Once Upon A Story Row Along – Bremen Town Musicians

Bremen Town Musicians EQ

I found this year’s Row Along theme a little more difficult than last year’s. I am not really familiar with any North American nursery rhymes, and they don’t make a lot of sense if you don’t grow up with them. Well, nursery rhymes don’t make a whole lot of sense in general, I guess 😉 Anyway, I started thinking about fairy tales, being German I grew up with the Grimm Brothers and their stories. Unfortunately a lot of these stories have been turned into Disney movies, and I knew I needed to stay away from those. I finally chose the “Bremen Town Musicians” for my row. Not only is this a very German story (Bremen is a city in northern Germany) but the animals on top of each other also worked very well with the row format. If you are not familiar with the story, you can find an English version here.

Bremen Town Musicians Row

My row shows the four animals outside the cottage in the forest as they are climbing on top of each other, getting ready to drive the robbers out and chase them away. It is all fusible appliqué with a machine blanket stitch. I then added two outside borders to turn it into a wall hanging which I registered for our local quilt show in October.

PPP-048 Bremen Town Musicians

Northcott Fabrics generously offered their fabrics to all the designers again this year, and we could choose anything from their current collections for our projects. I chose three fabrics this time, the night sky, the forest floor and the cottage wall. Thank you, Northcott, for your beautiful fabrics. The pattern for the row will be available for free download for a week. Afterwards the pattern for the complete wall hanging will be available for purchase. If you know me, you know that I am fond of tiny appliqué pieces, and I appliquéd every piece of my design that isn’t marked as embroidery. Some of those pieces are very small, and if you don’t enjoy working with them, you can always embroider the details.


39156G-49 Stonehenge Out Of This World


39416-76 Stonehenge Mighty Pines


21393-94 Naturescapes

Edit: A week has gone by, and the free download isn’t available anymore. If you missed it, the pattern for the full wall hanging is now available for purchase.


And now it’s time again for a giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Our sponsor today is Northcott Fabrics with a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle, thank you for your generosity.

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Our main sponsor this year is again the Electric Quilt Company, one lucky winner will receive the complete EQ 8 quilt design software. I design all my quilts in EQ and have been doing so for almost twenty years. Thank you, EQ, for supporting the Row Along! EQ8

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaways. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.

And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun projects.


Tuesday, September 3
Just Let Me Quilt
Seams To Be Sew
Pamela Quilts

Thursday, September 5
Made By Marney
Pretty Piney Quilts
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, September 10
Linda B Creative
Patchwork Breeze
KISSed Quilts

Thursday, September 12
Bobbin In Quilts
Clever Chameleon
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 17
Barbara Dieges
Ms. P Designs USA
Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, September 19
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Tuesday, September 24
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Stitchin At Home

Thursday, September 26
From My Carolina Home
Words & Stitches
Tuning My Heart Quilts

Tuesday, October 1
Carol Andrews
Charlie’s Daughter
Mountain Meadow Designs

Thursday, October 3
Clever Chameleon
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, October 8
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced

Marian’s Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways:

Please take the time to read them.

  • Rules and guidelines are also listed on the Rafflecopter window of each blog’s giveaway entry on their featured days post.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various blogger/designers for their featured day.
  • There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor and blogger/designers themselves.
  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at each of the blogs post to enter at Seams To Be Sew,
    Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. When you enter a give away that asks you to answer the question asked on the entry form, you do need to fill in that box. No answer means your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
  • You are only allowed to enter once at each of the featured day sites. Giveaways are different at each site, thus you can enter those giveaways. On the Electric Quilt giveaway, you can enter once each day of the row along, new sites to click on are assigned to this giveaway you need to visit each site to be credited for the entry.
  • I will start announcing winners on September 10, 2019, and finish announcing winners on October 13, 2019
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  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
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  • All winners are chosen at random.
  • All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers/designers may enter any of the giveaways.
    The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
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  • I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
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  • Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an airtight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
  • Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.


