Ready, Set, Go… Snowboarding

4 Sep

Fellow Quilters,

Woop!  Woop!  Today is the first day of the My Happy Place Row-along organized by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew – thank you Marian for organizing this fun event.  This is the 4th year of the Row-along and Marian has managed to round up a whopping 47 fantastic designers for this 5-week event.  Guidelines of the Row-along can be found here. Along with 4 other designers, I am leading off this fun event that includes free patterns for rows that depict our happy places, and giveaways at each stop.  If you’re new to my blog, welcome!!  In it, I like to share stories of my mostly-quilty life, along with tips and insights.  I hope you’ll visit often, and even subscribe.


My Happy Place Knobie from The Fat Quarter Gypsy

My Happy Place Knobie from The Fat Quarter Gypsy

When Marian proposed this year’s theme of My Happy Place, many thoughts popped into my head.  Quilting is a BIG part of my life.  In fact, I have this terrific Knobie from The Fat Quarter Gypsy hanging on the handle of my longarm.

After all, my heart sings when I’m quilting.  However, several of the other designers selected quilting themes for their rows.  So what, then, should I choose?

Anyone who has followed my blog for more than a few months knows that my second love has to be snowboarding.  But how could I incorporate this into a row??  It would have to be vertical, and include snow-covered mountains, perhaps interspersed with some trees.  I thought of one of my all-time best-selling patterns, featured originally in McCall’s Quilting, then showcased in an 8-part quilt-along series.  McCall’s called it Misty Pines, however I call it Winter Solstice (available here).

PC190 Winter Solstice

PC190 Winter Solstice

Could I make a variation of it?  Absolutely!  Introducing On the Slopes, (click to download) a 12” wide x 30” high row/wall-hanging perfect for your favorite skier or snowboarder.

On the Slopes by Patti Carey

On the Slopes by Patti Carey

I gathered a selection of textures from a variety of Northcott collections, including Stonehenge Gradations, Naturescapes, Toscana and Artisan Spirit Shimmer.

Selection of Northcott textures

Selection of Northcott textures

I needed 7 different values of grey from snow to medium grey.  After cutting all the pieces, I kept the greys in order for easy reference.

greys in order

greys in order

To easily cut the triangle pieces using the template, I butted my ruler up to the edge of the template, then moved it to cut the piece.  This saved me from inadvertently shaving off bits of my template.Butt ruler to the edge of the template

To easily cut the tree fabrics into quarter-square triangles, I aligned the squares on the vertical and horizontal lines on my cutting mat.

quarter square triangle cutting

quarter square triangle cutting

Then I gathered the components for each tree block and placed them in stacks for quick assembly.

Assembling the tree pieces for chain-piecing

Assembling the tree pieces for chain-piecing

While sewing the mountain sections, I positioned the patches so that the seams were pressed toward me, thereby preventing them from getting twisted under the feed-dogs on my sewing machine.

Delectable mountain seams toward me

Delectable mountain seams toward me

I did the same thing when sewing the columns of the quilt together, sewing the columns from bottom to top.

Assembling the columns with seams toward me

Assembling the columns with seams toward me

Here is my quilt top, finished except for the applique.

Finished quilt top minus the applique

Finished quilt top minus the applique

In the pattern, I include appliques for a skier as well as a snowboarder.  I haven’t decided if I’m making this for me (snowboarder) or a friend (skier).  Perhaps I’ll do one of each!  This project took less than a day, so I could easily make another.

I hope you enjoy making this wintery scenic row as much as I enjoyed designing it for you!  Here is a list of the other designers and their blogs.

Tuesday September 4, 2018

The Quilt Rambler | Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Cheryl LaPlante
Patti’s Patchwork

Thursday September 6, 2018

 Be A Quilter

Pretty Piney | Ms P Designs USA | Creatin’ in the Sticks
Freemotion by the River | Any Pattern   

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Barbara Dieges | Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Art | UlaSewing / SzycieUli

Thursday September 13, 2018

Pumpkin Patch BC | Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick | Patchwork Breeze

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Just Let Me Quilt | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs | Quilt Fabrication
Renee’s Quilting Addiction | Made By Marney

Thursday September 20, 2018

Clever Chameleon | Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog | Powered By Quilting | Kissed Quilts
Happy Sewing Room | Sew Joy Creations

Thursday September 27, 2018

BobbininQuilts | Daydreams of Quilts | The Quilted Snail | Scrapdash

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Words & Stitches | True Blue Quilts | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek | Creativeblonde

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Quilt In Piece | Jaded Spade Creations | Mountain Meadow Designs
Masterpiece Quilting | Pamela Quilts

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day

Words & Stitches | Upstairs Hobby Room | Powered By Quilting
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Clever Chameleon | Creatin’ in the Sticks | Sew Joy Creations

Visit each designer’s blog to see their row and download the pattern for free within 1 week of their post.

