Yellow Brick Road With a Twist, #57

I’m making a fund raiser quilt for The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica whose mission is to promote the preservation and restoration of historically and architecturally significant buildings and sites. Through projects, community education, advocacy, marketing and planned activities, the Society engages its’ members, partners and the community in preserving the past and protecting the future.

I decided on a One Block Wonder because they are so much fun and visually interesting.  As I’ve said before I’m a self proclaimed Wizard of Oz freak, plus L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, NY in 1856 not far from Utica.  So I went to my Oz stash and chose my fabric.  It all starts with 6 repeats of fabric.  I decided to put one repeat on the back of the quilt because it was too large to use in the borders.

One Repeat

I cut my 6 repeats, aligned the fabric, cut my strips, cut my equilateral triangles and decided to start with a Yellow Brick Road.

First step

I began by using the yellow blocks to start the path.


I was pleased with the design except for one block.


As I said earlier, the original fabric design was too large to use in the borders so I needed to pull from my Oz stash for the outer borders.  I had already sewn the rows together when I noticed one block in the lower left of the quilt that kept catching my eye.  I decided to embroider something in the block to tone it down.


Monkey in the Moonlight, I love it!


Borders on, now to quilt it.


Locked and loaded.  I’m using Quilters Dream Orient Batting made from an exotic blend of bamboo, luscious silk and very soft cotton!  After washing, when I took it out the dryer it just draped in my arms.


The shadows were in the way a little, but at least the sun is out on this beautiful April day in Central NY.


This is the 57th One Block Wonder that I have made.

12 thoughts on “Yellow Brick Road With a Twist, #57

  1. Jennifer

    Love, love, love! The monkey in the moonlight is priceless. How do we purchase a ticket to win this quilt? I want one!


  2. robyn s

    Beautiful work Jackie. Your creations are very inspiring. (I just showed my 12 yo daughter – she said, “That’s great! That’s fantastic!”. She has no interest in quilting (yet) but I believe while there is life, there is hope. My first OBW – – I started it – – the fabric is very muted and does not work well for impact. I think I’ll just roll it up and put it away for a day when I’m desperate. I’ve not been on the OBW quilt forum for a few weeks, How is your raffle going for the New York quilt? I got booted off of fb, apparently for “abusive comments or spam”. I have NO idea what I did to cause that. There’s no appeal route on fb unless I want to provide 2 pcs of government-issued ID, one must bear a photo! I’m not prepared to do that for a social media site, so one of these days I’ll have to try to sign up again. We are still beating down the snow banks, but at least we’ve had a slow melt and a bit of rain. No major flooding. Knock on wood. The top of the trampoline frame is starting to show through in the back yard, and most of the roads are cleared now for 2-way traffic. Hope you have a great spring. I see from your pictures that you are definitely warming up! R Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:34:07 +0000 To:


  3. Carol Jordan

    I miss you! I too had trouble seeing that light blue hexagon – what a great solution you came up with. Linda Kelly finished her OBW at our quilt retreat at Sandbridge last month – an oriental print – they always turn out great!
    Good job as always.


  4. Pat

    Beutiful quilt as are all of your one block wonder. You inspired out little quilt guild to make this type quilt and we were all surprised with the out come of our quilts. Thank you very much for being an inspiration to all of us.



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