There are times in life where a well timed bit of chocolate is just the pick me up you need. Unfortunately many of us should not be eating chocolate. I have a quilt related solution. This summer the theme for the Row by Row is Taste the Experience. I chose to design a piece that uses the Hugs and Kisses block, in mostly browns so that we have a design I am calling Chocolate Kisses and Hugs. This wont raise your sugar levels, rot your teeth, or ruin your diet, but just like the silver wrapped treats, I’ll bet you get hooked. This technique is quick and easy, and the kits are even cut for you. All you need to do is sit down and sew. The basic unit is so versatile too, I have used it for so many projects over the years I am thinking that I may have to add a new skill builder workshop using it.
The Row by Row program begins on June 21, that’s next Friday, the day before the Chair Yoga workshop. If you have not participated in Row by Row before, it is kind of like a shop hop, but different, and yes there are prizes at stake. During the time frame of the program you need to visit real quilt shops in person. All you have to do when there is ask for the pattern and they will give you a copy of the design from that shop. Many shops have kits available also. You need to visit eight shops, and then use the patterns all together in a quilt. All participating shops have designed to the Taste the Experience theme. If you are the first person to bring a finished (yes quilted and bound) to a participating shop you win 25 fat quarters and anything else the shop wants to add to the prize. To help you find shops there are state by state Facebook pages, and a directory on the Row by Row website. At the very least you should get the pattern for Chocolate Kisses and Hugs from us. Over the summer I will be unveiling samples on this blog of other ways to use these units so please do subscribe by putting your email in the space on the right hand column. You will be notified in your email when I update.
So next weekend will be an eventful one, Please let us know you are coming to Chair Yoga. You can see how happy Susan, our instructor is with her new Mat carrier bag. She printed some of the fabrics for it with a hand carved stamp and we adapted the pattern to show them off. When you come to our first ever session I will give you the pattern for free, and since it also Row by Row Season you can also pick up that pattern and do several things that will make you feel good all at once. Whats more, these options are actually good for you!! Please be sure to let us know you are coming to chair yoga, we may need to remove tables if the group is Large.
Tomorrow is Crazy Quilt Club, see you all very soon.