Float: Row by Row 2017

As you know, or maybe not, this year’s theme for the Row by Row Experience is “On the Go” and we knew it would be a fun one to design! There are SO many ways to interpret “On the Go”:

  • Literal (things that move) – cars, planes, trains, and tractors (ahem, we’re in the great Midwest after all…)
  • Interpretive (representing the general concept) – To be honest, my mind went here first! I had intended to design a row that wasn’t obvious to the theme, rather something that played with with other rows! My first sketch was a sky-view highway traffic scene. “Traffic Cam” was the working title, seen below.    
  • Outside the Box – packed bags, road signs, a compass, etc.
  • And finally, Whimsical (playful and quirky)!

We’d like to think that our final design, “Float,” fits into this last category – Whimsical! The idea came about while picking out the fabrics to use for “Traffic Cam.” We thought it would be fun to fussy cut novelty prints and use those as the ‘car’ and ‘semi’ pieces of “Traffic Cam,” representing why people are on the go…dance lessons, a party, grocery run, etc.

While the idea was fun, “Traffic Cam” didn’t represent the theme as obviously as we’d hoped.

Ultimately, the fabric print “Balloons” designed by Melody Miller was our inspiration for “Float.” How lovely it would be to float away, letting the weight of the world disappear! Like many of you, I think sewing is my therapy. It helps me forget stresses and connect to a different part of myself – a creative, happy place.

“Float” also represents youthfulness, a free spirit, imagination, and creative connection to others.

As with many rows, you can incorporate this piece into a row-by-row quilt or quilt it alone as a wall hanging. However YOU interpret and connect to “Float,” we hope it brings a smile to your face.

Beginning June 21, 2017, visit CRAFTHOUSE and any of the participating shops across the US and World and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows! Oh, did we mention, there are prizes – CLICK HERE to visit the Row by Row Experience website.

All new for kids… Row by Row Junior!

Do you know a young person you would love to bring into the fun of sewing? Kids can play too! When traveling with an adult, children ages 6-14 can receive a free row pattern in any participating Row by Row Junior store. The patterns are designed and written just for kids.

The Story behind Row by Row…

Row by Row Experience™ began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. Today thousands of stores across the US, Canada and Europe welcome travelers through their doors. The quilts created with those rows are stunning… and no two are alike!

Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from anywhere!

Read some of the amazing stories about the rowers (quilters) and Row by Row quilt shops around the world on the Row by Row Studio blog. Even Prince William received a row as a gift!




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