Row, row, row your quilt

21 Sep

Fellow Quilters,

Fall is definitely in the air!  I was at a friend’s cottage last weekend, and the temperature of the lake was “refreshing” a.k.a. numbing.  The leaves are changing colour, providing a spectacular display.  It won’t be long before the leaves are down and snow is on the ground!

With that in mind, today I join 4 other quilt designers from around the globe in sharing our designs for the 2017 Christmas Caroling Row-along, coordinated by Marian at Seams to be Sew (great job, Marian!).  CCLogo-2All told, there are 42 participants, each sharing their free pattern for a holiday row during the 5-week event.    Each participant was asked to design a row 30” x 8-12” – it could be wide or tall.  Last year, as part of the Road Home Row-along, I designed a tall row, so this year I chose a wide row.

My all-time favourite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, and I haven’t found a version I don’t like – Josh Groban’s is exquisite.  I wanted to capture the stillness of a winter night, and the beauty of breaking dawn, but how to create that glow?  I wondered if a bargello would work.  I would need a large range of lights to darks in the blue colour family.  Northcott’s Creative Director Deborah has built wonderful ranges of values into several Northcott Essential programs, including Toscana (suede texture), ColorWorks (solid cotton), and my favourite collection, Artisan Spirit Shimmer. I also selected any blue fabrics from Northcott’s holiday collections. DSCF3653Armed with a stack of fabrics from Northcott’s warehouse, I started my quilt, laying out the fabrics from light to dark.

To capture the glow of breaking dawn, I built my bargello in two directions at once – horizontally and vertically.  It ultimately changed the way I constructed my quilt so that it wasn’t a typical bargello – I had to build each column separately – but it was worth it.  The columns become narrower as they approach the center of the quilt, as do the rows.  I think it took me longer to cut the pieces than it did to construct the bargello!  My work surface quickly became filled with columns as I cut my way through the 16 fabrics required for the bargello.

Adding each fabric to the bargello layout

Adding each fabric to the bargello layout

Each column is made from pieces more than twice the width required, and cut into 2 columns once the pieces are sewn together.  In effect, I pieced only half the columns, cutting each one into 2.

Cut each column in 2

Cut each column in 2

To make the seams nest, I pressed the seams in alternate columns in opposite directions.

Press seams in alternate columns in opposite directions

Press seams in alternate columns in opposite directions

The quilt still needed the main characters – the nativity scene, stable animals and wise men – and these were added as a quick-fused silhouette.  The star was also quick-fused.

O Holy Night by Patti Carey

O Holy Night by Patti Carey

My row remains unquilted for now – I may choose to wrap it to a wooden frame and hang it.  Alternately, I may quilt it and wrap it around a frame, or quilt and bind it to be used as a runner.  Or I may combine it with some of the other fabulous rows in the Christmas Caroling Row-along to make a larger wall quilt or lap quilt.  To download the free pattern for O Holy Night, please click here:Craftsy download or Payhip download

Some wonderful prizes have been donated by several generous companies for giveaways during the Christmas Caroling Row-along, and it is my pleasure to offer you the opportunity to win a new Ott-Lite Wellness desk lamp valued at $79.99, graciously donated by Ott-Lite.Ott-Lite logo

Ottlite Wellness desk lamp

Ottlite Wellness desk lamp

Who doesn’t love Ott-lites for better vision when quilting?  Simply click on this  Rafflecopter link here by September 27 to enter.

In addition, NorthcottNorthcott logo and Calibre Art Calibre Art logohave donated prizes for each day of the Row-along – a huge thanks to them!  Enter today to win here: Calibre Art Rafflecopter giveaway and Northcott Rafflecopter giveaway . Visit Marian’s blog at Seams to be Sew every day to enter via Rafflecopter for these prizes.  Shipping charges may apply for non-US residents. Rules for the contest are listed here (fine print).  Please review them, as some of the prizes have deadlines or restrictions.

Here is the list of the awesome participating bloggers – please be sure to visit to collect your rows.  You’ll be well on your way to a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Quilting Affection
Any Pattern
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt In Piece
Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts 
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA   (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante  (sponsored byQuilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches



95 Responses to “Row, row, row your quilt”

  1. Teri at 12:35 am #

    Thank you for this lovely pattern and tutorial.

  2. Angela J Short at 1:22 am #

    Awesome row! Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!!

  3. Whiskers at 1:54 am #

    It is a lovely pattern. It could be a small wall hanging too. And I do have a weakness for Ott lites.

  4. craftytokyomama at 2:44 am #

    Your beautiful nativity would match perfectly with my Christmas decor and I am definitely going to try making one! I love how the sky surrounding the baby Jesus glows.

  5. Marguerite at 3:52 am #

    That is spectacular and accomplished your vision perfectly! Oh Holy Night!

  6. Susan Earnhart at 5:43 am #

    Love your row along block

  7. Betsy at 5:48 am #

    Patti, thank you for keeping it real. I love love ❤️ your block!

