Block 4 of "Baltimore Rhapsody" is the trumpet block. One of my favorite things about quilting is that block elements don't have to follow the rules of scale...a giant trumpet looks perfectly appropriate towering above little pumpkins...pumpkins that would normally squash, or at least SERIOUSLY damage, a trumpet if dropped on it. I based this block on one of the original blocks I drafted for my Civil War Bride Quilt.
This block is a little more "folk art" looking than some of the typical, more elegant Baltimore album blocks. I love making pumpkins and anything that reminds me of fall, my favorite season! It's nice to take a break from the typical fruits and flowers and do something a little unexpected.
The trumpet is the soprano member of the brass family. People who don't play brass instruments wonder at all the loops, twists and turns in the instrument's tubing. Before 1500, trumpets were straight and as long as 7 feet long...that would be a little awkward for the player, don't you think? All those loops make the instruments more practical and easier to handle (just wait 'til we get to the TUBA!).
An ancient relative of the trumpet, made from a ram's horn, was believed to have brought down the walls of Jericho by Joshua. In the middle ages, only noblemen employed a trumpet player...maybe to announce his entrance in a room. Trumpets were later used in battle by the military to announce a charge and scare the pants off the enemy. Remember the Imperial Margarine commercial with the fanfare and the crown that appeared after a bite was taken of the buttered bread? Yep, that was a trumpet.
Now trumpets are used in orchestral, band, and jazz music.
I posted about making the sunflower in a "sneak peek" here. To find out the back story about "Baltimore Rhapsody," check here.
My husband is almost through with the web site, and patterns are being prepared to put there. I am so excited about this project! I just want to be drawing, prepping and stitching all the time! Too bad that there are meals to make, laundry to do, etc.
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