Bunny Hill Scrappy Plate Club

It’s time for my Bunny Hill Scrappy Plate Club!  If you’ve always wanted to make a Dresden Plate quilt then you’re going to have so much fun!   Every month for the next 6 months I’ll be sharing pictures, tutorials and directions to make a wonderful Dresden Plate quilt!   You’ll have a completed quilt before the end of the year and have a great time along the way.  It’s a chance to use your stash, meet new friends, get creative, and maybe win some prizes and treats.  Are you ready?

First choose your fabrics!  You’ll need 20 to 30 different fabrics for the “blades” of your plate so get over to your stash and start looking.  I’m sure you’ll come up with fabrics if you think about it. Or, maybe it’s time to visit your local quilt shop and add some new fabrics.  Nothing lifts the spirits like buying fabric and quilt shops will love you.

I’m personally addicted to dots so I pulled every polka dot I could find, cut them into 4″ strips and cut away with my Easy Dresden ruler!  Once I got started I couldn’t stop.  I’m sure I cut enough for two quilts I have so many left over but I wanted variety and variety I got!  Dresden Art was created!

Each little piece became a Dresden blade like this!

See how easy it was?

Before I knew it I had Dresden blades I could stitch together!

And once they were stitched together…

I could make my first Dresden plate…

Oh my this is fun!

So join me in 2012 and make a Dresden Plate quilt!  Think of the colors you can use!  Try 30’s fabrics, civil war, batiks, florals…you get the idea.  Just make sure you have lights, mediums and darks in your fabric assortment and you’ll be fine.  You’ll find Part One of the directions on my “free” tab above.  This is what you need to get you started and it includes a diagram of the finished quilt.  Next month I’ll be back with Part Two so you have plenty of time to work on the first part.  You can grab my little Scrappy Plate Logo for your blog if you’d like and be sure and join my Flickr Group so you can post your photos.  I’m ready to stitch my first block down!

I’ll be back soon! Happy Scrappy Plates!


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  • Melody - What a brilliant idea. I bought one of the little dresden plate templates a couple of years ago and have never used it so I’m really looking forward to playing along with this one. I’m off to put the logo on my blog now.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - I have always loved Dresden plate quilts, but thought it would be too difficult to make one. You make it look so easy. And your block is so fresh and cute! I’m going to try it. Maybe after I finish one of my UFO’s. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Liljegren - Thanks for the tutorial and the QAL, Anne! I’m going to blog all about it tomorrow and add your button to my sidebar. Now, I’m off to find that template!
    Hope you have a great day!

  • Linda Burton - I’ve put the information on my blog, ordered the template, circle templates and point turner from your store, and joined the flickr group. Will gather my fabrics while waiting for the notions to arrive. The possibilities on addition to the dots are endless – Christmas, fall, and veggies. Thanks for such a wonderful free pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Now that sounds like a fun project. It will be #3 for me to start in a week! Love the polka dots. Happy New Year, Ann and a huge thank you for your wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Pierre'auguste - Your polka dot Dresden Plates are so fun! I don’t know if I can fit an entire quilt into my schedule right now, but I am definitely going to make a block! I can turn it into a table topper or pillow cover.
    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Lise - I don’t think I can resist. Must see if I can get the Dresden ruler … this will may help me get through some of my stash. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • rosa - Your Dresden Plate is gorgeous!Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • BevInTX - What lovely Dresden Plate blocks! I see that you showed four of them in your Flickr group. Is that how many we are supposed to make for the first month — or only one? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Diane R. - Oooh – count me in! I have a fat-eigths bundle that I’ve been waiting to use — this will be perfect! Thanks, Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I would love to join in….I adore these blocks! However, with baby #3 arriving soon, I think I’ll have to pass for this year =( I will look forward to seeing everyone elses progress!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I love this, Anne! I’m assuming you will be using hand appliqué to attach the Dresdens to the background fabric. I’ve never hand-appliquéd before; should I be worried?ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate Cat - Oh I am so excited! This is on my ‘to do’ list but I’ve never been brave enough to start! You have just given me the push I needed, now to find fabric!!!ReplyCancel

  • ina - eeeeeeeeppppppppp! I’m in! I have the ruler but haven’t tried it yet! Can’t wait to start this weekend! ;p

    Thanks Anne for always thinking of your readers. You are so generous to us and I love it! ;pReplyCancel

  • tonya - I don’t have the ruler, is there a way around that?ReplyCancel

  • Kay - OK. I’m slow. Are the fabric strips cut 4″ long? 4″ wide? I don’t understand. :o(ReplyCancel

  • Krsiten - Oh, I think I want to try this.

