Seams To Be Sew Presents 5 Years of Row Alongs…Day 01 – Once Upon A Story

Once Upon A Story Row Along

Once Upon A Story is finally here and starting today and boy, do we have some great things in store for you to see. A new feature on this site and some wonderful designers and sponsors offering patterns and giveaways for you to enter. It promises to be a fun time for all involved and each day of the row along will bring new ideas, new techniques, tutorials, and ideas to stretch the creativity in you.

This years theme Once Upon A Story reflects on our childhood memories of moms or dads, grandparents, and even sitters or others who read us a good night story. Whether it was a FairyTale, or a Nursery Rhyme, we’ve heard these stories throughout our lives and have in some ways lived the dreams that fantasies create. We dedicate this Row Along to the authors of these original stories who left a lasting legacy for not only you, or me, but for everyone who has ever enjoyed a fable, a fairy tale, or a nursery rhyme. We all have our favorites and that’s where this theme goes. To our designers favorite nursery rhymes and fairy tales.

This year also marks FIVE wonderful years of Row Alongs. We started with EQ Seasons, and moved on to The Road Home, we then decided to touch on Christmas with the Christmas Caroling Row Along and last year, we chose to do My Happy Place. Each year, a theme is picked mainly based on what I hope you all will enjoy but at the same time what we all enjoy whether its a road trip, a favorite season, a Christmas carol or a hobby, and now fantasy.

This year has 2 new features, one to this site, and one to the actual row designs… read more inside on these changes.

So, your new to Rowing Along? Inside this post I’ll explain how it all works so you don’t miss a single thing. You’ll also find the EQ giveaway inside this post, so don’t forget to enter.

So let’s get started… Today, we feature

September 3, 2019
Just Let Me Quilt | Seams To Be Sew | Pamela Quilts
my post will be right below this post today and every day that I have my own post of this row along.

The Electric Quilt Giveaway will be featured on every blog post of this event. You’ll want to enter every day and there will be at least six new entries every day for your chances to be higher to win a copy of Electric Quilt 8. You do not have to enter here at Seams To Be Sew, you can enter at any of the sites featuring the “widget” for rafflecopter on there post.

A Value of 239.95 and worth every penny of it, a digital download copy of EQ8.

Electric Quilt

Electric Quilt

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So, your new to Rowing Along? Well it’s simple, every Tuesday and Thursday from today thru October 8, 2019, we’ll feature 3 to 4 bloggers and designers who have created for you a pattern that you can use. You can download the pattern that they are featuring. All patterns I believe are in .pdf format (there may be a .doc file or two, I am not real sure). You can either follow this blog or any of the blogs featured in the row along. You can see all the designers participating here. You must visit the various blogs featured that day to download the pattern and enter the giveaways. Some downloads may ask you for information needed for a shopping cart, please just fill this out, your designer isn’t trying to gain your information on purpose, carts just make it difficult to remove addresses and such. The pattern is still free. Please take the time to comment on there post. These designers have worked all year creating this pattern for you, they have not only created the pattern they have stitched them out so they are tested and full proof for you. Designers spend there own time and money and are giving a pattern away that’s worth at least 10.00 or more so please give them a thank you. You’ll have to do it to enter the giveaway anyway, so please take the time to thank them also. You can’t imagine the smile we get everytime a comment reaches our email. Look at it this way, would you like to lose a $1000.00? I wouldn’t… but that’s what these designers are possibly giving up by offering a free pattern. If they have even 100 downloads of there pattern (and they will), and they charged 10.00 for that pattern, they just lost $1000.00. That’s a lot of money to a designer. So a simple thank you goes a long long ways.

There are also amazing prizes that are given away by the generous sponsors of this event. Every day is different and every blog is different so you get a chance of at least 3 to 4 entries per blog to enter the various giveaways just by following the entry lines on the rafflecopter box. You can see all the sponsors and what they are giving away here.  You can also read the rules about giveaways at the bottom of this page also. This link will appear on all my posts over the course of the event, because if the rules come into question I’m going to tell you that you had the chance to read them just by visiting the post. If you didn’t read them, that is not my fault.

All giveaways with the exception of the EQ Giveaway and the Show and Tell Giveaway run for a week. A winner will be announced on the following event day, in other words, if an event ends on a Thursday, the winner will be announced on the following Tuesday, if it ends on a Tuesday, it will be announced in the same week on Thursday. I hate to make Thursday people wait for 5 days to hear they won and most won’t have to, they’ll know they won within a day or so, I’m just not going to post winners this year on the next day, instead I’m going to post on event days. This is much easier for me to do instead of posting daily.

The requirement time for downloads of patterns during this event is one week. So, you have one week from there featured day to download there pattern. After this time the designer/blogger is free to put there patterns up in there shops for sale. Not all the bloggers will do this, some keep there patterns free forever, some use a longer date, my requirement is they keep them free for one week.

What’s different this year? A few things, first thru some sweat, tears, frustration, and sheer fun at looking at every blog featured over the years and all the posts, I have added a gallery to my blog of all the years past. An archive straight to the posts of the each years designers/bloggers. You’ll find patterns that are still free, and some links that go direct to there shops. I asked the designers from previous years to fix there Craftsy links, so I’m hopeful most of them have done so. If you take the time to go thru the gallery, you’ll see all the fun we’ve had over the years with each and every row along. It shows in the design of there row every single time. When I was looking, the memories came flooding back to me and not a single bad memory came about. I will add to this gallery as each day of this event also moves along.

Please note, the idea of the gallery was not mine. I honestly do not remember who it was that suggested it. I kept thinking it was someone in particular, but I can’t find in our designers group the suggestion she made so consequently I can’t give her proper credit. She suggested this last year however and I just didn’t have the time last year to complete it, but this year I made the time to do it.

Here’s where the gallery is located.
It will have a side link on my blog soon and will also appear under the events menu.

5 Years of Row Alongs Gallery

I hope you have a fun time enjoying the memories like I did.

Next… New Sizes

Yep, I’ve changed the sizes. I have wanted to do this since I started the row along in 2015, but just didn’t take the time to really decide to do it until this year.

So these are the new sizes:

30×30
9×18 and
12 x 30
of course they could also be 18×9 and 30×12, some have combined the 9×18 to make their row 18×18
which to give you some layout ideas see the images below

As you can see, you can really have some fun playing around with the different shapes.
You can also use filler blocks in the tiny little crevices or expand your rows a little larger or smaller if you chose to do so.

Over all 5 years, the one thing I’ve consistently noted about this row along is that I got this idea from Dreamworthy Quilts. Deanna’s quilts are and still are the reason I continue to do this every year. This to me is my favorite kind of quilt. A Sampler. I’ve always loved them and probably always will. They are more than that tho, her quilts tell a story, whether it’s about her garden, or her love for the patriotic side of her or even her sewing room, she depicted a story in the rows of her quilts that she created. Thus I took her idea of doing quilt alongs and expanded it with various designers who all could build there own dream worthy designs in a row. The one thing about Deanna’s row quilts were that they were different sizes of rows, even with a squared block. I let myself be talked out of this 5 years ago when I started this event, but this year I just said it’s time for a change. So, back to Deanna’s original idea that I went to.

Please don’t think I didn’t ask her permission to create the row along. I did. I didn’t want her to think that I was trying to take anything away from her awesome quilt alongs. My thought was really that blog hop events are so popular that it would be fun to have other designers participating in what there own interpretation of a theme was and it’s been a great five years. I can only hope it continues for another five years.

So yes, now you have the reason for the change in sizes this year and why I did it.

I’ll see you Thursday for our next post and the new designers being featured that day.

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50 Responses to Seams To Be Sew Presents 5 Years of Row Alongs…Day 01 – Once Upon A Story

  1. Thank you love your patterns

  2. AvatarGail says:

    This sounds like fun.

  3. AvatarTerri O says:

    Thank you For the QAL. Is there 3 rows each week?

  4. AvatarGlapha says:

    I am gling to try this. Thanks for doing it. But I can’t find where the block is.

  5. AvatarKathy Luehrs says:

    Hi Marian,

    Love this idea. Thanks.

    Guess I must be blind I have read your post several times and can’t find your pattern – it says it is at the bottom of the page – I just cannot find it

    • AvatarNancy says:

      I’m with you, Marian! I have about wore out the scroll button on my computer but found only that she says she has a row but NOT today!

  6. AvatarKarrin Hurd says:

    Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this QAL

  7. AvatarRhonda Chapman says:

    Thank you. Love the unicorn.

  8. AvatarBrenda Estes says:

    Can’t wait to start quilting the rows. Thank you.

  9. AvatarLenora starmann says:

    thank you for the row by row cant wait

  10. AvatarCecilia says:

    Thank you! This looks like fun!

  11. AvatarKaren says:

    Cute start to a fun row along!
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. AvatarJanet T says:

    Looking forward to the hop! Thank you for all your hard work to bring it to us.

  13. AvatarThunder says:

    Thank you!
    i think the changes sound fun.

  14. AvatarSAndi says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the rows. I love the theme. Thanks for taking the time to design and run this.

  15. AvatarShelly R says:

    Never heard of it before but I’m looking forward to the patterns and prizes.

  16. AvatarSusan N. says:

    Looking forward to seeing this year’s rows. Thanks for all your hard work.

  17. AvatarChristi says:

    Another great year. Should be fun.

  18. Avatarteresa says:

    thanks everyone that was able to get me some of the rows

  19. AvatarKate Loven says:

    EXCITED for another wonderful year of rowing! Love the new sizes.

  20. AvatarMary Jayne Anspach says:

    Thank you for the new sew a long, Marian. i am looking forward to seeing everyone’s ideas.

  21. AvatarMarsha says:

    Thank you for your time and efforts. You and your fellow bloggers are very creative and talented. Even if I don’t do each one, I enjoy looking at everyone’s creativity.

  22. AvatarSharon says:

    Thank you for doing this! This is new to me but I am excited to start!

  23. AvatarSuzanne Bondie says:

    This looks like fun and something different. I need a new challenge. Thanks much for all your hard work.

  24. AvatarNancy Paris says:

    Thank you all for your generosity and talents.

  25. AvatarTeresa Drake says:

    Thank you for another year of wonderful row along patterns. I know how much time and effort goes into this and wanted to let you and all the designers know it is appreciated. Thank you for sharing your time, your talent and your creativity.

  26. AvatarLaura D. says:

    The theme for this Row Along really caught my eye. I’m a new quilter and learning what I can. I am super excited to participate in this, my first Row Along!

  27. AvatarVicky H says:

    Thanks so much Marian for co-ordinating this wonderful event. It has to be a huge undertaking. I am just so thankful for your and everyone else’s time, talent and generosity.

  28. AvatarSusan Raymond says:

    Marian, thanks so much for putting together another row along! It’s always something I look forward too.

  29. AvatarLee Franklin says:

    Wow! This sounds like fun! So glad I met you at the row swap. Thank you, thank you!

  30. AvatarDi Wilsey Geer says:

    What; as I’m reading this blog post, I am also trying to tie up RXR mailings and YOU happen to be one of them. Ironic timing while I try to multitask!!

  31. AvatarSherry says:

    Thank you so much! This is going to be so much fun!

  32. AvatarKJH says:

    Thank you for organizing another great row along.

  33. AvatarCarol O says:

    Wow! This year is going to be another Great one. Thank you so much!

  34. AvatarNadine Stupelli says:

    Thank you. This looks like fun.

  35. AvatarAlice Trivitt says:

    This is going to be another great quilting adventure. Thanks to all for you hard work.

  36. AvatarHolly Nielson says:

    Thank you so much! What a fun theme and I can’t wait to see all the designs. I appreciate all of you. Have a wonderful day!

  37. AvatarTerrie Rein says:

    Thank you, looking forward to this. Love the theme too.

  38. AvatarJoleen Schrepfer says:

    Off on another quilting adventure. So much to learn every time I look at quilts. This is going to be a fun adventure.

  39. AvatarShelley says:

    Thanks for organizing so many of these wonderful projects. It has been fun to meet other quilters and designers from their blogs and patterns…now to find the take to make all the projects!

    • AvatarShelley says:

      Just saw my comment and I guess I was still asleep when writing it. I meant to say “now to find the TIME to make all the projects”

  40. AvatarDebbie says:

    Thanks so much for all your hard work to put this together! Congrats on your anniversary -5 years and going strong!

  41. Avatarjanie guerrero says:

    Thank you so much, This is the first time and am excited .. so much fun, Thank you

  42. AvatarDebbie Shivers says:

    Thank you! Looks like this is going to be fun!

  43. Thanks for putting this altogether for us! I’m really looking forward to joining in this year.

  44. AvatarLori Smanski says:

    Thank you for the time you took to outline everything. Makes things clear and concise. I really look forward to this row along.

  45. AvatarD'Ann says:

    Need to set an alarm for every tues/thurs so I remember to nose around. I’ve seen this in the past and let.life wipe.my brain. Determined to check this out 🙂

  46. AvatarPhyllis Carlton says:

    This looks like so much fun.

  47. AvatarDottie K says:

    This is going to be fun. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into the RAL. Looking forward to participating. 🌝

  48. AvatarSusan Earnhart says:

    What a great row a long. Thank you Marian

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