My Original Row For Once Upon A Story….

As a child I absolutely loved Nancy Drew mysteries. I would beg for each new book at birthdays and Christmas… When I was old enough I would buy them for myself… At one time I could honestly say I owned every single book… can’t say that anymore, but I still own every single book I had from my childhood and into my teen and young adult years.

However, that’s not the design I chose to create since Nancy isn’t really a fairy tale or a nursery rhyme, but the only other book I can recall absolutely loving the story of was… The Jungle Book and this is the design I’ve chosen to do this year. Who amongst us hasn’t seen the Disney movie of this wonderful fairy tale. Even today it is still a favorite to watch.

Part of the fun in picking this story is all the fun you can have creating the design. There are so many ways to go with it and just choosing this part of my pattern was not easy to do. I didn’t just create this pattern but an entire project because I couldn’t stop with just the gorilla…

This is the full pattern. I’m still debating about adding some water on the bottom, and maybe I should even add the boy… but I love it also just the way it is. It will not be released until sometime later in October. It’s currently at the testers being stitched out there was just no time to get it done to release now.

The free part of this pattern is the gorilla. This is a 9×18 row. My only regret with this pattern is that I didn’t stretch it to 12-inches wide. I would have liked it to be a little bit wider.

As many of you know by now, Northcott Fabrics gave us some beautiful fabrics to create our rows from. I chose 8 different greens because I wanted a variety of greens and because we were in the middle of moving at the time, I thought it best to go with something that isn’t always so easy to find otherwise.

I used turn edge applique on my row, although you could easily fuse this row in place, or use raw edge applique, this is the one type of design where a raw edge would be cool imho, simply because you could work this so you eventually have a fringy edge and it would give that realistic look to the design itself.

I had planned to use a dark green fabric as my background, but I spotted this beauty in the quilt shop and decided to use it instead… Totally different but perfect.

I used the green in the top of the row and let the yellow flow down to the bottom to give it that fun ground look which helps to allow the darker leaves flow nicer into the row.

All the thread used was Aurifil 50 weight

I hope you enjoy seeing this row and I hope you will create it. I’d love to see what you do with it.

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66 thoughts on “My Original Row For Once Upon A Story….

  1. Thank you so much for The Jungle Book row. I almost missed this one. So thankful I didn’t miss it. I was looking Witchy Stitchy blog hop for today.

  2. can’t wait for the whole pattern!! Thanks for hosting this row along. They are always so wonderful!!! (love this font too!!)

  3. We love “The Jungle Book”!!! Books, Movies, & Baloo Bear that sings his song! 🙂 Your gorilla is soooo cute!!

  4. Love Jungle Book, thanks for sharing this theme. Looking forward to the rest of the pattern when available.

  5. I love the Jungle book and your gorilla is so wonderful. I love the whole block and hope to be able to get it soon. Thank you for the pattern and for all your hard work putting this together and running it.

  6. I love the Jungle book and your gorilla is so wonderful. I love the whole block and hope to be able to get it soon. Thank you for the pattern and for all your hard work putting this together and running it.

  7. Your gorilla is just too cute! What a wonderful addition to the other blocks. I want to thank you, and all the other designers, for making this year’s row by row and exceptional journey in creativity. ALl of you never cease to amaze me in what you come up with each year.
    Thank you all for sharing your time, your talent and your creativity with all of us. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next year.

  8. Oh Marian…this is just too cute. I definitely want the entire pattern! Thanks for a great way to wrap up this years row by row!

  9. Your Jungle Boy gorilla is great and the full quilt is amazing.

    Thank you for an excellent hop and your great rows.

  10. The Jungle Book
    Oh but this is wonderful. I love that he is happy.
    Your block is great.
    Thank you for sharing
    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful hop. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned some things about some nursery rhymes that I didn’t know. All the blocks were fantastic.

  11. Your theme was the Jungle Book and you have made a darling row!! I do have to tell you, I was a fan of Nancy Drew also. I, too, collected her books and passed my love on to my daughter. I like to think that was her start in loving to read, and then she became a librarian!! Thanks for sharing your gorilla!!

  12. What a cute gorilla for the row! Thank you! And I am looking forward to the full quilt to be available. I like the Jungle Book both the movie versions, too.

  13. Hvor flot – Er så spændt på at se “hele quilten” når du engang tilbyder det. Tusind tak.
    Jeg elskede Junglebogen og har givet den videre til mine 2 børnebøørn.

  14. The Jungle Book is an awesome story and I LOVE your gorilla block. Thank you very much for sharing it with us, Marian.
    Being from South Africa, I LOVE the wild animals, so this is my type of quilt. Thank you.

  15. What a cute block – will be anxious to get the whole pattern. Thank you for organizing these Rowalongs. They are so fun and inspirationsal

  16. Oh that is a cute gorilla. Love that snake too. Thank you Marian for the effort in putting together this.

  17. Thank you for all your work on this blog hop. Everyone’s blocks were cleverly made. I learned new songs/nursery rhymes and revisited old favorites, like Sing a Song of Sixpence, the owl and the pussycat, the cat and the fiddle and may others.

  18. The Jungle Book is wonderful. Northcott is a great company. They are so generous and their fabric is amazing.

  19. Oh your Jungle Book block is so cute! Thanks for all your work on the blog hop and for sharing the cute gorilla!

  20. I loved watching and reading the Jungle Book to my kids and grand-kids. As usual, beautiful work. I cannot wait until the quilt comes out. It would be great with the jungle Boy in it. Thanks, Again
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  21. The expression on the gorilla’s face is wonderful, and your full pattern (to come) is adorable – I can’t wait. But back to your RAL – it has been such a pleasure, and I am not surprised you fell asleep. Thank you for your Jungle book block, for all your hard work and sharing your talent!

  22. “The Jungle Book” Love it. My boys, all 7, loved it. Thanks you for the fun block. It is one that will challenge my patience and I need that right now. Thank you.

  23. Having been in Scouting for 13 yrs the Jungle Book has special meaning to me. Thank you for the block.

  24. Your Jungle Book gorilla is wonderful as well as how you added the other animals. You’re very creative. Thanks so much for the wonderful Blog hop.

  25. Terrific block of the Jungle Boy & whole quilt design. I can easily see why you couldn’t stop with just the gorilla. Many thanks for all your inspiration, creativity, designing & most of all sharing of your ideas, Fabulous blog that you organized.

  26. FABULOUS design! Love the details and can’t wait to see the rest of the quilt! Jungle Book — I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  27. I can relate about the Nancy Drew books – we enjoyed reading them as a child also.
    Your Jungle Book block is so cute. That was a favorite storybook of both our boys when they were younger.
    Many thanks for all that you do and share!!

  28. Great block, love the whole project! I was a fan of Nancy Drew also. Don’t have any of my books as I left them with younger sisters. Do have a lot of my other childhood books though.

  29. OMG Marian! This quilt is my favorite! It is so stinking cute! Thank you for the free block. I cant wait until the full quilt pattern is available!

  30. My girlfriend and I shared Nancy Drew books when we were in school. Haven’t heard about her for a long time. I would buy one and she bought the next one!! Jungle Book is a great story.

  31. Your Jungle Book quilt is really cute. I don’t know how you find the time to create so many designs at the same time. You are amazing!

  32. The Jungle Book is one of my very favorites. What a cute block and I can’t wait until the full pattern is released so I can pick it up.

  33. Really like the gorilla pattern but I think I will want to make the whole jungle quilt. Thanks for such a cute pattern.

  34. The Jungle Book was my all time favorite as a child! Still enjoy the movie. I can’t wait for the pattern to be released!!

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