Once Upon a Story Row Along

Quilt alongs are really fun, and I’ve been joining more of them this year as a designer.   Earlier this summer I did one with Moda for their Summer at the Beach. When when Marian at Seams to Be Sew announced her fifth annual Row Along, I had a idea right away, so I decided to participate and submitted my design.

Each designer has taken a different fairy tale or nursery rhyme  and created a row for a quilt. There are multiple sizes of rows, and some patterns like mine can be made in various sizes to fit the need.  Northcott Fabrics is one of the sponsors of this blogger event, and they generously provided fabrics to us.  I picked the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep for my row and used 22137-99 Simply Neutral Black tone on tone tiny floral for the sheep’s wool, 9020-60 April Showers for a light blue sky, 21414-74 Naturescapes grass print for the meadow, and 9040-94 Dublin light grey for the sheep’s legs, ears and face.  The download has detailed instructions, but here is an overview.  Start with deciding on your row size, and cut the meadow and sky fabrics accordingly.

The row is all appliqué, and can be done in whatever method you choose.  I used raw edge appliqué.  Begin the appliqué section by making multiple copies of the sheep appliqué pattern so you can cut out the parts with their extras as noted with the dotted lines for overlap.

Be sure you have all the pieces to complete the sheep.

Cut the face, ears and legs from grey, and the wool body and cap from black.

Assemble the sheep on the background, then use small buttons for the eyes and floss to embroider the nose.

For the bags full of wool, cut the bags from a gold/brown, and the wool from black.  If you want to do the layered effect, make additional copies and cut the indicated sections from grey and black.  Finish the bag with ribbon or perle cotton for a dimensional effect.

The pdf download has instructions for using the appliques on three sizes of row.  Arrange your elements on the meadow as you like.  Add additional elements like trees and flowers to make the block your own.  This pattern will remain free on the blog.

Download the pdf pattern by clicking on Baa Baa Black Sheep

I am also providing one of the Row Along prizes for the event, two pattern booklets of quilts from our local shop hop shops, Carolina Comforts and More Carolina Comforts, a couple of samples of Quilter’s Dream Batting, an Olfa circle cutter attachment for your rotary cutter, and a spool of Aurifil thread, along with a pdf emailed to you of the Scrap Dance pattern of your choice!

Entering is easy, just leave a comment about the Row Along on this post.  Be sure your email address fills in correctly, as that is how I will contact the winner.  You have until midnight on Thursday, October 3 to comment to enter.  Due to the expected high volume of comments on today’s post, I may not be able to personally answer each one as I usually do.  Thank you for understanding.

You can see the amazing line up of other prizes you might win on Marian’s post here including the grand prize of a copy of EQ8!   Click on the image to get to the Rafflecopter entry.  You can also save 20% during the Row Along at Electric Quilt for any of their products by using the code ROWALONG20 at checkout.

Here is the entire schedule so you can go back and get the rows already published, plus come back to see the rest.  The variety and creativity of the other designers is really something special, much more so than mine, so be sure to check them out.

September 3, 2019
Just Let Me Quilt | Seams To Be Sew | Pamela Quilts

Thursday, 9/5/2019
Made By Marney | Pretty Piney Quilts | Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, 9/10/2019
Linda B Creative | Patchwork Breeze | KISSed Quilts

Thursday, 9/12/2019
Bobbin In Quilts Blog | Clever ChameleonMountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, 9/17/2019
Barbara Dieges | Miss P Designs USA | Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, 9/19/2019
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Tuesday, 9/24/2019
Pumpkin Patch BC | Stitchin at Home

Thursday, 9/26/2019
From My Carolina Home | Words & StitchesTuning My Heart Quilts

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Quilt Schmilt | Charlie’s Daughter | Mountain Meadow Designs | Seams To Be Sew | Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Just Let Me Quilt

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Clever Chameleon | Sew Incredibly Crazy | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse | Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Show and Tell Day

Are you enjoying the Row Along this year?  What is your favorite story?


