Song of Praise in THE QUILTER (August/September 2014)


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.

benartex rainbow bright

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 —

Editorial features:

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:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures


12 thoughts on “Song of Praise in THE QUILTER (August/September 2014)

  1. Rosemary B here:
    Oh this is really pretty. Yea, I love the buttons. You could do all sorts of things really, make “leaves” out of lace!
    I have not tried applique.
    We had someone come to our quilt club to, I assumed, show us how to do back stitch applique. I was very excited. Turns out, she just showed up with every single quilt she ever made from birth and chattered on about how she changed her focus to applique. One and a half hours later, I was disappointed. Her work was nice.
    I would like to learn…. one day soon

  2. Love both the theme and the pillow’s simplicity…….also, the published photo caught the ‘heart’ of the finish. There are so many different creative pathways this sweet pattern may take and all will carry a special blessing, I am certain. Hugs……………………………….

  3. Oh Wendy, this is a winner!!! In its simplicity, it is a beautiful tribute of praise and thanks. Thank you for your continued inspiration.
    PS..Im headed to the store tomorrow; I want to make one!!

  4. Love the project, Wendy! The fabrics and design are great, and the buttons really add a nice zing! I’m currently working on a needle turn appliqué project begun over two years ago in a class with Karen Kay Buckley. I never appreciated the intricacies of the pattern until I started working on it. It IS fun to see it come together.

  5. Thank you for sharing the pillow & its meaning. I want to make this so that when I see it on my bed it will remind me to sing God’s praise! Thank you, Sheryl

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