Second Week of Quilt Blocks Inspired by Childhood Stories and Poems

The blog hop Once Upon A Story continued into its second week with more blocks designed from favorite childhood stories and poems. If you missed a day this week, here is a recap of the blocks. The patterns are available (see the links on each designer's post), free during their week of the blog hop (some during the entire blog hop) and for a small fee after that week. 

Linda B Creative chose to work with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story was written by Robert Southey in 1837 and over time, the story evolved from the original version. Linda designed a 30" x 30" block that can be a quilt on its own! 

Linda illustrated the characters from the story, which can be used for thread sketching for the block, appliqued, or colored with crayons. She gives ideas of how to do each of those processes. Watch Linda's great tutorial on how to do the thread sketching using washaway stabilizer sheets. ( After embroidering, I have large pieces of these stabilizer sheets that I save. I think I could use a washable glue stick to join the pieces and get a large enough piece to do the thread sketching and not waste the excess from my other projects.)
Humpty Dumpty was the nursery rhyme Marlene of KISSed Quilts chose. The poem focuses on Humpty, who fell from the wall. As with most nursery rhymes from bygone eras, we speculate as to an underlying meaning. HERE, I found interesting theories about its origin. But, I like the idea that it was a riddle for children to solve-What was Humpty? and now we think of it as an egg!

I think Marlene came up with a wonderful idea for her block--Humpty Dumpty's Wall! She really has us looking at the construction of that wall which looks so much sturdier than Humpty. I'll tell you, this block could be so useful in so many quilting projects! 

Marlene designed the pattern in 5 Sizes! (vertical and horizontal in 18" x 9", 12" x 30" and a BIG 30" x 30") Just look at the fabrics she used from Northcott and how they really look like bricks and mortar. Visit her post where she shows the block using other colors of fabrics. 
Here, at Patchwork Breeze, I chose the poem by L. Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat. I have enjoyed the nonsense of this poem since I was a child. I designed a 30' x 30" block, which could be a toddler quilt by adding some borders. 
I think it would be fun to add a border around my block showing some of the items included in the poem: honey, money, guitar, ring, a pig, turkey, and of course, a runcible spoon!
The nursery rhyme block Hickory, Dickery, Dock, was designed by Becky at Bobbin in Quilts. She included some piecing, applique, and drawing (if you'd like) to create this fun block. 
The Pied Piper is an old story that was chosen by Ursula Prandtstetter from Austria to design into a quilt block. Ursula's post is being hosted on the blog of Clever Chameleon Quilting. This is the first pattern she has designed. I must say it is clever and very appealing. She included the river, the pipe, and the rats, of course! How fun. 
Do read Dione's introduction to Ursula's guest post on the blog! Dione, it seems, has a great talent for writing. Ursula shared photos and information about where she lives and its relation to the story of the Pied Piper. 

I looked up the definition of "pied" and see it means multi-colored, variegated. I thought that was so fitting a word to relate to a quilt block! Have fun with this block.
Paula, at Mountain Meadow Designs, designed a block for another of my favorite childhood rhymes, A Tisket, a Tasket. 
The flowers in the green and yellow basket are beautiful. The flowers are cut from a Northcott fabric and sewn down. Just gorgeous! 

Remember to enter for the giveaways through the Rafflecopter entries on each designer's page or at Seams To Be Sew.
And Electric Quilt Company has a discount code: ROWALONG2 
that you can use on any product you order from their website. I personally think the Cotton Lawn Printable Fabric Sheets are wonderful. 


Paula G said...

This is a great idea, Nancy! And, yes, you have to keep it up now. haha

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Thanks for your kind comments about my row!! Thanks for doing the recap.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That looks like a fun hop. I love your owl and pussy cat block. You have foud a fine pea green for your boat :)