Modern Dresden Block – Paper Pieced Pattern

Pattern Update – 2018

I have now turned this block into a full-fledged foundation paper pieced pattern.
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Pieced Primrose Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

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Original Design Idea – Modern Dresden

This my contemporary interpretation of a Dresden Plate block.

Modern Dresden in OrangeI 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 EQ and this is what I came up with.

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.

Modern Dresden in Purple

93 thoughts on “Modern Dresden Block – Paper Pieced Pattern

  1. Susan says:

    I LOVE this design! That is just so beautiful. While being modern, there’s a feeling of traditional in it, too, so it’s a nice combination. Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern.

  2. Cathy Rayes says:

    Hi There! I love your paper pieced Dresden – very creative! I am intrigued by your linky days. Can you explain it a bit for me? I am intrigued with your blog and will become a follower. Thanks for participating in this blog hop so that I could see your blog. I look forward to visiting often!

    • Christa says:

      Thanks Cathy! The links are to other blogs who host linkup days. You go to their blog on that day and can add a link to your blog. It’s a great way to learn about other blogs and then let others know about yours if you have one. They are usually themed, like “Work in Progress Wednesday” or “Finished Friday” so you write a blog post about what quilts your are working on or have finished.Then you ‘link up’ to the host person’s blog with picture and link back to your blog.

  3. usairdoll says:

    Gorgeous! Love these dresdens, neat shape. Great color combos as well. Thank you for sharing with us, amazing job!


  4. Kristy Wilkinson says:

    Wow! When I saw it in the yellows I liked it alot. But when you showed it in the purples… well that really did it. I am looking forward to trying it out. Maybe for my husband’s office in our den. Thanks for the pattern. K-

  5. Christine L says:

    What a Wonderful Twist to make the Block Modern!! Hugs and Thank you for participating! I had to work a long day and am happy to be hopping and seeing fantastic projects to finish of the day!

  6. Kris says:

    Fabulous idea and I look forward to the quilt you make from this wonderful design!! And paper-piecing is my most fav way of piecing!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and the pattern!!

  7. Daryl says:

    Beautiful design. Did you make a fabric block? Or a quilt? Which colors did you make it in? I would love to see the actual quilt or quilt block in fabric.

  8. connandvansmom says:

    Oh my goodness I love your version of the dresden. Very modern and very appealing.

  9. Debby Kratovil says:

    Hi. Your pattern is actually a traditional one called Sunrise! It is beautiful. But did you sew one up in real fabric? Would love to see it. I have made it several times (it appears in my new book) and has so many possibilities, as you say. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

    • Christa says:

      Thanks for the info Debby! That’s so funny that this block is already out there and named because I came up with the design on my own just playing around with lines and angles. I do hope to make it someday, but for now it’s just an EQ7 drawing. I guess it proves that if you get enough (quilting) monkeys in a room they can come up with the same thing, LOL!! I just took a look at your blog and the quilts in your book are wonderful!

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