I love shopping for quilty stuff. When I received an email from Sew Sisters in Toronto telling me about a shop hop starting this summer, I was in!
Row by Row Experience 2014 is a cool idea - each participating shop creates a row pattern. This year the theme is Sew a Season. Visit the store and they give you the pattern! There are prizes for completing quilts with your rows, but I'm not expecting to get back to any of the participating shops until closer to Christmas...
So when I was travelling in July, I made some detours from my usual route. My first stop was to Threads that Bind in Maxwell, ON.
This cute shop has lots of current fabric lines, a great selection of fat quarters, and a very nice staff. I liked the lighting in the store - there is a lot of natural light from the front windows, and the back of the store still feels bright.
The store has a loyalty program called Stashed Cash where you can accumulate a portion of each sale to be redeemed later. I think it's a great program - I'll keep buying there!!
I love this row pattern! I bought the row kit because I especially loved the metallic accents in the fabric.
I copied the pattern onto freezer paper so I could just iron the pattern onto the fabric and cut it out. I decided to raw edge applique, and top stitch with 2-strands of embroidery floss (DMC #543).
I like this fabric combination like this, and I think I'll find some coordinating fabrics to make a small border then finish this as a table runner for a Christmas gift this year.
I'll make a second version of this row for my Row by Row quilt, but without the metallic accents in the fabric.I've got lots of stash, so that's not a problem!!
I visited 9 shops so far this summer, and I hope to have a great quilt of my 2014 travels!
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.