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
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.
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.
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:
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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