Columbus Skyline for the Row by Row Experience

July 13, 2016

This year Dabble and Stitch, a fantastic local quilt shop in Columbus, Ohio asked me to design their row for the Row by Row Experience.  It was their first time participating in this event, and it was my first time designing for it.  I am really excited by the results, and I hope lots of people get to make up this fun block.  During the Row by Row Experience the patterns are available for free in their “home” shop, but can only be distributed by picking them up in person.  Kits for this row are available for $20.  Later this year the pattern will go up for sale and can be sent to you if you can’t make it to the shop.

Columbus Skyline Mini detail

The theme for this year is “Home Sweet Home,” and we thought it would be great to create a row featuring the Columbus skyline.  This view of the city is taken from a bridge in Bicentennial Park.  Columbus Skyline Photo

I was standing right next to this guy as I snapped the photos!Columbus Skyline with Sculpture

Using the photos I took, I designed and rendered the skyline using AutoCad and Photoshop./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Blog/Row By Row/2016/Skyline.dw

The block is constructed using needle turn appliqué, but you can also do raw edge appliqué using this pattern since I included lines on the templates that show the finished sizes of each piece.  This is what the row looks like finished and ready to incorporate with other rows.Columbus Skyline Row

For the shop, I made the row into a mini quilt by adding borders.  The quilting changes from building to building, and for added fun, I quilted the shop name and city into the borders.  I think this looks great as a mini, and I am hoping to make one up as a long pillow for a sofa or bed.Quilted Columbus Skyline Row Mini

I love mixing up my quilting thread colors to match the fabrics on the front of the quilt.  I went with a white fabric on the back to show off all of that quilting.Columbus Skyline Mini back view

If you are traveling through Columbus this summer, I hope you stop in to pick up a pattern!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Columbus Skyline

Size:  Row itself finishes at 9″x36″  With borders the mini finishes at approximately 14.5″x41.5″

Techniques:  Needle-turn Appliqué, Pieced borders

Quilting:  Free motion longarm machine quilted with an A-1 Elite

Fabric:  Assorted 100% Cotton Prints

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

Thread:  Appliquéd using Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with eight colors of 50wt cotton Aurifil

Binding:  Straight grain binding assembled to match the borders of the mini, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back.


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    Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    July 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

    The quilting looks exquisite on the back! I hope people have a lot of fun using your design. 🙂

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    July 14, 2016 at 6:50 am

    It’s beautiful Cassandra! it’s a really nice design and the fabric choices work really well with it.

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    Kimberly Clark
    July 14, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I love skylines!!! I love the idea and the finished product is incredible!!!! Love, love, love it!

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    July 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Columbus has such a pretty skyline. I hadn’t heard of this shop before today – will have to visit them.

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    July 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Really awesome design, front and back! Too bad I can’t make it to the shop, as I live in ABQ. I’ll just have to wait.

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    Debra Kay Neiman
    September 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    WOW!!! I can’t believe the talent for this group. Another winner. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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