A Double Bass – Music And Books

Double Bass Music Instrument Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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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.

 

 

 

Classical Music Inspired Piano Sonata

 

 

Music Quilt - Guitar, Drums, Microphone Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

 

Rock Music Inspired Super Massive Black Hole

 

In the meantime, I also heard some wonderful news regarding this fREADom pattern I created.

 

 

Freedom - Bookshelf Reading Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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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.

 

 

Double Bass Music Instrument Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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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.

 

-Soma

 

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FREADOM

Freedom - Bookshelf Reading Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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My grandmother grew up in a time and a place when women’s education was not valued.  While her two brothers went on to become headmasters, she didn’t get to finish her education.  When she got married, my grandfather provided her all the books she wanted to read to quench her insatiable thirst for knowledge.  She learned the value of equality and humanity from those books.  In a culture steeped in segregation, she opened her home to everyone.

 

Unlike my grandmother, I am lucky to live in a country where I can receive education, express my opinion freely, read banned books and write without fear of censorship.  I dearly love my country for all that and more.  My FREADOM quilt is made to honor the books that continue to free my mind and in red, white and blue for a country that makes it possible.

 

 

Freedom Quilt Pattern , mini made by Susie from Susie's Sunroom| Whims And Fancies

 

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I asked my wonderful friend Susie from Susie’s Sunroom if she would be willing to make a mini for this blog post.   She was so enthusiastic about it that I had photos of her finished mini in my mailbox within a couple of days.  Susie has impeccable colour choices, so I knew I would love the colours she would use.  I really fell in love with the photo of her beautiful mini amidst her  books.  It was very hard to pick just one photo for this post.  Make sure to visit her blog to see more.

 

The FREADOM bookshelf quilt pattern makes a 10″ x 16″ quilt block. Both striped and non-striped versions of the R-E-A-D letters are included in the pattern.  It is also a very scrap-happy block.  Other than the background fabric, I used scraps for every bit of this mini.  The pattern is now in my shop.

 

 

 

4th Of July Fabrics | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As a thank you for reading my blog, I am giving away two sets of these Fourth of July fabrics.  Make sure that you are subscribed to my blog and leave a comment.  I will announce the two winners on July 16th.

 

 

I will leave you with my next set of index card drawings for the icad project –

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Solitude in rain | Whims And Fancies

 

Solitude in rain, breathing in the smell and quietness

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky| Whims And Fancies

 

Windmill sentinel against the sunset sky

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Vintage Porsche | Whims And Fancies

 

Always have had a weakness for vintage Porsches

 

 

ICAD 2015 - California Poppies | Whims And Fancies

 

California Poppies – lovely flowers of my state

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Corn Lilies | Whims And Fancies

 

Corn Lilies – I always stop at the site of corn lilies on hiking trails

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Supernova Tardis| Whims And Fancies

 

The colours started taking their own forms

 

 

ICAD 2015 - Grey dapple foal | Whims And Fancies

 

A grey dapple foal, free and beautiful like moonlight

 

 

There you have it!  They are taking up every last scrap of my time, but I am letting myself get lost in these mini index card paintings.

 

Have a fabulous weekend!
-Soma

 

 

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