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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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???
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!
Row By Row Quilt Reveal
I alternated plain sashing rows between the pieced blocks.
Having 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:
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway
End of Blog Hop and Final Round-Up