Well…Row by Row is sorta like the beloved children’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
In the story, the caterpillar eats and eats his way through a wide variety of foods. He eats until he is so full and so fat. He’s not hungry anymore. He builds a little house called a cocoon to snuggle in. He rests there for a while. Then he nibbles his way out. But he’s not a caterpillar any more. He becomes a beautiful butterfly!
Row by Row’s hibernation period is like the hungry caterpillar’s cocoon time. We Row by Row fans eat and eat our way through wonderful rows all summer long. They’re so delicious and so fun to collect. By Labor Day though we’re really full. So we like to take a break and hunker down in our sewing rooms. When we’re ready we emerge. Our rows are not rows anymore. They have turned into beautiful quilts just like the beautiful butterfly.
Officially, Row by Row’s hibernation period is the eight weeks between the last day to collect free rows and the last day to win a prize. It’s the quiet time when no rows are given out and no kits are sold. We use this time to honor folks who traveled to shops during the summer. They can use this time to finish up their quilts and submit them for prizes. They have until October 31 to complete a quilt and claim a prize.
Row by Row Experience™ has a whole lot more in common with Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. His life, his story, and his art is so inspirational. He was born in the same birthplace, Syracuse, NY, just like Row by Row! Please take a moment to enjoy this 3 minute video in his own voice about his books and his life from Penguin and Philomel Books. You’ll be glad you did. Let us know how you liked it.