Monday, October 7, 2019

Once Upon A Story Row Along Show And Tell Day

It's been such a fun time seeing all those "Once Upon A Story" blocks, hasn't it!
Thanks to Marian at Seams To Be Sew, this has been a great row along.
The blocks can be used alone or with several of them to create a quilt.
My block is 30" x 30" and with an added border, it is perfect as a baby quilt.

It's probably no surprise that I chose "Five Little Monkeys" as my block!
This baby quilt measures 42" x 42" with the added borders.

The fabrics I used were by Northcott who generously gave me one yard of fabric, which I used
for the background. It's Stonehenge Gradations #39382-12. Of course, I had to have more,
so I bought a bundle of this pretty fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. The colors are amazing!

You can download the free block pattern HERE

To create the quilt with a finished 30" x 30" Center Block:

Cut 2 – 6” x 6” squares, Center Block corners
Cut 2 - 2 ½” x 30 ½” strips, left and right Border A 
Cut 2 - 2 ½” x 34 ½” strips, top and bottom Border A
Cut 2 - 4 ½” x 34 ½” strips, left and right Border B 
Cut 2 - 4 ½” x 42 ½” strips, top and bottom Border B
Cut 1 - backing to fit 42" x 42" quilt front (allow extra for quilting)
Cut 1 - batting to fit 42" x 42" quilt front (allow extra for quilting)
Cut 5 - 2 ½" x 43" strips, binding

Step 1: Center Block Corners
Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of 6” x 6” squares.  
Place one square in top corners of center block, wrong sides together. Sew on drawn line. 
Trim 1/4” from seam and press open.

Step 2: Border A
 With right sides together, sew 2 ½” x 30 ½” strips to left and right of Center Block. 
Press seams towards borders. With right sides together, sew 2 ½” x 34 ½” strips to top
and bottom of Center Block. Press seams down.

Step 3: Border B
With right sides together, sew 4 ½” x 34 ½” strips to left and right of Border A. 
Press seams towards borders. With right sides together, sew 4 ½” x 42 ½” strips to top
and bottom of Border A. Press seams down.

Step 4: Finish Quilt
Finish using your favorite method of quilting and binding.

I use Spray n Bond to finish smaller quilts using this method:

Quilt assembly batting and basting spray
Protect the area where you will be working by placing an old sheet or paper under and 
around the area you’ll be spraying. Place the batting on work area, smoothing to remove 
wrinkles. Place the quilt backing, wrong side down, on top of batting. Smooth to remove 
wrinkles. Having the batting a bit larger than the backing is suggested. 

Roll back about six inches of the quilt back to expose some of the batting. Using the basting
 spray, spray batting from one edge to the other. Carefully lay the wrong side of quilt backing 
over the sprayed surface of batting. Smooth fabric to ensure it adheres to the sprayed fabric 
and remove any wrinkles. Roll back the rest of the quilt back to continue spraying and 
smoothing about six inches at a time until you reach the bottom of the quilt back. 
Check for creases or folds you might have missed.

Turn backing and batting over to have batting facing up. Lay quilt front, wrong side down, 
on batting. Make sure quilt front is lined up correctly; smooth out wrinkles. Use the same 
spray and smooth method as the backing. Trim edges and square-up quilt. 
Quilt as desired and add binding.

I used my favorite iron-on adhesive for the it!
Heat n Bond's EZ Print Lite Sheets can be run through an inkjet tracing!
Heat n Bond Lite comes in larger sheets, too.

Look at the other bloggers who made finished projects with those cute blocks:

Just Let Me Quilt
Words & Stitches
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Ursula Prandtstetter at Tuning My Heart Quilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Linda B Creative
Charlie???s Daughter at Bobbin In Quilts
Seams To Be Sew - Layout Tutorial

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  1. Use to sing this with my kids, now my grands (three monkeys).

  2. Your Five Little Monkeys are adorable!

  3. Your quilt is wonderful! Great way to use the row.

  4. Adorable quilt! Love that one block and borders will make a baby quilt!
    Sandy A

  5. Hi Carol! I'm happy to see this finished - I know you love your Monkey Boys and this is just a nice visual reminder. You've had a lot on your plate this month and it's only the 8th! I am enjoying the heck out of the blog hop. I'm off to visit today's participants. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. A wonderful quilt that brings back many memories for me. My daughter's favourite songs as a child were Five Little Monkeys and Five Green and Speckled Frogs. I have downloaded the pdf and will make my daughter a Five Little Monkeys wall hanging. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I liked your block and I like your quilt.

  8. Love the quilt! My youngest son just had his fifth boy, now I have five little monkey's!

  9. Your Five Little Monkeys baby quilt is adorable. I really like the look of the Stonehenge Gradations in the border too. It adds a nice flourish. Having taught preschool for many years Five Little Monkeys was a beloved favorite the children never tired of.

  10. Five little monkeys! Such a cute quilt!

  11. Adorable use of Five Little Monkey's. Thanks for your inspiration, creativity & sharing it with all of us.

  12. So sweet! Thanks for all you do too!

  13. I really enjoyed this Blog hop! You designers did an awesome job of designing. I like your idea of making a baby quilt with your block. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Carol, that's very cute as a completed baby quilt. I really like the colors you added for the borders and finishing.

  15. It's adorable! That would make a wonderful baby quilt.

  16. Five Little Monkeys was a favorite at our house! I love your block. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Five Little Monkeys is a great one. Love the design.

  18. What great way to incorporate the block into a quilt. Now I am singing the 5 Little Monkeys song.

  19. We had 7 little monkeys with no sisters so we know about jumping on the bed and breaking a head. Love this block. 5 Little Monkeys. Making this one next week. Thanks.

  20. I love your finished quilt, so adorable!

  21. I love how you finished your block. I really need to make one of these, I have a little monkey very dedicated to jumping on things. Thankfully he hasn't broken his head.... just an arm and a toe in two separate incidents!

  22. Turned out Awesome, thank you so much Carol!!!


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