Sunday, February 11, 2007

Building a Row by Row Quilt



I cannot claim to all these rows as mine - I just happen to be the caretaker for a short time until the rest of our group gets together.

Such fun! If you are a quilter who gets bored easily with making the same block for one entire quilt, this is a great project for you. We each had a scrap of the same fabric which was our focus fabric. I made the house roofs out of that focus fabric. Every window and door on the houses has a different print in it -- toooo tedious, but that makes it interesting. The houses had no pattern and I didn't take the time to make one up -- a big mistake -- as my accuracy was greatly reduced. The checkerboard row will replace the purple/green flying geese row -- we had too many flying geese. I especially like the clever off-kilter flying geese below the houses.

We are trying to balance the light and dark rows, and there is still one more dark row to be turned in. The tan color is my carpet - most of the rows will be separated with 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch creamy/pale stripe strips. Then we will border it with a lavendar strip of 1-2 inches, and a wider border (5-6 inches?) of a cream print with small lavendar flowers in it. The rows should equal 48 1/2 inches. A few need to be lengthened, either with more blocks, or a plain background.

This will be donated to a worthy cause for a raffle.

12 comments:

dot said...

This is a very nice quilt and should do well with the raffle. Everything goes togeather so nicely. I am going to have to try a strip quilt some day.

May Britt said...

The rows are beautiful. Love the one with the house and the trees. This is perhaps the way to use some of my abandoned blocks I have in my sewingroom. Make a row quilt.

joyce said...

I totally love your quilt. Your houses are nice. I like that they are all different and different sizes.

Shelina said...

I've never done a row by row, but it looks like it makes for a nice quilt. I especially like the houses too.

Helen in the UK said...

Love it :)

Angie said...

What a CUTE quilt, Elaine! Can't wait to see it finished. :P

Laurie Ann said...

I wish I was as creative as those folks to make Pie in the Sky patterns, but alas, I am not! I just like to make their quilts. Bright and fun!

I like the row quilt you are showing. It does look like a good way to make a quilt and not get tired of doing a certain block.

Linda_J said...

Cute! I think I will be doing a row quilt with 5 friends in coming months--just waiting for someone to come back from vacation to be sure we are all on the same page.

Helen said...

Looks great and I love your houses being 'free form'. The off-set flying geese are very effective.

Anonymous said...

Elaine, I don't have a blog, or in a ring, but I do read yours. Becky in KCMO

Lucy said...

Ohhh what a fun quilt !!!

Belém said...

It is the first time I see a row by row quilt and it is an excelent idea and very funny to. It will be a great quilt.