Home Sweet Home Block for the 2016 Row by Row Experience

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

For this year's Row by Row Experience (an annual quilt shop hop where store visitors can pick up a free pattern to create a quilt row based on that summer's theme), I was tasked with creating the row for Pintuck & Purl, the fabric and yarn shop based in Exeter, NH, where I occasionally teach. 

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home." I spent quite a bit of time with my sketchbook while designing this row, trying out different ideas which involved flying geese, front doors, and inspiration from local architecture. I eventually began playing around with the basic shapes that form a house---triangle roof and square body---sketching out ways to nest the shapes together in a simple, repeating pattern. The idea I eventually settled on was to alternate hourglass blocks with squares, and use mostly low-volume fabrics for the pieces. The houses would emerge by switching to bold colors in only a few select places. 

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

The final pattern is minimal, yet striking, and was a very fun experiment for me. I love that the resulting row is reminiscent of an aerial view of a neighborhood, with the dense straight-line quilting referencing roads or even plowed fields.

The free, printed pattern for this row will be available only at Pintuck & Purl, today through September 6, 2016, so be sure to stop in and grab one when you're in the area this summer!

Comment on this post (6 comments)

  • Khara says...

    Just stumbled upon this and am new to sewing and haven’t attempted a quilt yet, but I love the elegant simplicity of this! I understand it was a pattern available for a limited time, but wondered if you have since made it available elsewhere? Great work!

    June 19, 2017

  • Mali says...

    Love it, but I live Norway… Is it possible to. Get this pattern?

    August 23, 2016

  • Ann Washut says...

    I also live in Washington State – won’t be able to get to this Row by Row design. If you make it into a pattern, let me know. I think it’d make a great table runner!!!


    July 30, 2016

  • Kaholly says...

    It’s wonderful! Love the quilting!

    June 27, 2016

  • Susan Jonsson says...

    I am interested in your pattern too. I live in Washington state, Love to know if it will be available to purchase. Simple and striking.

    June 25, 2016

  • Cyndi says...

    Will your pattern be available for purchase after the Row by Row is over? I wish I could visit the shop in person but it is to far away!

    June 21, 2016

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