Dresden Plate | Sewing Term & Quilting Shape

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A dresden plate is a circular shaped quilt pattern dating back to the late 1920s and 30s featuring small scraps of fabric.

Dresden Plate


A circular quilt pattern dating back to the late 1920s and 30s featuring small scraps of fabric. When fabric was becoming scarce during those times, resourceful seamstresses used whatever scraps they could find (like old aprons, tablecloths, handkerchiefs) to create these beautiful blocks.

The Dresden Plate is named after Dresden, Germany and may also be referred to as Grandmother’s Sunbursts, Sunflower and Friendship rings. While this quilting shape saw a surge in popularity during the 30s, it is still a popular pattern today.

Dresden Plate Stats-

  • Size: Can be any size. The sides of a wedge are angled. The degree of the angle determines the number of wedges needed to complete the circle.
  • Make your own: You can purchase rulers to help you create Dresden plates with accuracy and speed at your local quilt shop or here on line.
  • Where to use: They are most commonly found on quilts, wall hangings and home decor.


Make your own Dresden Plates using the links below:

Dresden Plates are perfect for scraps and so easy to make. Check out these drool worthy dresden projects.

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