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

Jolly Holidays and a free gift!

Have you finished any handmade holiday gifts this year? Are you in need of a quick & easy last-minute gift? Well, we’ve got your back!

Today we are offering you a free table runner pattern (originally posted on Doris’s blog in 2008). Version 1 has HOLLY applique in opposing corners (original made with Hoffman Batiks):

Jolly Holly Runner Free Pattern Christmas Quilt

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Holiday Free Quilt Pattern Table Runner Pattern

Jolly Holly Christmas Table Runner Free Pattern

And Version 2 features SNOWFLAKE applique:

Jolly Holly Snowflake Table Runner

Jolly Holly Snowflake Tablerunner

Instructions are for fusible, raw-edge applique, just as our applique critter patterns are; which is a fast and easy way to get sharp, detailed applique designs!

Download the Jolly Holly Table Runner PDF pattern and whip up a gift for a hostess, or maybe for yourself!  If you are new here, we’d love to have you become a follower! Either sign up in the right side bar, or leave your email in a comment below to receive newsletter updates on newly published patterns!  There is a beauty coming your way in early 2014!

Enjoy!………and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

We’ll be back on January 1 with our next Block Tutorial for the Building Foundations Quilt-along.

Happy Quilting,

Doris & Trina

AQS Show: Mums for Melissa

It’s here! AQS Week in Des Moines, this will be the American Quilter’s Society’s largest (to date) quilt show–and Des Moines, and the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild have the honor of playing host!

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We are excited–because our new pattern, Mums for Melissa is being featured in a demo in Booths 1003-1005 by Denise of the Iowa Falls Sewing Machine Co.–you can visit their booth to purchase our pattern.

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Denise paid us the best compliment, she called to order more patterns and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me how awesome this pattern is?” Seriously, does it get any better than that?! She told us she thought it was a snowflake quilt waiting to happen (We Know!) and/or a sunflower quilt waiting to happen (Great idea, Denise!) — so many ideas, so little time.  So stop by and see Denise at booth 1003-1005! Tell her Trina & Doris said hello!

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

Living History Farms, a living history museum complex in Urbandale (a Des Moines suburb) will be hosting a vintage quilt show, also October 2-6.  It’s always worth a visit!

Also, on Wednesday, a new exhibit opens at the State Historical CenterThe Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America. It will hang until January 31st. This exhibit is traveling from China, but consists of contemporary American Quilts.  Des Moines is the only U.S. city that will host the full exhibit.  I’ll be finding time next week to pay a visit to that one, I think…

Des Moines is a great City in which to be a quilter!  We also happen to be home to Meredith Corporation, publishers of American Patchwork & Quilting, and all of the Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications.  Just outside of Des Moines, in Winterset is the home of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting publications.  We are also home base for a major publisher of quilting books, Landauer Publishing.  We have more than one active & thriving quilt guild, a Modern Quilt Guild chapter, numerous quilt retreat opportunities, a handful of great local quilt, fabric & yarn shops, and really friendly people! Like we said, Des Moines is a great place to be a quilter.

Are you planning to be in Des Moines this week?

 

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

Mums for Melissa – Our Chrysanthemum quilt pattern is HERE!

As many of our followers know, this pattern has been a long time coming.  I first made this quilt for a friend’s 40th Birthday, in April 2010.  I chose this block because the Chrysanthemum is a symbol of love and friendship.  Then it was featured again on my blog and in Quilty Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013 issue:

Quilty Magazine Meet a Modern Quilter Doris Chrysanthemum Quilt

Well the wait is over, we have it ready!  It is hot off the presses and available in the shop!

Mums For Melissa Chrystanthemum Quilt Front CoverFINAL copy

I wanted to make this a pattern back in 2010, when I made this first version… which is based on the Chrysanthemum block, first published via mail-order in the 1930s:

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But the on-point strips in the block held me up.  I couldn’t come up with a non-paper-pieced way of showing how to easily construct the block.  Eventually it was moved to the back burner, where it stayed until earlier this year.  After a LOT of requests for the pattern following the release of the Quilty feature, Trina and I decided to revisit it.  We were playing around in my studio one Saturday and Trina kept fussing with the Chrysanthemum block while I was chain piecing, and all the sudden a light bulb struck — we had it!  Perseverance paid off!

Mums for Melissa Chrysanthemum Quilt on Lake Superior

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After we had it made, and the instructions close to complete, we had to name it.  All of our patterns to date have retained part of the traditional block’s name in the pattern name.  We just couldn’t commit to the name Chrysanthemum, because it’s tough word that is for some people a tongue twister.

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The friend I first made it for, Tonya, seemed natural to use, but it didn’t quite fit with the name variations we tried out.  In 2010, the same year I made this quilt for Tonya, Trina lost one of her dear sisters, Melissa. When one of us suggested Mums for Melissa, we knew immediately we had the name!

Melissa died far too young; her memory lives on with her family, especially among her tight-knit sisters.  She will always be loved and missed by her family; and this quilt is dedicated to her memory.

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

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!!!