Quilt Market Houston 2015

Anne Dale, My Sewing Room, Calgary, AB.

Halloween, October 31, is not just a fun dress up day on the calendar or in the nail salon.  It’s an important date for Row by Row Experience.

Important because it’s the last day rowers can bring in completed quilts to claim prizes.  Thousands of you from all over the country assembled quilts with at least eight rows from eight different shops and presented them to participating shops this summer.  You won bundles of 25 Fat Quarters and bonus prizes too.  That added up to well over 50,000 Fat Quarters worth of prizes and fun!

Seeing the winners and their quilts posted on Facebook throughout the summer was fun too.  No two were the same.  It was entertaining to see winners with rows from Alaska, Texas, and all the way to Maine.  We saw rows on quilts from way up north in Canada and down south to Florida.  All used the H2O theme yet all were so unique.  Regional differences were fascinating to observe.

Cotton Candy Quilts, Grand Prairie, AB, Judy Anderson

Cotton Candy Quilts, Grand Prairie, AB, Judy Anderson, 2015.

Made by Shirley Clarkson, AB

Made by Shirley Clarkson, AB

You can see the regional difference clearly when travelling from the east coast of the US to the Canadian provinces.  New to Row by Row Experience this year was the province of Alberta.  On August 19, they were the first area in 2015 to have winners for all of their participating shops (28).  Two winner’s photos are shown here.  You can visit Alberta’s Facebook page photo album to see the rest of them.

The chance to win a prize ends on Halloween and the Hibernation Period ends too.  That means shops can now begin selling and shipping kits and patterns.  Many of you have been anxiously awaiting this time.  We have a new program this year called Brick & Click.  It helps you easily find shops that still have kits and patterns available.  Read more about it here.

But, a more significant beginning for Row by Row occurs the day after Halloween. It’s when shops can begin registering for 2016 and the all important planning process of designing row patterns and selecting phrases for FabricPlates begins.  The new theme for 2016–Row by Row Home Sweet Home–was announced a few weeks ago. Now the real work begins for Brick and Click houseshops.  It’s the complex task of putting all the pieces together to make sure they provide the best experience for you.

Row by Row Studio will continue to bring you stories every week highlighting the best of Row by Row H2O as we look forward to 2016’s Row by Row Home Sweet Home.

Here a two winners from 2014 when the theme was Sew a Season.  Halloween is an important holiday for these gals too!  Looks like they had a ton of fun making their winning quilts.  Enjoy the experience!

Christy Coffin at Busy Lady Quilt Shop Kentucky

Christy Coffin, Busy Lady Quilt Shop, Mt. Washington, KY. 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tammy German, Just Sew, Highland, UT. 2014

Tammy German, Just Sew, Highland, UT. 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch for a tally of favorites voting from last week’s Festival of Pumpkin Rows coming next week.

bobbin looking leftBe well.  Row happy.  Stay in touch.