Dorothy’s Journey

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with Riley Blake Design’s new collection Dorothy’s Journey by Jill Howarth. If you’re not familiar with Jill’s work, she is an illustrator of children’s books, products and of course, fabric! Take a look at her spectacular Instagram feed here. The collection features adorable illustrations depicting the story of the Wizard of Oz including portraits of all the characters, as well as fabulous blenders revealing the yellow brick road, dreamy clouds, and poppies. There are highlights of silver metallic too, giving it a beautiful shimmery look throughout.

I decided to make another Raw Diamond quilt, using a fat quarter bundle of Dorothy’s Journey with a deep emerald green as my background fabric, hoping to create a very different look than my first Raw Diamond quilt that has white in the background.

I got to work pressing, cutting, stacking, piecing, pressing, trimming, piecing, stacking, piecing and quilting…

And as if in a cyclone of productivity, I finished my quilt top in record time (for me!), quilted it on my domestic machine, and had some fun with the binding, giving a nod to the Wicked Witch of the East’s stylish hosiery and footwear along the bottom of the quilt.

Wicked Witch of the East binding detail

I took my finished quilt out to the park for some photos in front of the Witch’s Hut in Kildonan Park (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on a sunny Saturday morning. We lucked into beautiful early morning sunshine and no crowds.

Dorothy's Journey Quilt
Dorothy’s Journey Quilt in front of the Witch’s Hut

I chose a yellow woven gingham for my backing giving a nod to the gingham in Dorothy’s dress as well as the yellow from the brick road.

Dorothy's Journey Quilt
Witch’s Hut, Kildonan Park, Winnipeg, MB