Festive Foxes

Fox In a Box Quilt Pattern Fox and Geese Quilt Block

This is the version of Fox in a Box that Quilter’s Cupboard in Ankeny, Iowa has kitted up for sale – adorable, no?!

I love the fun, festive look that the primary red and blue and bright green colors give this version – perfect for a generic, non-gender-specific, baby or toddler quilt.

Trina quilted this for the shop owner; I thought you might like to see some of the details:

Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block

On our cover quilt, we used one reddish-brown print for Fox #1 (that little sweetheart above), and a different reddish-brown print for Fox #2 (the cutie-patootie below); in this version the head and bodies of both foxes are made from one print, and the tails from the other brown print (same yardage is used either way you make it, so it is up to you which way you like best!)

Fox in a Box Baby Toddler Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

I apologize, I don’t know off hand what fabric line this is (I believe the geese and binding prints are all from the same line) but I love the print on the binding, chevrons cut on the bias = binding perfection!

Fox in a Box Tree Applique Baby Toddler Quilt Bird in Tree Flying Geese Fox and Geese Quilt Block

Fox and Geese Quilt Block Fox in a Box baby Toddler Quilt

If you have any photos of your version of our quilts, be sure to share them with us via email or add them to the pool on our Flickr page!

Front Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltAnd if you don’t have your copy of Fox in a Box, yet, you can can purchase it from any of the shops on our SHOP tab, Fat Quarter Shop, Pattern Spot, Craftsy, or our online shop, here.

Cover “Girl” Retakes

Well, Cover Quilts, anyway.

At this point in our business we are still doing our own photography (and accounting, and bag-stuffing, and pattern layout, etc. — we do use a professional printer!) and it takes time, and patience.  Working with the Iowa weather is always a challenge…   This weekend we had nice enough weather to get some outdoor shots, retakes of our new release, Fox in a BoxFront Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltOur fancy photography studio (aka Trina’s front porch):

Quilt Pattern Cover Photography

Waiting for the right combination of the sun going behind a cloud just as the breeze stopped for a few moments made getting two good flat shots quite a challenge!

Fox in a Box Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

But we got the shots we needed, including some photos of the “cover girl” for our next pattern, coming soon:

Feather quilting free-motion

free motion quilting straight line orange peel

Some lucky shoppers and retreaters in Ames, Iowa this weekend got the pleasure of seeing this quilt “in the flesh”… and if you follow us, you’ve seen this quilt before in another colorway (hint, hint).  Any guesses?

Rope Chain Quilting free-motion

Happy Quilting!

Trina & Doris

Dr. Seuss One Big Cabin

One of shops to start carrying our patterns in 2013 is Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, Iowa. She has bright, open shop and a wonderful retreat area on her property.  She also has an adorable version of our One Big Cabin quilt made up without applique, utilizing the newest Dr. Seuss fabric line from Robert Kaufman.

Merrys Dr Seuss One Big Cabin

One Big Cabin uses half of a jelly roll, and a just a small amount of yardage.  What a cute idea for a baby boy… this would be a quick, cheery gift to whip up for that next baby shower!

Fox in a Box

…is the name of our newest pattern!

Front Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltWe are enamored with the cute little fox and his friend on our new applique critter quilt!  Instructions for a fun, modern non-applique take on the quilt are included as well!  Available in our shop (PDF or Print).

FIAB FullSHot Quilted2

Fox in a Box made with no applique:

Fox in a Box Quilt

Trina did a wonderful job on the quilting of this one, a combination of straight-line quilting, pebble quilting and shadow spirals…

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting Detail

Our little fox friend peeking out from his Fox and Geese Block (all of our patterns are based on a traditional quilt block), isn’t he adorable?

Fox in a Box Applique Fox and Geese Quilt Block

And his little friend gazing up at him from another block:

FIAB Fox 1 Detail

The two quilts side-by-side on my (apparently not-so-straight) fence:


Mary, a friend of our’s who has tested each one of our patterns made this bright non-applique Fox in a Box quilt at a recent retreat:


It’s always so much fun to see someone else’s take on one of our patterns.  The pattern is now available in PDF or Print format from our shop!

Happy Quilting!

Doris & Trina

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

Monkey see…

One of the uplifting parts of designing patterns is getting to see what people make with them, and how they interpret them.  I’m notorious among my quilting friends for not following patterns.  Trina, the other half of Row House Creations even asked me once “why do you even buy patterns? It’s not like you follow them?”  Well, I do to a point; I’ve even followed a pattern or two to a tee once or twice. 😉

Flip a Coin Cover Charm Pack Chinese Coin Quilt Modern Quilt

But I like to play, to experiment, to “make it my own”.  Which is why it’s fun for me to see other quilters do that with our patterns.  Between the two of us, Trina and I have made at least a half dozen versions of Flip a Coin.  We’ve purchased fabric to make one without using charms (cut up and pieced to form the inside  “coin stacks”) to see how different it would look with a novelty or focus fabric.  We just haven’t found the time to make it yet.

But, last week, Trina came across these two in one of our local quilt shops, made with Sock Monkey fabric — we love these!




She also shortened the quilt by a row to make a smaller, crib size.  What a fabulous way to highlight a novelty or large print!

If you have our Flip A Coin pattern, and would like to make a version with yardage instead of a charm pack; you would need 5/8 yard if using one fabric for all of the focus rectangles, or two 1/3 yard cuts to make it with two focus fabrics like the quilts shown above.

National Quilting Day GIVEAWAY!

Last year, National Quilting Day snuck up on us and passed us by when we weren’t looking…  We hope to spend some of National Quilting Day 2013 piecing a new quilt; but Doris and her hubs closed on a new home yesterday, and Trina’s spending the weekend with her sisters… so it remains to be seen whether our sewing machines get powered up today!

….there’s always Sunday! 😉

So in honor of National Quilting Day, March 16, 2013 we are giving away a set of our patterns:

Row House Creations Patterns

Print or PDF, the choice will be yours.

Just LIKE our facebook page, and come back here to leave a comment telling us you did.  Share our giveaway with your friends on FB and we’ll throw your name in the hat a second time.

If you don’t have a Facebook account, just Follow us here on the blog for an entry! WINNER will be chosen on Saturday, March 23rd.  UPDATE:  OUR WINNER IS NANCY EARLL, fellow Des Moines quilter and a fabulous small business owner, herself.  Congrats, Nan!

Now, go do some piecing or quilting in honor of NQD!!!

To pique your interest…

Some lucky shop owners got a full sneak peek of our finished quilt for the next pattern, but we’re going to tease the rest of you a bit with just a sneak peek:
Row House Critter Sneak Peek
Yes, another critter applique quilt and it’s super cute and has been well-received with several wholesale pre-orders!

Coming in March…


Our latest release is available in the shop!

Flip a Coin Cover Charm Pack Chinese Coin Quilt Modern Quilt

Flip A Coin is a fast and fun adaptation of the traditional Roman Coins quilt pattern; made from 5″ charm squares and just two accent fabrics for borders… it is the perfect size naptime quilt for your favorite little one!

FLIP A COIN Quilt Detail

Purchase online here: available in both Print and PDF versions, and a great value at just $5.00!

and more news… Pattern #4, another fun applique design is in the works!  For all the latest updates, follow our Facebook page or sign up to follow the blog (see the link in the right column).

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!