Thursday, June 16, 2016

Row, Row, Row. . .

Are you a 'rower?' The Row by Row Experience® 2016 is about to get underway in all fifty states, all Canadian provinces, and Europe. If you are hitting the road to collect free row patterns, then you might be interested to know that your favorite Hummingbird Highway pattern author (that would be me!) has written SIX row patterns this year. Since there are over 3,000 shops participating, I certainly don't want you to have to search to find them, so I'm making it easy. This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home" so all the rows reflect the local quilt shop's take on what 'home' means to them.

Row by Row ruler

Since Syracuse, New York, and, more specifically, Calico Gals, is the home of Row by Row Experience, we'll start with their row.

Around the Block is an interpretation of a quilty neighborhood. Stop by and pick up the pattern and check out a variety of kits and Around the Block color ways. A really fun row to make especially if you love to piece.

Row by Row experience Calico Gals

Head just a bit east within New York State to Glenville, New York, and The Joyful Quilter. Shop owner, Susan Pettingill loved taking her kids on summer trips to Maine during summers past. Those trips involved visiting beaver lodges whose homes are build piece by piece with great care. . . just like a quilt. Dam Good! patterns and kits featuring a pair of beavers and their lodge can be collected all summer long at The Joyful Quilter.

While you're at the shop, how about a souvenir mug to go with your Dam Good Quilt? Susan has got you covered!

Dam Good Mug Joyful Quilter

Now let's head way-ay-ay-ay west. Destination: Quiltique in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. Think vintage Route 66 postcards, fabulous dessert sunsets, and the sparkle of the lights, bells and whistles on the Las Vegas strip. Your row pattern, Postcards from Home will be the highlight of your quilt or will stand alone as the quilty souvenir from your Vegas vacation. What happens in Vegas, comes home with you as a row quilt!

Quiltique Row sample

More next week!

Happy Stitching!
joan ford

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