Dresden Pillow

I remember the first time I saw this book – A Quilting Life by Sherri McConnell. I thought it was darling. I love the projects in it – a bit modern, kind of cute but not too much of either. I finally got my hands on the book and I’ve made the Christmas Dresden Pillow. Now that I look at the book it says it’s a 14″ square pillow, but somehow mine is 16″ square. Ummmm. Well I love it.

As you can tell I’m quite keen on bright colors, most of these are from our Quilters Candy. I’ve given a nod to my view of country quilting. I used blanket stitch on the appliquéd Dresden plate. It was really easy to make and I got to use some of my favorite tools. My Karen Kay Buckley Bigger Perfect Circles and a Dresden plate ruler. The whole thing went together really easily and quickly.

As you can see from the back of the pillow, I was having too much fun with my Bigger Perfect Circles and I made a couple extra for the back of the pillow – well actually I couldn’t decide which fabric to put in the middle of the plate. So I had the orange circle made ready to appliqué and couldn’t waste it. Then I made another so the first one had a friend. Then I liked the look of the stripe on the back…All done now.


  1. Virginia - June 11, 2013

    That is the prettiest Dresden Plate I have ever seen. Gorgeous

  2. Connie - June 11, 2013

    Your pillow is so bright and cheery. It makes me feel happy and making one will assure that I continue to be happy. Enjoying quilting a dresden pattern is a fun thing to do.

  3. Sue Terpin - June 11, 2013

    Awwww thank you. I’ve always wanted to experiment/make a Dresden plate, now I have (Eeeeeee- happy sound)

  4. Tami Chaulk - June 11, 2013

    This is just adorable! The striped circle is perfect for the middle of the plate and the binding! I looked for a Dresden plate ruler in the tools section, but didn’t see one. I guess I can just make a template. I really like this little pillow!

  5. Sue Terpin - June 11, 2013

    The book suggests a few layers of freezer paper.

  6. Maureen Henault - June 12, 2013

    I have always liked the Dresden Plate and am so happy, they are back in style! Yours is beautiful!

  7. Arreta Boyd - June 12, 2013

    The love the Dresden plate pillow. I had made one with the 30’s & 40’s materials which now is displated with my old Teddy Bear. Someday I’m going to make a quilt to match it.

  8. Rose - June 12, 2013

    Yours looks like a color wheel. VERY PRETTY to look at, even better to nap on I would think!!!
    THanks for sharing your pic, inspires me.
    Rose in Ohio where we are currently awaiting horrendous storms and wind.

  9. Bernice Kazeil - June 12, 2013

    Please note change of email – was bmk@yourlink.ca

  10. Ethel Hough - June 12, 2013

    I really like Dresden plate designs. I do like that pillow. It’s bright and colorful!