Hello Friends! I am happy to have you visit again. Today, I am thrilled to share with you my Song of Praise pillow, featured in the latest August/September 2014 issue of The Quilter. Song of Praise is my feeble token of appreciation to God for what He has done in my life, and inspired by the verse “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30, KJV)
This is a snapshot from The Quilter’s website. I love the styled shot very much.
Song of Praise features a blue bird… with a “swoosh” for its wing.
In keeping with the non-demanding feel of the project, I substituted the usually “expected” leaves and flowers with just buttons. Sometimes, stitching 40-50 leaves around stems for an applique project is the last thing I want to do when I need a quick to finish project. And, we all have buttons we aren’t using, right?
I also meant for this project to entice quilters who have yet to try out applique. The pieces are few, and easy to to handle… so, if you haven’t tried out applique technique(s), perhaps, Song of Praise could tempt you, even just a bit? Click here and here to read about my applique tips. I used contrasting Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads to stitch my blanket stitches (tiny and close together) in finishing the applique pieces.
For quilting, I outline quilted around the applique pieces, and quilted circles on the pillow top to keep with the look of simplicity. But I think the pillow will take on a fancy look if quilted densely with feathers! You may click here to read about the method I often use to mark “without marking” simple shapes used as quilting motifs.
Song of Praise uses fabrics from Benartex’s Rainbow Bright Balis. Click here to view the entire fabric range. You will LOVE the colors, like I have.
I hope you have enjoyed Song of Praise, and will continue to enjoy the rest of your summer (or winter for my southern hemisphere friends).
Thank you again for stopping by. Happy Monday, and I hope you have a most blessed week!
Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.
My 2014 lineup to date —
Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom
Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star
Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home
Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall
McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend
McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared
McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching
Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars
Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis
Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day
The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up
The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail
The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View
The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise
Free to use designs:
February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures