Dresden Applique Pillow tutorial

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Yesterday was another hot day so I stayed inside working on a couple projects. I finished up a small wall hanging and then realized I couldn’t show it to you yet as the fabrics from Island Batik aren’t out yet so……I decided to make another project.

Pillows, table runners and table toppers are my favorite fast and easy things to make and I had been wanting to try out the GO! Dresden Plate that I bought a couple of months ago.

Dresden Flower pillow on deck chair

Dresden Flower Pillow

I used the rounded dresden die and some batiks that I had in my stash.  I decided to leave the curved edge raw so I stitched the pieces together right up to the curved edge. The bottom edge I decided to turn under. I made 4 of them using 5 round dresdens.

Dresden Flower pillow on deck chair closeup

I had 2 fat quarters of a neat light blue batik that I used for the pillow. I cut the front 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 and then pinned my dresdens to each corner. I spaced them about a 1/4 inch from the edge.

Dresden Flower pillow corner closeup
Dresden Flower pillow all four corners

It looked kind of plain so I decided to add a little flower to the center using my GO! Fun Flower die.

I made a sandwich of the top, the batting and muslin for the back before I did my free motion quilting. I did my little squiggle free-motion around the dresden pieces. For the flower, I added Heat & Bond Lite to the fabric before cutting it out.

Dresden Flower pillow flower

Here is a closeup of one of the corners.

Dresden Flower pillow front quilted

Sometimes it is fun to see the back of a piece as you can see the quilting so much better.

Dresden Flower pillow quilting on back

I did a overlap for the back with the last fat quarter of the background fabric. My pillow is 16-inch square and the fat quarter wasn’t going to give me as much of a overlap as I wanted.

Dresden applique pillow closeup of quilting

I had already cut the piece in half when I realized I had a leftover piece from the pillow front that could be added to my back so…..I just made one side a little longer. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be in a hurry.

Dresden Flower pillow back
Dresden Flower pillow flower closeup

Since this pillow matches my comfy chair….I’ll be keeping it. I sure wonder how many pillows I have made in the last couple of years……

Dresden appliqued pillow on couch

I used my AccuQuilt GO! Cutter and the GO! Dresden Plate and GO! Fun Flower dies.

Dresden Flower pillow on deck chair tutorial

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  1. Oh, scrumptious. Sew, sew very attractive!! Must try this, even though I don’t have dies, etc. Should still be fun!!!

  2. Thank you Connie for this tutorial. What a great project to try out the dresden die. I look forward to your blog to inspire me.

  3. This is such a beautiful pillow! Connie you sure have a way with batiks and I can see why you were chosen as an ambassador!

  4. wow another gorgeous pillow. the colors are so fantastic. I really love your back. it looks like a band that gives it a fancy yet plain backing.

  5. Cute! Those corners remind me of coneflowers.

  6. Createology says:

    Lovely pillow and the colors are very relaxing to fit right in with your comfy chair. Summer Comfort…

  7. I love dresdens, and have one that I'm working on this summer. But I often forget to use the partial ones like this. Very pretty!

  8. Quilting Babcia says:

    The colors are gorgeous, and the background fabric all quilted almost gives the effect of lace at a distance. One of my favorites.

  9. The colors are so calming on the deck. I'm glad you are keeping it. That looks like a nice die too.