These are my girls. The one on the right is an old girl and the one on the left is a younger girl modeled after a Stradivarius. She is of course not the same as the real one, but she is very sweet nonetheless. I have been wanting to make a violin paper piecing pattern since I made my very first paper piecing pattern – Music Notes. You can find it on the Free Patterns page if you wish to make one of your own -
So I finally took the plunge and made one -
I worked on it last night until 3:30 AM. I didn’t work on it the whole day, just didn’t get to sit with it until much later at night. It was so quiet at that hour while the whole world slept, and I kept on working with just the sound of the sewing machine. It was kind of therapeutic actually.
In the beginning, I was crazy enough to paper piece the pegs, but that area got so bulky that I ditched the idea and embroidered them along with the strings. The bow is actually a little hard to piece only because it is so narrow. Other than that it was not bad because there is very little aligning to do on this pattern. I wouldn’t call it a beginner pattern, but definitely an intermediate one. The violin can be made all on its own, or with the bow. I even included an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.
I am going to make three more music instruments. At this point I am tending toward a harp, a guitar and a glockenspiel. I am not including the piano because I am going to use the piano keys in the sash. I am getting very excited about this mini quilt.
Add a little music to you life!