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Row by Row: Modern Blue Ridge AND a Raffle! scroll to the bottom for the giveaway.

Feb of 2022: Island batik has given the Ambassadors a Row challenge.

There is something to be said about a row: you can try a new technique without trying a whole quilt out, only to find you don't like that and won't finish the quilt. Try a row!







I got a lovely selection to create a row quilt. It is called Blue Ridge Mountains by

Kathy Engle. It should be in stores this month. Ask your local store to carry it!


I worked on a design in Electric Quilt for weeks. I like to play in EQ and my Quilting design programs early in the mornings. Sometimes I come up with great designs and sometimes I just need more coffee.


Here is my plan. I love using the Row feature to design a quilt.

To create continuity, I used a 4" grid for all my rows. I chose one fabric to highlight each fabric used in the row. I also used a sashing in between each row to give some space for my eyes to rest.

The rows are all based on using the Accuquilt Go system.







I narrowed down my fabric choices to create a cohesive design.



Matched up with a great neutral background fabric, it promises to be a winner.


This is called Flour. Love the name, love the whiteness, love the swirly bits. At first I thought the swirly bits were too much, but fell in love with this fabric the more I used it.




I used my Accuquilt to make each row.

I tried a new Accuquilt Die, a drunkards path for one of the rows. Minimal fabric waste to cut the blocks is a plus!

I sewed the blocks on my Janome M7 machine. I LOVE this machine.


Orange peels and Kite blocks added to the quilt. I stitched a row each day and it was done fairly quickly.


I wanted to quilt in rows as well, so I needed to mark some lines for that.

I am using Hobbs Heirloom Batting. (my FAV)

Row 1:

And more rows:


This shows how I designated an area to quilt and keep the quilting within that area.


I quilt on a HandiQuilter Forte with ProStitcher. I LOVE my longarm!



And now the quilting is finished. I also alternated blue thread and tan thread for the rows.

I love the texture the quilting gives it.

And then to bind. I bind on a different machine, my Juki straight stitch.

The whole quilt is a fun and cool modern style row quilt. IT finished out to be 64" by 70".


There is no fancy photo opportunity this time. The weather is not such that we can go somewhere and take the pics. I am also a bit busier too. I have started to travel again with my job as a HandiQuilter educator. I go to stores and shows and teach how to use a longarm. I used to travel about 3 times a month for 3 or 4 day events. I am only traveling about one time per month for the time being. I am quilting for hire as well as creating great quilts and patterns. I take my quilts that I make as an Island Batik Ambassador with me for my trunk shows. WIN WIN! new quilts on the road.



And for the

RAFFLE!


Island batik is giving out this fabulous bundle of fabric.

Enter HERE


Be sure to visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors for more chances to win. There is a new giveaway each week!


During these blog hops, Island Batik gives away a lot of fabric!

Enter each week on their blog.

And, don’t miss the fabulous row by row designs and more new fabric featured by these talented quilters:


January 31:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

February 1:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

February 2:

Megan Best, Bestquilter

February 3:

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

February 4:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

February 7:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

February 8:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

February 9:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

February 10:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

February 11:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

February 14:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

February 15:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

February 16:

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

February 17:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

February 18:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

February 21:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

February 22:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

February 23:

End of Blog Hop and Final Round-Up



Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, and Hobbs.


Its 2022 and even though things are looking up, we are still in the midst of a Pandemic. We really need to find some joy. The bright colors and act of creating with fabric can bring so much joy in a stressful time. I will continue to create while I am just beginning to start traveling and teaching. Follow me on Instagram to find more fun and colorful quilt projects (and some gardening and cooking too!). @bestquilter

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