Hearts and Flowers row by row quilt
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Hearts and Flowers {Island Batik Row by Row Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Row by Row Blog Hop, sponsored by Island Batik. Each member of the 2022 team of Ambassadors was assigned a new fabric collection and challenged to create a Row-by-Row quilt.

Row by Wow Blog Hop

I was thrilled to receive the Back Country collection by Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions, which is shipping to stores in February 2022.  I specifically requested burgundy and green as colors to work with this year. 

back country fabric bundle

Back Country features prints inspired by the forest – pinecones, Aspen leaves and wildflowers in a variety of pinks and purples. There are great creams and tans with a few shades of blue and darker tones, which is right up my alley!

back country full collection
Back Country by Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions

Planning a Row by Row Quilt

Island Batik Ambassadors were given the general guidelines of making a lap-size quilt in the row-by-row style. That left the block style and placement wide open. Since the world is full of love in February, and the fabrics in the Back Country collection were in tune with nature, I immediately started looking for hearts and floral quilt blocks. Then, I grouped the fabrics by color to finalize the quilt plan.

colors for row by row quilt
Back Country collection grouped by colors for row by row quilt

It is always hard to leave things out, but think of what a great masculine quilt could be made from these pieces of the Back Country collection!

Dark fabrics from Back Country by Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions
Dark fabrics from Back Country by Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions

Row by Row Quilt Blocks

Putting together a heart-shaped block is not too difficult. My first thought was to use flying geese units and half-square triangles, but I decided to eliminate some seam lines and just add background corners to the fabric I selected for the heart.

row by row heart block

Last fall, I saw a video by Teresa Down Under for this flower block. I knew I wanted to try it, and this row by row challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity. I selected a variety of colors and made two rows of flowers.

Would you say these are rosebuds or tulips???

tulip block for row by row quilt

To complete the row by row quilt, I added some smaller flowers. Chain-piecing the corners on these units is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

violet block for row by row quilt

I always piece with Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles in my machine and Hobbs Batting on my longarm. Thanks to our industry partners for keeping us supplied with such high-quality materials.

Row By Row Quilt Reveal

I alternated plain sashing rows between the pieced blocks.

Hearts and Flowers row by row quiltHaving this space gave me lots of room to play with several different free motion quilting designs. Look for a video tutorial coming soon to my YouTube channel. Have you subscribed yet?

Row by Row Blog Hop Schedule

During these blog hops, Island Batik gives away alot 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


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  1. Wow! your quilt is really awesome! I really, really love those flowers. They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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