    Love the fabric you picked, too.

    Thank you for doing this as it will be one way for me to jump in with both feet and get going instead of thinking of it.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - I’m going to do this…..always wanted to do a Dresden Plate quilt….and now I can learn how by the best. Luv, luv luv your polka dots…..Thanks Anne, you sure are an inspiration to us all…(o:ReplyCancel

  • Maria do Carmo Pezzuto - tenho alguns kilos de tecido de algodão,são tiras de 1.40 de largura por 10cm comprimento, será que dá? beijos.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Whittemore - Maybe it’s me. I read your tutorial but it says you can print the directions under the free tab. I’m not finding any directions under the free tab. Is it me? Am I misunderstanding. This looks fun have never done a dresden so not sure what I need to buy.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - Hi Anne, Always wanted to make a dresden plate quilt. Purchased thirties fabrics years back and never made one. However I have a great stash of Kaffe Fasset that I may try or use those yummy cherrywood hand dyed suede look cottons. Looking forward to sewing along. The hardest part for me will be joining flicker and posting a photo..I havent a clue. Will ask my kids for tech support! Kind of vowed to myself no more fabric purchases till I catch up on my hoards of projects so you are helping me bust my stash and buying background fabric doesnt count!!! Love your polka dots which are always so cheery.
    Till next month, Ciao!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Edwards - Hi Anne,
    Thank you for the great New Year Sale. You are so good to all of us Anne! Love the Scrappy Plate Club and can’t wait to join in, just have to figure out how to join flicker now :0)

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - I’m in! Always wanted to make one of these. Now to decide on the fabrics. Some great ideas from your blog commenters! You rock, Anne! Always keeping us motivated!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I”m so glad you started a new group….I need to start a new quilt like another hole in my head, but I can’t resist this one :) I have a 30s quilt in progress using this method, and it’s so slick, the blocks work up very quickly and are really fun to make. I can’t wait to start some new blocks, thanks for the motivation.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - This is so fun! I have this ruler also. I bought it after I struggled along doing a Dresden plate by another “method”. I almost have all the blocks done on that project but haven’t really enjoyed the process. Yours looks like much more fun! I will get started tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Marg H - I love Dresden Plate blocks – have to be one of my favourite quilt blocks. I have always wanted to make a scrappy one – so count me in. I haven’t used a Dresden Plate ruler before – but have looked at them. Maybe now is the time. I’ll have to think about theme – but may just go random and use my stash!! Looking forward to next month.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Carmen Arnao - Me encanta esta idea, y resulta facilísimo hacerlo con tus explicaciones. Mil gracias. bs.ReplyCancel

  • Southern Stitch - Okay, you’ve got my attention. After seeing your demo, I’m hooked. I have to play along. Thanks for the invitation. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Christine - This sounds fun. Ordered my dresden ruler today and think I’ve decided on fabrics. Look forward to playing along.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Can’t wait to start!!! I’ve always wanted to make a Dresden Plate quilt, thats for the encouragement to start!! By the way, I’m loving yours!ReplyCancel

  • sndy1 - I have always liked the dresden blocks, but have never attempted one. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a few questions. I can’t find your tutorial and don’t know how wide to cut the 4″ strips. Is it necessary to have the special ruler?ReplyCancel

  • Karin - Yay! I love Dresden plates! This is going to be fun. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Oh this is just too, too adorable!!! (I think I say that about everything you put your hands and heart into, don’t I?). I missed the sale (darn!) but I’m going to order the tools necessary to make this Dresdan Plate quilt and probably a couple of other things too.

    Anne, you are so creative and talented – you never cease to amaze and inspire us! Best of all is your incredible generousity – thank you so much for sharing so much with all of us!

