Piano Sonata – Quilt Pattern

Piano Paper Piecing Pattern


Piano Sonata pattern on Etsy


I finally finished the last block for the music mini quilt.  I got a few requests for a piano quilt pattern and I play the piano myself, so I decided to make a paper pieced grand piano.


I went through a few iterations of the pattern, specially with the keys area.    I didn’t want to cut that area randomly.  I also like to minimize the amount of lining up I have to do when I sew sections together.  That’s what took me the longest to figure out and I am pretty happy with the final design.  I would consider this an intermediate pattern because there quite a few small pieces in there.  I had to keep them small so the piano wouldn’t look too boxy.


The other two blocks for my mini quilt –



Violin Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern


Fiddle The Violin pattern on Etsy


I love to play my little violin.  The very first musical instrument pattern I made was this violin quilt pattern.  The violin can be made all on its own, or with the bow. I even included an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.



Cello - Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern


Soulful Cello pattern on Etsy


After going back and forth I figured what else could accompany a violin better than a Soulful Cello.  It was very much like the violin, but without the chin rest and much larger.  I didn’t include the bow in the cello quilt pattern because no matter where I placed it, it was interfering with the harmony of the block.  So at the end I decided to leave it out.


Just like the violin,  there is very little lining up on this cello pattern.  There is also an alternate to paper piecing the f-holes.


Happy Sewing!



Glorious Autumn Block Party!!

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Temperatures have started cooling down, even here in Southern California.  We are finally out of the 100+ F weather.  There’s a little chill in the air in the mornings and after sundown.  We were in a little town called Montrose last night, and they were showing Back To The Future in a parking lot.  It was teeming with people.  Some of us stayed for a few scenes, some sat down to enjoy the whole movie.  As temperatures come down, more people are coming outside, to eat out, visit little bookstores or just hang out with friends.  I couldn’t help but feel that fall is approaching, with it’s glorious warm colors to make up for the chill in the air.

Michele at Quilting Gallery is hosting  the perfect blog hop to celebrate the wonderful colors of autumn – Glorious Autumn Block Party.  This blog hop is running from September 4th through December 13th. There will be 45 quilt blocks made by 45 designers – lots of ideas, talent, inspiration.  There will be Super Deals For Quilters as well!

Please join us, it will be fantastic!  I already joined for November 14th, right after our Halloween Blog Hop, right here at Whims And Fancies.


Compass Needle – Quilt Pattern

Compass Needle - Paper Piecing Pattern

Compass Needle quilt pattern on  Etsy


I love reading maps. There is always a map in my travel bag along with a compass. I have never gotten lost with those two with me. I also use a compass to align my telescope to find the stars.  I bought this fabric years ago, it was perfect for this block.  Wish I had bought extra as I don’t have the manufacturer’s information any more.


Compass Neddle is a very easy beginner friendly Mariner’s Compass quilt pattern.  It can also can be used as a star quilt pattern.  The pattern is available on my Etsy stores.