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Row by Row 2017 “On the Go!”

Iconic New England Red Covered Bridge

This year’s theme for Row by Row is “On the Go”. I’ve teamed up with Wayside Sewing in Marlborough to design their row… a New England country covered bridge. You can embroider the rustic signs with the destinations of your choice! This pattern will be available at Wayside Quilting in Marlborough, MA for the Row by Row kickoff on June 21!

New England Covered Bridge – designed by Sew Fun

You can customize these cute applique signs with hand or machine embroidery. Choose your favorite destinations! For these signs, the posts are machine embroidered with a simple wide zig-zag stitch and everyday thread. The lettering was hand embroidered with ordinary cotton embroidery floss using the split stitch. Be sure to add a few sprigs of grass out of different shades of green at the base of the sign.

This way to Boston!
I’m On the Go to Wayside!

Row by Row Flashback

The Row by Row Experience is a shop hop like no other. Participating shops from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe create a “row” pattern and corresponding kit. The goal is for quilting enthusiasts to complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop and you win a stash of 25 fat quarters. (That’s 6-1/4 yards of fabric!) Win a bonus prize for using that store’s row in your quilt. It’s a great way to travel to new shops, meet new people and of course have a lot of fun quilting.

The first time I designed a row for RBR, the theme was “Water”. I had the pleasure of working with Jill at Wayside Sewing to produce a row pattern based on my popular quilt pattern “Baby Sand Castle Quilt and Beach Ball”.

Baby Sand Castle Quilt by Sew Fun

We adapted the Sand Castle block to a smaller size and Jill added a colorful beach ball applique and some rope piping to form the water’s edge.

Sand Castle Row by Sew Fun

Our row was included in numerous winning quilts including the one at Marie’s Sewing Center, quilted by Nancy Sallese from Stow, MA. Congratulations Nancy, you did a Great Job!

Row by Row Winner Nancy S.

The winning quilter also used rows from these New England shops:

  • Knights Quilt Shop, Cape Neddick, ME
  • Wayside Sewing, Marlborough, MA (Look, this is OUR row!)
  • Cambridge Quilt Shop, Cambridge, MA
  • Saltwater Fabrics, S. Berwick, ME
  • Fabric Place Basement, Natick, MA
  • Quilters Way, Acton, MA
  • Marie’s Sewing Center, Woburn, MA
  • Button Box, Wellesley, MA

Stay tuned for updates and THIS year’s Row by Row design by Block and Bobbin for Wayside Sewing. The theme for 2017 is “On the Go” and the official kick off is June 21. For more information, please visit the official Row by Row FAQ.

Other Row by Row winners from 2015 using my Sand Castle row

Winner Susan Dyer at Dragonfly’s Quilt Shop

Susan Dyer of Ashland, MA won for being the first to bring bring a completed quilt to Dragonfly’s Quilt Shop, Bellingham, MA. The rows she used where:

  • Dragonfly’s Quilt Shop, Bellingham, MA
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, Franklin, MA
  • Quilt & Cabbage, Sturbridge, MA
  • Quilted Crow, Boxboro, MA
  • Wayside Sewing, Marlboro, MA
  • Charlton Sewing Center, Charlton, MA
  • Button Box, Wellesley, MA
  • Fabric Stash, Charlton, MA
  • Fabric Place Basement, Framingham, MA

Another Row by Row Winner at Wayside Quilting, Marlboro MA:

Another Row by Row winner at Wayside Quilting

How To Make Perfect Fabric Baby Blocks

You can make cute fabric baby blocks from a foam cube and six fabric squares. We used 4″ foam and an adorable fabric panel called “Baby Geniuses Grow Up!” by Linda Carlson & Diana Henage from Benartex. You can get the 4″ foam from any “big box” fabric store like JoAnn or just about any place that sells Home Dec fabrics. The green stuff is the “high density” foam – it’s more expensive but it makes a much firmer block that will hold up to lots of slobbering.

You can make these cute fabric baby blocks!

You can make these cute fabric baby blocks!

One 5/8 yard panel has 30 colorful squares (enough to make 5 blocks) featuring letters of the alphabet and adorable cartoon animals. You could also use the 3″ number squares to make smaller number blocks.

Baby Geniuses Grow Up! 5/8 yard panel

Baby Geniuses Grow Up! 5/8 yard panel

You can use any size foam, simply cut your fabric squares 1/2″ wider than your foam. You can cut your foam block to shape using any sharp kitchen knife. For best results, use long, slow strokes in one direction.

Materials: 4" foam cube and six 4.5" fabric squares

Materials: 4″ foam cube and six 4.5″ fabric squares

Note: To make nice square corners, do not stitch all the way to the edge of the fabric. Be sure to start and stop stitching 1/4″ from all edges.

Sew in 1/4" seam allowances

Sew in 1/4″ seam allowances

Sew six squares into cross shape

Sew six squares into cross shape

So far... so good!

So far… so good!

Fold bottom on diagonal, then sew each of the four side seams

Fold the bottom square on a diagonal angle, then sew the side seam (where scissors are pointing). Repeat for each of the four side seams

Now you have a box with a flap top

Now you have a box with a flap top

Sew two sides of the top flap, leave one side open

Sew two sides of the top flap, leave one side open

Turn right side out and square corners gently with chopstick

Turn right side out and square corners gently with chopstick

Squeeze foam cube through opening

Squeeze foam cube through opening

Stitch opening shut

Stitch opening shut

Finished!

Finished!

Baby approves!

Baby approves!

New Patterns at Sew Fun!

New at Sew Fun, Halloween Trick o’ Treat Tote Bags in 6 fun designs: Zombie, Jack o’ Lantern, Werewolf Alien, Black Cat and Ghost! Whip one (or two) up in an evening for your little demons!

Trick o’ Treat Bags from Sew Fun – Black Cat, Werewolf, Alien and Ghost

Zombie and Jack o’ Lantern Halloween Tote bags