Tuesday, August 21, 2007

String Quilting: Prayer Pocket Pillow


I have had a great deal of fun coming up with a design idea for my Pay It Forward gift. I knew that I wanted to make something either out of a heart or with a heart on it, not only because of my love for that shape and all that it symbolizes, but because I had a special desire to send healing blessings from my heart to theirs.



I also knew that I wanted to incorporate string quilting as it is my belief that each string represents a heart string sent out as a connection of caring. When I sew with 'heartstrings' I am creating a connection...both spiritual and energetic...between myself and the person who will receive the gift. I ended up designing a small, string pieced pillow with a pocket on the back.

The idea is that you place your prayers, blessings, or good thoughts for others, inside of the little pocket...as I did by tucking in the little card . I sewed my prayers into each and every heart string and as I sewed on the buttons and tied the knots in the perle cotton ribbons, I sent positive affirmations, as well.

My wish, for those of you who received any of my gifts, is that you feel the love created, as well as sent, as it went out to you. Whatever challenges you face, know always that there are so many others who care for you. For those of you, who received one of my pieced hearts, know that your willingness to Pay It Forward with me, will be payed forwards and backwards over and over.

I am grateful for all of my wonderful new friends in Blogland. I truly feel that I am getting to know all of you and care about you as the wonderful women that you are!
Note:
For a step by step tutorial on string piecing this prayer pocket pillow, see my post:

For links on making string or strip pieced quilts:
How to make piece the fabric strips for String Quilting
Please check my Free Quilt Patterns link (always available on the right links section of my blog.)
Many different string quilting patterns, directions, and additional string quilting tips can be found under the 'Scrap Quilting" section near the end of that post.

8 comments:

  1. These are pretty. You are a sweet person, but I'm still holding on to that blackmailing ammunition file!

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  2. The heart is my favorite shape too. Living in Loveland as I do, I have adopted the heart and put it on my quilts somewhere. Sometimes it is obvious, others not.

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  3. What a lovely gift. I'll remember this the next time I need to make something small for someone. I love making prayer and square quilts too which are along the same lines, but this with the prayer in a pocket inside is wonderful.

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  4. Oh how lovely! And a wonderful gift to give as well. You know, if you had any kidlets of the right age to give to, these would make great tooth fairy pillows too!

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  5. I love reading your thoughts - they really make me think too! I think about the recipient while I'm making whatever project I'm working on. It makes me more aware of "thinking good/happy thoughts" instead of focusing on mistakes or difficult parts. Working through the hard parts is part of the gift. Thank you for making me think! Happy Monday!

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  6. Hi: I've stumbled on your blog today and I'm so impressed with your little string quilt! Would you mind emailing me the directions - I'm such a beginner, not sure I can manage it but I'm sure inspired to try!
    leeann.wilmot@comcast.net

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  7. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Hi, I have been surfing all night to find some cool heart patterns. Do you have this pattern to share with others?

    Karen Watson
    Craftybear2005@yahoo.com

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  8. Your heart strings pillow is so cute ... thanks for sharing!

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.