This year, the theme for all the rows is "Home Sweet Home." Each participating shop has a unique pattern that you can only get by visiting the shop in person. The patterns are FREE, but many shops sell a kit to recreate their sample row.
Joan Pierce is the owner of my favorite local quilt shop, The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri. (They sell some fabrics on etsy too!) During the spring shop hop, she asked if I'd be interested in designing the row for their shop! Of course I jumped at the opportunity!
In our initial conversation, Joan mentioned she wanted some trees, a house, and a church. I immediately drew up a rough draft to send her. We made a few changes, and decided on a final design! The row is titled, "Home Is Where the Heart Is."
Joan picked out all the fabrics (which will be available to purchase in a kit!). She is also including several buttons in the kit. There's a birdhouse, bird, dog, bell, and tiny red buttons for apples.
I think it makes a great table runner!
I also wanted to sew one up in more modern fabrics. This one is made with mostly RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme solids. I'm always fascinated with how different a quilt looks with different fabrics!
When I mentioned to my mom that I was going to make a more modern one with solid fabrics, she said, "Oh, like the Amish!"
"Amish "plain" clothing is made with solid (usually dark) fabric that is black, or from the green, red, blue, purple part of the "color wheel" (no yellow or orange). Amish-colored quilts use these fabrics along with solid white and off white (light tan -- sometimes called tea-stain, or paper-bag!)." (Source)
Well, I used solids in black, green, red, blue, and purple. No yellow or orange. And white.
So, "modern?" "Amish?" Either way, I like it!
I'm so excited to see my pattern printed up and available at a quilt shop!
I hope you're able to stop into The Stitchin' Post this summer (June 21st through September 6th) to pick up my pattern! The shop is located at 224 E. Main St. in Willow Springs, MO. They are open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.
I can't wait to see the pattern sewn up by other quilters!