Today I join 4 other quilters who are blogging about what home means to them, as we participate in The Road Home Row- along. The Row-along, organized and hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew http://www.seamstobesew.com/ and Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy http://sewincrediblycrazy.blogspot.com/, has 40 designers from all around the world, each creating a row reminiscent of their “home”. It started September 6 and runs for 6 weeks, with bloggers posting each Tuesday and Thursday. You are invited to collect as many rows as you want, and they are free! There are also tons of prizes – each blogger has a prize, there are weekly prizes, and also some grand prizes, so increase your odds of winning by visiting as many of the blogs as you can. Let me tell you about my row.
I am a Toronto girl, born and raised here. While I now live an hour’s drive north of the city, I still travel into the city to enjoy all that it has to offer – world-class theatre, cuisine from every corner of the earth, top designer boutiques, professional sports teams (including World Series winner Toronto Blue Jays), world-renowned hospitals & universities, all crammed into the city. Despite that, it is a very green city. Toronto is on Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, and our waterfront is a leisure playground, with lots of boating in the summer months. The best view of our spectacular skyline is from the Toronto islands, just offshore of the waterfront. Toronto is the biggest city in Canada, and our airport is the hub for air traffic to the US and overseas. How do I design a row reflecting these characteristics of my hometown?
Each row is 12” by 24-40”. Now, if you’ve been to Toronto, you know that there is a special building (the CN Tower) that is iconic, and it is very tall – 1800ft! This meant that my row needed to be vertical.
My piecing bits & pieces
I am a piecer at heart, so I needed to include some of that.
My row has storm at sea blocks to represent the lake. I used a selection of Northcott’s Toscana suede-like texture to create my row, including the range of clear blues for the sparkling water.
Storm at Sea blocks
The seams nested together because of the direction that they were pressed (2 opposing corners pressed in, and the other 2 opposing corners pressed out).
I selected warmer teal blues for the flying geese blocks to fill the sky. I randomly arranged them on my work surface, moving them around until I liked the color placement.
Assorting the flying geese pieces
Then I sewed the sky to the lake, inserting the skyline background between the 2 pieced sections.
Putting it all together
Finally, I added the applique pieces that bring the row to life.
My finished row waiting to be quilted
Here is my helper Susanne, preparing the applique pieces.
Susanne preparing the appliques
She is in the Northcott sewing room (we are in the midst of Quilt Market preparations, so she is almost buried in projects).
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Toronto. The free pattern for my row is available on Craftsy (Road Home Row-along Toronto) until the end of October. Marian and Amy have collected lots of prizes, so be sure to visit Marian’s site at Seams to Be Sew http://www.seamstobesew.com/ to enter for a chance to win a lovely 18” x 24” cutting mat from Calibre Arts or a fabulous embroidery disk from Anita Goodesign (embroidery is so popular right now!). These prizes are available for US residents only, so if you’re NOT a US resident, I have something for you too! For a chance to win a packet of Toscana fabrics like the ones used in my row, please leave a comment on my blog telling me where “home” is to you. I will collect entries until September 21st.
Here is the full list of participants in The Road Home Row-along – have fun visiting as many as you can, and entering to win the prizes.
Allie-Oops SweetHappy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
3 Patch Crafts
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City/ SLC
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
creates New Zealand
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
creates New Milford, Connecticut
Seams To Be Sew For Batts In The Attic — date may change
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
creates West Michigan Shoreline
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
creates Silicon Valley, CA
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Show N Tell Day