Dresden Plate

Wild Fern Studios & Gallery
19 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713


In 1978 gallery owner and 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.

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