Friday, 24 April 2015

Dresden Plate Quilt Pattern

'Dresden Plate' Quilt Block Bowl from

I've used the so-called Dresden Plate Quilt Block before
and am always pleased with the finished piece,
so now it's one of my regular patterns.

Impressing the 'daisy' lace to make the border
Removing the lace to reveal the pattern
 I do try to vary the decoration each time. 
I don't think I've ever made two pieces EXACTLY the same.
Dots!  So time-consuming to glaze around each one!

This particular quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s.
Those made in the 30s would usually use floral prints typical of that period, 
or prettily patterned feedsacks.

Always looks messy before going in for second firing

I wish now that I had given my version rounded or pointed ends
 for each radiating petal, 
rather than just the smooth outer circle - will do that next time!

The name obviously refers back to the elaborately decorated porcelain emanating from Dresden, Germany during the 19th century -
 when it was a centre for the romanticism movement in art.

So, it's a bit weird that I have taken a quilt pattern
originally named after china plates
and put it back onto an earthenware bowl.

extra embellishment by sewing on one of my handmade ceramic buttons
 The romanticism movement was all about embellisment,
 so I hope they'd approve of my over-the-top decoration
 with a little sewn on button!

Are you one for embellishment, 
or do you prefer plain, understated, minimal?
  I'm an odd mix of both.

x Cathy


  1. it's lovely, I'm a bit of both too I think x

  2. What a neat piece! I love the daisies, they add a touch of whimsy to it.

  3. How clever using lace as a pattern for the edge. Love it all!

  4. Really gorgeous Cathy! You are so creative!X

  5. It's a great success, and I'm sure you will come up with a whole host of further variations!

  6. This is a wonderful piece! I like the fact that you made the pattern back into a plate again. I'm always drawn towards embellished pieces, but am too lazy to add embellishments to things I make ... or else I think of ideas too late to add them!


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