133 responses to “Once Upon A Story Row Along – Bremen Town Musicians”

  1. Sharon Aurora says:

    Oh I love the story of the Bremen Town Musicians. Your row is fantastic! Thank you so much.

  2. Connie says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Fantastic job!

  3. Thank you for introducing me a to a story I’ve never heard before! Your row is charming and the wall hanging is really beautiful!

    • Beatrice says:

      I wondered how popular this story was in the English speaking world and decided it was necessary to post a link. I am glad I did.

  4. Janet Parde says:

    This is such a cute row! I have always liked the story. Thanks for your row!

  5. Linda says:

    As a musician and being of half German heritage, I naturally loved your row! Very fun!

  6. Susan Green says:

    Bremen Town Musicians. What a cute wall hanging! Thank you.

  7. Janey says:

    Love “Bremen Town Musicians”. When I was a lass in high school we moved where animals and a garden could be raised. Our nearest neighbor attached their fence to the side of their house so their cow could have plenty of room. When their bedroom window was open, “Bessie” would stick her head in and “moo” them awake. Your block brought that memory flooding back. Isn’t quilting wonderful!!!!!

  8. Allison Evrard says:

    When I used to teach (years ago) one of the stories in reading was The Bremen Town Musicians. The kids loved it!

    • Beatrice says:

      I have some faint memory of kindergarten where we turned the story into a little skit that we performed at a seniors home. It’s a great story for kids.

  9. connie wolfe says:

    Brementown Musicians! Beautiful work!

  10. Vivian K Oaks says:

    Love your block, even though I’ve never heard that particular story – Bremen Town Musicians… Will definitely go back after leaving a comment and find out all about it. You’ve definitely put a LOT of work into your block – when I see 18 pages for a pattern I know it took quite a while! Thanks for all your hard work, your talent and your generosity! Blessings!!!

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Vivian. My designs are usually appliqué, and templates for a 30″ row do take up a lot of space LOL. I believe that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly 🙂

  11. Melany Newman says:

    Thank you for the beautiful row. I love your patterns.

  12. I love this row, and plan to make it and put the borders around it just like you did. Thank you!

  13. Lori Smanski says:

    wow this is wonderful. Thank you for the pattern. I love that you chose this fairy tale. My mom used to tell this to us kids years ago.

  14. Deloris Berry says:

    I like your pattern but I prefer to buy your printed pattern. When and where will it will it available?

    • Beatrice says:

      Hi Deloris, I only sell downloadable patterns on my website. I have printed copies available that I sell at shows and will try to have the Bremen Town Musicians ready for our local show next month. I’d be happy to mail you one once I have them. Just send me a message through the contact form, and we can go from there. Thank you for asking!

  15. Marian says:

    I love this row Beatrice, so fun and full of “frolic” … Such a cool story also. I will note tho that just because Disney has created a lot of movies out of fairytales, they do not own the copyright to those fairytales, just to the movies and artwork in those movies. Thus, you can still create your own fairytale pattern. 🙂 I love saying that.. Disney doesn’t actually own everything. 🙂

    • Beatrice says:

      I know, Marian, but I find it very hard to create something when Disney has already planted an image into everbody’s head. And I know they aggressively protect everything that they think is theirs, and I don’t want to deal with any of that, no matter if it’s justified or not. Some years ago, Jack Wolfskin started a legal campaign in Europe against anyone who sold something with a paw print on it because they thought that since their logo is a trademark nobody else was allowed to use any kind of paw print, no matter what animal, on anything. They sued a German newspaper that had been using a paw print as their logo for longer than Jack Wolfskin even existed, and they also went after all the small sellers on Etsy and similar platforms. It created a huge uproar and even though it was completely ridiculous by common sense standards it was a big hassle. I don’t even know how it ended, I don’t think it went very well for them because half of Germany decided to boycott their products. Anyway, there are lots of fairy tales that Disney hasn’t turned into movies, and I felt it was easier to choose one of them.

  16. Pamela Reim says:

    Bremen Town Musicians is a great fairy tale. As is your block!

