Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vintage 1930s Dresden Plate Quilt Pattern

It's been so long since these Dresden Plate quilt pieces came into my life that I really can't remember where I got them.  More than likely a rummage sale, garage sale or the like.  All I do know is that these little treasures probably were made in the 1930s considering the fabric and the popularity of the Dresden Plate pattern at the time.

Since the sun provided such wonderful light yesterday, I decided to take advantage of it and photograph these unfinished quilt pieces.

I have a warm spot in my heart for 1930s fabrics and these pretty prints are still bright and cheerful after all these years!  These Dresden Plate quilt pieces have a variety of colors and print sizes that give the overall look a balanced feeling.

The grey striped fabric on the left is intriguing with it's modern take on the leaf motif.  One of the things I love about 1930s fabric prints are how they are sweetly old-fashioned, yet new in design.

The seamstress sewed the Dresden Plate pieces by machine but turned down the edges by hand.  Here you can see the her hand basting in preparation for appliqué.

There are six of these beautiful Dresden Plate pieces waiting to be turned into a quilt, it's just a matter of time.  Fortunately, they will blend beautifully with current reproduction 1930s fabrics and a new, yet retro quilt can be made easily.  Well, time to get to work!


  1. Love! this vintage Dresden. Want to make one just like this with the curved vs pointed top. Curious to know how to get those curve edges to look so nicely.

    1. The curves were stay-stitched by hand. The person who made these, all those years ago, did very fine work, didn't she?