It has been a long time since I made a musical instrument quilt pattern. I love to play music so much that I try to play the violin and the piano very regularly, and occasionally strum the guitar too. Recently though, I had to take a little break from playing for various reasons. The idea of a double bass quilt pattern had been brewing in my head for a while. So during my hiatus, I worked on creating this pattern and stitching the block.
The Double Bass block is going to be the bridge between the other two music wall hangings I made.
In the meantime, I also heard some wonderful news regarding this fREADom pattern I created.
Last October during Banned Books week, an event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), they shared this mini on Twitter. I was also contacted by a group of librarian quilters who auction off quilts at ALA’s annual conference. I gave them a discounted rate for the pattern. Last week I heard back from Kelly, the organiser, that they were able to raise $620 in scholarship funds from the sale of the minis.
The fREADom mini means so much to me that I was elated by the email from Kelly. You can read more about the inspiration behind this mini – my grandmother – in the FREADOM post here.
Sometimes inspiration strikes you out of nowhere as I mentioned in the Happenstance post. In May I had the opportunity to visit a Monet exhibit. On our way back I stopped by the violin shop to pick up my re-haired bow. I was inspired by all the artwork from earlier that morning, as well as the atmosphere of the violin shop.
Thereafter I found myself working on this block. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it on my sheet music. They are all violin music, but I am sure the bass wouldn’t mind.
This block is 10″ x 20″. I paper pieced the f-holes, but I also included an alternative to paper piecing the f-holes in the pattern. I love the way this turned out. I will make a single-block wall hanging with this one. The Double Bass quilt pattern is now in my shop along with the other musical instruments patterns.