Monday, September 9, 2019

Once Upon a Story, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears

The day has finally arrived when I get to share with you what I have been working on!  First off thanks to Marian Pena of www.SeamstobeSew.com for hosting the Once Upon a Story Row Along. Also a special thanks to Northcott Fabrics.  Their Stonehenge Gradation fabrics gave me a multitude of color values to play with.

This is the first year that I am able to participate, and  when Marian posted the opportunity, I knew what I wanted to design right away.



The original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was written by Robert Southey in 1837, and was called, The Story of Three Bears.

Illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1918

It originally was a story of a badly behaving older woman and three bachelor bears. You can read more about the story here:

It evolved several times since it was first published, and claims to be one of  the most popular tales in the English language.

The version I grew up knowing was the story of a little girl with golden locks of hair, thus Goldilocks.

I remember many Little Golden Books in my youth.
So when designing my block I went back to my traditional quilting roots and started playing with the Bear's Paw Block in Electric Quilt 8 software.  Marian had given us different size options, so I chose the 30"x 30" as this could easily become a crib quilt if desired.




However, the art quilter in me took over and said, it needs some mixed media.  So for my block I have included 5 patterns that can be placed in the paws.  These designs can be hand embroidered or thread sketched (another love of mine!). So then the block began to look like this.


And because I like choices, I have included a second pattern for Goldilocks.  I was trying to come up with a Goldilocks that was ethnically diverse so young ones could imagine themselves or family members being part of the story.


If you have never tried to thread sketch with your sewing machine, be sure to check out a brief tutorial I did while sketching the Mamma Bear paw.


While working on this block, memories of my childhood kept coming up.  One of my favorite things to do was to color in a coloring book.  So here is where the fun comes in.

Mamma Bear that has been thread sketched.
Blocks could be embroidered or thread sketched and used as is in the block.


Once you have the outline completed, you can add some color by using Crayola crayons or Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks.  If you are not into mixed media, you can definitely use fusible web and a raw edge applique technique to complete the blocks. Tutorials to follow on how to apply these mediums to the blocks.

A sample with the Crayola Crayons.
I used a black satin stitch to achieve a coloring book look with the raw edge applique.

So how do you get this wonderful pattern?  Simply visit my website and go to the Once Upon a Story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  There are two pdfs to download, one is the instructions and one contains the actual patterns. Here is the direct link to the page: https://www.lindabrattencreations.com/once-upon-a-story-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears.html

This pattern will be free to download until September 17, 2019.

Be sure to stop by today's other pattern designers posts to collect their free patterns.  They are:  Patchwork Breeze  and  KISSed Quilts .

All of the pattern designers that are participating in the Once Upon a Story Row Along can be found on this blog post: https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/2019/09/time-to-get-ready-for-once-upon-story.html

And did I mention that there are fabulous giveaways with this blog hop? 


Be sure to enter to win some of my favorite thread sketching and painting patterns as a digital download!

Use this link to enter the giveaway:


To be entered for this giveaway I ask that you follow my blog, Linda B Creative and submit your name and email address so I can contact the winner.  The giveaway will be open until September 17, 2019, and the winner will be announced on September 19, 2019.  All rules and guidelines set up by Marian Pena for the Once Upon a Story Row Along apply to my give away.  Be sure to go to the other pattern designers posts for additional giveaways!

Please note I never share names or emails with other organizations, but I do invite you to sign up for my free monthly newsletter, Linda B Creative and join my companion Facebook Group, Linda B Creative for more creative fun!



And to entice you a bit more.... I am creating machine embroidery applique and red work designs for those of you who do not like the other options.  They will be available for purchase on my website: www.LindaBrattenCreations.com

Here is a sneak peak at the machine embroidery applique block!


Remember to check back for a lesson on adding the mixed media to your block.

Thanks for stopping by,

42 comments:

  1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears was a favorite when I was growing up. Thanks for the block.

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    1. Enjoy the block! I loved it when the person telling the story changed voices for each character.