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88 thoughts on “Once Upon a Story Row Along

  1. Diane Nickerson

    So cute! I love the Naturescapes for the grass…I’ll be checking out the line! I missed several of the rows; thank you for posting the links so I can go back to the ones I missed.

  2. lewisnancy54

    You have a darling row!! Thanks so much for sharing. This will be so cute for a baby quilt, and I can’t wait to get started!!

  3. connie wolfe

    I enjoy seeing your contributions to QAL’s. This design will work great in a Comfort Quilt for children at the local Ronald McDonald House. Thanks so much!

  4. Cheryl L Buchanan

    Such an adorable pattern. Love those little sheep! I love a sew-along and will be looking back at the previous patterns. This would make a really cute baby or childrens quilt and easy to determine the size. Thanks Carole.

  5. Sharon Schipper

    Adorable. I did a sheep quilt years ago with many white sheep and I used blue velvet for some reason for the background. It was a gift, and before I started documenting all my work. Love sheep, have done them several times as the applique for my labels. Yours is particularly adorable! was that iron on or raw edge? My wanna do’s are piling up dear lady!
    sharon in colorado

  6. Joy B

    That sheep is so adorable! My cousin loves sheep, I may have to make her something with this even if it isn’t an entire quilt. So very cute!

  7. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning,

    This has got to be one of the sweetest things to do. Hope all the ideas that come in are going to be cute and many will enjoy creating,


  8. KJH

    Your baa-baa black sheep row is so fun. I have no idea what fairy tale or story would be my choice for a row. I am just enjoying everyone’s take on their favourites.

  9. The row by row idea is wonderful! Bringing so many different quilters together for a fun quilt!
    Your sheep with the bags of wool is a really cute idea. I’m off to check out the others. Thank you for inviting us 🙂

  10. travelingro

    I am so enjoying this row a long …. this is so cute. All of these stories bring back little bits of my childhood. Thank you.

  11. Dixie McAdam

    Great sheep with bags of wool & I’m loving the row along. Thanks for your creativity, talents & sharing the block with all of us.

  12. Robin RK

    Thank you for sharing this pattern, I hoping someone would choose it since I collect sheep. Your row is right up my alley. I just can’t choose my favorite nursery rhyme-fairy tale. There certainly have been some really nice blocks and rows so far with more to come.

  13. Inge Lise Hansen

    Tak for det fine mønster – dette var en af de få rim jeg kender, smukke får…

    (Thanks for the fine pattern – this was one of the few rhymes I know, beautiful sheep…)

  14. Baa Baa Black Sheep is one of my favorites. Your row is so cute. I love the fabrics you used. I am enjoying this row along immensely. It’s fun to see what all the designers have come up with and it brings back many pleasant memories.

  15. vivoaks

    Thank you so much for the cute little black sheep! “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is one of the stories we sang over and over as kids. I appreciate the hard work and creativity that go into making a block! Blessings,
    Vivian Oaks

  16. Kathy E.

    Your little black sheep is just as cute as can baaaahhh! I’m really enjoying the blog hop and all the adorable rows representing rhymes that I grew up with.
    duchick at gmail dot com

  17. Margaret

    I’ve never heard of this row along before, so I was excited to go back and look at the blogs that have already presented their blocks. This is such a cute idea, and I think your row is particularly cute.

  18. dezertsuz

    Your row is as cute as anything! That’s always been a favorite nursery rhyme of mine. I don’t think I can pick just one! Thank you.

  19. Your black sheep from Baa Baa Black Sheep is so sweet! I was just talking with my granddaughter and her daughter was singing the song (Nova-Lee is almost 2). I’m saving these patterns to make a Once Upon a Story quilt for my next great granddaughter due in December. I should be able to sew again by then!

  20. inquiringquilter

    What a cute row! Those sheep are adorable. Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss. Haven’t seen you for a while, so it was great to have you back!

  21. Joyce Carter

    Your sheep are so adorable. I have been enjoying seeing all the things the designers have come up with. It has been an awesome Row Along. Thank you so much for your giveaway.

  22. Dawn F.

    Cute row! I have a fond memory of 5 of my nieces and nephews singing this song together with one of my nieces directing them all 🙂

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