The tuba is the lowest and youngest member of the brass family of instruments. If you were to uncoil all that metal you would end up with 12 to 18 feet of tubing! The length and increasing diameter of the tubing gives the instrument the low, rich sound.
The tuba provides the "oom-pah" sound in classic marches. They are used in orchestras, bands, and were even used in big bands/dance bands until replaced by the string or electric bass.
Tubas are the favorite and preferred seating for peacocks everywhere...we actually had a pet peacock when I was in high school. Our neighborhood was near the wooded property surrounding the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama. He wandered off and ended up in our yard where he liked to roost on my little sisters' swing set. My mom fed him some leftover scrambled eggs, which he LOVED (isn't that cannibalism?!?)
My dad caught him, put him in the back of our station wagon, and drove him back to the zoo. When my dad returned home, there was the bird.
He was very proud of his feathers...he would "show" every chance he got...we would look up from weeding a flower bed or working on the outside of the house, and there he would be in his full glory, slowly turning around, showing off while doing his mating dance. I think he was confused. My dad bought some female pea foul for him, but he chased them off.
He roamed the neighborhood, probably collecting leftovers everywhere, but always returned to our house to roost overnight on the swing set. At sunset every evening, he would vocalise. After I went to college, the street where I had lived was renamed "Peacock Lane."
Here are the steps to making the tuba. I start with the freezer paper patterns.
The fronts (right sides) of the prepared pieces...
The backs (wrong sides)...
I kept the freezer paper on some of the pieces until I was through glue basting (I had to wait until I peeled the paper off to glue baste the mouthpiece end of the tubing). I couldn't leave the paper on the pieces that were to the back...they would have been in the way of the gluing!
Because I want to be able to trim the background away behind the peacock later (to help with the hand-quilting later), I build the tail in sections. After glue basting the purple spots to the yellow pieces, I hand appliqued the purple spots. Then I put those units on the green feather units (not shown), and hand appliqued them in place. I basically construct the whole peacock off block before making the final placement. That way I only have to stitch around the outside of the bird once it is finally placed on the background, overlapping the tuba.
I hope you are finding all this less intimidating when the process is broken down into steps!