You’ve been collecting row patterns and kits all summer. If you haven’t started your quilt, or if you are looking for inspiration for another quilt, Ray from Arizona has some great design layout tips. He suggests this simple graph paper technique. It might be old-fashioned, but it works great!

Ray starts with 1/8” graph paper.  If you don’t have any, you can download and print it here. Printed on 8-1/2 x 11” paper and having each 1/8” square equal one inch, you have a “design board” equal to 60” x 78”, a great size for Row by Row Sew Musical Rows!

Now use your your quilting rulers to cut row templates from four different colored papers. Cut the pieces needed to match the sizes of the rows you have collected:

Foxy Boxy 18” x 18”  (2-¼” x 2-¼” squares)
Row by Row Classic 9” x 36” (1-¼” x 4-½” rectangles)
Short and Sassy 12” x 27”  (1-½” x 3-3/8” rectangles)
Long Tall Sally 6” x 54”  (3/4” x 6-¾” rectangles)

Now it’s time to have some fun! Using these tools, your graph paper, and your row/block cut outs you can be creative and lay out a variety of designs!

Easily add sashing, void accent spaces, space for collectable fabric license plates, photographs, etc. Be sure to add the 1/4 inch seam allowance when you cut the actual pieces from your fabric.

Don’t forget! You have until October 30, 2018 to claim a prize at a participating shop. Give them a call first to make sure they are still looking for a winner. Click here to read the details on claiming a prize.

If you need a few rows to finish your quilt, many shops still have patterns available for a small fee. Find a shop here, pick up a row pattern, additional fabrics and any other little thing that jumps into your arms!

Today’s blog post was written by Raymond Steeves, quilt maker, designer, teacher and with his partners Jeff and Frank, former owner of 3 Dudes Quilting in Phoenix, AZ. A strong supporter of Row by Row Experience, he is the area coordinator for Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and enjoys working with shop owners promoting Row by Row Experience and your local quilt shop.  Raymond is always willing to share his love of quilting, and to continue to learn from others.

Thanks to Raymond and many others in the active community of quilters and shop owners around the world who support and enjoy Row by Row Experience!

Feature Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash