Once Upon A Story Row Along… My First Row…

The Nutcracker - (Hans)Ok, I’ve spilled the beans, yep, I have at least two rows for the row along this year. This one was created quite by accident. I was trying to think of what to do for my yearly gift for my sisters birthday this year and I happened upon this idea. Her favorite story is my first row for the row along this year. I had already created my first row which I’ll feature next week, so this one is a kind of bonus row.

My sisters favorite story is The Nutcracker and low and behold I found out that it is considered a fairy tale. So it occurred to me that I could create a row for the row along with it and at the same time my sister gets a birthday gift out of it. ssshhhh tho, she knows nothing about it and lucky me, she doesn’t follow my blog. I do not even think she’s ever even visited it, even tho she clearly knows it exists.

Before I send you inside the post to download this row, be sure to enter the giveaways and let me know what you think of this design.

Aren’t these just adorable, Clara, Mother Ginger, and The Nutcracker / Hans are part of the free row pattern today. These are 10-inch blocks which will create a 10 x 30 row.

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The full pattern includes 3 more additional blocks if you’d like to add more to your project or perhaps just create a stand alone Nutcracker project.

This pattern includes six blocks in 10, 12, 15, and 20-inch block sizes for each block in the pattern.
It is on special for 40% off thru September 24, 2019
Simply use the coupon code: TheNutcracker
Artwork for this project Inspired by Bookoodles of Learning

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This is an awesome discount if your considering purchasing the upgrade or the full version, even just addons. The only thing you can not purchase is there EQ Classes. The coupon expires October 8, 2019

A Value of 239.95 and worth every penny of it, a digital download copy of EQ8.

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58 thoughts on “Once Upon A Story Row Along… My First Row…

  1. Yes, this blog post was about the theme of a fairy tale, your sister’s favorite…the Nutcracker! She will love this gift!
    *she is missing out on not reading your blog!
    **yes, I have an embroidery machine!

  2. I did not know that the Nutcracker was considered a fairy tale. I guess I never thought about what it might be, other than a Christmas story. Thank you for the pattern.

  3. Oh my word…what a lovely surprise for us and a special gift for your sister. Good thing she doesn’t follow your blog. 🙂 Thank you so much for all you do.

  4. The Nutcracker row is awesome!!! I loved that story as a child – I went to the ballet when I was 10 and wanted to be a ballerina for weeks…

  5. Yes this blog was about her bonus row for the themed row along. And YES I LOVE this row! Both of my daughters were given the opportunity to dance with the Russian ballet 2 different years in the Nutcracker thanks to some awesome contacts their dance teacher has and as such her studio worked with the Russian ballet company for 2 years when they would come to town to put on their performance. As such it has become a much beloved fairy tale and ballet in our family.

  6. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, but I am so glad that I found this event this year. thank you for hosting it. I am amazed and awestruck by the number of talented quilters and designers that are out there. the Nutcracker is a favorite tale.

    1. Thanks for thinking of the Nutcracker. I love the music and the ballet. The first time I saw it was with the Philadelphia Ballet.
      You want us to be honest, so creating charactors from squares is not my first choice although I understand why it is done, it is quick & easy for beginners.

  7. Your row is awesome! I use to collect nut crackers. I saw some rehersal parts of the nutcracker but haven’t seen the whole show. Thanks so much for organizing this Blog hop. It is so much fun and you designers are wonderful.

  8. I do love the ballet of The Nutcracker. These are great designs, and though he isn’t free, the mouse king is my favorite one. Thank you so much for a great row!

  9. Thank you, Marian, for a fun row. No; felt it was more about your sister’s love of this story. She is lucky to have you.

  10. Hello Marian. Thank you for the great row. I saw it and thought “I want to have it on my table”. Now I am looking for fabric and hope that I can make it until Christmas time.

  11. It is such a brilliant row – and I feel so lucky to be able to get free patterns from such wonderfully talented people. Thank you very much.

  12. I’m such a fan of your work and your Nutcracker blocks don’t disappoint! Thank for your hard work in both the designs and for hosting the row along!

  13. Marian I love the Nutcracker. When I was a young mother, my sister in law and I would get dressed up with our daughters every December and take them to the Nutcracker. We did this for 12 years, until the girls finished high school and started university. It’s one of my fondest Memories! Thank you for reminding me. Your Row is so special to me and will be in my granddaughter’s Once Upon a Story Quilt when I’m sewing again! Thank you for all your work on this and so many other Hops.

  14. What fun Nutcrackers. I’m excited because I found some grid stabilizer when I was cleaning out the sewing room this weekend. I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thanks Marian

  15. Years ago my daughter danced in The Nutcracker at our regional ballet school. This would be a perfect gift for her!

  16. Marian, I absolutely LOVE your row. Thank you so much for hosting this event every year and especially for sharing your awesome pattern with us.

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