  17. Susan says:

    I remember this being one of my favorite stories as a kid. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  18. Joanne Maner says:

    Thank you for the wonderful row. I love it.

  19. Shelley says:

    I love your row and can’t wait to make it into a wall hanging. Bremen Town Musicians has always been one of my favorite tales. Thank you for your creative rendition!

  20. Joan says:

    This is absolutely a gorgeous row. Grimm Fairy Tales are what I grew up on too. I’ve got to order some Naturescapes fabric and make up this one. Thank you for a spectacular addition to the row by row

  21. Jennifer Standen says:

    What a beautiful row. Very detailed. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  22. Allison says:

    Holy Smokes – that is a gorgeous row! Thank you for sharing!!! Love the Bremen Town Musicians!!! Cute!!!

  23. Jennifer Willard says:

    Brementown Musicians! Beautiful work!

  24. Lorna says:

    It is called Bremen Town Musicians. Love the block. Thank you for creating this for us. Cheers

  25. Your Bremen Town Musicians is a new to me Story. Thank you for something new to check out, your sweet pattern and for being part of the hop again!

    • Beatrice says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Carol. The internet can be such a wonderful place, there are so many things we wouldn’t be able to discover without it.

  26. Nancy Sumner says:

    I have never heard of the Bremen Town Musicians. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Carol S. says:

    This is so cute and a great show of the Bremen Town Musicians…love it!

  28. Wendy says:

    Wonderful wall quilt of the Bremen Town Musicians!

  29. Carol O says:

    A big Thank You!

  30. Karen Johnston says:

    Love the Bremen Town Musicians. Hoping to visit there one day as our family is quite interested in Maritime History. Thank you

    • Beatrice says:

      I haven’t visited in a very long time but they have a neat statue of the Town Musicians. Thanks for stopping by, Karen.

  31. Shirley says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this fairy-tale. I’ve never heard of it. Great theme of you may grow older,
    but wisdom comes with age….
    Love your interpretation in your quilt…awesome..

    • Beatrice says:

      There are *a lot* of Grimm fairy tales that are not very well known. We had a huge book growing up, and we read them all but I just remember the most common ones now. Thanks for your visit, Shirley.

  32. Michele-Marie says:

    Wow Beatrice, thank you for your row, it is excellent! I have always and still do, love Grimm stories and had enjoyed this one very much as a child.
    Thank you again 🙂

  33. Michele-Marie says:

    Back again, also thanks for providing a link to the story 🙂

  34. Dixie McAdam says:

    A neat row, The Bremen Town Musicians. Thanks for sharing your creativity & talents, as well as a great story with all of us.

  35. Nancy D says:

    Bremen Town Musicians is the theme name.

  36. Nancy Chappelle says:

    Grimms Fairy tale “Bremen Town Musicians”. I am not familiar with this tale, but I love your row!

  37. Orla Villiam says:

    It is absolutely wonderful. And since my parents are both European, I grew up with H C Andersen and the brothers Grimm, and I love your choice. Thank you so much – you are so talented!

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Orla. Funny that you mention Hans Christian Andersen. When my row design was finished, I suddenly realized that “The Princess and the Pea” would have been a good theme for the row format as well. It is still going around in my head, so maybe I’ll come up with a design for that… if I ever find the time LOL.

  38. Carol San Diego says:

    Bremen town musicians is the theme of this row. So great!

  39. Christi says:

    I honestly didn’t know this one “Bremen Town Musicians”. Learn something new. Your design is wonderful.

  40. Andrea S. says:

    Bremen Town Musicians is totally appropriate for quilters – it’s an animal stack! Love it, and love your blocks of the month – the only ones I collect. Thanks for your work, this one is amazing!

  41. Sandy Allen says:

    Thanks for the introduction to the Breman Town Musicians! Very cute row, too!

  42. Nancy A says:

    Love your row! The Breman Town Musicians.

