how many slices in a pie

I have never really liked baking pies. 
I love  eating pies.

My mom’s coconut cream is to die for, but baking pies for my crew never seemed to be enough 
food so it was not my go to dessert.

So when  I was playing with the Dresden plate project sheet that Moda was doing with Printemps by 3 sisters, I wondered how many ways can you slice a Dresden plate. See where I am going this…..

I knew the width of the strip used would make a difference in the overall size of the blades which determines the size of the Dresden plate. All this really in depth research was performed using one ruler, Simplicity/EZ Easy Dresden by Darlene Zimmerman.

EZ Quilting Tools Easy Dresden Quilt Tool Set

Complete instructions on how cool this ruler is, shown here.

Using only one ruler I knew that my angle would be the same 
and I would need 20 blades.

Enough with the stuff I should have paid more attention to in high school geometry,
lets get to the fun part.

look closely at the difference in the pic above 
and  the pic below.

The only difference is whether you start measuring 
with the top of the
ruler or the bottom of the ruler. 
(it is okay to look at the pics again.)

Here is an example of the two blades stacked on top 
of each other. Since I cut them from 
the same width of fabric they are the same length.

The plate blocks measures 18″ across with a 
5 1/4″ opening in the center.

This one measures 15″ across with 
a 2 1/4″ opening in the center.

The blocks lined up beside each other 
showing the 3″ difference between the size.

This is them on top of each other showing 
how cool a layered dresden plate would be.

combining two of the most popular and forever 
classic dresden plates
There doesn’t seem to be much difference in sizes 
of the overall Dresden plate and the centers. 
 I measured them and it was about a 3″ difference
 which really adds up.
Big Dresden plate measures 18″ with a 5 1/4″ center opening.
Smaller plate measures 15″ with 2 1/4″ opening.
Adding paper pieced hexagons makes this 

into one shabby chic quilt.

quilt made by Debbi Duckworth

Printemps is headed to stores now so ask for the fabrics and patterns at you fav store or just dive into your scraps 
and have some fun making all sizes of Dresden plates.

I wonder how big to cut the blades for one huge Dresden plate?

All this is making me hungry. I think I will call my mom and see if she has some pie.



  1. I love dresdens too! They are so much fun. I have a couple quilts that have them stitched on. Actually a V-day quilt hanging up in my home right now has some and I can't help but admire those little sweeties 🙂 So much fun.

  2. JoAnne says:

    I used this ruler to make Dresden Doilies by Gerri Robinson. The pattern was in an issue of McCalls quilting. They included templates to make three sizes of Dresdens, but said that you could also use the ruler. I got the ruler and began, but realized that the Dresdens in the pattern had "fewer" blades than what the ruler directions indicated (20). The smaller ones were made up of only 12. I couldn't figure it out, but I tried it, and it worked well. You sew maybe 18 or 16 or however many, and then when you press the entire thing, it straightens out, like magic! So now you may have to try more, using the same strip size but fewer blades to see how those rings compare.

  3. Caro says:

    Very cute! Your question about how many pieces can be cut in a pie reminded me of a saying that my thin father-in-law always used to say. "I never knew that a pie could be cut in more than four pieces."

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