A little while back, I stitched a small thank you gift for a friend. I stole borrowed one of her photos from Instagram–it’s a pic of the view from her window at work–and manipulated it to remove the color from everything except the bright orange fall foliage. Then I printed it on fabric. I found a wonderful poem by Robert Frost called “Tree at my Window” and decided to add the first stanza to the image to resemble Magnetic Poetry. I quilted the mini and sent it off, and I enjoyed the process so much that I knew I’d use it again.

Tree at my Window mini art quilt

Then I learned about Poem on Your Pillow Day.

The idea is to put a piece of paper with a poem on someone’s pillow. That’s it.

I decided to stitch a poem onto a pillow instead.

My first thought was to use a Shel Silverstein poem that I love:

But then I ran across Mr. Silverstein’s “I Know You Little” and knew it was perfect.

I Know You Little Pillow
Poem by Shel Silverstein

Especially when I realized that one of my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations includes ten “hunny” pots, and that I have a small collection of Pooh Bear fat quarters that coordinate nicely with the picture.

Pooh Bear Pillow
Winnie the Pooh illustration by EH Shepard

I used a log cabin design to showcase the illustration and the coordinating prints, then quilted in the ditch. This was also my first time installing an invisible zipper. It wasn’t difficult, but I forgot to change my bobbin thread to coordinate with the exterior fabric–fortunately, it’s on the bottom, easily hidden, and not immediately obvious to the casual observer!

(Linked to Powered By Quilting for Friday Foto Fun)

(Linked to Musings of a Menopausal Melon for DrEAMi)

Stitch a poem directly onto a quilted pillow cover to send a message they'll treasure.

14 Replies to “Poem on Your Pillow Day, Taken Literally

  1. Wonderful ‘drop everything and make it’ project! I think I’d be dropping the other sewing projects and housework to make something this sweet. I LOVED Winnie the Pooh as a kid, even had my mum come in more than once to my bedroom where I was laughing out loud as I was reading one of Pooh‘s escapades-the one where he got his head stuck in the hunny pot comes to mind immediately! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Just wonderful. Pooh happens to be some of my favorite thing to read. All your versions are fun and inspiring!

  3. Becca, I’m always so impressed with your projects. The piece with the black and white photo is so creative and inspiring.
    I love Shel Silverstein, he has a way of making simple words go together in a way that stirs your imagination. His books aren’t just for kids to read, I’ve always thought.
    How you incorporate words and poems into your quilting is art!
    PS I love Poo too. Such a soulful bear . 💕

  4. Oh my goodness, I just read this post and I love the pillow and your creative idea! Not to mention that we were big Winnie the Pooh fans (still are), so the picture is a favorite. How fun!

  5. Becca, I envy your techie talent. I may think of that idea, but quickly discard it because I don’t have a clue as to how to accomplish it. (and there is only so many tricks an old dog can learn!)

  6. What a fabulous idea! I love both Frost and Silverstein. I think my children might be a little warped because I brought them up on Uncle Shelby’s ABZs! Both of these projects are just fabulous. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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