NEW PATTERN RELEASE: Diamond Dust is hot off the press!!

The wait is over, Diamond Dust is now available in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Etsy Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (Shop owners: you can order wholesale directly from us or through United Notions and Checker Distributors).

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This is a multi-sized quilt pattern to make a table runner, throw quilt, or Queen size quilt. All half-square triangles and rectangles!

This quilt won the MQG 2014 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge and also won Best Modern Quilt at AQS Des Moines Show.

Half-square triangles with two background fabrics, lots of negative space for fun, innovative quilting!

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

Hidden Gems

The new issue of Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Summer 2015) includes a pattern by Row House Creations. It’s a baby quilt that was first made for Doris’s granddaughter for her 1st birthday.

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And Gemma’s original quilt, using just two colors and the background made scrappy:

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And here’s a great tip for the backing of a baby quilt: Fuse and machine applique a large monogram (this “G” is about 14″ tall) to the backing prior to quilting. Depending on the color fabric you use, you can also sign the monogram and have it do double-duty as your quilt label.

finalgemmaquiltbackdetailThere are some other wonderful quilts in this issue, including one by our friend, Leila–go grab a copy!

Happy Quilting!

Trina & Doris

NEW PATTERN Pinafore is Here!!!

Another pattern that has been a long time in the making; but the wait is over, we have it ready! Available in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Etsy Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (Shop owners: you can order wholesale directly from us or through United Notions, Checker Distributors, Petersen-Arne, and Quilt Craft Distributors in Canada). Pinafore_FrontCover copy The block is 18.5″ — and the pattern is written for Twin (12 blocks), Queen (16 blocks) and King (25 blocks) sizes. We tested A LOT of block sizes before settling on the 18.5″ size… PinaforeTestBlocks Pinafore Block for BlogThe secondary pattern created by the corner triangles and the sashing cornerstones can change the look of the quilt completely based on fabric placement… Pinafore Close-Up Pinafore Style Shot 1Here is the Queen size layout, just 16 blocks: FlatShot_for Blog PinaforeEven a novice quilter could make this quilt; it is just pinwheels, half-square triangles and simple sashing and borders. We hope you love it as much as we do! Pinafore Style Shot 2WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOUR PINAFORE QUILT!

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 20

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This week’s quilt-along block, Block #20, is Winged Arrow, from a syndicated mail-order column written by Florence LaGanke Harris; printed in many periodicals in the late 1920s – 1940s.

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CUTTING:

From background, (pale blue and green in photo above) cut 8 — 3 5/8″ squares (cut in half diagonally to make 16 A triangles).

From accent fabric #1 (orange in photo above) cut 1 — 5 3/4″ square (cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 B triangles).

From accent fabric #2 (red-orange in photo above) cut 1 — 5 3/4″ square (cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 B triangles).

 

ASSEMBLY:

1. Join one background A triangle and one accent fabric #1 B triangle as shown below. Press seam allowance toward print fabric. Make four.

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2. Join a second background A triangle to the opposite side to complete flying geese units:

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3. Trim each flying geese unit to 3″ x 5″:WingedArrowGeese3

4. Repeat steps 1-3 using accent fabric #2 B triangles.

5. Join an accent fabric #1 flying geese to the bottom edge of an accent fabric #2 flying geese. Unit should measure 5″ square.

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6. Lay out four units in the spinning direction shown below. Join into rows, join rows to complete Winged Arrow block.

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7. Square block to 9 1/2″.

 

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group! Or email us a pic at rowhousecreations(at)yahoo(dot)com. We’d love to see them!

Stay tuned, we have a new pattern release to announce this week!

Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina

A Long Journey into Spring

We’re back  after a bit of an unintentional hiatus, thanks for your patience with the Sampler blocks. Winter ushered illness into the Brunnette home, and after two weeks of trying to find an answer to the question of why a man who almost never gets sick couldn’t seem to get better–we found out he had Leukemia. Sadly, he passed away just 17 days later.

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Frank and our grandbaby, Gemma

He was my best friend, the Number One Cheerleader of Row House Creations, and supported everything I did to foster my creative spirit. We only had nine years together, finding each other later in life, but it was a wonderful nine years. My life will never be the same, for better or for worse, and I miss him like crazy. But, he would want me to move forward, press on, and live a good life. So, I’m going to do my best to do just that.

While he was in the hospital, this was announced. He and I knew the previous Thursday that my quilt had been selected the 1st Place Winner; but it was hush-hush. He kept asking me that Monday if the “internet had lit up with my quilt yet”. He was crazy proud of that accomplishment and told anyone who would listen. I was amazed at how many of his doctors and nurses were either quilters themselves or married to quilters–Quilters are Everywhere!

So the quilt.  I changed my mind SO many times before I ever cut into the fabric. When I finally did, I only had five weeks left to the deadline (never mind the challenge fabrics had been in my possession for over 3 months at that point). When I did finally cut into the fabric I was still undecided, so I just cut a bunch of squares and started piecing half-square triangles using Riley Blake stripes, chevrons, ombre dots, a few prints from an Ashbury Heights charm pack I had, a fun red jigsaw puzzle print, and a few different grey/taupe solids from my stash. I focused on using the orange, navy and the greys from the original fabric pack.

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As I sewed my squares up into HSTs, an idea popped into my head, so I sat down and drew it out on graph paper. Then I scooped everything up and took it with me to retreat that weekend; where I sewed, pressed, and trimmed for two days straight. The final design is a throw 64″ x 75″:

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Once I had the top made and a back pieced together, I passed it off to Trina, to work her magic on the long-arm. Trina had just gotten a copy of Judi Madsen’s new book that week, and she wanted the opportunity to play with the large areas of negative space I created. She outdid herself…

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See how she created shadow HSTs, including quilting the chevron design, the polka dots, and the jigsaw puzzle fabric design? Seriously amazing.

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We’ll be back next week with Block #14 in our Building Foundations Sampler!

Happy Quilting,

Doris