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Row by Row Experience 2017 “On the Go!”

June 21, 2017

we are a participating shop We are so excited to be participating in the Row by Row experience again this year. This is our third year participating and we are so happy to be back. The theme this year is “On the Go!” which can take on many meanings. We learn about the theme many months in advance and it takes us a long time to get our creative juices working to come up with a row that we think others would like. Other years we have done rows with a lot of appliqué, so this year at the Surrey/Langley location we decided to go with a row that is mostly pieced. That sometimes is a little challenging, but we think you are going to like our row and the versatility of it. The Surrey/ Langley shop’s row is called “Get up and Go!” and it was designed with the idea that people should just get up and get going however they feel they need to. It may be sailing in English Bay in downtown Vancouver, or going on a car-ride up the Coquihalla Highway to visit the Okanagan, or trying a Hot Air Balloon Ride in the Fraser Valley or as simple as taking public transportation to visit the surrounding areas. Isn’t it better to be going somewhere than going nowhere? The Surrey/Langley shop’s row can be divided easily into Four- 9″ squares and they can be placed horizontally, vertically or used as corners.

The Flying Geese on thA Great Notion Surrey row with watermarke sides of each block are done by paper piecing and the majority of the other block is done by piecing. Some of the pieces are quite small, so we hope you have fun and a little bit of patience completing our row. There are a few things that are appliquéd and those are the car wheels, hubcaps and the sun. Bright and cheerful prints were used to get everyone in the “Get up and Go” spirit. We have the pattern available for free, one per person to anyone that comes into our shop between June 21 and Sept. 5, 2017. There are Kits to purchase which include all the fabrics needed to make our row, the tiny wheels on the streetcar are also included as well as some fusible webbing and the pattern (of course). A Great Notion Abbotsford watermark Joy Ride - Row by Row 2017

Our Abbotsford store went with a different idea as their row is called “Joy Ride” and they wanted to show off a serene summer day, going out for a bike ride. They have included the Dogwood, the provincial flower of British Columbia as well as a kite flying in the background. Visit the Abbotsford store during the experience dates to receive one free pattern or purchase a kit if you love their fabric choices. Some of their kits contain a laser cut silhouette of the bicycle, an easier way to appliqué!!

We are also very excitPicMonkey Collageed to also be one of two Lower Mainland shops that are participating in the Row by Row Junior program. Children age 6-14 juniorscan come into either our Surrey/Langley or Abbotsford shop and pick up a free pattern. Just remember, that parents and grandparents cannot pick up the free pattern, only children can. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and other adults can certainly purchase one of our Junior kits for the young ones in their lives. Surrey/Langley’s free pattern is called “Big Wheels” and Abbotsford’s pattern is called “Friendship Bracelets”. The kits that are available in Surrey are “Rover” and “Arrows” and Abbotsford also has “Arrow” kits as well as “High Top” kits available for purchase. Our aim is at the next generation of quilters, and getting the children to start on this craft they can use a lifetime.

The last thing we are so very excited about is selling the 9th row kits again this year. This is not an eligible row for a winning quilt, but it would be a wonderful addition. Partial proceeds from the kit will go to help the homeless in our areas. Here is a sample of the kit from Surrey.ninth

So there you have it, all our information about Row by Row in one place.

We sure hope to see you this summer!!

Until next time,






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