Cymbals and Braces

Over the past few weeks, we have been taking a closer look at the quilt “Instruments of Praise” that was inspired by Psalm 150. There is an instrument in the psalm that is repeated twice: “praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.” In keeping with this emphasis, I decided to incorporate cymbals in each of the four blocks: the trumpet block, the lyre block, the violin block, and the flute block.

The cymbals are represented by a circle of gold silk fabric that was appliquéd onto the background beneath all the other motifs. To further emphasize the imagery, the cymbals are machine quilted with concentric circles.

Flute block

Lyre block

Trumpet block

Violin block

Here are the four blocks together.

Another unique feature in the quilt is the shape of the four blocks. This was created by taking the brace that connects lines of staff music…

… and rotating it four times to create a frame.

If you are wondering how it would be possible to appliqué this frame with such skinny points, you might want to read my earlier blog post Appliqué with Underlays to find out!

If you would like to make this quilt, or perhaps make one of the blocks as a wall quilt, the Instruments of Praise Pattern Pack is now available on my web store.


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