This is our first year participating in the Row by Row Experience...and it has been such a blast! I will admit however, that when we found out the theme for our row was “water” I panicked. (for more info on row by row scroll to the bottom of the page) I really didn’t want to design a row with a ton of applique.
applique, but I know a lot of quilters prefer to piece. Trying to come
up with blocks that represents water kind of limited me at first. Ocean waves....great, except we are not a coastal shop and I wanted our row to reflect us. Lady in the Lake... love that block! Except she needs to be a bit bigger than 9” inches or folks would really be really stressed when piecing. ( 96 1 1/2” half square triangles. No.) The deadline was approaching and I was starting to panic. I knew I could come up with something...but I wanted it to be something that reflected our store’s personality.
Ivy’s Mom is our window and sample guru, and her daughter could me her mini-me. It doesn’t matter what kind of craft it is, they can master it! Joe (Husband/Dad) fits in well with this dynamic duo as he can take odd bits of leftover wood and turn them into awesome display cases. They are also just really good people so you can’t even be snotty about all their awesomeness without feeling guilty.
So anyway.....Teressa went outside to feed the new baby ducks and found the dog “playing” with one...she thought. As she rescued the dog from his new toy she found that he wasn’t “playing” with one of the baby ducks...he was attempting to play with a wild canadian goose! Turns out her nephew had found the poor little guy abandoned at a pond, and he dropped it off in the duck pen figuring it could hang out with them. He had also named him Camo...short for Camouflage. (yeah, Wesley is a little obsessed with all things outdoor.)
concerned, he’s a person. He sees no reason why he wasn’t invited to go out for dinner with them. Of course they want him to snuggle up next to their necks
when they are watching tv! Who cares that its 95% and
he’s starting to outweigh the dog...Let’s cuddle people!!!! Of course Ivy needs his help pulling the floss while she’s embroidering. Of course she needs his help
unraveling the yarn while she knits. Of course they need him to yank the blankets off while they are taking
a nap and make sure they are still there.
So Joe must need a pedicure because Camo was very restless and and couldn’t sleep. Camo and Joe were both very happy to see Ivy and Teressa come home.
As Camo grows so does his personality. He loves to grab the fabric while Teressa is sewing and run down the hall squawking with laughter....Teressa does not love this behavior as much as Camo does. He follows Ivy to the lake for swim time, and when Ivy’s done swimming, so is Camo. During the heat wave he would only swim in his personal pond ( also known as a kiddie pool) as long as Ivy sat out there with him. So there’s Ivy...reading a book in the kiddie pond while Camo swims.
The things we do for our kids.
in the pond, followed by another strip of flying geese and another Goose & Gosling block. If you don’t feel like doing the applique...you can just make another Goose & Gosling block and stick it in there!
Camo and his version. We don’t
know how Ivy’s face got cropped
awesome job , but we still want to see your quilts! We decided that if it’s to late to be the
“first” quilt at your favorite quilt shop, you can bring it to us and we will put your name into a
drawing for a $50 gift certificate for our store (as long as you stick our row in it.) So pick your favorite rows and create Nadine’s very proud husband a quilt you love! make me pose with her for the
picture. (something about equal
opportunity torture.) Since he
built us some really beautiful
shelves I complied. I really,
really, like the shelves.
For those of you who don’t know, the responsibility of the shop is to provide instructions for an original row in a quilt. It must be 36” finished, no taller than 9” wide, and it must follow the theme. Your job is to collect the rows for the patterns when your visiting shops, and use your favorites to create a quilt. As soon as you have eight rows sewn together, quilted or tied, and bound, turn it into your favorite store. If your the first one, you get 25 fat quarters! If you use their block they give you a bonus gift. This is a non-stress hop, you have until September to collect rows.