Modern Dresden Block – Paper Pieced Pattern

Pattern Update

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

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. Carol Irving says:

    This is a wonderful design! I love designing my own blocks, and rarely use anyone else’s unless I tweak it somehow to make it “mine”. I want to do yours exactly as is – there is nothing I could add to make it better! I can hardly wait!

  2. MaryAnne Girouard says:

    I love this block! I have printed it and going to choose my colours now! Thank you for sharing. I’ll definitely give you credit for the pattern as I’m sure many will want to know where to get it.

  3. Suzanne West says:

    Thinking of enlarging the pattern and using a variety of Christmas fabrics for a holiday quilt.

  4. GranNana6 says:

    This is so beautiful. I love the updated look. I will be creating this for some of my grands for the holidays. Thank you for sharing.

    • Annie says:

      Great Idea! I have been working on Christmas lap quilts since March to give as gifts to family members, and have a goos sized stash of lovely Christmas fabric to work on this with. This is so beautiful and I think I want to incorporate some metallics in it. I am also thinking of perhaps enlarging in to make a wall hanging or two. This patterns offers so much versatility and endless possibilities for themes. Thanks so much for sharing this Christa, so appreciated. A tutorial would be very nice

  5. Cindy Tiberio says:

    Will the overall size of this block be 12 1/2″, for a 12″ finished unit? Or 12″ for an 11 1/2″ finished unit? Because of the inconsistency in pattern verbage, I get confused. Beautiful pattern, BTW! Thanks!

  6. Pam says:

    I just love your modern Dresden block. I note that you drew it EQ 7. Is it possible to get a copy of the EQ file. I want to make the block smaller and I’m having difficulty drawing it.

    Thank you.

  7. tweetyb421 says:

    Quite a nice block! With this pattern and good color choices and placement this would be a stunning quilt…..

  8. Sue Ann Mason-Ames says:

    I love this block and what would happen if you just paper pieced the plate and appliqued it to the black? Or better yet take each part to the plate and had sew and then applique. I just may try all of it.

  9. Carol Hinkle says:

    Beautiful! Great designing, thanks so much for sharing this pattern. Can’t wait to get into my stash and see what colors I can make this block.

  10. Sherry Robinson says:

    I love it but how do you do the piecing? I printed off the paper pattern and can’t figure out how to start and what to do. HELP!!!!!
    Sherry in TX

    • Christa says:

      Thanks! I would refer you to some online tutorials or youtube for basic paper piecing instructions. Just google “paper piecing tutorial” and you will find a bazillion of them, LOL! Then apply those same techniques to the block. This gives me an idea – I will work up a tutorial on how to make the block later…. so stay tuned!

  11. stipplequilt says:

    What a beautiful pattern and I can’t believe I missed it! Just saw it on 19 Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns at FaveQuilts.

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