  8. Michelle Price at 6:01 am #

    Hi Patti, I always enjoy reading your newsletter! Ehat a beautiful Christmas row block, and as you said, there are so many different ways to finish it up. Thank you for this and providing us with the free pattern 😊

  9. Cheryl at 6:26 am #

    I love the subject and the play on light. And so reminds me of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear with the dark sky. I think it may be my favorite so far.

  10. Sandy A in St. Louis at 7:25 am #

    I haven’t tried making a bargello quilt yet because most are larger quilts. The size of this one looks like something I could do! It is beautiful!

  11. Barb at 7:49 am #

    Thank you very much for the tutorial on Bargello! Also I would sew very much love to have an Ott light–thank you, thank you for that raffle chance! I love your site!

  12. Elizabeth Coughlin at 7:55 am #

    Your row is stunning!

  13. vivoaks at 7:56 am #

    Thanks for your creativity and generosity! O Holy Night is one of my favorite Christmas carols too!! 🙂

  14. Liz Dicrescenzo at 8:07 am #

    Your row is absolutely beautiful!

  15. Susan L. at 8:13 am #

    Fabulous Row! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  16. oneoldgoat1962 at 8:19 am #

    This is absolutely stunning! Thank you for the tutorial!

  17. quiltingintara at 8:36 am #

    Your row is breath taking! Thank you very much!

  18. mlmcspadden at 8:55 am #

    This a beautiful row! Thank you.

  19. Verna A. at 9:00 am #

    Simply gorgeous! Blues and shimmery fabrics are my favorite.

  20. Allison Evrard at 9:05 am #

    Such a lovely row! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Lori Smanski at 9:12 am #

    wow your row is lovely. thank you for the pattern

  22. Jayne Dough at 9:46 am #

    Beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Dawn F. at 9:46 am #

    I love how you did the background! The colors are just wonderful!

  24. emily30783 at 9:46 am #

    Beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing!

  25. halejm at 9:54 am #

    What a gorgeous row! Thank you…

  26. Bonnie Larson at 9:56 am #

    Gorgeous row. I love bargello. Thanks so much for sharing

  27. Joan at 10:01 am #

    Such a beautiful row, thank you!

  28. Carol W at 10:40 am #

    The combination of gradations in background and the silhouette is stunning.

  29. Kristin at 11:19 am #

    I love your row! The dark to light fade of the fabric is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

  30. Carol Nelms at 11:32 am #

    Very pretty, thanks for sharing and the giveaways!

  31. Linda Bick at 11:42 am #

    This is stunning! I hope I can make as beautiful a bargello as you!

  32. Tammy Jewkes at 11:46 am #

    Beautiful design! I don’t normally love bargello, but this one is beautifully done.

  33. Shirley Clark at 11:46 am #

    This is just incredible! You really have an eye for design!

  34. myzbarb at 12:05 pm #

    All your effort was definitely worth it–beautiful!

  35. Cathy B. at 12:12 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful!

  36. Debra Neiman at 12:14 pm #

    So very beautiful. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  37. Allison in Alabama at 12:20 pm #

    Your gradation of colors worked beautifully!!! lovely row!!! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

  38. Deb M at 12:50 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful!

  39. Rebecca Smith at 12:59 pm #

    Your row is so pretty! Thank you for taking the time to make it.

  40. MC ONeill at 1:07 pm #

    Thank you so very, very much for the O Holy Night pattern.

  41. dezertsuz at 1:29 pm #

    What an absolutely beautiful row. That’s one of my favorites, too. I remember singing it in 6th grade at our Christmas program – back when schools had Christmas programs! The technique you used made a truly awesome background.

  42. Christi at 1:47 pm #

    I really love your Nativity. That’s Christmas.

  43. Janet T at 1:58 pm #

    Very beautiful row! Thank you for sharing.

  44. Kat at 3:13 pm #

    This is a wonderful pattern. I must say it is a little intimidating but your pictures show step by step so perhaps I can do it! O Holy Night is my favorite carol as well, Josh does a great job too. Thank you for creating such a beautiful row. I like the idea of wrapping it around a piece of wood and hanging it up.

  45. Jayne P at 3:20 pm #

    I love your selection of fabrics. Thank you for the pattern

  46. Lisa Marie at 3:45 pm #

    Wow, so beautiful! It will make an elegant holiday decoration whatever way you finish it. And thanks for all the ideas for how the rest of us might want to finish our versions.

  47. ShelleyDButtler at 3:51 pm #

    Your block is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Cindy at 4:18 pm #

    Love your row! Thanks!

  49. Mary Furber at 4:40 pm #

    Love the way you did your background. Thanks

  50. lewisnancy54 at 4:44 pm #

    You have made a beautiful row!! Thanks for sharing.

  51. Wendy at 4:46 pm #

    Your row is beautiful! I like the sparkly blue fabrics too. Thank you!

  52. Susan Green at 4:50 pm #

    Beautiful row! Thank you.

