Astonishing Dresden Plate quilt blocks by hand . . . or machine! (+ giveaway)

Best-selling author Katja Marek has done incredible things with hexagons, inspiring thousands of quilters with her fun quilt-alongs and beginner-friendly approach to English paper piecing. So when we heard that for her next book Katja wanted to pay homage to the classic Dresden Plate, we couldn’t wait to see where her creativity would take her. Today, we get to show you—and it’s incredible all over again!

Distinctive Dresdens

In Distinctive Dresdens, you’ll stitch Dresden Plate blocks like you’ve never seen them before—and in ways you may never have sewn them before! Katja shares a new English-paper-piecing technique that you can do by hand or machine. Play with 26 dazzling Dresden Plate quilt-block patterns that breathe new life into the classic Dresden wedge, transforming the design with fresh angles and points that will have you seeing stars, flowers, and more. You’ll be wowed by the dizzying array of Dresdens you can create.

Our favorite part of the book? The geometry—and the fact that we can skip calculating equations! Katja’s done all the work for you: simply trace, cut, and stitch for piecing that’s a perfect fit. Just for that, we’re giving Katja an honorary doctorate degree in geometry from Martingale!

Distinctive Dresdens
Clockwise from top left: wall quilt, runner, and quilt from Distinctive Dresdens

Katja MarekIn the introduction to Distinctive Dresdens, Katja says, “I asked myself why the Dresden Plate always had to have 20 equal-sized petals, when there are so many more possibilities. In this book, I have tried to provide an answer to my own question. I wanted to create very distinctive blocks containing wedges with multiple and varying angles, sometimes with points inserted between the wedges for interest. To achieve this, I developed a system using the precise paper shapes that are so effective for English paper piecing, combined with the option of machine piecing to easily insert pointed fabric pieces between the wedges.

By bringing together my beloved English paper piecing, precise paper templates, and machine piecing for a new approach, I have added new chapters to the Dresden Plate story.”

Don’t you just love how her brain works?

Here’s a peek at the 26 blocks in the book—and the six beautiful projects Katja’s included too!

Now, if you’re familiar with Katja’s previous book and calendar, you know she LOVES a good quilt-along. And you can bet she’s hosting one for Distinctive Dresdens! But we’ll all have to be patient—the samples for the quilt-along are debuting at Fall Quilt Market at the end of October. This is the only peek we can give you today:

Rainy Days and Sun Days QAL

Follow Katja’s “Quilt with Me” group on Facebook for the big reveal of Katja’s Distinctive Dresdens quilt-along project.

Distinctive DresdensWe’re giving away a copy of Distinctive Dresdens today! To enter your name into the drawing, tell us:

When it comes to quilt math, I am:

  • A whiz!
  • A little wobbly.
  • The worst.

Tell us your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Already dreaming of all the Dresdens you want to make? Order Distinctive Dresdens at and instantly download the eBook for free.






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