Each year that goes by, I think to myself, it seems so early to do signups for an event that isn’t even going to start for another 8 months. At the same time, it does take time to get your ideas in place, draw your pattern, create the pattern, then sew the test pattern out.
Are you curious about this year’s theme? The picture says it all, but the theme this year is based on gardens of all types… Thus we are having a garden party and everyone is invited.
Today is your chance to sign up for this event. You can be a blogger or a quilter who’d like to become known as a pattern designer. This event is a great way to gain followers for your patterns, for your blog, and for your business.
You do not need to sign up for this event if you are planning to visit to download the patterns each day of the event.
There is one size change this year, otherwise, everything is the same. We will be offering three sizes this year for the Row Along. a 30×30, a 12×30 and a 9-12×18 row. These rows can also be 30×12 and 18×9-12 depending on if you go horizontal or vertical. 9-12 equals the choice to go 9, 10, 11, or 12 inches in width or height.
Please note: You are making one row pattern in the size of your choice. You do not need to make all the sizes.
You do not need to be a blogger or have a website to participate. Your pattern will be posted by one of the bloggers who are participating in the event. It does help if you do have a site, but it’s not a requirement. If your thinking about opening a blog or website tho, this is the time to get started with that. This event will generate new followers and friends for your website.
Signups will be taken until April 17, 2020.
You don’t need to be a pattern designer, but you do need enough knowledge to help you write a pattern you’ve designed yourself. You must be able to produce a .pdf or .doc type of a draft of your pattern by June 03, 2020, which is sent to me. This does not need to be a finished pattern, just a draft of the pattern itself. This is a strict deadline date, if you can’t meet the deadline, you need to email me with a date you can meet, and if you still don’t meet it, I’m sorry to say it, but you will be removed from participating. Bloggers who have previously participated are given some latitude, but the reason these patterns are turned in is to give the other participating bloggers a chance to create your row for the show and tell day at the end of this event.
You must be able to stitch your row out so it can be showcased on your featured day. You have the entire summer to get this done.
This year’s theme is called Garden Party. Your row should contain a pattern that represents gardens of any kind.
One of the best things about participating in this event is that Northcott Fabrics has sponsored this event every year I’ve held it. Every year they give each blogger fabric to help create their rows. The same goes for this year. Every participating blogger will receive fabric from Northcott fabrics. Your row does not need to contain only Northcott Fabrics, but the fabrics you do choose from them do need to be included in your row. This will be discussed fully in the Facebook group you’ll be asked to join once you sign up. You do not need to be a member of Facebook, but it will also help if you are as we post previews of our rows, seek advice, get to chat with other participating bloggers, and you pretty much know what’s going on before everyone else does. You will be notified of important things in an email if your not in the Facebook group.
You are free to use any technique you like, whether it’s applique, embroidery, paper pieced, or normal pieced techniques via cutting shapes with either strip piecing or freezer paper.
The logo can be downloaded here.
There are two logos this year for the Row Along… You’ll find all of them in the zip file. If you need to know how to create a text link for your blog, you will find a tutorial here on how to do that. The tutorials cover both WordPress sites and Blogger sites.
If you’d like to sign up, please click the link and fill out the form below. Sometimes the submit button takes a minute or so to submit, please wait till you see the finished window to close the page. (if you have a problem with the form, please write to me at seamstobesew @ gmail.com (remove the spaces between the @ sign) Use the subject line It’s A Garden Party and let me know your info in that email. I am sorry that some of you are having problems. I am not sure why.
If you’re new to the row along experience, you might like to visit the previous years to get an idea of how to write your posts, or see some of the previous rows. The previous row along galleries are here.
If you have previously participated, you can also just drop me an email. I already have all your info. 🙂
Northcott is our first sponsor this year!!
I am an affiliate of the above companies when you click one of these links and purchase something, I earn a little bit of a commission with it. I use this money to help maintain my website and offer my free patterns to you. Every little bit helps, thank you so much for clicking and for your support. I don’t just offer up these brands to you I actually use their products and shop at these places. I would never partner with someone whose products I didn’t use.
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