I think Dresden's are delightful in all their many ways. I enjoy making them and have learned a few tricks to make them easier and thought I would share.here. With the ruler you just cut a strip the size you want your blades and then start cutting. Just flip the ruler back and forth so you don't waste fabric. For the project I'm working on now I used 5" and 3".
perfect circle applique cut out your circle this size and follow the directions. Center this on your plate and stitch down.
here. Hope this is helpful. If you create a Dresden project I would love to see. Let me know they make me very happy.