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Category: Applique

This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category that are also designated as Applique Blocks

Dresden Blade Quilt Block

There are many types of "Dresden" blocks, but they all involve pieces which are cut around a central circle. The name "Dresden" derived from the name of a city in Germany known for its exquisite china patterns. Since Dresden quilt patterns result in a circular design similar to a "plate" they were often referred to as Dresdens as a nod to these beautiful and fashionable porcelain designs.

Dresden Quilt Blocks have many variations. One variation is the angle used to cut the pieces, which will determine how many pieces are needed to complete the circle. Since a circle is 360 degrees, you can determine the angle of the cut by dividing 360 by the number of total pieces in the plate.  In the example above, there are 16 total pieces in the Dresden, so the sides of each piece are cut with a 22.5 degree angle (360 divided by 16)

Dresdens also vary in the size of the central circle and in the length of the pieces that fan out from the circle. And another variation involves how the ends of the units are finished.

In the Dresden example shown on at the top of this page, the ends are finished into a central point. This variety is referred to as a "blade." Other Dresdens can be finished with a rounded scallop, which is usually referred to as a "petal."

With all those types of variation, one quickly realizes that Dresdens are a very versatile block to use in your quilt designs.

Other Dresden Examples

3-petal Dresden Plate Quilt block
Illustration of a 4-petal dresden plate quilt block
4-petal Dresden Plate Quilt Block

Grouping Example

Illustration of a group of Dresden Quilt Blocks

Block Construction

Typically, a Dresden block is made by appliqueing the blades to 1/4 of the total block unit. Then all four units are sewn into a four patch, and finally, the central circle is appliqued over the fans of the Dresden.

Image of Exploded version of Four Blade Dresden Fan Quilt Block Unit
Exploded version of Four Blade Dresden Fan Quilt Block Unit

Coloring Sheets

Click image to download coloring sheets for 4 Blade Dresden Quilt Block

Idaho Quilt Block

Grouping Example

Illustration of a quilt made with Idaho Quilt Blocks

Block Construction

Image of Idaho block Expanded
Idaho block Expanded

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring shees.

Tobacco Leaf Quilt Block

Grouping Example

Grouping of tobacco leaf quilt blocks in straight rows

Block Construction

Illustration of an Exploded Version of the Tobacco Leaf Quilt Block

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets for the tobacco leaf quilt block

Petal Dresden Plate Quilt Block

The Petal Dresden Plate is one variety of the Classic Dresden Plate Quilt Block that was so popular in the 30's and 40's.  It is constructed using a combination of piecing and applique techniques.

The dresden plate can be created by splitting the design into four units along the 2 x 2 grid (as shown in the exploded version of the block below). Alternateively, the background can be one solid piece, with the entire dresden sewn together and stitched down with applique stitches. The smoothly curved edges of this variety of Dresden is a bit trickier to achieve than the "blade" version shown here.

A circle layer is often centered over the petals so that the unit more closely resembles a flower.

Below are some other variations of Petal Dresden Quilt Blocks.

Image of The Four Petal Dresden Plate Quilt Block

Skill level: Intermediate, with knowledge of applique techniques

Grouping Example

Illustration of a petal dresden fan quilt blocks in a quilt design

Block Construction

Image of Exploded version of 3 Petal Dresden Flower Plate
Exploded version of 3 Petal Dresden Flower Plate

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets of the petal dresden quilt block.

Rose of Sharon Block

There are many variations to the Rose of Sharon Block.  Below are a few of my favorite versions of this lovely traditional block.

Rose of Sharon Center Design
Rose of Sharon Circle
Rose of Sharon Circle
Rose of Sharon with rose buds
Rose of Sharon with rosebuds