In the spirit of Thanksgiving and heading into the holiday season, I would personally like to thank everyone who participated in The 9th Row program throughout the last three years. 

 
Shops are able to purchase the annual pattern for $25. 100% of this fee is donated to charity. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for charities through the shops’ purchase of The 9th Row pattern. Plus, participating shops donated a portion of The 9th Row sales to a charity of their choice. And, rowers are able to use the pattern in their Row by Row quilt as a 9th row. It’s a win-win for everyone!
 
Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

2016 was the first year that included The 9th Row. Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company designed the row. Shops were encouraged to kit the row in different fabrics. 

Not only did this row show up in quilts, but many people used it simply as a wall hanging. Row by Row donated the proceeds to The Rescue Mission in 2016, in an effort to help the homeless.

In 2017, Karen stepped in and designed a fun row for the On the Go theme! In that year, the shops had the option of using a pieced or appliqué version of the row. All money raised went to the Make a Wish Foundation for the work they do with children around the world.

Row by Row partnered with AccuQuilt last year and Karen used the die shapes to design the bird on the wire row for the Sew Musical theme. Shops and rowers had lots of fun using the silhouette version or multi-color option with 3 dimensional quilts hanging on the wire.

The 2018 row was the perfect chance to show off the new charm stamps from Zebra Patterns. The 2018 donation goes to Unicef for their work with children worldwide.

Which brings us to 2019 (in just a couple of weeks)! Karen has really outdone herself with a clever design for the 2019 Taste the Experience theme. She call this row “Fiesta Ware” and you can see why. Once again, we are partnering with AccuQuilt to create dies to cut the flatware shapes. Karen’s plan was to make this row very adaptable to the new shapes of rows. Each block could be used in a horizontal or vertical row, broken up to use in corners, put together in an 18-inch square, or used as row extenders or fill-ins where needed. These shapes will be fun to use throughout your quilt or even as a basis for a set of placemats.

We have yet to decide where The 9th Row donation for 2019 will go. We would like to help out an organization working with world hunger. Do you have a suggestion? Please post in the comments for us to consider.
 
Look for The 9th Row patterns and kits next summer in participating Row by Row Experience shops.

Janet Lutz is the owner of Row by Row Experience and Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse, New York. She is passionate about creative business, entrepreneurship and making stuff!

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