  43. Sally Murray says:

    Thank you, it’s wonderful. I love the story and loved the statue in Bremen! ( we spent two days and one night there in 1984)

  44. Ronelle says:

    Bremen Town Musicians is one of my favorites. Thank you very much for the lovely row pattern you are sharing with us all, Beatrice.

  45. Robin Klein says:

    I love this block! Do you think this was where all the pictures, door stops, and other items with animals standing on top of each other started? It would explain a lot. As for the theme…. The elderly and disabled still have much to offer and we should respect and care for them as we would ourselves.

    • Beatrice says:

      That might be, Robin. When I looked for an English version of the story I read that it dates back to somewhere around 1250, so it is quite old. The Grimm Brothers didn’t actually write these stories, they just collected them and wrote them down.

  46. Susan L. says:

    Love your “Bremen Town Musicians” row! Thank you for the pattern!

  47. KJ says:

    Your Bremen Town Musicians rows is great. It makes a wonderful stand-alone wall hanging like you have done. Thank you for introducing me to another tale with which I was not familiar.It will be fun to see your quilt hanging at the show, provided I can get there this year.

  48. Myrtle W says:

    This is a new fairy tale for me. Thank you for story link and awesome design.

  49. Susan Raymond says:

    Your Bremen Town Musicians row is so cute! I’ve never heard that story before, thank you for providing the link and thank you for sharing your talent!

  50. Sandi says:

    Your row is adorable! I have not heard the story before and will check it out. I’m also going to be taking a cruise along the Rhine River in May and will be going to some of the towns in Germany. Thanks so much for sharing your row. You designers are fantastic and have come up with really great rows.

  51. Jan says:

    Thank you. This story is new to me.

  52. Elizabeth Kasper Garrett says:

    Bremen town musicians. So cute and I love hearing about stories from other countries.

  53. Inge Lise Hansen says:

    Hvor er den fin…en af de få jeg kender, men da jeg bor i Danmark er afstanden jo heller ikke stor til Tyskland. Hi hi
    Tusind tak for mønsteret

  54. Cecilia says:

    I love your row and I remember the story of the Bremen Town Musicians from my childhood.

  55. Debra Davis says:

    I had never heard of the Bremen Town Musicians. Thank you for sharing your wonderful take on this.

  56. Rhonda Best says:

    Bremen Town Musicians Thank you!

  57. Kathy E. says:

    Such a clever row and really shows awesome detail! Bremen Town Musicians is the theme as the 4 animals are prepared to drive the robbers out of town!

  58. Sobana Sundar says:

    Oh your block us beautiful. Such lovely work. I always liked that story about the musicians.

  59. Lisa McIsaac says:

    I’m sure I remember reading this story at one time or another, these types of tales were meant to teach as well as entertain children. Thanks for sharing your Bremen Town Musicians.

  60. Jenn Stevenson says:

    I love your idea for the Bremer Town musicians! Yes, I think you are right, most fairy tales/nursery rhymes are nonsensical.

  61. Debbie Pearcey says:

    I love the concept of stories and blocks and I love the animals on top of each other. You could tell the story and then the child could tell it to others or themselves by the picture!

  62. Nicole Sender says:

    “Bremen Town Musicians” is the theme of the row. I love it!

  63. Marsha Meyer says:

    Bremen Town Musicians, I bought a small figurine of this when I visited Germany, thanks for the story.

    • Beatrice says:

      It is a rather well known story in Germany, no doubt there are lots of trinkets around featuring the Bremen Town Musicians. Great souvenir, Marsha, thanks for stopping by.

  64. Lori Morton says:

    My gosh…haven’t seen the Disney movie Bremen Town Musicians in loooong time!! My kiddo’s had a book too. Fun lil tale. Love your Row too!! Sooo cool!! (& Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too :D)

  65. Mary Lou P. says:

    Your row for this tale is fantastic! Thank you for your pattern

  66. Susan says:

    A wonderful old favorite. Thank you for a great pattern.

  67. Gorgeous! And I love the story too. Thank you so much for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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