  53. paulineperry65 at 4:56 pm #

    Your row is my absolute favourite and I thank you for your work and your generosity. It is gorgeous – O Holy Night is my favourite carol.
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  54. Bev Gunn at 5:23 pm #

    Your depiction of the Bethlehem manger scene is one of the best I have ever seen! Thank you so much and blessings to you and yours.

  55. mary at 6:02 pm #

    That is gorgeous. Thank you so much.

  56. Liz Horgan at 6:20 pm #

    A beautiful row and a beautiful Christmas carol!
    Thank you!

  57. Cecilia at 6:35 pm #

    Your row is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  58. Beth T. at 6:38 pm #

    Such a lovely row. “O Holy Night” was my seminary teacher’s favorite carol. He didn’t have the strongest singing voice, but he was never shy about singing with all of his heart, and that is a sweet memory for me, as well as an important lesson.

  59. Michele-Marie at 6:58 pm #

    Thank you for your row pattern, it is really beautiful!
    I love the way you created the bargello background too 🙂

  60. Edith Gorzo at 7:40 pm #

    I really like your row. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

  61. Kathy E. at 7:42 pm #

    The religious rows on this hop are my favorites! Yours is so special with the gradients of color that spotlight the manger. It is a beauty!

  62. Pam McDonald at 7:46 pm #

    What a wonderful pattern. I love the silhouette look of this row. Thank you!

  63. Cindi Young at 9:16 pm #

    Absolutely stunning!

  64. Susan at 10:01 pm #

    Beautiful, beautiful row. One of my top ten favorite Carols. I have played it in many variations on violin and handbells.

  65. Sandi at 11:11 pm #

    Love your row and choice of song. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Chelsea at 12:10 am #

    I really love the effect on your row’s background. Really lovely!

  67. Delaine at 6:05 am #

    Bargello quilts are fascinating and your row in this blog hop is awesome! Thanks!

  68. Linda W at 8:22 am #

    Your Christmas row is absolutely stunning. Love the color effect that you were able to get for your ray of light. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  69. Monica R. at 9:40 am #

    Beautiful row.

  70. MoeWest at 10:00 am #

    The bargello you created with all of those blues is beautiful! Thanks.

  71. April C Olive at 10:00 am #

    Beautiful Row! Thank you!

  72. Maryellen McAuliffe at 11:44 am #

    This is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  73. Joan at 12:22 pm #

    What a gorgeous row. It really speaks of the reason for the season. Thanks for such a fabulous addition to this row by row

  74. amazing row…though I am not great at appliqué so I struggled with the intricacy of it…..

  75. Ariane at 10:43 pm #

    This is a beautiful row! I love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  76. Kathleen Trail at 7:05 am #

    Stunning! Can’t wait to make it! Thanks!

  77. Stunning! Love this row!

  78. mspdesignsusa at 11:35 am #

    Gorgeous row! Love it.

  79. spierssusan at 12:15 pm #

    Your row is amazing-the reason for the season! Thank you, Susan

  80. Brenda Hulsey at 3:33 pm #

    Beautiful row and you used beautiful fabric!

  81. pamelaquilts at 5:33 pm #

    I really like this row! So pretty!

  82. lacefaerie at 10:17 pm #

    OMGosh! This is stunning! So reverently done. I really love that it’s not cartoonish. And your color choices are perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  83. Kathleen at 7:35 am #

    Lovely pattern

  84. Pat Carrigan at 11:42 am #

    I would like to make this row as a table runner, but I am stumped as to how to quilt it or what color of thread I would use. Any suggestions?

    • Patti at 10:00 am #

      Pat, this would make a lovely table runner! I have a couple of quilting suggestions, however they are just suggestions, so feel free to do something different 🙂 Option #1: I would do a stipple design (meander) in the bargello areas using a variegated light-to-dark blue thread, and minimal quilting in the silhouette area using black thread. Option #2: I would quilt lines that follow the color wave of the bargello (i.e. the lines would go diagonally through each patch of a particular color, from one patch of that color to the next patch of that color) using a variety of light to dark blue threads to match the fabric. This can be done either free-motion or with a walking foot, and it emphasizes the bargello design. I hope this helps!

  85. Renee at 1:21 pm #

    Wow! What a gorgeous row. Thank you!

  86. Toni Leggate at 5:29 pm #

    Beautiful just so beautiful – I hope I can do your design justice…

  87. Karen Tu-Na Quilts at 11:25 am #

    This row is stunning!!! Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I’ll be making it for sure. Thanks for the pattern.

  88. Melody Lutz at 8:53 pm #

    Your row is absolutely BREATHTAKING! Oh Holy Night is my favorite Christmas song also, it almost brings me to tears when singing it in church. Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration.

  89. Shirley (Petunia Pinner!!) at 10:20 pm #

    Thank for sharing such a beautiful pattern!

  90. Amy at 11:51 pm #

    Your row is just stunning.

  91. annalutzbrown at 12:49 am #

    Wow great row love blue……

  92. Barbara at 1:08 am #

    Beautiful! He is the reason for the season. Bargello is one of my favorite piecing techniques.

  93. lee at 2:56 am #

    Thank you for a beautiful row!


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