Early this week, I received an interesting commission to create a Moai paper pieced block with the option of adding a bird sitting on top of the statue’s head. I don’t accept commissions like this all that often. I nearly had to turn this one down because my first attempts at creating a Moai were not successful. Then it clicked and I am happy with the results.
I was so surprised when my eleven year old son saw what I was working on and said “Oh, awesome, that’s a Moai from Easter Island!” followed closely by “Do you get to keep this?” which is code for “Is there any chance I could have it if you don’t have to send it off somewhere?” Apparently he had read all about these monolithic statues in his National Geographic for Kids. Pretty cool!
The pattern includes the Moai head alone as a finished block in three different sizes: 6″ x 10″, 9″ x 15″ and 12″ x 20. I think he would look so perfect in Moda grunge. It has the uneven texture that would give more dimension to the block and make it really look like stone. I was determined to make my prototype from fabrics I had on hand though.
The adorable little bird is really too tricky to make in sizes that would correspond to the smaller two Moai heads so it comes in just one size, 12″ x 5″ to correspond to the largest Moai block. You could actually make this little bird and put it on top of just about anything…a branch, a telephone line, a roof top. It has lots of possibilities on it’s own.
When the larger Moai block and the bird are joined together, you get this, a monolithic statue with a little whimsy.
The pattern is available in my Pattern Shop (worldwide sales) and in my Etsy and Craftsy shops (US customers only). See the shop links in my side bar.