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!
Braided Coral Bracelet. A second piece made from the box of beads from the 2014 TOHO design challenge. This piece came together so quickly I could hardly believe it. Sometimes it happens this way – not often enough!
This is what it looks like opened up:
Very pretty and delicate. And I loved how the colours worked.
Sally sent a ceramic decorative ring made by Jenny Davies-Reazor and I made it the focal of this bracelet.
The bracelet includes a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour, I used all of them except one! The spotted tile beads came from the stash I won from a Bead & Button magazine competition. Using peyote stitch I incorporated some brown size 8/0 picasso seed beads to make the bracelet strip. The toggle is made with the last 6 tile beads. Seriously – there are none left!
This is what it looks like laid out flat:
Here are views from the back and top:
And a close-up of the clasp.
The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.
She also sent a Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp and these shiny bronze coloured dagger beads. So I found a range of silver seed beads in different sizes and some Czech fire polish crystals and made a cubic right angle weave beaded bead necklace.
The necklace is designed around this Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp.
You can see the cubic right angle weave chain which is made with a spiral pattern of gunmetal and silver size 15/0 seed beads.
Here’s a closeup of the crystals in the beaded chain.
The beaded bead is made with six sections of embellished cubic right angle weave joined with dagger beads.
It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.
Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.
The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.
Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:
The chain is approximately 25 inches long.
Here’s the clasp unsnapped.
I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.
The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing and Sally Russick and I have already exchanged soup mixes. Lori Anderson paired up the seed beaders early on and we got a head start in mailing out our packages.
This is what I sent to Sally:
3 different sizes of seed beads in various shades of blue;
Here we go again. This is the 8th year for the Bead Soup Blog Party and my second year. I hesitated before I filled in my info as I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on the commitment. But for goodness sakes, why not? It stretches me, gives me design ideas, makes me work to a deadline, use colours out of my comfort zone. All good stuff. And on top of all this I get to meet a whole range of seed bead weavers and learn stuff.
Am now looking forward to finding out who my partner is, and sorting through my boxes (and boxes, and boxes……!) of goodies to put together a soup mix to send.
Here’s the finished craw bracelet from the Playing with Possibilities Masterclass with Marcia DeCoster. So pretty. And easy to wear. It’s made with size 15, 11 and 8 seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a snap for the clasp. Marcia wrote about it on her blog.
The bracelet is based on two of the components from her bag of possibilities. The craw and romantica pieces. I mirrored, enlarged and striped the craw component, and used the romantica piece to embellish the top. The romantica is used to cover the snap closure – see the picture below.
As an added note to this post: we spent the weekend with friends who live by the inter-coastal waterway. While we sat on the dock, swinging our legs and chatting I felt a sliding on my arm and out of the corner of my eye saw something slip into the water. I looked at my wrist – it was bare. My lovely bracelet had disappeared.
I’m so glad I had these great pictures, it hasn’t gone completely. Lesson learned – make sure the snap is a stronger one than Michael’s offer, and add a proper safety chain to precious jewelry.
I intend making this piece again, slightly different and of course, with the above safeguards.
Our lovely library in Safety Harbor, Florida is having a fundraiser. They decided to get local artists to decorate a chair to be raffled. So here is my chair before:
And here it is after:
I rough cut some of my hand dyed fabric into squares. Using Paverpol I layered them onto the chair using the traditional nine-patch quilt block pattern. I cannot tell a lie – some of the fussy cutting to fit pieces into awkward places….. well, language please.
Do go and look at all the brilliant decorated chairs for the Chair-ity Fundraiser. The drawing for the raffle is taking place on April 19th during Library Week.