Dresden's from start to finish the May Chappell way!

A must-have block for every avid quilter's repertoire, the classic Dresden block is as timeless as it is versatile. The design was initially created using reproduction fabrics in the early 20th century, and the simple method leaves plenty of room for creating bold color schemes and unique projects. Dresdens are one of the most dynamic quilt blocks, and they're easier to make than you think! Join quilter Lee Chappell Monroe as she guides you through the Dresden block.

Lee begins by exploring fabric choice. With twenty plates needed for each Dresden, there are endless color, texture, and print combinations to explore! Dresdens have simple yet concise patterns, so you'll walk away with the best practices to create accurate pieces. She will take you through the stitching steps sharing tips and tricks to ensure success. Next, she will demonstrate blind machine appliqué so that your block has the look of hand stitching in less time. Finish your workshop with lessons on creating the center.

What you will learn

  • Learn tips for choosing fabric, with particular attention to combining various values, prints, and fussy cuts

  • Discover multiple ways to appliqué a Dresden, including blind machine appliqué, which mimics hand stitching

  • Use a ruler to accurately cut (and fussy cut) Dresden wedges

  • Achieve precise points on the blade tips for a neatly finished block

  • Form a flat, tidy block by learning how to stitch the wedges to one another, hide the thread tails, and press your seams

  • Includes access to course videos, downloads, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire.


+Includes a Dresden Template Download (although a ruler is recommended).

Making a Dresden the May Chappell Way

Dresdens are a timeless, must-have block pattern for all quilters! Master all the steps of making a Dresden block with tips and tricks on fabric selection and precise piecing.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to the course!

    1 Video 1 Text

  • Chapter 1: Materials

    1 Video

  • Chapter 2: Cutting

    3 Videos

  • Chapter 3: Making the Dresden Points

    3 Videos

  • Chapter 4: Making the Dresden

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 5: Attaching the Dresden

    4 Videos

  • Chapter 6:Making the Center

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 7: Closing

    1 Video 1 Text