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Monday, May 12, 2014

Row by Row "Sew a Season" fabrics have arrived!

Rick and I rode down to the New England Quilt Supply today and picked up the special order of the fabrics that the developers of the summer long Row by Row shop hop have chosen for the quilts.

Each quilt shop had to choose one of the four seasons, and Quilters' Quarters has chosen Winter.  In addition to the program fabrics, I picked up a few new bolts of blenders. I have many more in the shop's inventory that will also complement rows that feature spring, summer and fall as well, and quilters are encouraged to look through our shop to see what might work for their other rows, as well as ours.

The beautiful souvenir custom-designed license plate fabric has also arrived, and will be available for purchases by quilters as of June 1st, when Quilters' Quarters winter row of blocks pattern is ready for FREE distribution. The plates were designed by artist Debra Gabel; visit her website to see what other creative projects she has designed.  Shop owners chose their own slogans,  and Debra carefully fit their messages into their state license plates' own formats. 

What quilters do with the license plate souvenir could involve another contest and prize. I'm looking forward to picking them up at other quilt shop during my travels along the Row by Row trail. Not sure yet what I might do with them, but I'm sure I'll make new friends along the way, and maybe get some creative ideas from them.

Here are the important Row by Row dates for 2014:
June 1: each participating shop will have a free pattern available, and optional fabric kits to suit the chosen season. 

July 1 and onward: Quilters who have been busy in July might be ready and can begin bringing their finished quilts back to any of the eight (or more) shops they have incorporated patterns into for their quilt. First one back with a completed quilt that uses that shop's pattern will be awarded 25 fat quarters. Contest and prizes expire  September 2.

Start planning your summer travels. No one said you are limited to eight quilt shops: there are more than a thousand signed up to participate!  But while you're waiting, enjoy another look at these fabrics at the Row by Row website, and here at Quilters' Quarters.  They are luscious to look at and lovely to touch! Come in to see them.

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We're in for a great experience this summer ~ jump in and join us!

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