Monday, August 15, 2016

Row by Row and Shop Hop

Last week I turned in my 2016 Row by Row quilt to Material Girls Quilting, Etc. I received my gifts and got lots of oohs and aahs from customers and other quilters there for an open sew day.  The quilt is on the  Idaho Row Experience Facebook page.
Finished 2016 Row by Row Quilt

The shops I visited were all in northern Idaho except one across the border in Washington.  I purchased all the shop kits to support the shops and while making the rows I cut up the leftovers into 2 1/2" squares with the intent of doing a scrappy border on the sides to make it a bit wider.  Stupidly I did not have the sashing done yet and hung the borders up beside the rows and thought YUCK!!!  So I found a fabric in my stash and used it and then thought how dull.  So I pinned the pieced borders over the top and thought yes.  I was talking to a friend in CO at the time and kept walking by my design wall.  I ended up taking out the green border as you can see above but had to cut down the scrappy border a bit to fit because I didn't want to redo the top and bottom borders!
with green border
with pieced border pinned on top

This past weekend we had the Crazy 8 shop hop in Idaho and Washington.  I went with 4 friends and had a great time.  I bought quite a few odds and ends including Terial Magic.  I had never heard of it, but I'm anxious to try it.  I also bought a Trolley Needle Thread Controller.  I hadn't seen one of those either.  I just have to get used to using it!  

I am making a giant tree skirt and chose these fabrics.  I need to add a red, I'm not sure why I didn't think of that, but I need a garnet red since Idaho produces garnets and I have been to a garnet mine.  The tree skirt will be representing Idaho.  I have a plan, just have to get going on it!
I also bought a bag pattern and these fabrics.  These are my all time favorite colors, so rich and deep.

I also decided to do the Magic of Christmas sew along from Lisa Bongean.  I had this leaf fabric in my stash for YEARS!  I found a couple Fairy Frost blues and they looked great and on the shop hop I purchased the silver and lavender Fairy Frost fabrics and made the first block.  I am thinking I will just use blue as the accent, perhaps a star setting, but I will see how this progresses.
Magic of Christmas sew along

Magic of Christmas block 1
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Churn Dash said...

The scrappy border really makes the quilt sparkle. It really is beautiful.

Last year I bought the kits for the rows, like you I thought it helped support the shops.

I think adding red to the tree skirts will take it away from a Mardi Gras look.

I love your Magic of Christmas block.


Melissa said...

I think either would have worked, but I like the scrappy sides best. I love your first block for the Magic of Christmas too!

Ramona said...

Julie, your row by row is the nicest one I've seen. The designs are so nice and the scrappy border really pulls it all together. Great quilt! I love your finds on your shop hop...especially the fabrics for the bag. They are beauty fabrics. Can't wait to see the bag. And I love the sparkle in the star block for the QAL!

Mary said...

Great to see the final quilt! I agree about buying the kits. I didn't buy the ones with Batiks. I had to cut my zeal for buying all of them. The last trip I bought a licence plate at least, if they had them.I LOVE, LOVE Fairy Frost. The blocks are going to Sparkle!

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~Kris~ said...

Your row quilt turned out beautifully and the scrappy border is perfect. I love that so many shops are offering vertical rows now to add some visual interest. Great job!