Merrily, merrily rowing…

Except I’m late!

And behind – more on that in a moment.

Welcome to the Beauty of a Blog Hop – a hop for the Moda All-Stars All-in-a-Row book!


Compiled by – corralled by? – Lissa Alexander.  ModaLissa.  Friend.  Mentor.  Mother Hen.  Big sister – though not “older sister”.  Guidance counselor.  Awesome quilter.  Big-picture thinker.

Published by Martingale ~ That Patchwork Place.  Editor – Jennifer Keltner.  See list above.  (It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lissa and Jennifer are good friends – they have a lot in common.)

All royalties from the All In A Row book will go to NoKidHungry – a charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

For the hop, two designers – rowers – were paired and each of us was to make the other person’s row.

This is the row by Brenda Riddle – it’s called Garland Knot.


It’s made with fabrics from Brenda’s Ambleside collection…


The nine-patches – they look like they’re fussy-cut with the way the flowers are placed in the squares.  But they’re not – Brenda is just. that. good.


Brenda loves applique – and she’s really good at it.


More leaves – there were several beautiful green prints in Ambleside.  I particularly like the large floral print that she cut up for some of the leaves – there’s a bit of green and that’s all that matters.


On the back – her “label”.  It’s perfect.

So are you sensing that I might possibly be stalling here… maybe perhaps… probably.


This is as far as I got.  It was all those leaves!

Not really, there is only one reason.  I moved this past weekend – just across the street but let it suffice to say that there are were piles of stuff everywhere.  All of which means – I not only didn’t finish, I didn’t even really get started.

But that does sort of tie in with something I noticed while reading the book… one of my favorite things in the book is a little “skinny” from each designer.


We were each asked a list of questions and some of our answers were included.

Some of the questions were relating to the group…


And cleaning.


This is Brenda’s answer – but she’s not alone!  Ladies, this is a very compulsive group of tidy-uppers.

Fortunately, there are a few of us who replied that the only thing stopping us from starting a new project is nothing – being awake means we’re ready.

Beginning on February 1st, there will be an All In A Row Quilt-along.  It will run through March 15th and there will be prizes!  For every row you complete, you’ll receive one entry.  Complete six rows – you get six entries.  Easy, right?  More details will be coming – details will be on Martingale’s All In A Row Quilt-Along Facebook page.

On Facebook and Instagram – follow the hashtag – #allinarowquiltalong.

So here’s who is hopping and when – it’s a bevy of beauties!

January 18: Brenda Riddle & moi.

January 19: Corey Yoder & Janet Clare

January 20: Me & My Sister (aka Barb & Mary) & Barbara Brackman

January 21: Pat Sloan & Edyta Sitar

January 22: Camille Roskelley & Kathy Schmitz

January 23: Sweetwater (Karla, Lisa & ) & Blackbird Designs (Alma & Barb)

January 24:  Anne Sutton & Laurie Simpson

January 25: Lisa Bongean & Joanna Figueroa

January 26: Betsy Chutchian & Jen Kingwell

January 27: Kate Spain & Sandy Gervais

January 28: Kaari Meng & Lynne Hagemeir

If you leave a comment by Friday, January 22nd – midnight – you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book and a couple of Layer Cakes to get you started on your rows.

Who knows, even waiting for the fabric and the book, there is a really good chance you’ll finish your first row before I do!  (And no, I’m not counting the house row I made for the book.)

Whew.  Done.  I’m off to sew…

Or work.  One of those.

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164 thoughts on “Merrily, merrily rowing…

  1. I love reading your blog, Carrie! You are always so honest and open. I would probably be in the same boat you are with not having your block done. That’s why I’m hesitant to start the row-by-row quilt-a-long. I’d probably get stuck after the first one! And yes, my sewing room could use a little tidying…. Hope your move went well!

  2. I love the lable Brenda added to her row what a cute idea! I have the book but didn’t make a row yet so you’re not alone. But several aree on my list including your houses.
    But I would love to know more about the quilt-along: 1. I’m not on facebook or instagram. Can I still join in? (by sending a phot per email to you perhaps?). 2. Need the row to look the same as in the book or can we change it (perhaps make it shorter or longer). 3. If we made a sampler will this count as one entry or will each row be an extra entry. 4. The most important one: is our sewing studio now bigger then in your old appartment or did you need to say goodbye to some fabrics (shock, hopefully not;-)

  3. hope your move was successful. have fun unpacking, especially your quilting boxes. LOL wow i love the idea of the Skinnies. i love learning about the different designers

  4. Well I hope you get settled in soon. I hesitate to start another project right now, but those little spools row really has caught my attention! I have been organizing my sewing room this past weekend and I think my stash needs help. I have some fabrics on hand, but most are kits with the patterns. How do I ever get a “stash” that will allow me to make a “scrappy” looking quilt? When I go to the quilt shop, I get overwhelmed because I want all of it!! Maybe, I will get a few fat quarters or cahrms and …………and ………… Maybe I will start this quiltalong …………!!

  5. Hi, Carrie. This book grabbed me the first time I sighted it. Now having these extra little details from and about each designer makes it all the sweeter. Even if I never make a row!
    Christine from Pntario

  6. Sounds like this will be a great blog hop Carrie and I would love to take part! Can’t wait!

  7. These rows are all so beautiful and a charming way to get to know each designer. The quilt is just plain fun and heartwarming! Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity. I would love to ‘row along’ 🙂
    Hope you are happily getting settled into your new digs on the other side of the street. Moving can be such a challenge but hopefully it will be worth your efforts and a new view!

  8. I love the animals on the quilt – especially the tiny butterflies! Looking at the sample today my color idea was sherbet colors.

  9. Well, there’s just not enough time for everything! The book looks like loads of fun, and I’m looking forward to more of the hop and the Quilt-Along. Good luck with getting settled in a new place.

  10. Soooo inspiring. I am so excited my sisters and I will be doing this together. Hope you are able to get settled in your new home quickly. Congratulations again on a fabulous first year with Moda. This year looks to be even greater for you. Lots of hugs to you and Moda staff.

  11. I love Brenda’s row – I’ve been thinking about making an appliqué quilt and this row could be just the inspiration I need! I also think I need to make a quilt entirely of your houses, maybe I’ll just make one quilt for each row?! Hope the unpacking fairy has visited while you’ve been at work…

  12. This looks like such a fun book to inspire me. I tried to match up designers with rows when I first saw this & picked the houses out as your row right away.

  13. I’m looking forward to the rest of the blog hop. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  14. I’m always up for starting a new project. And I love seeing all the great ideas out in quilt land.
    It’s pretty much the only thing I use the internet for!

  15. I tried to pick a favourite row, but looking at each one individually, I love them all equally. Thanks to all the designers who contributed to this.

  16. I’m so excited for this! I keep checking the hashtag and Facebook page for updates. I can’t wait to read all the blog posts and see what everyone chooses for rows and fabrics. As always, love your blog posts Carrie and I can’t wait to see what you make. Good luck unpacking!

  17. I am going to make Bren’s Garland Knot into a long-ish sofa pillow to match the Seedlings quilt of her design that I am currently working on. Just love everything she designs! Thanks for the wonderful row-by-row book. Hope to make several other rows to make a quilt…now just to decide on the fabrics for that quilt!

  18. Love love love reading ANYTHING you write Carrie!! You always make me smile!! Thank you for your wonderful, honest, humorous blogs and the very fun (inspiring!) photos you include!! I think the book would be lovely to have as a resource for many “mini” projects! I love making baby quilts for our local NICU and I think some of those adorable rows would lend themselves nicely to a modern baby quilt or two or five… 🙂 Happy sewing Carrie! (…after you get unpacked and settled into your new space, that is!) And at some point, we’d love to hear why you moved, and see pics… or is that over at Miss Rosie’s?? I’ll check! Hugs from north Idaho! Warmly, Pris

  19. Good luck with your move. Unpacking, refolding, sorting and storing fabric was one of the most time consuming parts of my own recent move, but looking at those neat stacks is so satisfying when it’s done! Then I was ready to start a new project.

  20. I am looking forward to the blog hop. It is fun getting to know more about the different designers and see their work.

  21. I haven’t made a row quilt but this one does entice me. Nice to see designers getting out of their comfort zones. I am new to quilting, so I am always out of my comfort zone! Glad the royalties are going to charity.

