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!
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!