Project Design Team Wednesday~ Dresden Burst Baby Quilt

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Hi There!!

It's Melissa Mortenson again from the Polkadot Chair blog.  I'm very excited to be sharing with you my latest project for the Riley Blake Design Team.

For this months project,  I decided to make a baby quilt.  I love Dresden Blocks but didn't want to make an entire quilt of them.   Instead I scattered 3 sizes of them on the front of a quilt.

What to make one?

Here's How:

You will need:

All fabric is from Go Fly a Kite line from Riley Blake Fabrics. The white fabric with gray dots used for the background is from the Willow line, also from Riley Blake Fabrics.

1/2 yard each of 5 different fabrics to make the dresden points
1/4 yard fabric (may need more for pattern matching) for the centers of the dresdens
1 1/2 yards fabric for quilt back
1/2 yard for binding
1/2 yard for borders
1 yard white with gray dots (or light color) for quilt front
Easy Dresden Ruler
1 1/2 yards cotton batting
Spray Starch
Spray Basting

All seam allowances are 1/4"

First: Complete your Dresden Blocks

You will need 20 pieces to complete each dresden block.

I used 5 different fabrics and cut 4 pieces from each of the 5 fabrics.

You will need to cut: (using the easy dresden ruler)

20 dresden pieces 8" tall
20 dresden pieces 5" tall
20 dresden pieces 3" tall

To begin making your dresden block, fold your cut piece in half lengthwise.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the wider edge.

Trim the seam allowance at the corner and turn right side out.

You will have a piece that looks like this.  Starch lightly and press. Repeat until all 20 are sewn.

Pin 2 of your sewn dresden pieces together.  Stitch along one side.

Repeat until all 20 dresden pieces are sewn together.

Press all seams to one side.
Repeat these steps with your other 2 sizes of Dresden's, so that when you are done you have 3 different sizes of dresden blocks.
Set aside all 3 pieces.

Next: Prepare Quilt Top.

Cut your background fabric (the white with gray dots) to 30" x 40".

Cut 4 strips from your border fabric each 4" wide by the width of the fabric. (so 4" x 44")

Stitch 2 4" border strips to the 40" sides of your background fabric.  Press seams to one side and trim edges flush with background fabric.

Stitch remaining 2 4" border strips to the 30" sides of your background fabric. Press seams to one side. Trim.

Next:  Quilt.

Make a "quilt sandwich" with your prepared quilt top, quilt batting and quilt backing (you do not need to cut it, just leave it as 1 1/2 yards).

Baste well and machine quilt as desired.

I chose to machine quilt circles onto my quilt, using my backing fabric as a guide.

Complete your machine quilting and trim all layers even.

Next: Attach Dresden Blocks to Quilt.

Cut 3 circles from the fabric you wish to use for the center of your dresden blocks. I chose to fussy cut each one.

1 circle 3 1/4" in diameter
1 circle 4 1/4" in diameter
1 circle 5 1/4" in diameter

Place the circle, right side down onto a scrap of white fabric.

Stitch around the entire circle  with 1/4" seam (don't leave an opening).  Trim your white fabric and clip the seams around the circle.

Cut a slit in the white fabric and turn the circle right side out.  Press well. Set aside.

Now place the dresdens on your quilt top as you like.  I scattered mine.  Use some spray basting to hold the dresdens in place and LOTS of pins.  Stitch the dresden to the quilt along the outside edge.  Stitch as close to the edge as possible.

After you have stitched all 3 dresdens to the front of your quilt, pin your prepared circles to your blocks.  The 3" (after sewn) circle goes on the 3" tall dresden block, the 4" circle goes on the 5" tall dresden block and the 4" circle goes on the 8" tall dresden block.

Stitch each circle in place, I used an appliqué stitch around the circles to give it a more finished look.

Next: Bind

Cut your binding strips to 2 1/2" and bind as desired.

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  1. Super cute! Your quilt pattern mirrors the playfulness of the fabric! Love the fussy cut print in the middle of your dresdens!
    by Konda
    July 11th, 2012 at 8:11 p.m.
  2. What a beautiful project! I love the various sizes and placement of the dresden blocks. Such a charming quilt!
    by Terri
    July 11th, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.
  3. Very NIce!!
    by Diane
    July 12th, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.
  4. What an adorable baby quilt. I love the Dresden block already and this is a great way to use it. This fabric is wonderful also. I've seen it before and the backing fabric you used is one of my favorites. Beautiful job. Thank you.
    by VickiT
    July 12th, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
  5. Love it!
    by Dixie
    July 12th, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.
  6. I have to tell you that I wasn't going to buy this line, I already have "too much" fabric. But now that I see this AWESOME quilt I will be buying this line! Thanks for sharing, It is soooo cute!
    by Jenni
    July 13th, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.
  7. Oh how adorable! Thanks for the tute and for sharing!
    by Sandy
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:16 p.m.
  8. This was the neatest one I have ever seen an great clear directions have never seen the centers fussy cut but wonderful idea.
    by Sharon
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
  9. Soooo darling! What are the finished dimensions?
    by Lauren
    July 16th, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
  10. Great directions, quilt is so cute, both with the dresdens and the centers/fussy cuts. Thanks for sharing!
    by Nancy
    July 17th, 2012 at 6:40 a.m.
  11. Your quilt is absolutely wonderful.Love,love.Thanks for sharing!!
    by rosa
    July 18th, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.
  12. I love this quilt! Hopefully someday I will have the patience to actually start AND FINISH a project like this!
    by Ashley
    July 20th, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.
  13. Terrific use of your fussy cutting...perfect dresdens..
    by Mdm Samm
    August 10th, 2012 at 3:48 a.m.
  14. Very, very, very nice!
    by Margareth
    January 20th, 2013 at 3:20 a.m.
  15. I love the way you did pictures with your discription.... I just asked a question on FB how to do this and thanks to you, I have the answer... I will post your site on group for others to visit your site.. Thank you.
    by VALA
    March 29th, 2015 at 9 a.m.

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