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    I am making Dresden Plate blocks in scrappy brown and blues. I would like to to alternate these 15 inch blocks with some other block. Any suggestions? As always, thanks for your help.

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    i love dresdens, so i wouldn't put them with a different block. however, since the blocks are so large, i see why you want to do that. sorry, no suggestions

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    Broken dishes in very faint neutrals?

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    how about a simple 9 patch with muted soft colors so they don't fight with the dresden.

    or just use plain blocks then quilt the block with a wreath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaNella
    Broken dishes in very faint neutrals?
    good one!!! :)

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    What about a plain fabric that is quilted using the Dresden plate design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    What about a plain fabric that is quilted using the Dresden plate design?
    I would do a google image search for Dresden Plate quilt and see what others have done and then pick whichever I liked best. I've seen them alternated with a solid fabric which has a round swirly fan quilted in it most often, I believe. I've also seen many that have a Sunflower type design quilted in the plain block with crosshatching in the center and the petals mimic the Dresden Plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    What about a plain fabric that is quilted using the Dresden plate design?
    I would love to do this, but I'm not very good at straight ruler work on my longarm yet or the pretty swirly wreaths. So, I feel that I might mess it up, and I don't have time to practice, as this is going to be Christmas gift. So, I've got to get moving on it. I'm thinking maybe I might as well go ahead and make all the blocks with Dresden plates and do sashing witha 3 strip set with the cornerstone of each one being a little 9-patch. I did google as someone mentioned....seemed like most of them were ready-made bedspreads, etc. The handmade quilts I did see, didn't have any alternate blocks. I'm still open to suggestions, though. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    What about a plain fabric that is quilted using the Dresden plate design?
    I would love to do this, but I'm not very good at straight ruler work on my longarm yet or the pretty swirly wreaths. So, I feel that I might mess it up, and I don't have time to practice, as this is going to be Christmas gift. So, I've got to get moving on it. I'm thinking maybe I might as well go ahead and make all the blocks with Dresden plates and do sashing witha 3 strip set with the cornerstone of each one being a little 9-patch. I did google as someone mentioned....seemed like most of them were ready-made bedspreads, etc. The handmade quilts I did see, didn't have any alternate blocks. I'm still open to suggestions, though. Thanks.

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    Check out our Gallery of Quilts under the Pictures section. They have some amazing Dresden Plates and lots of inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    Check out our Gallery of Quilts under the Pictures section. They have some amazing Dresden Plates and lots of inspiration.
    Thanks so much for calling this to my attention!! I had never taken the time to look at this!! I did get a great idea from one of these quilts!! Gonna try it and see what I think with my quilt. thanks again!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella
    Check out our Gallery of Quilts under the Pictures section. They have some amazing Dresden Plates and lots of inspiration.
    I did not know to check this out either. Thanks for the tip.

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    Check out the free patterns at http://www.quilterscache.com...look under the 15" block size...she might have something that will work for you (or look in the 12" section and add an 1.5 mini-border to bring it up to 15).

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    a basket block

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    Have you seen X0X0X quilt tops?? (Hugs and Kisses) Since the Dresden resembles the Hugs (0) you could create a simple X block. Sashing and Cornerstones sound like a great setting for your Dresdens.

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    I made a dresden plate and set the blocks on point. I then alternated a plain background fabric block between them on point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misoop
    I am making Dresden Plate blocks in scrappy brown and blues. I would like to to alternate these 15 inch blocks with some other block. Any suggestions? As always, thanks for your help.

    I have become such a fan of scrappy string blocks, the smaller strings the better.

    I use doodle pad paper, cut to larger than you need, if I was doing a 15" block I'd make 5" squares, sew strings on the diagonal. Use anything. 1.5" & down, wonky, sew strips together. Neutral strings are great. Bonnie Hunter has quite a few on her group Quiltville.com. Put together they look like a medallion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher
    I made a dresden plate and set the blocks on point. I then alternated a plain background fabric block between them on point.
    @misoop I don't know if you're looking for an alternate block because you don't want to make more DP blocks ;-) or want something different to fill up the space.

    Maybe an alternate setting might achieve the same purpose:

    I, too, like the idea of an on-point setting. It fills up the space nicely, and doesn't look like a standard straight grid pattern (not my personal favorite ;-) ).
    http://www.rickrack.com/quilt/pdp.html

    Here are a couple of other pictures I stumbled across:

    The basket really compliments the plates:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pz8eid7Sg_...atch.co.uk.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_pz8eid7Sg_.../Dresden+Plate,+Jenny+Reynold,+at+www_qldquilters_com.jpg

    Here's the 9patch cornerstone layout option:
    http://www.robertkaufman.com/quiltin...dresden_plate/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher
    I made a dresden plate and set the blocks on point. I then alternated a plain background fabric block between them on point.
    @misoop I don't know if you're looking for an alternate block because you don't want to make more DP blocks ;-) or want something different to fill up the space.

    Maybe an alternate setting might achieve the same purpose:

    I, too, like the idea of an on-point setting. It fills up the space nicely, and doesn't look like a standard straight grid pattern (not my personal favorite ;-) ).
    http://www.rickrack.com/quilt/pdp.html

    Here are a couple of other pictures I stumbled across:

    The basket really compliments the plates:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pz8eid7Sg_...atch.co.uk.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_pz8eid7Sg_.../Dresden+Plate,+Jenny+Reynold,+at+www_qldquilters_com.jpg

    Here's the 9patch cornerstone layout option:
    http://www.robertkaufman.com/quiltin...dresden_plate/
    MTS----thank you sooooo much!! I LOVE the one with the center basket....everything set on point. It is perfect. Yes, part of my thinking was I just didn't like making that many dresden plates for a queen size quilt. Plus, I really don't like the look of everything being lined up in a row...row after row...like ducks in a row....each row....know what I mean??? I just like some variety. Again, thanks everyone who contributed.....everyone had great ideas....some I just couldn't do because of fancy quilting issues. But, I will have no problem quilting this one, I can even do some feathers in those half squares, I believe. (I have learned to do feathers...hehehe....and some pretty stippling and loops.)

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    I think the perfect alternate block would be a Dresden Plate. If you want a different arrangment, how about doing the Dresden Plate the you make into quarters and put in the corners of a plain block? There is also a nice one that makes fans in the corner and I have even seen one where you use a quarter fan in the corner and applique a umbrella handle.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-136195-1.htm
    This is one I made for one of my DSILs, set it on point and used the nine-patch for the cornerstones of the sashing. Setting it on point gave it a totally different effect.

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