Many have written and asked me to do a tutorial on the Dresden Plate block! Hope you can understand this...if not, let me know!
The whole quilt
Close up of a block
First -- cut your strip the WOF and the heighth you want the ray of the plate - in this case I cut it 3 1/2" by WOF
This is the Easy Dresden ruler I use
Lay the ruler down, matching the 3 1/2" line
Cut with your rotary cutter on each side, flip the ruler so it's upside down and cut again
Sew with 1/4" seam -- I mark the 1/4" seamline when handstitching. MUCH easier
Fold in half lengthwise and finger press -- this is important. (sorry for blurry - hard to do a photo with one hand)
Sew the 1/4 across the top
Nip off at the fold -- and at a slant.
Fold down and finger press the seam OPEN
Sew the blades together matching the TOP -- don't worry about the bottom, it'll be under the center
Flip the right side out and finger press the sides -- make sure the seam stay flat and not folded to one side. Also - make sure your point is sharp -- The Purple Thing is GOOD for this. I matched up the seam line with the fold that you made earlier.... the points will be perfect that way and not skewed. Press with an iron..
Make 20 blades. I did 4 sets of 5 and tried to have at least one solide or near solid blade in each set --- 4 solids in each plate.