Now for the giveaways!  I will randomly select 1 winner to receive a bundle of eight 1-yd cuts of Stonehenge Gradations (see them here).  To be eligible, please leave a comment on my blog by midnight September 10, telling me what your happy place is.  In your comment, please let me know which colorway you would like should I draw your name.

EQ8 software - a $259 value

EQ8 software – a $259 value

Please also enter here to win the grand prize, a copy of EQ8, the amazing quilt design software I use every day to design my patterns. This prize will be given out at the end of the Row-along.

Enjoy the My Happy Place Row-along, and please stop by each designer’s blog to collect their pattern and enter for their giveaway.  Have fun!  I can’t wait to see your Row-along quilts!




91 Responses to “Ready, Set, Go… Snowboarding”

  1. Marian September 4, 2018 at 12:40 am #

    Well if I revealed my happy place then I’d be saying what my row consists of… but 🙂 I have others… So… my happy place is watching the Olympics… your beautiful wallhanging reminded me how much I love watching them, especially the winter Olympics and Snowboarding is a new favorite sport to watch.

  2. farmquilter September 4, 2018 at 2:00 am #

    Thank you for the fabulous row!! My happy place is watching the ocean waves crash on the rocks of the Oregon shore. I could watch the waves for hours and never see the same pattern in the waves twice. Thank you for your wonderful row…reminds me of the times I spent as a kid on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my parents and my brother. Blue Planet and Mystic Midnight are my favorites #thankyouNorthcott!!

  3. Quilt Schmilt September 4, 2018 at 3:16 am #

    I love On The Slopes. This is my first time doing a Row Along! My happy place is time spent in my studio or time spent with great grandkids, grandkids or hubby. I can’t wait until we get moved and the studio is set up again.

  4. Happy September 4, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    My happy place is my breakfast table, watching the birds out the window. Snowboarding is a little too adventurous for me! But I do love the mountains, just in a quieter way. If I were to win, I would love the Robin’s Egg colourway. They are all such great blenders though. Thank you Northcott, it’s an excellent prize!

  5. Michele T September 4, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    Love those pieces! My happy place is hiking on the trails in our neck of the woods… I so enjoy being in nature and smelling the freshness! I love both Mystic Twilight or Mystic Midnight!

  6. Elizabeth Coughlin September 4, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    Wow gorgeous row! Looking at it, I really feel like I’m out on a crisp Winter’s day surrounded by majestic pines!

  7. Sandy Allen September 4, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    Such a fun row! I like it without the applique too!

    My happy place is my sewing room. I Get to play with fabric and color and I can tune out the world.

    • Sandy Allen September 4, 2018 at 7:20 am #

      Forgot to say I love the oxidized copper group of gradation fabrics!

  8. Kathy C September 4, 2018 at 7:24 am #

    My happy place is by the water, sandy beach! I love the Robins egg colour.

  9. Petra Poorts September 4, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    I love your row. Even though I don’t ski (no mountains in Holland;) ) it makes me want to book a holiday to Switserland to learn! I love the Blue Planet palette.

  10. Cindy Pieters September 4, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    My happy place is when my grandkids are with me. Love your pattern!

  11. James Lewis September 4, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    Patti your quilt is truly exquisite. I love how you changed it up to suit your happy place

  12. shadesofrandom September 4, 2018 at 8:21 am #

    I love your row. Camping is my Happy Place. Hiking through the woods, swimming at the lake, sitting around by the fire, toasting marshmallows, reminiscing, singing campfire songs, going to bed in a sleeping bag under the stars, wondering if anyone else is still awake..

  13. Bonnie Larson September 4, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    My Happy place is with my family with a sewing project besidw me. lol. Thanks for a beautiful row. I love either the Slate or planet blue gradations.

  14. Christine September 4, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    HI, Patti. My favorite place is our back deck overlooking the pool with the fish pond gurgling beside me. Add some handwork and life can’t get much better! I would choose the Robin’s Egg colourway.

    Thank you. Christine from Ontario

  15. Chelsea September 4, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    I love your row! This RAL is such a fun event. My Happy place is a secret until my feature day! I love the Mystic Midnight and Mystic Twilight colors.

  16. quilterka September 4, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    What a lovely row. Thank you for designing it. My happy place is my sewing room. Love Mystic Twilight colorway or Graphite.

  17. Irene Plato September 4, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    My happy place is in my garden when the weather is good or in me sewing room when it is not. Sometimes I wish for bad weather. I would choose the slate colourway.

  18. Verna A. September 4, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    My happy place is my living room in front of my sewing machine (don’t have my own sewing room yet).

    My favorite colorway? It’s a toss-up between Mystic Twilight and Mystic Midnight.

  19. Judith September 4, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    My happy place is the beach. I don’t get there as often as I want, but when I do, there is such a feeling of freedom. Even though I still have to cook and clean and do all the stuff that I do at home, it just feels different. Love the sound of the surf, the wind, the rain, even, the power of Mother Nature and the air feels so clean to breathe.

