The theme for the Row by Row Experience was “Sew a Season.” Each quilt shop chose a “season” and created a pattern which you could pick up for free at each of the shops. My intention was to make a project from each of the quilt shops I visited, so 8 shops 8 projects. So far I had made a tote bag using the pattern from Blue Crab Quilt Co., and a pillow cover from The New River Fiber Co. Next up on my list was Creative Quilting Connection, located in Roanoke, Virginia. Their block was called, “Autumn in the Star City”.
The fabrics reminded me of the quilt pattern, The Grove, by Carolyn Friedlander. I purchased it some time ago:
I made four trees with the batiks, and of course they look like “Autumn.” Now I needed the other seasons: Summer, Winter and Spring and maybe Football Season because it’s always Football Season at my house.
During my Row by Row by Experience, I traveled across almost all of Virginia from the city to the valley to the mountains and to the sea. We visited Chincoteague, Virginia, an island on the Atlantic Ocean, and I got the kit from Quilts by the Sea. The fabric was perfect for my “Summer” row of trees:
After making a few “Summer” row trees, I didn’t like having to add a border in between the blocks so I flipped them. The blocks are mirror images left to right anyway, so up and down seemed like the perfect solution:
I had “Spring” fabric from the kit I purchased at Sew Biz, located in Radford, Virginia:
I liked the idea of white trees for winter, and I made “football season” in school colors: black, blue and white. I plan to hand quilt it.
Just a quick note on our trip to Chincoteague Island. We ate the most heavenly ice cream at The Island Creamery.
Raspberry — my favorite!
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of the finished quilt: