Swain County Quilt Trail

Dresden Plate

Dresden Plate

The Cottage Craftsman
19 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-736-1605

In 1978 former owner & basketmaker Debbie Mills took a quilting class and learned how to hand piece a block called the Dresden Plate. When the block was finished, it was carefully wrapped and tucked away. 21 years later she brought it out to show it to her good friend. The friend quietly took the piece, intending to have it framed immediately. One year led to five and still it was not framed. By now Debbie thought she had lost it. To her great surprise in the 6th year, her friend gave her back the piece which had been beautifully framed and is now on display in the gallery. The Dresden Plate was one of the most popular quilt patterns used during the 1920s and 30s. The pattern reflects the romance of the Victorian Era with its love of elaborate decoration on household items and decor; and the admiration women had for the beautiful plates of Dresden, Germany, which were embellished with flowers, fruits and foliage.

GPS Coordinates:
35.4276806,-83.4454991

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free

828-488-3681 local

828-488-6858 fax

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