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

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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)

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This is a snapshot from The Quilter’s website.  I love the styled shot very much.

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Song of Praise features a blue bird… with a “swoosh” for its wing.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Thank you again for stopping by.  Happy Monday, and I hope you have a most blessed week!

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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

Tutorial: Machine Fusible Applique

I am sorry I am late on today’s post (compared to my usual time of posting). Miss Baby woke up before the crack of dawn when I am normally working, and wanted a story read. One thing led to another, I ended up going back to bed with her…


I have gotten asked over the last few months what I do to prep my applique pieces. I have been hesitant to do a post regarding the matter because I am by no means an expert. But the question is being asked more frequently. So I thought I would do a post to try to answer it.


I, for the most part, do machine fusible applique on the quilts I make because more often than not, the quilts are for magazines. To me machine fusible applique is faster to complete, and that’s important when I have deadlines to meet.


For this method, you will need a small paper of sharp scissors to cut paper, another shape pair of scissors to cloth fabric, paper-backed fusible (I use Steam-A-Seam2 by Warm Company), and a Sharpie Fine Point Marker.


For any applique designs for fusible applique, you will need to reverse the design. It’s easy to do… I first trace the front side of the design with a Sharpie Fine Point, and turn the design over. When you turn your design over, you should be able to see faint marks bled through from the Sharpie marking. Go over with the Sharpie again on those faint marks. Be sure to label your design “front” and “back” to avoid confusion.


Then you would lay the fusible on the “back” side of the design. Trace the pieces, leaving a space in between pieces.  I also number my pieces according to the order they are to be placed onto my background fabric.  Then with the sharp scissors, cut into the shape, and trim off the area 1/8″ -1/4″ away from the shape outline.


Carefully peel of the unmarked side of the fusible, and place the exposed stick side onto the wrong side of fabric. Place a pressing cloth, or a waste cloth over the fusible, use a hot iron to fuse the fusible to the fabric. The reason you want to cover with a pressing cloth is to avoid any stickiness from getting onto your iron.


That done, use the fabric scissors to cut the fused shapes out following the originally drawn applique shape outline. I use a pair of sharp Gingher to prevent fraying when I cut. There you have it, all the pieces ready to go. Peel off the paper, and place on your applique background fabric. Fuse your shape to the background fabric with a hot iron. I would again use the pressing cloth.

For stitching tips, click here!

That’s it, folks!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!  Gotta run!