We, along with 15 other New Mexico shops, are participating in the Nationwide (plus Canada) Row-By-Row Experience. (About 1400 shops participated in 2014.) The theme this year is Row-by-Row H2O (Row-by-Row Water). Each shop has a unique pattern/kit for a row in your quilt, and you must walk into the shop to get it. The Row we created for the 2015 Experience is shown at the right. We named it “Splash ‘n’ Dash.” The fabrics used to create the Row pictured here are those that we have packaged in the first 200 kits that we have for sale; as we make additional kits, there will be substitutions for some of the fabrics. You may wish to use this picture as a guide for placing your fabrics, or you may wish to allow your own creative instincts be your guide.
Here is a brief overview of the program. The first person to walk into our shop with a completed (quilted, bound, and labeled) row quilt using patterns from at least 8 different shops will win a bundle of 25 fat quarters. And here are the dates:
June 21 – September 8. Visit shops and collect the free patterns and/or purchase kits.
June 21 – October 31. Bring in your completed quilt; if you are the first, you win the prize and we post a picture of your quilt on our Facebook page; even if you are not the first, we shall ask your permission to post a picture of your quilt.
November 1. The program is over, but you will be able to purchase both the pattern and the kit from this date onward. Unfortunately, the rules do not permit us to sell patterns or kits during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; however, we shall be happy to take orders.
Although our pattern is designed to make a Row in a row quilt, we have included instructions for making it into a nice standalone wall hanging. We did exactly this with our first Row. Dana made it using pieces from Shirley’s and his stash, and then finished it into a wall hanging for display. It is pictured at the right. If you look closely at the quilting, you will observe the splash as the basket for the big balloon in the center touches the water.
In addition to the pattern and kit, we also have a fabric license plate that uniquely identifies our row and shop. You might want to piece it into the back of your quilt, or perhaps create a quilt that features the license plates from all of the NM shops.