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Do You “Row By Row”?

I know I’m supposed to be working on class samples but the weather here in Upstate NY has been beautiful. I have been visiting quilt shops in the area collecting Row by Row kits. Row by Row is a nationwide quilt shop hop. Each participating quilt shop designs a license plate and a 9″x36″ quilt row pattern/kit. It can be 4 blocks or one row. The first person that gets 6 rows completed into a quilt goes to a shop and claims their prize (one per shop). You can pick up the pattern for free or chose to buy the kit, The fabric license plate is sold separately.

Row by Row

Cottons Etc. in Wampsville, NY is a great shop with wonderful classes and good selection of Alexander Henry Fabrics.



Crazy Moose Quilt Shop in Inlet, NY has a great selection Adirondack fabrics.  You can not believe how beautiful it is there.

Email: crazymoosequiltshop@mail.com


Heartworks Quilt Shop in Fly Creek, NY is definitely worth the trip, I love this place. They have a wide variety of fabrics.  There is a wonderful Cider Mill there. They are located close to Cooperstown, NY the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.



Sew Nice in Norwich, NY is a great quilt shop.  They have a wide selection of fabric and great class room space.  Not to mention that the owner Diane Marvin is a fellow Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design.



Sew Wilde in New Hartford, NY. I love this shop.



Tiger Lily Quilt Company is located in an old cotton mill in Utica, NY across the street from Utica Brewing Company.  This is one of my favorite places to be and definitely want to be teaching there soon.


Hopefully I will get these rows finished soon and share them with you.  You can follow “Row by Row” on Facebook.


Pattern Inspiration

The Quilt Ninja was born in 2008 When I entered and won First Place in the Virginia Consortium Of Quilter’s (VCQ) Apron Contest. I used Indygo Junction pattern Sewing Smock IJ694, but gave it my own twist by machine embroidering the pockets with quilting designs. I would reach around and grip the ruler from the pocket on my back while simultaneously whipping out my rotary cutter and crying out “Quilt Ninja”! The Quilt Ninja has been my alter ego ever since. This year I remade the vest using the Easy Silhouette Vest IJ730 because I lost 50 pounds.

In 2008 I won first place in the Tidewater Quilters Guild Show, Virginia Beach, VA for Wearable Art. I called it “Head Above Water”. I used the One Block Wonder process for the blocks. I laid down the pattern and designed the blocks over it until I couldn’t see the pattern anymore, then I sewed the blocks together, repined them to the pattern piece and cut out the pattern using Indygo Junction Retro Raglan Jacket IJ764. I thought it looked like water, so I machine embroidered fish swimming on it.

In 2011 I made my “I Love New York” jacket using the Indygo Junction Easy Silhouette Jacket IJ741. I hadn’t lost the weight yet so I enlarged & lengthened it and lined it. I machine embroidered NY items on it such as the Statue of Liberty on the sleeve, etc. On the back I embroidered the Textile Mill behind my grandparents’ house in upstate New York. My tribute to NY.

I guess you can say Indygo Junction Patterns inspire me!

01 Jackie OBrien Sewing Smock Front IJ694

02 Jackie OBrien Sewing Smock Back IJ694

03 Jackie OBrien Retro Raglan Jacket IJ764



06 Jackie OBrien Easy Sillouhette Vest Front IJ730

07 Jackie OBrien Easy Silhouette Vest Back IJ730