The Road Home To Idaho

Idaho Falls Idaho 2009There are many things I love about the state of Idaho. The scenery in Idaho is beautiful. Idaho is the potato state, but more than potatoes it’s also home to the Snake River, it is the home of many hot springs that you can lavish away the day in, Evil Kneival tried and failed to jump over the Snake Canyon in Twin Falls, back in 1974, is home to the two deepest canyons in the USA, it is also home to Craters Of The Moon, an amazing monument created out of actual molten lava, has more whitewater than any other state in the lower 48 states, is a very close drive to Yellowstone National Park, but the best thing about Idaho.. I was raised in Idaho Falls, and while I don’t really think I had the best childhood experiences, I consider it my home. 

I’ve always been intrigued by waterfalls, for as long as I can remember. When I was trying to decide what to do for my row, it really just made sense to me to do the one place in the world that I love the most and that is Idaho Falls. The falls may be small, but they hold memories that last a lifetime.

So let’s get to the knitty and the gritty. my row today is 12 x 30. It consists of piecing and applique. Imagine that, I designed something with some piecing in it…

The pdf consists of 48 pages, it is the most extensive pattern I have ever written, with how to’s and directions on working with directional fabrics.

stbs-Idaho Falls EQThis is how my row looks in EQ

and this is my row stitched out

stbs-Idaho FallsWith the exception of the trees and the rocks, I used directional prints in all of the fabrics.

The rocks are fussy cut from a novelty print and other than the sky, this row was entirely cut on my Brother SNC cutting machine.

This is the first project I’ve also used raw edge applique on, I changed back and forth between a zigzag stitch and a straight stitch. When I do the trees, I will stitch the trees shapes in with the quilting.

Soft Fuse was used in the water shapes with the technique that uses the 1/4-cuts around the edges so that the rest of the shape is free to move as it likes.

The trees, rocks, grass are all entirely fused in place with Soft Fuse.

You can purchase my row here.

Do not use small cellular devices to download it, it is a zipped file with the pdf and the cutting files included in the zip file.

SVG Files are included with the pattern

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128 thoughts on “The Road Home To Idaho

  1. Thanks for the info that the zip file for this row is a 24mb file. Your outstanding row has a most extensive pattern.

    1. You can set your printer to only print the pages you want it to print, I’d also recommend greyscaling any color images so you don’t waste your ink… 🙂 I used a lot of images in that pdf file to show the how to’s and comparisons with cutting.

  2. My goodness what a remarkable block! This will definitely be a challenge, but the results will be well worth it. Thanks so much for sharing this remarkable block with us.

  3. What a great row! Thanks so much for this row along. I’ve been enjoying traveling around the world with your participants.

  4. I really like this pattern. I have been to Idaho Falls and this is a very good representation of the falls there. 🙂

  5. What a beautiful row! Such creativity on display. I don’t think I could ever imagine something like your row. Well Done!!!. Makes me want to visit and see it in person.

  6. Oh my gosh – your row is beautiful! I love how you used the fabrics. And I want to visit this beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow, Marian! That is absolutely gorgeous! It really looks like falls. I’ve seen that very spot, I think, the one time I was in Idaho Falls. Beautiful, thank you.

  8. Marian, your finished row looks much better than the EQ design! That is due to the talent of a creative quilter! It is beautiful with the mountains and sunset in the background. Wow!

  9. I love waterfalls! There are hundreds of waterfalls in the north Georgia/SW North Carolina area that I live in . It is one of the joys of living in the mountains. I love your row. I would be thrilled to win the giveaway.

  10. Wow! Wow! and more Wow! I live in WA state, right next door to Idaho. I’ve been to Idaho many a time, and you’ve done a fantastic job of depicting the beauty of the state!

  11. Wow! I love what you did with your fabrics and your block. I am now going to be searching for similar type fabrics. Lol What fun. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  12. I love waterfalls and go out of my way to see any that are near where I am traveling. I could sit and watch the water fall all day. There is just something magical about them. Very nice job on your row. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.

  13. I love this….Thank you for going above and beyond to share your work with us. This is beautiful…I cannot wait to start finding all my fabric and begin making this row.

  14. Oh, my goodness. This is lovely. You put everything into it. Thank you for the cutting files. I have a SNC and will try these with it. Congratulations. This is a fun Row Along.

  15. Lovely creation! I have been lucky to live near many rivers in my life. Right now the Spokane Falls are flowing quietly, as they do every fall and winter. Come spring as the snow melts, they will roar; throwing sprays into the air that create beautiful rainbows.

  16. Your row is amazing. This row-along seems to really be bringing out the best in the designers. I want to travel everywhere I’ve seen so far.

    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment. As the coordinator of this event, I’ve seen all the rows and they are all really wonderful and a great representation of the theme.

  17. Marian, your row is absolutely beautiful! I can almost see the water falling over the rocks. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Your design is amazing!! Your block is gorgeous!! The photo inspriation is beautiful!! … I want to be there, right now. Thank You, Marian!! …

    1. I hope you will Gabriele, and please send me a photo when you do. I would absolutely love to see my row, recreated by someone else.

    1. It’s ok to be scared, the thing is just sitting down and doing it, once you start you will really find a comfort in creating your own designs.

  19. Wow! That is so beautiful. Thanks for keeping the pattern open until the end of Oct, as I will not have access to my laptop until then!

    1. thank you.. I hope you won’t forget to come and get it. At least with Craftsy, you can add it to your cart and check out, it will be their in your patterns to download later.

  20. What a beautiful row! Love all the detail and the way you did your sky and background, how clever! Thanks for sharing your row with us, Awesome job!


    1. My inspiration for the sky came from a class I took at with Kathy McNeil. She does some her skies the same way, I thought this would be a good way to do mine as doing skies in landscape design still escape me.

    1. I truly enjoyed putting this one together. I actually think the piecing was the hardest part although it’s not hard, just time consuming. It was faster for me to do the applique than it was the piecing.

    1. ty Beth… I love how the row turned out and that’s always the fun part of designing.. seeing how it all turns out. 🙂

  21. Marian, that is beautiful! I love your sky background along with the fussy-cuts to make it so realistic. There is nothing like Idaho sunsets. My family lived in Idaho Falls for a few years before moving north about 20 miles to Archer. Yep, there’s just something about an Idaho girl, right? And, potatoes are dessert for me.

    1. I got the idea for the sky background for Kathy McNeil’s class. I thought it was a great way to incorporate those Moda fabrics that have the various blends of values. I so agree, No matter how far away I travel or live from Idaho, it will always feel like home.

  22. So proud of my home state representation in this row! I was born at the mouth of the Snake River and I see you have captured the Falls beautifully.

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