Dresden Plate is a traditional quilt pattern from the 1920s, using the appliqué technique. 

Dresden Plates can be flat, point, rounded, fancy or arty!

Made for me by Annetta Cossey

This review is for  a Sew Easy acrylic template for a 45 degree dresden. This needs 8 wedges to complete the circle. Dresden templates come in a variety of degrees dependant on how many wedges you want.

I searched for a ‘how to’ on this ruler and could only find a couple of videos. I much prefer written directions, so hopefully this will work for you too.

On the left is the full template size wedge cut out (unfinished), on the right is the same wedge with the edges turned under 1/4″ (finished)

Eight of these makes a daisy 13″ across. Of course you can make them straight across the top too. If you are cutting round the curve it is quite hard with a rotary cutter. I recommend using either a small rotary cutter, (they also come in 28mm and 18mm versions) or drawing around it and cutting with scissors.

In order to make a smaller daisy with eight petals, you need to draw around the template marking the height of the petal you want -here I used 3, then move the template down and line up the numbers on the top edge, as you can see I lined up the 3’s. I did this in Sharpie so you can see it, you would do it in biro or fabric marking pen for accuracy.


There are a variety of ways to sew the dresden down, follow your pattern, ask in UK Quilters United or Google for the options.

For reference, here is a little chart on how many wedges (points, blades or petals) and their corresponding degree sized ruler

I hope that helps you choose a dresden ruler!