Violin Block

So far, in our look at the Psalm 150-inspired quilt Instruments of Praise, we have examined the trumpet block (“praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet”), the lyre block (“praise Him with the harp and lyre”), tambourines and dancing (“praise Him with tambourine and dancing). The psalm continues with the exhortation to “praise Him with the strings. I decided to interpret “strings” with a simplified violin.

In keeping with the other blocks in this quilt, I added some medieval clip art and rotated the motifs four times.

Here is how the violin block looked after it was appliquéd.

To design the quilting lines, which would also be stuffed using the cut-away trapunto technique, I drew some more medieval-inspired shapes around the violin motif.

Here is the violin block quilted and set on point.

Each violin was embellished with a hand embroidered stem stitch around the edges to help it stand out. For the strings, I couched strands of iridescent black Sulky Sliver – a thin, flat ribbon-like polyester film that is metalized with aluminum. Wooden beads were used for the tuners and the bridge.

You can make this block, or the whole quilt, with the Instruments of Praise Pattern Packnow available on my web store. Patterns will ship the week of August 29th, 2013. Order your copy today!

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