I also read that the "Dresden" symbol was and still can be found in many churches and cathedrals. In fact, I recently watched Snow White and the Huntsman and in the final scene when Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is crowned the queen there is a 20 petal Dresden plate window located on the wall of the cathedral directly above her. I made Mr. Relish rewind and pause just so I could count the petals....he probably thinks I'm batty.
Ok, the mini history lesson is over. Sorry to bore you to sleep. The reason I am writing about Dresden plates is because I made a few this past week and wanted to share them with you. They are seriously fun, easy, and addicting to whip up. I was only planning on making one and then one turned into 4. Funny how that happens!
It only took one charm pack to make two Dresden pillows. You could actually make two more plates if you wished! I used my handy-dandy Dresden template to cut two petals from 20 different charm squares (so 40 total petals per charm pack). I used the rest of the charm squares for the center or to add the border and triangles to corners.
The smaller, Curio, pillows might look familiar since I made a wedding quilt for my dear friend, Beth. She has been waiting
I also came across some vintage unfinished Dresden fans that I would like to finish. I plan on hand stitching the four squares together and maybe adding some muslin to the back before I baste it to my batting since the original muslin is very sheer. I also hope to hand quilt the top and finish it as a pillow. So stay tuned...
(picture of the back to see all those details)
Here is a the best video I found for making Dresden plates - Missouri Quilt Co Dresden Plate Tutorial. I pretty much did mine exactly like she did.
Thanks for reading about my Dresden pillows!
*source for some of the fantastic history - http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/colonial_revival/dresden-plate.htm
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