    Bunny Hill Rocks!!!ReplyCancel

  • ina - Fun! Fun! Fun! Hi Anne, 3 of us got together this weekend to start this project and we had a blast. Thank you so much for the directions and the idea! I’ll add pics to your flicker when I figure out my new camera! ;pReplyCancel

  • Regena - This sounds like a fun challenge I think I might give it a go

  • Amanda - Hello from Australia Anne!
    I am making boutique baby from your L &W line for my neices’ twins due in March, which lead me to your blog. I have fallen in love with the grey puttin on the ritz bundle and was wondering which of the Moda Bella solids would coordinate best with this range?

    • Amanda - Should narrow that broad question down a bit – which neutral would you recommend, along the ivory, snow, natural colour ways? Regards, AReplyCancel

  • Brynn - Thanks so much for this quilt along! I’ve had some 1930’s reproduction prints for almost 3 years. I’ve just had a terrible time picking a quilt pattern. Now, I see why I never found the right one. I needed to make a dresden quilt! I purchased the template and received it yesterday. I’m making a queen size so I’m making 20 blocks instead of 12. I have almost all my blades cut. Will post pics on flickr as soon as I get a chance.ReplyCancel

  • Brian - Oh…my….stars…I mean err plates. Or um…dots. Anne…this is just luscious! I can’t wait to show the “Mothership.” Very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - This looks like so much fun, thank you for sharing! Collected my fabric and
    ready to start!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - I am so ready for this. I have ordered the ruler. I want to put your logo on my sidebar, but don’t see a code. I can save it, but don’t think it will work if someone clicks on it without a code. Can you help me?
    I have almost finished hand quilting A Tisket A Tasket (I know, 2 yrs.) so I can’t wait to start this one.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Cooper - so happy to have found your Scrappy Plate Club!! I’ve been wanting to make a Dresden Plate quilt for so long. I can’t wait to get started! I’ve added your button to my blog.ReplyCancel

  • claudia - love it, I’m hooked already!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon O - My sister sent me this site and I love it and do want to sew the quilt as I have the time your blog is very cute. Keep up the great work .ReplyCancel

  • Deb F - I am so excited about the Scrappy Plate Club as I have wanted to do a Dresden Plate quilt for many years and just never started. I’m going through fabrics this weekend and will pick up the ruler so that I can keep up. I’m looking forward to reading everyone ideas. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Hexe - Was für eine tolle Idee. Ich glaube ich sollte meine Englischkenntnisse mal auffrischen. ;-) Vieleicht näh ich den Dresdner Teller Quilt trotzdem mit, Die Anleitung ist ja gut bebildert. Liebe Grüße Hexe /GermanyReplyCancel

  • Joy - Oh, can I still join in? I’ve always wanted to make one of these quilts, I bought the ruler years ago…!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emcee - Well, finished cutting a whole bunch of scraps. No more than 3 of each – cause most of my scraps are small. I think my blades will finish at 4 1/2 inches each – haven’t sewn them yet but from rough layout I will probably need more than 20 for a 10 inch plate – no problem tho as I have about 300 blades cut out. This feels like it is going to be lots of fun.ReplyCancel

    • Emcee - sewn my first one – 20 it is – amazing how it came together. I can foresee many more plates to come. The hardest will be deciding what the centre will be……:o)ReplyCancel

  • laura - What a great idea, I will join you, this sounds like lots of fun, I am off on Holidays for 6 weeks, but will try to do this months work on it and will put myself up to date when I get back home in March.
    thanks for sharing.
    I am off to choose my fabrics

  • Michelle B - I LOVE Dresden Plates! My Grandpa was a quilter and that was HIS pattern. He had about 80 blocks done but not put together when he passed away. They are VERY scrappy! I wanted to put the Scrappy Plate Club logo on my blog but I don’t see the HTML code so I can do it. (sorry but that’s the only way I know). If there’s another/better way please drop by my blog and leave a comment telling me what it is! One of my goals for 2012 is stash busting so this short BOM will fit right in! As always Anne, I love your BOMs! I have Snowbound, Tisket-Tasket and Henrietta in various stages LOL

    Have an awesome day and thanks for sharing your creativity!


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  • Renee - WOW…I love learning something new.
    I hope you don’t mind, Anne I would love to share about you from my blog.
    I see one of these in my future.ReplyCancel

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