  22. Wow, that is a lot of work to move across the street, but it was probably one of the easiest moves. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Brenda’s book and I am looking forward to the hop. They are always so fun!

  23. This really is a great book, I looked it over a lot before gifting it at Christmas. Recipient was lucky to get it at all really, keeping it was very tempting. So winning one would be terrific.

  24. I just filed your quote on cleaning in my “humor” file. While I prefer to start a new project with a perfectly clean and organized sewing room, I must confess I’m frequently too eager to start a new project I may not take time to clean and organize. Good news. Today, all of today, has been pretty focused on cleaning and organizing. Of course, I was exhausted and had to take a break to read your blog. 🙂


  25. I have not seen this book yet. But it appears this is a must to find. Awesome on the proceeds to such a worthy cause. Thanks, Karin E

  26. This looks like so much fun. If I am physically able I must try this hop! Thanks for all the information.

  27. I used to do appliqué but always felt it wasn’t good enough! I do love Brenda’s row though. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. I love the book! I am going to try so hard to work this into my schedule of quilting! Great job!

  29. Oh, this looks like so much fun! I have been wanting to do a row quilt but haven’t started yet. This would be a fun one to do!

    Hope you get moved in quickly!

  30. Yay. Can’t wait to get through the blog hop. So much fun to see what each of you are doing. Good luck with your unpacking and setting everything up.

  31. Hope the move went smoothly. That would put me back from quilting for some time. I hate packing. But I love quilting; and I am so glad it is a new year to start ( and finish) projects.

  32. Tempting, very tempting! I hate to think how many surface I would have to clean before I can start a new project! No doubt it would help, but, it would just be one more excuse for not starting! Hope the move went well – still gotta’ pack it all and move it regardless if you move across the street or across the country.

  33. Thank you for a chance to win. I would love to do this quilt along. I love reading this blog. I always learn something.

  34. If I were to make any one of the rows, it would be this one! It’s so sweet and cozy. The fabric choices are perfect too!

  35. I’m so glad I clicked into this blog today! Looks like some fun and beautiful rows!! So I’ve got most of the Moda Shuffle blocks done- so I’ll be ready for this next challenge ! Would love to win the book, too!

  36. I love the idea of row quilts! Thank you for the chance to win a great book full of some of my favorite designers!

  37. Row Quilts are sooooo cool! Love the whole idea! Thank you for chance to win the book & fabric to get started on my own Row Quilt! 🙂

  38. What fun this is going to be…….I love the idea of a row along! Looking forward to seeing the designers rows!

  39. I love reading your blog posts. They make me smile! The garland is beautiful and your house row looks like a lot of fun to make too. Thanks for making us all feel happy. It is okay to be real. :- ) K-

  40. Moving is such a big job. I’m looking at a project that I’m not getting done and I don’t have any excuse. Thank you for your wonderful post. I’m ready to tackle this now.

  41. You are so adorable, my favorite part of starting a project is picking out the fabric and then yeah…. it takes a while before I actually START the sewing 🙂

  42. I’m behind already because I just ordered the book (middle of the night shopping), but I’m excited about sewing along with everyone from around the country. It’s been forever since my last sew-along. Hope you’re settled in your new place quickly. I don’t think I could do it again so soon. My hat’s off to you!

  43. So glad I read this blog. I love appliqué too and really love this row. Looking forward to the book and the beautiful works that will be created by our quitting community.

  44. Lovely block, quilt along looks like a lot of fun. Good luck with your move. Still have some unopened boxes from our last move.

  45. I love the new row by row themes! It is so much fun to make a lot of little quilts that could stand alone and put them together to tell a story. Carrie, your blog is my absolute favorite. I look forward to reading it each time. I am so glad you decided to join us in Texas! Thanks for the chance to win a book and fabric. I would be delighted to have this lovely prize!

  46. Love the idea! I still a bit scared of my machine, but I’m getting there! I love the Cuppa fabric, gotta have it!

  47. I’d be scared of all those leaves, too! Appliqué is not my favourite, but maybe I just need some practice?? Thanks for this chance and have a great day.

  48. This sounds like a lot of fun, I’m a novice quilter and love seeing what other quilters are doing! Thank you you for a wonderful giveaway!

