Plethora of Pillows – Dresden Fan Pillow

For the Plethora of Pillows I chose a pattern from a book I reviewed, The Quilt Block Book by Nancy Wick.


I chose to combine the Tulip appliqué pattern and the Dresden Flower Fan pattern.  These two patterns were shown as a quilt layout in the book.  I used a corner section of nine blocks for my pillow.  Page 172 shows this layout.  For my fabric choices I used some of our beautiful new Batiks. This was an easy choice for me, I love batiks.


I used freezer paper templates to cut out the Dresden Flower Fan petals.  Freezer paper templates are nice to use as they stay in place when you cut them.  You can layer two or three layers of fabric and cut at the same time without the template slipping.


I had never made a Dresden Fan before.  It was pretty easy to make.  You sew across the top of the fabric right sides together, turn right side out, press, and instant Dresden Fan section.


For the center of the pillow I traced my pattern pieces onto Wonder Under.


I windowed the larger pieces so there was less bulk.


I fused these onto the wrong side of the fabric, cut out on the line, and fused to my background block.  I used some of the decorative stitches on my machine to appliqué around the fused tulip pieces.  Here is the completed pillow top.


Here is a close up section of the appliqué around the tulip.


I layered the pillow top, batting, and backing for quilting.  I chose to echo stitch around the tulip and Dresden Flower Fans, and stitch in the ditch in the Dresden Fan. For the two open blocks in my pillow I traced a simple pattern onto Golden Threads Quilting Paper.  I pinned this to my pillow top and free-motion quilted this pattern.


I chose to make an envelope style back for my pillow.  I used one of my favorite tools, the Hot Hemmer by Clover, for pressing the turned under hem.


My finished pillow uses a 20″x20″ Hobbs Poly-Down pillow form. I love how it turned out!



  1. Alisha - August 19, 2014

    I love it, Karen! Great job!!

    • Karen - August 19, 2014

      Thanks Alisha.

  2. Ann - August 19, 2014

    Great pillow Karen! I like how you made it your own design by combining elements from different blocks and techniques. Good job on the blog posting and photos too – quite helpful!

    • Karen - August 20, 2014

      Thanks Ann.

  3. Deb - August 20, 2014

    I LOVE it!!! Beautiful pillow, Karen. Your creativity is shining through.

    • Karen - August 20, 2014

      Thanks Deb. I wish I could take credit for all the creativity, but the idea came from The Quilt Block Book.

  4. Phyllis Miles - August 25, 2014

    Love the pillow, well done!!!

  5. Karen - August 26, 2014

    Thanks Phyllis.

  6. Donna - August 28, 2014

    Beautiful combination of designs

  7. Tanna Hatfield - September 18, 2014

    Wonderful instructions and pictures . Easy to follow. Such a beautiful pillow! Great job!! Tanna

  8. Betty - September 21, 2014

    Looks like a winner ! Will put this on my list of projects ! Well done…..