Row by Row Quilt
Row by Row is a large quilt shop hop where you visit shops and get a free row pattern. The pictures are on the facebook pages so you can pick rows you like, visit the shops and stitch away! If you are the first one to show and tell your quilt at a shop, you get a prize of 25 fat quarters. If you used the shop's row in your quilt, you get a bonus prize!
Last year, I tried but only was able to collect about five rows. This year, because of the increased visibility from last year, there were a lot more shops participating. I collected my eight patterns on Monday and Tuesday of this week and have pretty much been non-stop sewing since then. Plus watering plants because we are having incredibly hot weather right now and about 1/4 of my plants are not established yet.
I sewed the blocks and then decided because they were fairly narrow and long, I wanted a border of flying geese on each side. I also wanted to set off the blocks a bit so I used white sashing in between. As I was stitching the sashing I decided that would be a perfect place to quilt a poem, so there is a poem there and the rest of the quilting is done in an all-over freehand water/wave pattern. I'm really, really happy with how it turned out.
I turned in my quilt at my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric in Woodinville, Washington and Susan awarded me the 25 Dimples fat quarters and also a very generous gift card. She is going to display it for a bit too. :)
I hope you participate in Row By Row! It's a lot of fun. I visited three new shops and enjoyed putting it together. Rows made: Quilting Mayhem in Snohomish, Keepsake Cottage in Bothell, Circa 15 in Kirkland, Pacific Fabrics in Bellevue, Pacific Fabrics in Seattle SODO, Gathering Fabric in Woodinville, Undercover Quilts in Seattle Pike Place Market, and Pacific Fabrics in Seattle Northgate.
Poem on Sashing: