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 Responses to The Road Home To Idaho

  1. AvatarDionne Casey says:

    As an Idaho girl, two sisters still live in Idaho Falls, you have really captured the look.

  2. AvatarNicole Sender says:

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

  3. AvatarNicole Sender says:

    I have never used Soft Fuse. I think I’ll try it. Again, love your row.

  4. AvatarMichelle says:

    Wow, your row looks difficult and beautiful. It’s fun to see these landscapes from around the country.

  5. AvatarJuanita L says:

    I am so happy I found your site. I love the row along! Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful program.

  6. AvatarNicole Sender says:

    Love your row! I’d like to visit Craters Of The Moon! Have only driven through Idaho on the way to WA state!

  7. AvatarMarti M says:

    Thanks for the cute row by row block.

  8. AvatarNancy N says:

    Love your row, the fabrics chosen are excellent!

  9. AvatarMoeWest says:

    Thanks for the row! I love how colourful it is.

  10. AvatarNicole Sender says:

    I haven’t tried raw edge applique yet. Your row is outstanding!

  11. Avatarapple blossom says:

    nice fall colors

  12. AvatarSally M says:

    Love your row but it is HUGE. Hope it won’t crash my printer! thanks for the SVG files!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  13. AvatarSonya Fetch says:

    This is an amazing row! I love the mix of geometric and realistic. Thank you

  14. AvatarJanine Allen says:

    I Love! Love! your row. The background mountains are fantastic! You are really an artist.

  15. AvatarDonna W says:

    Love your row! Thanks for hosting.

  16. AvatarPat V. says:

    I just love the sky on your row!

  17. AvatarPat V. says:

    These rows are fabulous! Really love the sky in yours.

  18. AvatarNicole Sender says:

    Oh my! Your row is breathtaking! I love the rocks!

  19. AvatarTerri Drake says:

    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.

  20. AvatarLinda Bick says:

    wow!!!! Beautiful row!

  21. AvatarVicki H says:

    Your waterfalls turned out perfect. Great row.

  22. AvatarSusie says:

    What a gorgeous row block you have created! Your water falls are amazing!

  23. AvatarJoanG says:

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

  24. AvatarGinger Heims says:

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

  25. AvatarAllison CB says:

    Great row!!! Love all the detail work!

  26. AvatarAlida says:

    I really love your design! Such a clever use of directional prints!! Great effect!!!

  27. AvatarDiane S says:

    What a beautifully detailed row, I can see why Idaho is home. And living in Italy. I’m a bit green with envy.

  28. AvatarRina Mason says:

    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.

  29. AvatarLori Morton says:

    Oooh my goodness! GORGEOUS Row!! Such Amazing Creativity!!

  30. AvatarPam says:

    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!

  31. AvatarMary Furber says:

    Very nice row! Thank you so much for organizing this whole program with Amy.

  32. AvatarQuiltShopGal says:

    Gorgeous ROW design that truly captures the beauty of this state. I had also totally forgotten about Craters of the Moon. Definitely another fun and unusual spot everyone visiting Idaho should take time to see.


  33. Avatarsusan says:

    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.

  34. AvatarLois W says:

    I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s home. Thank you

  35. I’m enjoying the hop and reading about ‘home’ and seeing the great rows. I love yours…totally gorgeous! Thank you for the pattern.

  36. AvatarKathy E. says:

    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!

  37. AvatarJanet T says:

    Love, love, love your row! The colors are gorgeous!

  38. AvatarLisa Marie says:

    Wow, the row is gorgeous! So realistic looking!

  39. AvatarLiz Dyer says:

    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.

  40. AvatarSusan Spiers says:

    I love your waterfalls-what a beautiful place you call home! Thank you, Susan

  41. AvatarWendy says:

    Wow Marion, this is an awesome row! Thank you!

  42. AvatarKaholly says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous row! Blows me away!

  43. AvatarJanna says:

    Great row! Waving from across the state line in eastern WA.

  44. AvatarMJB says:

    Wow! Your row came out beautifully! And a 48 page pdf file! That’s a lot of work. Thank you sooo much!

  45. AvatarLaura says:

    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!

  46. AvatarSarah says:

    Oh wow! This row is amazing!!! I am seriously blown away. Beautiful job!

  47. AvatarBeth T. says:

    You did a splendid job depicting Idaho Falls!

  48. AvatarFran Wiest says:

    What an incredible row, I have been wanting to try a landscape quilt, maybe this is what will get me started!

  49. AvatarEdith says:

    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.

  50. AvatarTac says:

    Such a great use of directional fabric! I love your row. Thank you for this journey through fabric.

  51. Avatarcarol n says:

    Beautiful Row!! Thanks for sharing

  52. AvatarSusan says:

    Incredibly gorgeous scene – it could stand by itself! Well done!

  53. AvatarSusan says:

    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.

  54. AvatarLori Michel says:

    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.

  55. AvatarNancy says:

    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.

  56. AvatarRoxana Whitner says:

    Thank you so very much. I love your pattern. I also want to say thank you for hosting the Row Along!

  57. AvatarCarol S. says:

    You really made your row look amazing with all the fabrics you chose…love it!

  58. AvatarColette says:

    What a pretty row. All the times I have driven through Idaho I don’t think I have ever seen Idaho Falls.

  59. Avatarrebecca H says:

    Love your row design and thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabric

  60. AvatarAllison CB says:

    Fantastic row – so much detail!! Thanks for sharing it – already downloaded it from Craftsy!!!

  61. AvatarJoan says:

    This is just beautiful. Maybe this will entice me to learn to use my silhouette cutter now! LOL!!

  62. Gorgeous row! This blog hop is so much fun!

  63. Avatarbdieges says:

    Beautiful row, Marian and thank you for creating this Blog Hop!

  64. AvatarBecky T says:

    I have high hopes that with this row by row I will get much better at doing landscape types of quilts and blocks !!!

  65. AvatarLaurie Weimar says:

    Wow, you really did a great job of interpreting the photo to fabric. Love your row. Thanks!

  66. Avataranna brown says:

    Wow very very pretty …Love the outdoorsy look tytyty for sharing it and all your time you put into it……

  67. AvatarBarb Colvin says:

    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.

  68. Avatargail says:

    What a beautiful block! I have been so inspired by this hop. 🙂

  69. AvatarKathleen says:

    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.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  70. AvatarDebra Kay Neiman says:

    So beautiful, I just get more and more amazed. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  71. AvatarJoyce Carter says:

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

  72. AvatarKim says:

    Wow, this row is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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  73. AvatarPat says:

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

  74. AvatarMonica says:

    Wow! Wow! Your row has so much energy. It excites my eyes.

  75. AvatarDeb M says:

    What a beautiful row you created!

  76. AvatarLynne Stucke says:

    That is absolutely amazing! Love your use of directional prints!!!

  77. AvatarChiska says:

    I love it! My first “on my own” excursion into the world of adulthood landed me in Idaho Falls. I love your row!

  78. Avatarkarin Meenan says:

    Brilliant! I wish I was this creative! I especially like the water.

  79. AvatarJocelyn says:

    Your row block is amazing!

  80. AvatarGene Black says:

    Thanks for the free row pattern. I hope I can find fabrics in my stash to do it justice.

  81. A fabulous row, super fabrics, and wonderful way you have put it all together.

  82. Great looking block. I love the rocks and water.

  83. Marian, your row is amazing! Using directional fabrics really gives a sense of the texture and movement of the environment.

  84. AvatarGabrieleBeck says:

    Love how you did the sunset background. Am going to have to do this!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  85. AvatarDröfn says:

    Love your row, I am very interested in row right now and want to design one but for some reason I always delay it, a bit scared 🙂

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  86. AvatarMarcia Fette says:

    What amazing detail on your row. This event has been spectacular so far.

  87. Avatarsharon says:

    Love your row ! Idaho sounds like a wonderful place, the waterfall looks amazing.

  88. AvatarNancy says:

    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!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  89. Avatarusairdoll says:

    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!


    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  90. AvatarAllie says:

    What an AMAZING row, Marian, well done – you’ve represented Idaho beautifully!!!!

  91. Amazing row! Looks like a fun one to make, I really love the detail in it.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  92. AvatarBeth Strand says:

    Sew beautiful! I am amazed! Thanks for sharing!

  93. AvatarDeonn says:

    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.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      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.

  94. AvatarWyoDi says:

    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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