{Paper Pieced} Cheat’s Dresden Pattern PDF


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Oh the dreaded dresden. The shapes are funky, you have to appliqué them to the background, they're just not for the lighthearted. So let's cheat! Why not paper piece it?!

This cheater dresden finishes at 16″ square. You still need to appliqué the center circle, but it should be loads easier than appliquéing the whole thing.

This pattern does not provide instructions or a tutorial for paper piecing, but check out my tutorial here.

Sample cheat's dresden block sewn by Joanne Jones.

Fabric requirements:

  • Large scraps of colored fabric
  • 1/2 yd of lighter background fabric