Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Have You Rowed?

Have you heard of the Row by Row Experience?  Quilts shops sign up, design a row with certain dimensions, following a specific theme. This year's theme was water.

Quilters visit participating quilt shops,  could pick up the pattern for the row free beginning June 21, many shops have put together kits and vary in price from just a few dollars to over $30.  Quilters have until October 31, 2015 to turn in a completed quilt featuring 8 different rows.

While driving to Oregon I didn't have any opportunities to find rows.  There was a time schedule in place for an appointment at the tribal office on Monday, July 6.

But once we got to Portland (home base as the boys called it), it was on.

I didn't take pictures of the shops, some allow pictures, and others do not so I decided to err on the side of caution.  

First stop was the local quilt shop called Feather Your Nest in Gresham, Oregon.

 I saw the books and knew that would make a great apron for someone, as would the one with the crayons and art supplies.  Starting to think Christmas here.  I had to have the bridge one it is of all of the bridges over the Willamette River in Portland.

The row was very cute, and the kit was inexpensive so I purchased the kit.

Looking over the kit they have pretty good instructions, and their fabrics were very cute.

Next stop Fabric Depot.  Imagine a store the size of Walmart full of fabric.  The only problem I have is that there is so much it is a bit overwhelming at times.

I did pick out some yardage, and a couple of fat quarters.
Fabric Depot had released 2 different rows and

I think I can manage to make these rows.  One is paper pieced and the other is applique. 

The next shop we visited was Quilting Delights in Happy Valley, Oregon. 
Very cute, newer shop. 
Cute row, great colors so I purchased the kit, and it is all cut out and ready to go, they were obviously using and accuquilt system.

Then across the river to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe in West Linn, Oregon.  Super cute shop, lots of eye candy.
I bought these two cute fat quarters, and their row kit because it was all laser cut.
The next shop that we stopped at is a newer shop called Cool Cottons in the Hawthorne Neighborhood in Portland.  Very cool shop in an older home.
Lots of modern fabrics and I saw this and knew a little girl with an upcoming birthday that would love a pillowcase.

I also purchased their kit because of the preprinted labels in it.

There is a new quilt shop in the Alberta Neighborhood in Portland, which is experiencing a renaissance called Modern Domestic.  Love their pattern called Glass Half Full.

It is paper pieced and I just loved the pattern, and can't wait to pull fabrics from my stash for it. 

We went to the beach for a couple of days to can tuna.  There is nothing to compare to fresh canned tuna. 
We managed 24 half pints, and 24 pints. 

We stopped at The Quilted Dandelion in Clatskanie, Oregon.  Cute shop, lots of antique sewing machines on display.

Homespun Quilts in Astoria, Oregon, had lots of cute quilts, and fabrics.  I was a bit disappointed with their row by row though.  It was very cute, but they didn't have any kits remaining, and their instructions were in black and white.  They said I could take a picture of the row though.

Our final Oregon stop was at Center Diamond in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
They had a sweet batik of Haystack Rock which is off the coast at Cannon Beach. 
I just picked up their pattern.

The final Oregon stop was in Warren, Oregon at Fibers & Stitches.  Cute little shop
These were all of the shops that we had a chance to visit in Oregon.  I will share more about the Row by Row tomorrow.


  1. Oh my gosh, so many rows! Such fun!

  2. I am not a huge row by row fan, at least of the shops. Some of them do beautiful rows, the others seem to just throw something together irregardless of the theme. I do love my Pug Row by Row which I made with friends. I like all your goodies! Did you have to bribe the grandboys and DH to get to shop?

  3. Love that swan row :) I have not done row by row but it looks like fun...sounds like a good reason to shop hop. It will be fun to see yours come together!

  4. How interesting. Quilting Delights row is identical to one from Roberts Sewing Center, near me. I haven't gotten any of the rows. I have way too many WIP's already. Have fun stitching!

  5. i have heard that there is a lot of quilt shops out there

  6. Very interesting about the row by row quilt - do they get together and plan the whole thing out before hand? I find your posts so interesting - like the other day saying you went to the reservation - I really had not concept in my mind what an Indian reservation looks like and now today canning tuna - that looks amazing. How do you cook it later on?

  7. How fun, I was not able to stop anywhere on my trip.


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