Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Musicians of Bremen

What do a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster have 

in common?

They are all significant characters in the traditional 

folktale "The Musicians of Bremen" from Germany!

But it took me a while to connect the dots when a 

colleague asked for a quilt featuring them.

I found a graphic on Etsy that I was able to use.....

So I cut them out in felt and then thought,

"What now?"

A scrounge through my stash revealed a surprising 

number of coordinating fabrics...

With chickens, cats, dogs AND foxes, my friend's 

favourite animal!

No donkeys I'm afraid!

So I pieced a simple patchwork panel of 3" squares,

bordered it with blue....

And played around with the animal placement.

I felt the animals got a little lost like this,

so hand stitched the animal quartet 

to the lower one!

I then did two types of quilting....

a simple grid in the centre

and what I am calling a square stipple on 

the borders!

The backing is a circus print that matches- 

colour-wise, at least!

I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out....

And hope my friend is too!

Finished size- 32" by 39"

Happy sewing! 



LintLady said...

Hello Sue,
a nice quilt you made :o)
Just a very important thing about the "Bremer Stadtmusikanten" is, that they need to stand at each other. That's why the bandits thought it is a giant attacking them. You find pictures if you google "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten Statue".
Hugs, Doris :o)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

A great way to incorporate the animals. Well done. I enjoy a square stipple, but I do it as a boxy stipple.

Needled Mom said...

That is so cute and a great use of the theme.

Julie Fukuda said...

I think they are getting ready to jump up on each other's backs. What cute print for the blocks. It turned out so well.

Karen S said...

Love the way you worked out how do do this one. The applique animals do look good on the blue surrounds. How lovely to find the needed fabrics in your stash.
I think this is a delightful gift.

Julie said...

I am sure this will be a much loved quilt, especially as it has been made to personal taste.

Suz J said...

Sometimes it is surprising the treasures we have lurking in the stash! This is such a fun project and turned out perfect. Love the quilting 👍

OPQuilt said...

This is really a fun quilt--full of places to look and interesting shapes and motifs. I love your inventiveness, given that theme, but how cool it was to find all those fabrics in your stash. What a great finish--congratulations!

Sandra said...

That's so cute! I have once been to Bremen and loved the statue of the animals of the "Bremer Stadtmusikanten" as we call them here in Germany ;-)

Rene' said...

You are so clever, Susan!!! It's super cute. I am sure your friend will love it!

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