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Heirloom Dresden – Mini Quilt Monday

Heirloom Dresden

Is September nearing an end already? Today is the last week of Mini Quilt Monday. I hope you have enjoyed spending the month challenging yourself to try new things. This week I decided to try my hand at Dresden Plates. I’ve wanted to try these since I first saw the cover of the book Material Obsession. That quilt is *so* beautiful.


I followed Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. She makes everything so easy to understand. These were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be. (I did purchase a special ruler at JoAnns for about $5.) The center circle could use some practice, but overall I’m happy with how this mini turned out and definitely wouldn’t shy away from making more of these. I used my collection of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom fabric, such pretty colors and designs.

Dresden Quilting

I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the dresden seams and continuing to the edge of the quilt. It produced a pretty star in the center. The binding is actually closer to red, Kona Cayenne, but I thought it looked quite nice with the Heirloom palette. The final size is 16″ square.

So there you have it – now let’s see what you made this week!

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42 Responses to “Heirloom Dresden – Mini Quilt Monday”

  1. 1
    Jeannette says:

    Ahhh! I love the star in the middle. :)

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    Love the center quilting! Beautiful!

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    Lou says:

    i have always loved the dresden plate pattern, but never attempted it! you did outstanding and i love the fabrics~your quilting produced such a delightful surprise! very cool!

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    Judith says:

    This really is a beautiful collection of prints and the mini quilt is just gorgeous.

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    Debbie says:

    Beautiful mini! I love the way you quilted it. I’ve enjoyed this series and am sad to see it end. Thanks for hosting it!

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    Briana says:

    So pretty! Especially the quilting.

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    jennifer says:

    This is beautiful!! The colors, the stitching.. fabulous!

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    Tiffany says:

    This is beautiful! Love the fabrics and the pattern. What ruler did you purchase from Joanns? There are a few dresden rulers out there – looking to purchase one too.

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      Faith says:

      Hi Tiffany! My JoAnns only had 1 ruler so I bought it without looking at what brand/type it was. It came with a little wooden stick for when you turn the point and push out the fabric. It has different markings to let you make various sizes of Dresden – I think that’s the most important feature.

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    Jenny says:

    It looks beautiful! What do you do with your mini quilts?

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    Kelly B. says:

    The quilting on this rocks Faith!!!

  11. 13

    Love the Dresden! It is on my list of things to try. I bought the ruler…but that is as far as I have progressed!! Maybe this will be my inspiration !

  12. 14
    Karen says:

    Your work is always so incredibly beautiful and well made. I never got to sharing any minis this month but have enjoyed seeing yours and the others. Fun challenge!!

  13. 15
    Ana says:

    WoW! That’s GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

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    Kelly says:

    This is a really beautiful mini, the fabric just fits with the nostalgic quality of a Dresden plate. And the quilting is even more perfect! Really nice, Faith.

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    Amanda says:

    Beautiful and the quilting is fabulous!

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    Tina says:

    That is so beautiful. You are so talented! Nice job!

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    kendascrafts says:

    Looks great! I love Dresden plates, and your quilting looks so cool!

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    Sheila says:

    Lovely Dresden, gorgeous quilting.

  20. 22
    Heather says:

    This is really very lovely. The colours are just right and the quilting is great. Nice job!

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    euphoria says:

    so so pretty! The quilting is just magical~

  22. 24
    Jacey says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful! I’ve never tried a Dresden, but I definitely want to make one soon. The Heirloom looks lovely, and the binding choice is perfection!

  23. 25

    It’s absolutely beautiful, Faith!

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    Julie says:

    oh i love it, and i love the star quilted in the middle!

  25. 27
    Connie says:

    Your dresden is beautiful! I really like the way you quilted it and the neat design it made in the center.
    Quilting by the River

  26. 28
    Teje says:

    Hello Faith! Your mini quilt is just fantastic! You make always so beautiful quilts! I’m happy to join you today, but sad to hear that this is the last time for mini quilts! I hope you have something new for us in your mind!
    Have a lovely week! x Teje

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    Kara says:

    That is really beautiful! I love the star the stitching makes. I’ve not heard of Dresden before (I guess because you haven’t made one before – lol). I’ll have to check out that tutorial. So, let’s see, I need to make a big pooches and pickups quilt for Hayden, I want to make a mini wonky star quilt because I love that one you made, I want to make a bunch of figure 8 scarves for Christmas, and now whatever a dresden is, I want to make one of those… I think I may need more DVR space, because it’s going to be a while before I make a dent in all the new shows flowing onto it. LOL!

  28. 30
    Kara says:

    PS – that is also a good scrap buster! Imagine how many scraps you would bust if you did a whole quilt like that.

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    Toni says:

    Faith, it looks great! Love your choice of fabrics and quilting! Don’t you love it when the quilting makes such neat designs?

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    Deb says:

    I love the way you quilted this so much! I love Dresdens so much. I’ve only made one – it’s in a hoop hanging up in my sewing space. Next time I’m snagging your idea for quilting it…it’s amazing!

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    Pam Gavin says:

    WOW – your mini quilt is wonderful! I love the fabrics you used and they look perfect. The quilting looks amazing! I am inspired!!

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    Sar says:

    I did one of these earlier in the month in yellows,blues and reds. I love how you got the star effect with yours.

    Can’t wait for your book to come out;)

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    Hollie says:

    It’s gorgeous! I love the Heirloom line and your quilting is amazing!

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    Jackie says:

    Beautiful! I love the quilting too. Fabulous!

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    Cindy says:

    Gorgeous!! I love how the quilting came out!

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    Shelly says:

    Your Dresden Plate looks wonderful. You may have just inspired me to drag out the bed-sized one I’ve got going and finish it! Thanks so much for hosting Mini-Quilt Mondays — it was fun!

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    Barb says:

    This is lovely…………you may have convinced me that I can handle it!

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    Emily says:

    I’m a little late, but here’s my entry. Thanks for encouraging us to try some new things this month.

    Your dresden block is beautiful!

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    Kirsten N says:

    Love your dresden mini quilt – I will have to check out that tutorial! Thanks for hosting the mini quilt Mondays – it has been great to see all of the lovely projects :)

  40. 42

    Thanks for being a wonderful host of Mini Quilts Monday… So sorry the world interfered with my getting a fourth project done… I must say you all kept me going, to make three projects…I do have number four on the cutting table just not nearly done…Love the Dresden Plate….P

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