  49. You’re a girl after my own heart. Sometimes the beauty of quilting can be overwhelming!!! I LOVE your house row– more approachable! What a gorgeous book. If love to win it.

  50. A row quilt is definitely on my list of ‘must make someday’ and this book and quilt along have bumped it up several notches! I’d love to win this!

  51. This would be such a fun project to do with a group of friends as a row exchange! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

  52. Lovely row, but that applique does look intimidating! It’s probably time for me to try it, though. Looks like a great QAL (RAL?)

  53. I so (sew) enjoy reading your blog — I may be a twin 🙂 — your reasoning (excuses?) resonate with me. Keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to following this blog hop.

  54. What a thrill it would be to win the book and layer cakes! The hardest part is deciding which rows to make! I hope you soon get settled in your new home.

  55. Carrie, I love reading your blog, I relate to what you are saying. Moving is so unsettling. Even more so, when it is a short move. We expect short moves to be easier, but the never are. We still have to pack and unpack everything. I hope your move went well.

  56. Woooo, I just read about the Row blog hop..,..I would love the book and a Layer cake to boot, so very fun , thanks for the chance to win!

  57. Well, this row x row is a nice change from blocks. Might find a space of time to try it out. Congratulations on making a move – any move no matter how far is usually an ordeal one must suffer through. Even when the result is a desired improvement in one’s nest. My hat is off to you – especially having done this in the winter time.

  58. I love the idea of doing rows for a change! I have a couple of places that a row would really fit in!!!

  59. I swore I wasn’t going to staeprt anything new, but this is such a cute row that I know I will be hopping and quilting right along bacterial, it is 20 degrees outside so snuggling into my quilting sounds heavenly!

  60. Love the look of this quilt… love the concept of rows, keeps me from getting bored and starting another quilt…

  61. I so hope your new apartment is super great! It needs to be to worth moving. Oh, the agony! I might need a nap just from thinking about it. I hope you got lots of help and lots of homemade yummy snacks.

  62. I love the row by row quilts, and it makes it easy to finish. I love all the Moda designers and your fabrics so I would love to win!!!

  63. Great book. I have yet to try a row quilt but looks very fun. The designs are wonderful and something for everyone’s design tastes. Can’t wait to get started.

  64. Such a beautiful book! Would love to win and participate in the sew along!
    Thanks so much for the give away!


  65. Moving is a big job no matter how far you go. Good luck in your new place! I love this row with all of the applique :0) Finding pretty greens for the leaves will be fun!

  66. Love your writing style, Carrie!! Got to be careful though…almost spewed hot chocolate all over my laptop when I read about the roosters & some snooze-button feature…
    The upcoming row along sounds fun. Armed & almost ready to play along, but sadly, no book. Hmmm, wait – there’s a chance that could be solved. Right here. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Love the blog. Seriously thinking about starting a Row by Row quilt….opportunity to try different techniques without being overwhelmed by them.

  68. Hi! I just “stumbled upon” this blog hop from checking out the Moda website this morning! So glad I found it! Some of the participating bloggers I know and some are brand new to me! So excited to discover some more quilters and opportunities for inspiration! Thanks for providing this opportunity for all of us!

  69. I can’t wait to get my own book & get started on these rows. It will be hard to decide which one to start withl

  70. This book is so adorable! I can’t wait to get started on the blocks and to learn from all the wonderful designers.

  71. I love your houses row! I can’t imagine moving now….with all the stuff we have! LOL Good luck getting settled. I hope to get sewing on some of these rows.

  72. What a great book and fun blog hop! I just saw the book at my local quilt shop. Such cute rows! Now to find some fabric and make some rows 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win book and layer cakes!

  73. I love seeing the various designers work on these patterns. Such fun to see how the look changes with the choice of fabric. Your blog is always a treat.

  74. how much fun and inspiration can one quilter handle!! OMG — the possibilities are just endless!

  75. Hello carrie
    I love your patterns but I dont find your last into the wind – Do you have the PDF pattern ?
    What about your next book – When can wee read it ?

  76. Glad to see so many designers showcase their work and so many different fabric lines. Guess I’ll have to get the book. Thanks for the inspiration.

  77. I am so excited about this book and have one set aside for me at my favorite quilt shop. I can’s wait to get started on my first row. Beautiful projects, and I love how they can be done with so many different looks.

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