Spring brings out the critters and the flowers!

Outdoors as well as in our patterns!  Pattern number 4 is on the way to the printer; a second critter appliqué quilt that just might be our favorite design yet!  In addition, we are working on a pattern for the Chrysanthemum quilt Doris is shown holding in the Spring issue of Quilty:

Quilty Magazine 1

a sneak peek of the cover quilt (don’t want to give it away completely, right?!):

Chrysanthemum Sneak Peek1

It’s a beauty, and we hope to have it available very soon…

Thanks for stopping by & happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

Looking ahead…

…with sincere thanks to all of you for supporting us by purchasing our patterns, following our (sometimes slow) progress here and on Facebook, and encouraging us to continue creating!

2012 was a year of learning, tweaking, editing, drawing, re-drawing, sewing, quilting, un-sewing, re-sewing, traveling, selling, marketing… a year of frustration, a year of success, a year of fine tuning.

At times it seemed like we are working at a snails pace, but looking back, it’s clear to see all we have accomplished:

  • We made 6-7 versions of our first pattern, One Big Cabin
  • We made 9-10 (!) versions of Modern Fortune
  • Pattern number three is at the printer
  • and pattern number four is in the works



Looking ahead to a productive and prosperous 2013!


Houston Bound

Next week is International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Regrettably, we will not be attending even though a few of our quilts did make the trip. You may remember we attended Spring Quilt Market to introduce ourselves to distributors, make contacts with fabric manufacturers, and research the possibility of one day having our own booth at Quilt Market (still a dream at this point!).  It was a very worthwhile trip, and the contacts we made led to some great opportunities and increased pattern sales.

These days, we are tweaking our third pattern for *hopefully* a late October/early November release.  In the meantime, we have made several different examples of both One Big Cabin, and Modern Fortune.  After seeing the pillow Doris made for her niece, using the owl applique from One Big Cabin, we wanted to make a feminine version of the entire quilt.  So, Doris selected these fabrics from her stash:

and made this quilt (not yet quilted when we took this photo):

But, that didn’t really give us the fun, atypically colored critters we were going for, so we made yet another girl-y version:

Final shot of this to come; but Trina quilted it in the eleventh hour last week and shipped these sweet little critters off to be displayed at Market in Houston!

We’ve made several different versions of Modern Fortune over the past 4-6 weeks as well.  This one is very close to our cover quilt, and is available as a kit from Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa (follow the link to contact them to order a kit):

Here it is on the design wall, before it was quilted:

and this one is hanging as shop sample at Quilts and Other Notions, in Creston, Iowa.  It is also available as a kit, made from the collection, Puttin’ on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs.  (Again, contact the shop directly to order this kit):

Our baby size of this pattern creates it’s own “scrappy” binding from the fat quarters you use for your blocks–a nice bonus:

The version we made to send to Houston is a completely different look, in bold blues and yellows, it is a vibrant quilt (again, shown here prior to being quilted):

Doris showed you a twin sized version last week, that hung in our guild show at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012, here is another shot of it with one of the baby quilts from our pattern cover photo:

While we are looking forward to being able to make some quilts that are not One Big Cabin or Modern Fortune variations, it has been fun to see these quilts come together in different colors, styles and manifestations.  (Secretly, we hope that we are not the only pattern designers making 6-10 versions of every.single.quilt.)  Are we?  If we are, we probably don’t want to know.

This was a fun surprise… it’s One Big Cabin made by our first customer to purchase a pattern, Linda Brandhagen.  She emailed this photo to share with us–isn’t it adorable?  Thanks, Linda!

If you have purchased (or won!) a copy of any of our patterns, and made something from it, please share it with us in our flickr group.  We LOVE seeing them made up by other quilters!

To purchase either pattern online (in print or digital format) visit our shop.

Who says owls can’t be PINK?

I used the owl applique from our One Big Cabin pattern to make a pillow for my niece’s birthday last weekend… I’d been dying to try this pattern out in non-traditional (that is, non-earthy) colorways:

Isn’t he adorable?  Now Trina and I want to make the entire quilt in these colors!


We started a flickr group for people to share pics of the projects they make using our patterns–we’d love to have you join the group, over here!

If you’d like to see more pillow pics, including some with the cute little recipient of this pillow, check out my blog.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has bought one of our patterns, cheered us on, or supported us on this journey!  We are so grateful for each and every one of you,




New Pattern RELEASE!!!!

Modern Fortune, our newest pattern release is hot off the press and in the Shop!

Pattern includes size options for a Baby, Twin, Queen or King quilt.

Modern Fortune Good Fortune Quilt Block Modern Quilt Pattern Baby Twin Queen King size

Based on a traditional block called Good Fortune, the piecing for this quilt goes quickly and is adaptable to just about any size you might want to make!

The first version we made was made with Kate Spain’s “Good Fortune” line of fabric by Moda, here it is in the King size:

Our second version was this one, we loved the colors of the quilt, but the 4 x 4 block setting didn’t make the cut to make it in the pattern:

So we pulled another bunch of fabrics from the stash and made a Twin Size version (shown here on Doris’ design wall–it’s waiting to be quilted):

And version #4 and #5 are the pink and white and blue/green and white quilts that made the pattern cover.  Each and every one of these are beautiful quilts!

BIG news coming soon….

Our pattern, Modern Fortune, will be released in August! For the latest updates, sign up to Follow us here (over on the right), or “Like” our new Facebook page

Or join our Flickr Group…, or send us an email, rowhousecreations@yahoo.com, asking to be added to our mailing list!

You’ll want to know when this pattern goes on sale– I have a feeling the first print run is going to sell quickly!

Fortune Telling

We started working on our second pattern in January, and we made a sample using a layer cake of Kate Spain’s Good Fortune line of fabric by Moda. At the time, we thought this would be our cover quilt. We believed we’d have it printed and on the market by mid-June.
For various reasons, we decided that it didn’t make the cut. Not as the cover quilt, anyway. So we made a second version, with modifications to size and assembly method. Version #2 is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.–but it too, did not make the cut as our cover quilt, for different reasons than version #1. So we went back to the drawing board.
This pattern has been written and re-written, added to and simplified, revised and rethought– all in the name of releasing the best. possible. product. we. can.

Yes, it’s frustrating when things don’t go as expected; but we don’t have a crystal ball, no one around here reads fortunes. But we’re counting on the third time being a charm, and a little Good Fortune, as well. 😉


Congrats to Sherry, at Blessings from our Nest, the winner of our Sew Mama Sew Giveaway, and recipient of her very own One Big Cabin pattern!

For those of you who would still like to own your very own copy of One Big Cabin, purchase one from our shop by  5 PM CST, 6/1/2012 and receive 10% back.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments and suggestions!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris