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Wizard of Oz Quilt – Part 1

Wizard of Oz Quilt – Part 1

My daughter has been a Wizard of Oz fan since she first saw the movie as a little girl.  She has loads of Wizard of Oz memorabilia and still puts more on her birthday and Christmas list.  When I was browsing on-line one day I came across several different patterns of Wizard of Oz Fabric.  Right away I knew she would LOVE a Wizard of Oz quilt.  To enhance the Wizard of Oz theme , I embroidered Wizard of Oz characters on white fabric.  I then made quilt blocks with the different fabrics I purchased – all Wizard of Oz themed.

Even the quilt backing is Wizard of Oz fabric. 


Quilt Back


Close-Up of Backing Fabric


For the embroidered characters, I used a Wizard of Oz coloring book.  Place a plain sheet of paper on the back of each picture and trace the detail of the picture using a pen that will transfer to fabric by ironing.  You will need to trace from the back of the picture so when you turn it over to iron it onto the fabric, the picture is facing the correct way.

You can make a “themed” quilt for a special person by using pictures of what they like – cars, boats, sports team, flowers.  Let your imagination run wild.  That’s the fun thing about quilting; you can be creative and no two quilts are ever exactly alike.  My daughter, by the way, LOVED her Wizard of Oz quilt.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to see pictures of my embroidered characters.

First, determine the size you want your finished quilt to be and whether or not you will use other quilt blocks to fill in between the embroidered blocks (see picture above) or just use embroidered blocks.  This will determine how many pictures you need and the size of each block.  Decide if you want your embroidered blocks to be square or rectangular.  

Suggestion:  Make sure the size of your picture is not too large or too small for the size of the block.  You don’t want a tiny picture in the middle of a big white quilt block, nor do you want a huge picture that takes up the entire white fabric and looks squeezed.  It’s your project; it’s your choice. 

Next cut enough white fabric squares for the number of pictures you are going to embroider and the size you want each embroidered block to be.  Press the picture to the center of each piece of white fabric.  Be careful to measure so the pictures are centered exactly where you want them on the white fabric.  You don’t want to spend time embroidering these pictures and find they won’t look nice on your finished quilt.

When you transfer the pictures to the fabric, you don’t want to actually iron; you want to gently press with a hot iron.  Be careful not to let the picture move while you a pressing.  You may want to pin the paper to the fabric to keep it from moving.  Before removing your traced paper, gently lift it up to make sure it transferred completely. 

I let my imagination go wild and used metallic thread and sewed beads and sequence to enhance the characters.  For example, I used different colored beads to fill in the rainbow.  I used all black beads and embroidery floss on the Wicked Witch of the West. 

The neat thing about embroidered quilt blocks is that it’s so easy to take them with you so you can get something done when you are away from home.  Just figure what treads, beads and supplies you need, put them in a little tote bag and work wherever you are.  I commute by train to work every day, so most of mine were done on my way to and from my job.  Time waiting for a doctor’s appointment or at the beauty shop will not be wasted.  I will give more detail about putting the Wizard of Oz quilt together in my next post, but I figured this is about all anyone would want to read at once. 

Check back for Part 2, and HAPPY QUILTING!




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