Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Xylophone for December QBM

For December and Christmas, it's appropriate that this month's Quilt Block Mania theme is toys - lots and lots of toys! My block is an easy, classical musical instrument, the Xylophone, sure to delight all the little ones out there!

five bar xylophone with brown hammer

As for how I came up with this block, it was a matter of brainstorming toys and what could easily be sewn. Did I make it because I have fond memories of banging away on one? Unfortunately, no, as I am seriously NOT musically inclined.

Anyway, I got super lucky that the chosen color scheme from Design Seeds contained the primary colors plus two of the three secondaries. 

Of course, I took some liberty by adding the brown, but under out QBM rules, that's permissible. Here's a look at the toy blocks my fellow QBM quilt designers have dreamed up:

and the links to find them.

Puzzle Cube Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Swirlybirds by Scrapdash
Rocking Horse by Appliques Quilts and More
Old-fashioned toy by Blockofthemo.com
Wooden Toy Blocks by Penny Spool Quilts
Xylophone by QuiltFabrication
Stacked Rings at Patti's Patchwork
Toy Truck at Blue Bear Quilts
Bullseye at Pretty Piney Quilts
Toy Plane by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Nutcracker by Inquiring Quilter
Water Colors at Perkins Dry Goods
How to Theread a Book by Craft Towards Joy
Sling Shot by Faith and Fabric
Candyland at EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Shape Sorter Block at Patchwork Breeze
Colorku at Love to Color My World
Toy Wagon by Cristy Fincher
Baboushka dolls by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Baseball by Masterpiece Quilting

My finished 12" x 12" Xylophone block includes super easy straight line stitching, with a bit of stitch-n-flip thrown in for the hammer. 

xylophone quilt block with five different colored bars plus hammer

As usual, for one Xylophone block, fat quarters are all that's needed. Sorry, the Xylophone block is no longer free, but is available in my Etsy shop.

Post updated November 2022.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Some really cute blocks this month. Love the Rubik's cube one. These would make a fabulous sampler quilt for a kid.

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