I designed the quilt below while flying on an airplane to our family vacation. It’s amazing what a little boredom on a plane ride can do, right? Now it’s on my “to make” list!
This my contemporary interpretation of a Dresden Plate block. I call it “Modern Dresden.”
I started with the idea of “plates” or “wedges” radiating out from a center. But instead of classic curves, I wanted to keep my design straight and angular. So I played around with lines and angles in EQ7 and this is what I came up with.
It’s a 6″ unit and 4 units are sewn together to create one Modern Dresden block.
Click the image below to download and print off my free PDF paper pieced pattern. Please note that I have not included basic paper piecing instructions along with this block. There are tons of blog tutorials on paper piecing, so just google it. :-)
Make as many copies as you like and play around with rotating block positions to see what other designs you can create.
Be sure to print the block size at 100%.
And just for the fun of it, here’s the same design in purple. It really sparkles by using lighter hues of the same color at the edges of the blocks.
If you decide to make a few blocks, or even a whole quilt, please share them on my flickr group: Christa’s Quilt-Along.
Updated: This block has now been featured as a favorite on FaveQuilts.com. They renamed it Ultra Modern Dresden Block. Pretty cool, huh?