Inside: The Row by Row Quilting Experience
Have you heard about Row by Row Experience®?
If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know. Janet Lutz created Row by Row Experience® a few years back. Every summer there is a new “experience” with events involving travel, collecting, and shopping – all for quilters!
It’s centered around people traveling during the summer. But with a twist – you’re invited to stop at quilt shops along the way and pick up a fun pattern.
Here is a quick outline on how this summer quilting event works.
1) The Quilt Shops Set Up Row by Row
Quilt shops register to join Row by Row Experience (RxR) and create a fun pattern for a “row” in a quilt.
Each shop creates a unique in-store experience to go with the theme and that’s part of the fun!
Notice the fun hand-painted Row by Row sign one shop created.
2) You Visit Quilt Shops
Quilt shoppers (aka Rowers) stop into participating quilt shops throughout the summer to receive one FREE copy of the shop’s RxR pattern.
Of course, who could resist such an offer. And, you just might find a little fabric you can’t live without!
3) Make a Quilt from Your Travels
Rowers combine the row patterns to make a quilt that represents their summer travels. This could just be traveling around to your local shops, too!
The first quilter in each shop to present a finished quilt using at least 8 different row patterns receives a prize!
New Themes Every Year
You want to know what really makes Row by Row fun? Since 2011, each summer there is a new theme!
This is an awesome way to annually make a quilt that celebrates your travels.
Participating shops follow the theme, but can interpret the it in any way, using any technique for the pattern such as piecing, appliqué, embroidery, etc.
The rows come in a variety of five sizes and they all fit together. Each Rower can create a quilt arranging her rows in any way she desires!
The 2019 theme is Taste the Experience.
When Does It Start?
The fun begins on June 21 and goes through September 3.
Over 1250 shops from around the US, Canada and Europe are participating! That’s a lot of fun quilt shops to stop by and visit.
Visit Row by Row website to learn all the details, see the map, view the shop lists, connect to the photos on Facebook, and plan your summer travels.
Some of the Fun to Come
Below are a few examples from participating quilt shops showing how different shops are interpreting the Taste The Experience theme.
(1.) Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop, IN; (2.) Calico Gals, NY; (3) Quilting in the Valley, IL; (4.) Pieceful Quilting, NY; (5.) Kelly K’s Sewing & Quilt Shop, CO; (6.) Calico Patch Designs, KY
Janet Lutz is the owner of Calico Gals Inc, a busy quilt shop in Syracuse NY and Row by Row Experience LLC, an event company with a focus on the quilting industry. Janet is passionate about entrepreneurship, travel and making stuff! Visit the websites to see what the fun is all about: www.calicogals.com and www.rowbyrowexperience.com.