Once Upon a Story RAL…Wizard of Oz

This is my 4th year of doing this Blog hop with Marian with Seams to be Sew. Thank you for all the work you do in organizing this event and finding sponsors for it.

Blogs participating today are:

Thursday, 9/5/2019

Made By Marney

Pretty Piney Quilts

Renee’s Quilting Addiction

This years theme is favorite stories from our past.  I chose Wizard of Oz this year as far back as I remember it would come on the tv at least once a year and we would all sit around the tv and watch it as a family.




This wonderful story was written by Frank L. Baum in  1899 it was just the beginning of the popular children series.  It was not till 1904 that it became a stage play.. and the version that we all have come to love was filmed in 1939.

69085246_10156538072973339_3565346085775867904_nI want to thank Northcott Fabrics for donating the fabric for the skyline and the emerald forest.. I chose to use Stonehenge Graduations Ombre fabrics so that my emerald forest would have different shades for the towers and blue for my sky.

I chose to use red for my fields to represent the poppies that Dorothy and the gang dozed off in after the wicked witch poisoned them.. Glenda the good witch is about to use her magic wand to make it snow.  This scene is just before they fell asleep on their way to Emerald city.

When I first thought of this I googled Wizard of Oz coloring pages and found one that I like.. It turns out that all photos from the  1939 movie are copyrighted so I had to redo the picture that I will offer in my pattern… I drew a new set of pictures.  Im still going to use these copyrighted picture to explain how I did it.


I had one sheet of printable fabric so I printed the photo onto it. I really like the EQ fabric paper after trying out different brands.

I have a treat for you today.. Electric Quilt Company has been kind enough to give us a Coupon Code so that if you wish to get this product you can get it at 20% OFF EQ printables. 

Your code for this is ROWALONG20 Expires Oct 8th 2019

I found that most all of these types of printable sheets ask you to soak the sheet once it has been printed to remove any extra ink and help set it.. I also like to iron them with a dry iron.





You also have the option to press your fabric to Freezer paper shiny side to the wrong side of the fabric using high heat then cut it to the size of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet to run through the Inkjet printer.  It is recommended to use a good quality  100% Cotton or muslin with a tread count of 200. Then transfer it onto a iron on adhesive like HeatNBond or Wonder Under.

20190831_124304For  My second  set of drawings I ironed some white fabric to some Heat n Bond Light and traced the characters.  I used a piece of glass 2 bins and my OttLite to make a tracing table.




20190519_130350When coloring the pictures, I have found that the Staples crayons give a much more vibrant colour than the Crayola ones.  Then I place paper towel over the pictures and irond the characters so that the wax would melt into the fabric making it permanent. Once colored set them aside while you work on you background.






Piecing the background… my background was designed on My EQ8 quilt design program It can be purchased at Electric quilt.com For this week only Starting, September 03, 2019 / Ends October 08, 2019 You can enter to  win the program from Seams to be Sew details are at the bottom of this page.



I cut the strips with of fabric then sub cut the 15 degree angle according to the pattern specifications. Make use you leave a 1/4″ ear tag on each side so that when so that when pressed the edges will lineup.

I started with the sky..Label the pieces with their patch letters so not to get confused.  I like to lay out everything on a design wall.



Next i started sewing the strips in 2 press every other to the sky blue and the opposites to the city green this way your seams will butt nicely together.


The top edge was a bit uneven so I trimmed it straight.20190819_230101

No all i needed to so was sew the yellow brick road with the poppy fields to the bottom of the city.20190819_230937  Once your colouring is all set cut out your people, add the Characters in their position, and applique them onto your pieced background of the yellow brick road and Emerald City. I used a 2.5 satin stitch to sew my characters down. Glinda the good witch of the East got a pink halo representing her bubble.



Here is my completed 30×30 block:20190831_163310

The pattern to this block can be found Here:

Renee Chester’s Wizard of Oz Once Upon a Story RAL


The Schedule For The Row Along Is As Follows:

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 Chameleon | Mountain 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 | Seams To Be Sew

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

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Quilt Schmilt | Charlie’s Daughter | Mountain Meadow Designs

Thursday, October 03, 2019
Clever Chameleon | Sew Incredibly Crazy | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Show and Tell Day

This weeks Giveaways

Thank You Marian at Seams to be sew for finding Giveaways each year for finding sponsors  for draws during this blog hop.. These will run Between Sept 5 to 12 2019

My personal give away today is donated by Hobbs Batting  It is a  bag of Tuscan Queen Size Batting Valued at $40.00 USD   Shipping Cost paid by winner Hobbs has Worldwide Shipping. To Enter for this giveaway Click on the batting picture or HERE

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This weeks giveaway is a digital copy of EQ8 from Electricquilt.com worth $236.95 USD all you have to do to enter is  Click HERE  or go to Seams to be sew. site to enter the draw.


All you have to do to enter by clicking HERE for this one and go to Seams to be sew. site  or click the picture to enter the draws.Capture


      1. Oh this is quite charming. Maybe a wall hanging or just this piece on a plain background to make up a bed quilt. Or both.


  1. One of my all time classics! What a fun new to me technique of coloring. I am really captivated by this block and can’t wait to start on it. Thanks for a fabulous addition!


  2. When I was a kit (back before cable and satellite TV), it was always an annual event to sit and watch the Wizard of Oz. Your block is amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!


  3. Such a colorful Wizard of Oz – Love it! Thanks for sharing your talents as well as giving us an opportunity to win some great batting.


  4. I played the part of Dorothy back in school, so like you I have fond memories. Your block is absolutely stunning, and as a Canadian – where have you been hiding? So very glad to find you, and thank you so very much.


  5. The Wizard of Oz movie was always my favorite and still is. I made a couple Wizard of Oz quilts using Wiz of Oz fabric and the 2016 row by rows that had Wizard of Oz rows. Your row is adorable and I will definitely be making it at some point. Thanks for designing and sharing it.


  6. one of my sisters is a crazy fan of all things Oz. She does not do anything on a computer, so I would like to know if it is ok that I print your pattern for her. She has sewn clothing for years, and is just starting to quilt.


  7. Remembering when we first saw this on TV most people, including us, had a back+ white TV. We were so jealous of those few friends who did have a color TV! My mom explained to the 4 of us how it looked in color when she saw it in the movies. We thought it was great going from B+W to color. My Nana born in late 1800’s said they thought it was all magic 🙂


  8. Love the fabrics you used for the Emerald City! Yes, always remember watching the Wizard of Oz when it came on once a year. Imagine that now!


  9. That movie brings back memories. My younger sister loved that movie, and we would get together whenever it was on, to group watch!


  10. Cost time I saw the Wizard of Oz was when I had my first sleepover party, for my 6th birthday. It had since been shown annually on TV every February, making it a birthday tradition for me for several decades. Love it!


  11. Your block is great. The fabrics are so brilliant. And your character illustrations are wonderful. I remember the annual viewing of The Wizard of Oz on TV with the family.


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