Tillamook County Quilt Trail, Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook County Quilt Trail
Tillamook County Quilt Trail

Several month ago we drove out to Tillamook. Mainly to see the Tillamook Dairy! But we kept seeing painted wooden quilt blocks on the sides of buildings. Which prompted me to do a little research. And I found a whole website dedicated to these blocks.

The Tillamook County Quilt Trail began back in 2009 and continued to add blocks to the trail. You can get a map and properly follow the trail. Or, like us, you can be pleasantly surprised to see a block just as you turn a corner. The picture above shows a quilt block on the side of Barker Farm.

National Beading Week in the UK

National Beading Week UKIt’s the first ever National Beading week in the UK, starting on Saturday, July 25th to August 2nd.

Jean Power is offering a secret bead along project. If you want to join in, sign up for her newsletter and you can get the pattern for free.

In June I bought some interesting rivolis at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. And I’m using some equally interesting bead colours from my stash to go with them, so I am curious how this will all turn out. At the last count she had over 4000 people signed up to work on the project, along with a Facebook page to show how everyone is doing.

Very exciting – I’m there! Are you?

Row by Row experience™

Row by Row experience
Row by Row experience

How could I have missed this? I was talking to a quilt acquaintance and she mentioned this twist on a shop hop. Sounds like a good thing to get into during the summer months. Here’s the basic blurb:

Row by Row Experience™ began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states.

In 2014 over 1250 quilt shops participated in 34 states and Ontario.

All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders.

Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere!”

“Visit any participating quilt shop during the summer and ask for the pattern for a row in the Row by Row H2O quilt. Each shop is offering one pattern at no charge to customers who visit the store between June 21 and September 8, 2015.”

“Complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2015 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop to win a stash of 25 fat quarters. (That’s 6-1/4 yards of fabric!) Win a bonus prize for using that store’s row in your quilt. A quilt will be considered “complete” when it is quilted, bound, and labeled.”

“Use any pattern to layout your rows. You decide. Stack your rows, arrange around a center medallion, make them horizontal, vertical, upside down, on the front, on the back, whatever! You are the designer. Be creative and have fun, but be sure to use at least 8 different 2015 rows.”

What a terrific idea. This year – 2015 – the theme is all about water.  Off you go!