This was my first dresden plate quilt . I learned a few things along the way.
1) When sewing the blades start from the point end, and sew down . That way if some gremlin gets into your sewing and blades do not match ; the not matching will occur in the center of the dresden plate and eventually be hidden by your center circle.
2) If you intend to use light colored fabric for your center circles , make sure you either trim the blades even with your light center's seam allowance so that it cannot be seen(or a shadow appears) . Or perhaps a light interfacing may be applied to back of circle. You do not want to see your blade ends thru the center after you have applied it to your backround square!
My quilt ended up 54" x 54"square. I did do scallops on the border and a 1/4 of a dresden plate block on the corners trimmed to size of border width. I took it to my favorite quilter this morning, Mary was not there today because of sick child,but i was able to drop off to her mother, Arleen.
But if you are ever in the area of Pequot Lakes, minnesota stop by and say hi to Mary and Arleen. They are super sweet and helpful. All for now , Time spent with a friend is never a waste. martha