It's time to Row x Row!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Do you Row x Row? Today is the first day to start collecting free patterns from shops all around the world! My local quilt shop participates each year, and I have been honored to write their pattern for the third year.

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

Row x Row is a quilt shop hop that happens during the summer (June 21-September 4). Each participating shop has a free pattern for a row in a quilt. You can sew the rows together any way you like. If you complete a quilt that uses eight or more rows from eight different shops, you can win fabulous prizes too! Be sure to check out the Row x Row Google map so you can plan your summer quilt shop stops!

Row by Row Experience 2018 Sew Musical
The 2018 theme is Sew Musical. My local shop wanted a Row with a fence and bird. This year, there are four different sizes for the Rows too! I wanted to switch it up and choose the 18"x18" size, as that's a great size for pillows and mini quilts too.

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

(The photo above was taken before the bird got a bead for an eye!)



Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

Once the pattern was written, I made two samples - one with the fabrics the shop will offer as a kit with the pattern (shown below on left), and a second one using solids (you know I love solids!).

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

The pattern is named "Sweet Tweets" and makes an 18" finished square block. It uses traditional piecing and raw edge applique.

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

For now, the only way to get your hands on the pattern is to visit The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri. (After November 1st, patterns can be mailed.)

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

I finished both of the samples as mini quilts, using cross-hatch quilting with my walking foot. The sample using solid fabrics has a 1/2" grid, and the print fabrics sample has a 1" grid.



Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

All the piecing and quilting for both mini quilts was done with Aurifil 50wt thread. I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for the applique pieces.


Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

You can see last year's Row called "Chuggin' Along" here and the Row from 2016 called "Home Is Where the Heart Is" here.

Please let me know if you are in the area and plan to pick up the Row pattern at The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, MO! Happy shop hopping!



Row by Row Experience 2018 Sew Musical
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7 comments:

  1. I love the new size variations; having an 18" finished block is a great option for turning into mini quilt (like yours) or pillows. Very fun design, and I can just hear the bird chirping looking at them!

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  2. This is one of the best I've seen!

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  3. Cute mini quilt, charming bird! Thanks for sharing this great hop, so sad there is no participating shop in France :(

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  4. That's such a cute block, Laura! And I hope this comment gets sent to you ;)

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  5. Darling block! While I haven't made a Row by Row quilt, I appreciate the maps showing where all the quilt shops are located and refer to it anytime I'm on a road trip.

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  6. I love the new sizes and your block is so cute. A little too far for me to visit from Pennsylvania but I will enjoy seeing the blocks from afar.

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