By: Marion Webber
It’s that special time of year again that all quilters look forward to. Time to travel, shop and collect patterns from throughout the country! Row by Row is On the Go for 2017 and starts June 21, 2017! For those of you unfamiliar with this fun quilting adventure, this is how it began! Row by row began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. Today, thousands of stores across the United States, Canada and Europe and Australia welcome travelers through their doors. The quilts created with those rows are stunning! Although the quilts are organized by area, quilters have no boundaries. Travel, shop, and collect patterns – add rows to your quilt from anywhere. Even Prince William received a row for a gift!
So this is how you begin. You go to your favorite quilt store and collect a pattern for a row. Then you collect seven more rows from any store you choose. The pattern is free! It takes 8 rows to make and qualify for the prize! You can put the row together however you choose, but it must have all the pieces of the pattern. The patterns are designed by each of the quilting stores. You can go on-line to view the patterns at different stores. Since each store is different you may want to plan traveling part of your vacation to the area that has the pattern that would fit nicely into your own designed quilt.
Make the world a better place with The 9th Row.
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Many of the quilt shops are participating in the 9th Row project. In making a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation, the shops received an exclusive pattern. Consider the purchase of the 9th Row kit and a portion of your sale which will help out the local children’s charity. Ask for it in your store!
New this year! Row by Row Junior!
Do you know a young person your 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. What a great way to get children involved in such a fun, educational activity! The best time to get children involved is when they are young. They could even enter their quilt at fairs, and events throughout the area, which would even inspire them even more to start quilting!
Win a Prize!
Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2017 rows from 8 different 2017 participating Row x Row shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric.) Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! Note: You may use The 9th Row patterns, row from previous years and even Row by Row Junior patterns in your quilt, but none of these may be counted as any of the eight needed to win a prize.
In the Port Huron area be sure to visit the two quilt stores:
Sew Elegant Quilt Shoppe, 3909 Pine Grove Ave. Fort Gratiot, MI 48060
RMC Quilts, 3561 Gratiot Ave. Port Huron, MI 48059
Travel, shop and Sew! Enjoy the summer! Campers take your sewing machine with you. This is a great project for a rainy day! Good Luck!