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  2. I love your block, how perfect for this story. read the story so often to children and grandchildren that I know it by heart. Thank you

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    1. I hope to create a quilt that I use when telling the story to my grandchildren. Let me know how you use the block.

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  3. I love your original take on the classic story, great job!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Working on the block brought back lots of fond childhood memories.

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  4. What a great little quilt! I followed your blog.

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    1. Thanks for following my blog. I hope we will inspire each other toc wonderful things!

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  5. Thank you for sharing today. Your block is wonderful. I have never tried this and am going to give it a whirl. Thanks for inspiring. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Lori I hope that you find it fun to do. Please note that in the video I did speed up the film, so don't feel pressured that it has to be done fast. Enjoy the process!

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  6. What a wonderful block, and each method looks brilliant. It is so much fun to have our memories depicted this way. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Orla, please share what you create with the pattern.

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  7. Great block, thank you! I've never tried thread scetching, it looks very interesting.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. Of course, hand embroidery is an option. I burned my hand many years ago, and lost the strength needed to do lots of hand work. So, I look for alternative ways. Please share what you create!

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  8. I love Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Thank you for the pattern.

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    1. Please share how you use the pattern. I am excited by all the blocks offered so far!

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  9. What a great variation on making the bear paw blocks. I enjoyed your explanation of your process. Thank you so much.

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  10. I was hoping that all kinds of quilters would be tempted to try it. I would love to see what you create with it.

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  11. Thank you Goldilocks and the Bears are so cute!

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    1. Thanks you! Comments like this may encourage me to keep designing patterns!

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  12. One of my favorite stories. I had that exact Golden Book.

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    1. I hope that my block, brings fond memories spent with the book. Have I mentioned my deep love of books?

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  14. Thank you for sharing your Goldilocks and the three bears rows. I haven't tried thread painting yet but might have to try it.

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    1. I would love to see what you do with it. Please share how you use my pattern.

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  15. I still enjoy reading Goldilocks and the three bears. Thank you for the pattern. I have never tried the crayon coloring yet, but I have seen some quilts done that way and so I may be adventurous and give it a try. I haven't tried thread sketching yet either, so another new thing to try. The video was very helpful in getting the concept.

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    1. Stay around, I am working on a post about adding color to the thread sketched pieces. Your comment about the video is appreciated. It is a new skill that I am learning.

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  16. What a cute way to depict Goldilocks and the Three Bears!! I love thread painting and you have a new follower!! Thanks for being part of this blog hop!!

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    1. Thank you for following my blog. I hope we can inspire each other to try new things! Your name intrigues me--- do you live in the country? I do, but not on a farm. It has only pasture/hay fields and small at that.

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  17. Thanks for the row along with all the suggestions to explore further creativity within the block. I think I try a combination of thread ainting and Derwent colored encils. (Sorry that a certain letter does not work on my comuter. I'll let you guess which one) I also registered for the newsletter/blog along with Facebook. quiltyladyrr@gmail.com

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    1. I am guessing that you are missing letter "P". I am excited that you will try the inktense pencils. I love that they leave a vibrant colors. Be sure to check back for my post on using them.

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  18. I've never tried coloring a block, but I guess I need to add that to my to-do list. Love your sweet blocks!

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  19. Thank you Carol, it is a quick and easy way to add color. It really brings back fond childhood memories of the story plus coloring books!

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  21. I have to say I am so happy you joined us for the row along this year Linda. This is such a fun and wonderful design, and so cool on how the technique is used. I simply can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and fun project with us this year and hopefully you'll come back again for more row along fun.

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  22. This has been a great experience. Thanks so much for all your hard work in pulling this event together! I hope I will be able to participate again next year.

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  23. Such a brilliant idea to use the three bears IN the bear paw block! Love it! Thanks for the fun pattern!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Please share what you create with it!

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  24. What a nice block. I am glad you participated. Thank you.

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  25. great story with a great block. thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome. I would love to see how you use it!

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