used a vintage sheet that, in addition to being perfect colors, was also just the right size, requiring no piecing. Nice.

red retro quilt binding

I found this binding fabric in my stash, which originally came from my mom’s stash, so it’s pretty old. But perfect vintage-retro-inspired to go with the rest of the quilt. And I’m a sucker for red.


The custom quilting was done perfectly by Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting. I love it!

dresden plate vintage inspired quilt

And one more look at the full thing. Hooray. I’m a sucker for Dresdens. There’s something I really like about the process of making them. And their looks can be so versatile.

amy-smart-american-jane-dresden-quilt        Free-Spirit-true-colors-jenean-morrison-dresden-circle-quilt        Peppermint Pinwheels quilt text

You can see a few of my past Dresdens including this (American Jane Dresden that coordinates nicely with this new one), a rainbow-inspired Dresden, and this Peppermint Pinwheel free quilt tutorial. You can find a tutorial for a classic, basic dresden plate block here. And the best part is that they are so much easier than they look!Gardenvale DresdensI like them so much that I’m starting a whole new Dresden project. I know I’m supposed to be knocking out WIPS, but I saw this and couldn’t resist. These Dresden blocks are made from a pattern by Jen Kingwell to go with her cheater prints from the Gardenvale Collection.  I’m such a sucker.

gardenvale dresden pattern

The pattern sheet and the yardage for this project can be found at The Fat Quarter Shop, and Fabricworm, as well as a quilt kit from Fort Worth Fabric Studios.

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  • Reply
    Lauren Deel
    May 29, 2015 at 4:31 am

    What a lovely finish, Amy! The backing and binding are just perfect, too.

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    Southern Gal
    May 29, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I’m not a huge fan of Dresden plates, but this one is so beautiful! I may have to try my hand at it.

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      Amy Smart
      May 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

      They’re kind of addicting once you get going. 😉

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    Patricia Cash
    May 29, 2015 at 6:19 am

    A lovely quilt, have always wanted to do a dresden plate quilt. This has inspired me.

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    Elsie Pop
    May 29, 2015 at 6:38 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I’m in awe of anyone who can muster up enthusiasm for a project which has been in progress for so long… I’m inspired! Maybe I should dig through my WIPs for something as lovely! xx

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      Amy Smart
      May 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

      I had a friend who motivated me at the beginning of the new year. Once I got on a roll, it’s been so fun! Good luck with yours. xo

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    Carolyn S
    May 29, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I want to make a Dresden quilt too. I have the fabrics collected now just need to sit down and make it happen. Love yours a lot!!!

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    Teresa Stanulis
    May 29, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Your quilt is beautiful and so cheerful. I love it! I’ve been thinking I’d like to try a Dresden plate quilt soon. But I’m also trying to complete a few more WIP’s. I just finished the top of a block of the month quilt that I started when my son was in high school. He’s 26! It is a quilt with lots of wool appliqué and I really enjoyed making the blocks. It was the border that had me put it away for so many years. It feels so good to have the top finally done!

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      Amy Smart
      May 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Good for you! Congrats on a finish! Isn’t it crazy how it’s the things like borders or piecing the back that are all that stands in the way of a finish? (It’s that way for me anyway.) I have three quilt tops that just need borders or a back and they’re ready to go. Need to get on that!

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Sew fresh~ Love it!

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    Louisa @ seWmotion
    May 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I love your quilt, and the colours are stunning! That beautiful backing is perfect, you have just made me add yet another project to my ever growing “got to try ” list, particularly that peppermint version! Thank you! 🙂

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    May 29, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations on a lovely finish! Simply wonderful.

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    Sigi G
    May 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Love, Love, Love this beautiful scrappy Dresden Block quilt with the scrappy border, and the quilting – well the whole quilt is absolutely gorgeous Amy!!

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    May 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful quilt! You’ve inspired me to get out a UFO – it’s an Irish Chain quilt top (similar colours to yours) and I abandoned it because I couldn’t decide what to put in the empty spaces – now I know! Thank you!

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    Sandra B
    May 29, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful finish!! I love Dresden plate quilts. I have one that I made probably 25 years ago, and it is still a favorite. I plan to make another one sometime in the future. It is slowly making its way to the top of the list! Love the fabrics that you used! Thanks for sharing!!

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    May 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Amy I love your Dresden Quit it is beautiful, you have inspired me to try to make a Dresden Quilt!!! I enjoy reading your blog for inspiration thanks so much for sharing your beautiful quilts.

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    May 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love the Dresden plate quilt. The border is perfect. Congratulations on sticking with the UFO to get it finished.

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    GeminiJen NZ
    May 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Gorgeous work! So satisfying to have crossed another WIP off your list!

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    Jackie Berdych
    May 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Lovely quilt. Nice finish. I like how it is quilted also.

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    May 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Very pretty! I am also drawn to Dresdens; my grandmother’s favorite block. I have 50 plates to appliqué onto bases fabrics….The last things she hand pieced. I have several WIPS but getting just one project made completely from some of her blocks is at the top of my list for 2015. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Amy Smart
      May 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Oh what a treasure to have those blocks! I’d love to see a picture of them.

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    Monica Kostak
    May 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    A Dresden quilt is on my list of things to do this year. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your beautiful quilt!

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    Pam M
    May 30, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I love Dresdens – both old-fashioned and new-fashioned – too. This is gorgeous, Amy, and I especially like the way it has been quilted too. Just might have to steal that idea if I ever get a Dresden Plate quilt finished, that is. Your quilts are always joyful. Love your work.

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    May 30, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Lovely quilts. I am making my first log cabin for a friends little ones Christening memorial. Everyone bought fabric on the day and I have been working on it since. I have also started an I Spy quilt for one of my children and have squares put aside for the other two. Not to mention the hand sewn quilt I started as a child which is getting to the point of almost completion. I love seeing all your work.

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    May 30, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Love this quilt. Gives me inspiration to finish my Dresden quilt. The wedges are all polka dots and way out of my quilting box, but love them. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 30, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I just love your quilt! The colors are so cheery! I recently made three huge Dresden plates to put into a tablerunner…you have inspired me to go finish that project!

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    May 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    What a gorgeous and cheerful quilt! I love the fabrics you used. The red binding fabric from you’re mom’s stash goes perfectly with this beauty.

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    May 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I really love the colors and simplicity of the layout and the different quilt designs, pebbles in the center is so fun!

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    May 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Terrific Dresden finish,Amy, love that border too!

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    Angie @ gnomeangel.com
    May 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Perfection. There’s so many good dresden quilts out there in the world. I sometimes think an exhibition of nothing but dresden quilts would be FABULOUS!

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      Amy Smart
      June 1, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Oooh! I love that idea. Seriously, so many great Dresden variations aren’t there?

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    May 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I really love the vintage feel of this quilt – and the quilting is FABULOUS. I’m saving this post to my Bloglovin favs so I can refer back when I need inspiration on my future dresden quilts. I especially like the border – I’ve made 2 dresden quilts and haven’t bordered either. Now I wish I had seen you quilt first! Thanks for the motivation. I’m just gonna pretend I didn’t see your pic of the new project. I’ve been ignoring my pieced blade idea for a few months now…

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    Rosemary Bolton
    May 31, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Gosh, this is beautiful, Amy.
    I love it!!

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    Victoria / Justice Pirate
    June 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I am in awe of the beauty of this quilt in general. It is not often that you just want to stare at the pretty fabric colors. . .but I just found myself doing that for 3 minutes straight at the same photo. . . .haha. Great work!

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