In continuation of my original "Baltimore Rhapsody" quilt (read back story here), here is the third brass block, the trombone, which is Italian for "big trumpet." The brand of this one is "Conn," I embroidered it on the medallion on the lower parallel arm...
The trombone was actually the first brass instrument to be perfected in the early 1400's and was a favorite instrument in early church service music. This was because early valveless trumpets and horns could not play the hymn melodies to lead the congregation in the singing of hymns.
Here I am snipping tiny slices (to "ease" the edge) with my little scissors before applying the gluestick and turning the inner edge segments to the back.
After applying the Elmer's Disappearing Purple Gluestick to the center edge, I fold/prod the edge segments down, using the paper pattern (ironed to the front side) edge as my guide.
Now I audition posie centers, choosing possibilities from my tiny saved scraps.
(my clumsy fingers really like using these long tweezers to pick up and manipulate all the fussy little pieces...)
Here are the backsides, with centers glue-basted into place, ready to do the hand applique (off block).
Ta-da! I was playful with my centers, using a big polka dot and a fussy-cut swirl on two of them.
Tracing the freezer paper leaves...
Thank you to everyone who either left comments or emailed me about remedies for my thumb! After a couple of days away from stitching, I have healed, and now I have"Liquid skin," masking tape, clear finger nail polish, band-aids, a small homemade leather patch, etc. in my sewing kit to try as I continue stitching this weekend!
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p.s. The patterns of "Baltimore Rhapsody" are original copywritten designs that will be available soon!