Hot Plate – free quilt tutorial/pattern

Hot Plate Charity Quilt

So here it is! The Hot Plate tutorial. This quilt is one in a series of 5 quilts that I made for charity. One point on this quilt: of all the quilts made for the charity challenge, this was by far the most work intensive.

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  • Jelly roll, or 20 2-1/2″ strips. I used a Kaffe Fasset collection
  • 1/2 yard of center background print plus one fat quarter of same print
  • 1 yard of plaid background print
  • Easy Dresden Quilt Tool Set
  • Roxanne’s baste-it glue, or a water soluable glue that you prefer
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, mat, scissors, thread…you know the drill


  1. Using your rotary cutter, cut jelly roll strips into 5″ sections. You will need twenty wedges for each of the eight plates, for a total of one hundred sixty wedges. I used one piece from each of twenty strips for my plates; you could arrange them in any number of ways yourself.
  2. Use the wedge ruler to cut the 5″ sections into wedges.
  3. Fold a single wedge in half lengthwise, RST. Sew a 1/4″ seam across the fat folded end of the wedge. Trim the seam allowance and turn the fabric right side out. This forms the point of the wedge. Repeat for the remaining wedges.
  4. Arrange your wedges in the desired pattern (as noted above I used one piece from each strip in each plate.) To make one plate, sew two adjacent wedges RST, along the long edge. Make your way around the plate two at a time. Then sew two pairs of two together, moving around the plate, etc. until all twenty wedges are sewn into a circular plate. Repeat for the remaining plates.
  5. Press the seams all in one direction.
  6. Cut the plaid background into two 1/2 yard cuts, selvage to selvage. The selvages will be the left and right sides of the quilt – so sew the center piece to the two plaid pieces with all selvages along the left and right sides. Then trim the selvages away to make a nice even edge along the whole left and right sides. Press the seams open.
  7. Fold the top in half lengthwise and finger press. Fold in half the other way and finger press. The pressed lines will be used to guide placement of the plates.
  8. Referring to the picture of the full quilt and using your pressed guidelines, place the plates on the quilt top. Pin them in place.
  9. Use the circle template that came with the ruler to cut out the circles to cover the center of the plates. I made a freezer paper template and ironed it on to the back side of my fabric, cut the pieces out (adding an eye-balled seam allowance) and then ironed the seam allowances down to form a perfect circle. In other words, use starch, heat, and steam to fold the seam allowance over the edge of the freezer paper into a smooth curve. There are other methods to create perfect circles out there so if this doesn’t work for you definitely roam about and find what does.
  10. Pull the paper out of your circle and dot some basting glue on the back of the fabric circle. Center a circle over a plate. Let the glue dry. You can secure it with a pin or two if you are paranoid like me. (ha ha) Put a circle on each plate.
  11. Now here is the weird part. Layer your quilt with backing and batting, and put your top on. Baste with your preferred method…and quilt! You don’t have to applique the plates down because the edges of the wedges (that rhymes!) are finished. Isn’t that awesome? My quilting: I started in the center of each circle and quilted a circular spiral out to the edge. When I hit the edge of the circle, I veered off into the plate. From there I did loop-de-loops, one in each wedge, being careful to get the loops up into the points of each wedge. I quilted each plate in this fashion and then meandered over the rest of the quilt. Below is a close up of one of my plates. If you look closely you can see the sheen of my stitches (I used a monofilament thread.)
    Hot Plate Charity Quilt Closeup
  12. Trim and bind, as you normally would. Hurray! A completed quilt.

Hot Plate Charity Quilt
Hot Plate Charity Quilt
Full disclosure: I was not compensated in any way by companies mentioned here. I purchased all of the supplies and mentioned them because I used them and liked them. Thank you!

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