Modern Mini Dresden Quilt

I enjoyed making a single dresden plate as a mini-quilt and wanted to make a larger quilt with them, but wasn’t excited by the layouts I saw 12 dresdens in a 3 X 4 design with sashing between. So it was my idea to change things up by making them a variety of sizes. I was planning a lap quilt but before I made it, I wanted to test out how a variety of sizes would look together.

This wall quilt was born as a sample for a larger project. I’m very glad I made it because I found that no matter what size I make the blades/spokes/petals, the circle stayed the same size. I had imagined that it would shrink proportionally. So I found that the dresden plates I made with 1 1/2″ petals, were too out of proportion with the others. I did modify the center size somewhat on this quilt, but when I do a large version, I’ll keep them all the same. I used scraps from my stash in yellow and green for the twenty different petals for each dresden plate.

Another thing that I changed from the traditional dresden plate, is I kept the colors grouped, with one quarter yellow, and then three quarters green arranged by value.

I ended up with three dresden plates and decided to put them on a Kona coal gray background. I hand quilted with a yellow cotton three times around each plate. I tied french knots inside the circle.

This left some wide empty areas. I wanted quilting there, but I didn’t want it to distract from the yellow around the plates. So I extended the lines from the largest plate in a gray cotton that matches the background.

I bound it with a green dot print, left over from my Window Stripes Quilt.

This mini quilt measures 21.5″ wide by 26.5″ tall and is hanging on one of the many doors in our living room.

This post is linked to Finish it Up Friday & is my entry for the

Modern Mini Challenge

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5 Responses to Modern Mini Dresden Quilt

  1. Your mini looks great Emily! Dresdens are always a great choice and I love the quilting on this! Good luck!

  2. Wow, I love your mini! Especially the quilting, it reminds me of spider webs!

  3. Tina says:

    WOW! that is beautiful! Nice work! :)

  4. amorette says:

    love the greens and yellows on grey! lovely work.

  5. These dresdens are fantastic! Love your quilting.

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