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Thread: Musical instruments quilt

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    I designed knit quilts and one of them is of musical instruments. Although I am a beginner at machine quilting, eventually, I want to design a machine quilt of musical instruments. I would like to know if anyone has ever done a quilt of musical instruments and if you would share your technique with me. I have a grandson who is a guitarist and I would like to make him a quilt with pictures of guitars.

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    I am a very happily married grandmother.

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    Welcome Novice, I made a couple of musical instrument quilts. I used machine embroidered images I got from www.emblibrary.com. It was a lot of fun to make. I am attaching a picture of the small one. They have many other instruments.
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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!

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    I took a picture of a guitar to a coping store (like Staples) and had them blow it up to a full size quitar.. layed it diagonal on a plain black background fabric and then free motion quilted musical notes and stars all over the quilt. using black thread. I also use gold (or yekkow plain thread) and silver metalic thread on the quitar for the strings and bars on the guitar. This I did before it was appliqued onto the background, I traced the quitar onto sew in interfacing (light weight) then sewing on the lines that I traced on the interfacing sewing it to the right side of the guitar fabric then make a slit in the interfacing and turn the fabric right side out this takes care of the seam allowance and makes it to where you can decorate the guitar before applique to the background fabric... I took pictures of the quilt but have not idea where they are... Hope this gives you some ideas. The guitar looked real from a distance.

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    sorry about the spelling of yellow.


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    Thank you very much for sharing the lovely piece with me. You gave me some great ideas.

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    Hello and welcome from SW Iowa. I would love to make a musical instrument quilt for my brother. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    I wish you luck from Michigan. I have been collecting music/instrument fabric for about 8 years hoping to make a quilt for my son who is a trumpet performance major. It was supposed to be for his bed in his first room as a freshman, now I just hope to get it to him before he graduates from college. I did use some of it to make a table runner for my choir director at church using the Cotton Theory quilting method. It turned out very well and won a blue ribbon at our 2009 Michigan State Fair. We will have to share pictures.
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    I'll be very pleased to exchange musical instrument photos with you. Lots of good luck to you.

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    How long ago did you download the trumpet from the embroidery site? I'll have to check into it since I have seen very few that are as realistic as this one is. I keep seeing great ideas for his quilt but I really must get going on it or he will graduate before he ever gets it.

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    Hi and welcome.

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    Thank you very much for your input. I am in the process of collecting patterns for my quilt with a musical theme. Before I get started on the quilt I decided to make a needlepoint pillow using guitars for the decorations. As a first step I just copied three different guitars from photos onto a canvas. My grandson actually made one of the guitars and it came out great.

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    My husband is a guitarist and most of his guitars are hand built. I told him I'd like to make him a quilt to match the guitar he was having built. He mentioned it to the luthier, who sent me a template of the guitar body, neck and headstock, with all the details marked on it. He even sent me one of his mother-of-pearl logos so that I could include it. Unfortunately, my husband sold the guitar before I could find the fabric to make the quilt (try matching blond wood with fabric ). But I still have the template and will someday make the quilt.

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    Yeah! The trumpets are still available. Found one that was absolutely perfect for what I wanted. Thanks for the link, it is now bookmarked.
    Wendy

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