Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Church Project

We have a brand new pipe organ at our church and it was placed in a very public spot in the sanctuary, where people and kids gather before sitting in the pews. The keys and stops are an attraction to inquisitive fingers and it was felt that a cover would protect the organ. Two of us sewists were asked to design a cover and my partner in this project sketched out the cover layout. We delayed and delayed and finally got around to starting on it. In the meantime my partner had to go out of town and that left it to me to design the top. Altho suggestions of using many Christian symbols strewn across the width, I wanted a more 'harmonious' design. Rather than use the typical 'Make a joyful noise' I looked for another Bible passage. 
 I liked this one from Psalms and typed it out in an appropriate font, to copy into 6 1/2" letters. The backing fabric is Kona cotton and is the exact color of our pew cushions, a small miracle. I will line it in another blue cotton, and quilt the letters, and add some symbols in the quilting itself, thus satisfying the request for those symbols. 
I used a hand dye painted fabric I made years ago and never found a use for, until now. I fused the back of the fabric and cut out the letters, arranging them in the drop part of the front. 

 The side drops will be the Alpha and Omega which was suggested several times, and I was happy to find a spot just for them. I used silk shantung for these. The top part of the cover will not have any appliques on it, just quilting. 

 The real dilemma will be how to incorporate a strap across the top to slide over the music stand to keep the cover in place.

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'm sure you will find a solution for the strap... meanwhile, they picked the right person for the job!

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  2. Those letters are gorgeous! What beautiful fabric.
    Are you planning on doing a "pillowcase" finish? If so, you could do some quilting without the backing and then incorporate the strap between the layers. After "pillowcasing" you could do a bit more quilting to hold all three layers together.
    Your church is lucky you are a member!

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  3. BRAVO I am always amazed by your talent and the speed with which you complete a project.

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  4. The letters are sensational and will look glorious in that yellow room. I want to come see it soon!

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  5. Work is beautiful

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  6. You are "hitting a home run" with your design and fabrics. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Maybe a couple of velcro dots work to secure it?

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  8. That orange on that blue - divine!

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  9. Beautiful Melody! No pun intended!!!

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