Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Once Upon a Story Row Along


A big thanks to Marian for bringing us another great Row Along! Here's a list of today's participants:

Thursday, 9/19/2019

Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs (you are here)
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This year's theme is "Once Upon a Story," and for my row I decided to represent several of Aesop's Fables. For those of you not familiar with these stories, here's a brief history (courtesy of Wikipedia):

"Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE...The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop's death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere...Initially the fables were addressed to adults and covered religious, social and political themes. They were also put to use as ethical guides and from the Renaissance onwards were particularly used for the education of children. Their ethical dimension was reinforced in the adult world through depiction in sculpture, painting and other illustrative means, as well as adaptation to drama and song. In addition, there have been reinterpretations of the meaning of fables and changes in emphasis over time."

You'd be surprised how many morals, or lessons, from Aesop's Fables that you are familiar with. Here are some of them:

A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
Beauty is only skin deep.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Once bitten, twice shy.
One good turn deserves another.

I've included five fables in my row. Each block is raw-edge appliqued. For each block, I will post an illustration and quote the moral of each fable, which also links to the entire (short) story if you wish to read them.
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The Rose & the Butterfly


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The Crow & the Pitcher


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The Hare & the Tortoise



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The Astrologer

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The blocks come together to form a 12.5” x 30.5” row (including outside seam allowance):


My pattern also gives instructions for an optional 18.5” x 18.5” row (including outside seam allowance):


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And here's a photo of my finished row sewn with Northcott's Canvas fabrics (everything but the beige and black fabrics are from that line). Thank you Northcott!:



On the Show & Tell day (Oct. 8th), I will show you the two projects I made from my pattern.
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I love to read your comments, and will reply to them all via email unless you are a No Reply Blogger.
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Also, Electric Quilt is offering a 20% off discount to anyone who’d like to purchase their products during the Row Along.
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Here's the complete list of participants of the hop. Be sure to visit them all!

58 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for reminding me about all these lovely fables again. I do love your pattern layouts and appreciate you sharing the pattern with us, Elizabeth.
    Thank you very much.

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  2. I was wondering if anyone was going to do Aesop's Fables. Your row is fantastic. Thank you.

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  3. I love Aesop's fables. They are so creative.

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  4. This is amazing...love all the designs and the finished row...thank you so much!

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  5. Aesop's Fables--great reminder!
    Thank you!

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  6. This is a beautiful block that would make a perfect quilt all on its own. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Always loved Aesops Fables. Thank you for the block

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  8. I remember learning to read Aesop's Fables. I love them!

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  9. Love the fables - they were something my mum quoted often when I was growing up!!! churcaeatauburndotedu

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  10. Five fun Fables! Love your row and the links to the fables were fun to read! Thank you!

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  11. I love your row. This is a wonderful idea. You kept things simple so that the imagination could take over with each tale. Thank you for the pattern. These would be cute in a baby quilt.

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  12. I would not have thought of using Aesop's Fables as a row! Thanks for the fun patterns!
    Sandy A

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  13. Aesop's Fables! What great patterns! Thank you!

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  14. The theme is Aesop's Fables. Thank you!

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  15. Absolutely Fabulous!! Always excellent morals. Many thanks :-)

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  16. Aesop fables what a good choice

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  17. Aesop's Fables may be older than dirt but they still hold true. Love your work.

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  18. Your block is gorgeous, thank you

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  19. Aesop's Fables, great teaching tools!

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  20. I thought I knew all about Aesop's Fables, but now I realize I don't! Thanks for the beautiful row and for the chance to win some great prizes!! Blessings to you and yours!

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  21. I use to love reading the Fables to my granddaughter. Thank you for sharing your row. You designers are so talented.

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  22. Aesop's Fables. I had forgotten about those stories. Thank you for sharing your pattern and for reminding me of older times.

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  23. Aesop's Fables. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  24. What a brilliant row! Such a wonderful trip down memory lane - thank you for a lovely blog posting. And thank you so much for your lovely row contribution - so many possibiites, and I will be looking forward to seeing what you have done in October.

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  25. I really like this a lot. Better yet I think I could do this one. Aesop's Fables brings back memories.

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  26. Aesops Fables. Beautiful collection!! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  27. Aesop's Fables is your story. Love your quilt.

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  28. Aesop's Fables. My favorite is One good turn deserves another. This is so literal when doing needle turn applique, LOL. Love your block designs. Thank you.

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  29. Aesop's Fables were always a favourite in our house. Thank you for the row, and the optional layout.

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  30. Aesop's Fables have always been one of my favorites.

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  31. I don't think I've ever heard the history of Aesop's Fables. So thank you for a wonderful quilt block/row as well as the history lesson!

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  32. Aesop's Fables Thank you so much for this extensive pattern and Judy

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  33. I definitely want to make this row in one of the variations. Thanks for such a cute pattern.

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  34. I didn’t realize that so many of Aesop’s fables were ones I used everyday! How creative you are with your row, thanks for sharing!

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  35. Great idea using Aesop's Fables. The row is a mini quilt!

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  36. Aesop's Fables is the theme of your blocks and your row. What a fun idea to create with! duchick at gmail dot com

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  37. Aesop’s fables is the theme of the blocks. Lovely designs.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Thank you for your attractive row. I hadn't thought of Aesop's Fables in the context of Mother Goose or fairy tales, but they certainly were stories I learned in childhood.

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  39. Thank you so much for this beautiful row.

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  40. Thank you for your contribution, some really valuable messages in the stories.

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  41. Aesop's Fables is the theme. A long time since I've read any of those but they have such great messages. Great stories to share with our grandson. Thanks for your creativity & sharing them with all of us.
    dixiedotmcadamatgmaildotcom

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  42. Wow, haven't read Aesop's Fables in 40 years!! Nice to read some again! Great applique interpretation.

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  43. Enjoyed your Aesop's fables row! Thanks for participating!

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  44. I loved how you used multiple fables! Thanks for sharing this!

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  45. Such a clever row! Love it. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  46. Having fun seeing all the wonderful designs.

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  47. I love that you chose Aesops Fables. You did such a great job putting your block together acknowledging 5 stories in one row. Thank you for such a beautiful row.

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  48. Love how you combined several Aesops Fables into your design, and giving us not one but two beautiful layout options. Thanks for sharing!
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  49. Aesop's fables. Now that can lead to a lot of storytelling.

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  50. Thank you so much for options! These are wonderful tales, and you've interpreted them beautiful. Thank you for the pattern.

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  51. I'm late to the party, but thank you so much for the pattern to your row on Aesop's Fables!! They do teach us well, don't they?

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  52. Your crow is absolutely delightful!

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