{No More Nevermore} Edgar the Poe Pillow

October 26, 2012 · 23 comments

My pillow for the PTS9 (Pillow Talk Swap) is finally finished and out the door today to its recipient. I title it “Edgar the Poe Pillow”. I have liked the sort of freaky works of Poe since I was a little girl. I enjoy the traditional dresden mixed up a bit. I especially love hand appliquéing them down. Hand sewing has a calming affect on me.
I have decided to enter it in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. If you like my piece I hope you will nominate me (by November 4th) to be on the ballot that will then receive a second round of votes, November 5-8. My entry is # 185

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Quilt Measurements-19″x19″
Special Techniques used – Hand Applique, Piping, Hidden zipper
Quilted by… Robyn of Coffee and Cotton
Best category – Hand Applique, Home Machine Quilted, Scrap Quilt


I loved making this Dresden quilt block into a pillow. I made a traditional Dresden block but enlarged the center circle to accommodate the size of the Raven. Before appliqueing the circle down I added some braided piping.

I then hand appliqued the Dresden onto some wonderful charcoal Essex linen. I love that fabric!


I added some borders to make it a finished size of about 19 inches square. The pillow front is free-motion quilted with Glide thread in the shade Prickly Pear.
I finished the back with a zipper that is hidden under a flap.

A great tutorial on how to make a hidden zipper flap for a pillow can be found here

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avatar 1 barb October 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

What a lovely Pillow! I love the center motif!

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avatar 2 Rachel October 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Like the quilting on the pillow.
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avatar 3 Jill October 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

What a great fussy cut center! It’s a beautiful pillow.

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avatar 4 Mina October 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Love your fabric choices

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avatar 5 Marci Girl October 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Beautiful pillow and I love that you added the piping around the center, nice touch!

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avatar 6 Hollie October 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Ooooh! I love it Robyn!
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avatar 7 Carla October 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

well, would you look at that! Gorgeous!

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avatar 8 Julie October 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

wow that is a neat pillow, I love it.
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avatar 9 Leanne October 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the prints you picked and the quilting is wonderful, thank you for sharing it.
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avatar 10 Gene Black October 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

That is an absolutely brilliant use of fussy cutting. I also love the braided piping.
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avatar 11 audrey October 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Absolutely lovely!

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avatar 12 CitricSugar October 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

What a great showcase for that raven! Just beautiful work.
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avatar 13 Shontelle October 29, 2012 at 4:55 am

Awesome use of the bird. And I love the name.
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avatar 14 SAndra October 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Love this – the perfect combination of mixed techniques and perfect for halloween!

Come see my entries #23 antique zigzag and #46 repro tulip batik
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avatar 15 Lorna October 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Robyn: What a gorgeous pillow. Amazing quilting and
the dresden plate really accentuates the Raven. Are you
a lover of Edgar Allan Poe?

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avatar 16 tusen November 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

I love your fabric choices and the quilting is beautiful, too.

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avatar 17 Sue November 1, 2012 at 9:03 am

What a great pillow! I love everything about it, the colourful Dresden and such a wonderful fussy cut centre!
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avatar 18 Mary P November 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

What a cool quilted pillow.

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avatar 19 margaret gunn November 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

the raven fabric is uber-cool!

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avatar 20 Sewfrench November 4, 2012 at 8:15 am

Nice pillow!

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avatar 21 Jazzcat November 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I love your pillow BB. It’s wonderful to see the compliments when I know how much of you is in each stitch.

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avatar 22 Robyn_CoffeeAndCotton November 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Aww Thank you my Love!

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avatar 23 Maddie Kertay November 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Well you know it has my vote! :)
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