I had one of the best days ever this past month. My sweet friend Janice Rowe and I went quilt shop hopping to collect the Row by Row quilt block kits and patterns. We had a hair brain idea to be the first to get the quilt done and turned it in and win a prize! We spent 2 days driving and shopping at the quilt stores in central Indiana. Then I spend a full 6 days cutting, sewing, ripping, re-sewing, quilting, but through blood (pens are sharp), sweat and a few tears (my back was killing me).... I finished my quilt first! I only purchased one kit as the proceeds went to support the humane society in Indianapolis, and it was the 9th row!
The rainbow pattern came from Crimson & Tate in Indianapolis on Mass Ave. Great store, super trendy. The row was sunrise or sunset and was made from solid fabric. OH NO ... that would have been to easy... hindsight is 20/20! This was one kit I probably should have purchased as it was the most difficult row of them all, and I thought I would just use all the strips of scraps I had already had on hand. I love the way it turned out, however it was so hard and it stretched a lot after the first cut. I started with that row and I am glad I did. If I left it to the end, I may have never finished the project.
The Bumblebee pattern came from my vary vary favorite store in Spencer Indiana, Unraveled. Lisa, the shop owner is a doll. I love her, her humor, her knowledge, the shop with all the vintage sewing machines. Lisa also designed her row and it was so easy to understand and complete. I turned my finished quit in to Unraveled, where it is now on display for a few weeks. Get there quickly if you want to see it in person.
The 9th row are these cute arrows from this really fun orange fabric. I had to split the row in 1/2 so my finished quilt would be balanced. I am so happy with the way it turned out.
I learned a lot of new (to me) quilt block designs and how to fudge a few to get them to work because a few of the patterns were poorly written. I used up a pile of fabric I had in my stash yah! I learned to quilt as you go and found that I totally love it. I had a super great day turning it in to Unraveled and winning!
Oh what did I win! First my family back, they were really missing me since I spent sun up to sun down in my studio for 6 days and nights. $25 fat quarters, and a bonus of $20 gift certificate because I used the bee block designed by Unraveled in the quilt. I also sold my quilt! Yep, our contractor friend saw me sewing on the last few buttons before I headed to Spencer to turn it in, and he purchased it for his new grand baby! Thaw was sooo awesome!
I will not do another quilt under a time restraint like this again... so I say so today! For more info on the Row by Row, google it and you will see all the rows from across the nation and tons of quilt stores to shop at!