  20. Debby P. September 4, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    My happy place has always been my garden. I spend happy hours working there while listening to audiobooks or music. I think my choice of gradations would be graphite. Lots of light/dark contrast!

  21. Beth T. September 4, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    Oxidized Copper is my favorite colorway. My happy place is my aunt’s home, where she has lived since I was a child.

  22. Cathy B. September 4, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    My happy place is with my grandson – thankfully he loves the outdoors as much as I do. Adore your Winter Solstice, but it’s nice to have this smaller version too! Tough choice, but I think Onyx is my fav.

  23. Connie Kresin Campbell September 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Beautiful row! My happy place is outside in my flower garden, I really like the Oxidized Copper colorway.

  24. Christi September 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I love an ocean. The smell of salt water and the sound of the waves.

  25. Susan September 4, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    Lovely row! I try to be happy wherever I am!

  26. Lisa Marie September 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Well, of course my sewing room is my favorite happy place. Also, the town where my husband and I went to college, and hiking trails with wildflowers around them. I like the Robin’s Egg colorway.

  27. PJ Miller September 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    My happy place is my bathtub. A few bubbles, a scented candle, and a trashy novel (or new quilt magazine) and I’m in heaven. If I should win, please send me the Robin’s Egg colorway.

  28. quilterpt September 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    My happy place is my sewing room! When I am creating, I am happy! Love the Mystic Midnight color way! Awesome row too btw!

  29. Judy Oake September 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    My Happy Place is Home. Guess I’m just a home body.
    I love the Robin’s Egg colorway as well!!

  30. Carla September 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    My happy place is with family. Take them to the tropics and I’m really happy. You will see… I like Robin’s Egg too!! Love your row, it’s perfect for those loving the snow or winter sports for sure.

  31. barbaradieges September 4, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    What a great use of fabrics! Can visualize myself there looking at the row!

  32. Wendy September 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

    Your row is wonderful! I have a few nieces and nephews that would love it. Thank you! My happy place is in my sewing room. I only keep my favorite things in there that make me happy. Fabric, books, fabric, vintagy things, fabric, miscellaneous collections, fabric, sewing machines, fabric…..

  33. Elizabeth September 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    Like you my happy place is the Snow, but I prefer Sliding down Mt Rainer on an innertube. Easier on the body when you run into the trees. I would like the Mystic Twilight if you should draw my Name,
    Thanks, Elizabeth, Silverdale WA

  34. Lynn McIndoe September 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    I love your row and the fabrics you chose are perfect. I had a hard time choosing my favourite Nortcott bundle but Mystic Midnight had some lovely blues.
    My happy place- in front of my sewing machine.

  35. sewlost September 4, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    I just love your row. If I win I would like the mystic blue. My happy place is spending time with my family

  36. Audrey Neufeld September 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    My happy place is camping and all that entails. If I can’t be camping, I am happiest sitting on the lake shore in front of my home listening to the water, trees and birds. My favourite Graduations bundle is Mystic Midnight. Thanks for sharing your row pattern. I envision some other appliques such as snow machines and hikers on snowshoes. Also with some colour adjustment this would make a great frame for hikers, campers, etc.

  37. Michele W September 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    My happy place is on our deck, listening to the birds, chatting with people passing by, and quilting! I am loving Mystic Twilight…. and also Mystic Midnight, so if I were the lucky winner, I’d probably have to toss a coin to decide!

  38. Janet T September 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    In front of my sewing machine, with no one else home to bother me, and the phone turned off so the telemarketers don’t bother me all day!!

    • Janet T September 8, 2018 at 12:22 am #

      Love the oxidized copper colors.

  39. Sheila of WhiteBearQuilts September 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    I love your row! My happy place, besides my studio would be the beach! We moved from Florida to Kentucky, so not many beaches here! But the mountains are beautiful.

  40. Susan Green September 4, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

    My happy place is sitting with my quilting hoop, hand quilting or needle-turn appliqueing. I think I would choose Mystic Twilight. Thank you!

  41. Beth B September 4, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    I love your row. Downhill skiing used to be one of my favorite activities until rheumatoid arthritis hit. Such good memories.

  42. Debra Neiman September 4, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    wonderful, wonderful. Love how neat your geese look on the back too. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  43. drakesneststudios September 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    My happy place is the beautiful City of Cuenca, Ecuador. My row would consist of the beautiful blue domes of the twin towers of the Cathedral in historic El Centro, which act as a backdrop to the parks, shops and restaurants that surround it. Thank you for sharing your time, your talent and your creativity. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. –

  44. Nancy Chappelle September 4, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    What a beautiful row and a generous giveaway, thank you! my happy place is walking in the woods. I love the trees and the serenity. I love the mystic midnight or graphite

  45. Lois W September 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    My Happy Place is listening to quiet music while working on an applique project. Thank you for beautiful design. Love the oxidized copper set.

  46. Teri c September 4, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

    Love your row! My happy place is sitting on the patio on sunny days. Thank you for sharing yours. Stonehenge is all great…Graphite colorway works well for me right now if I should win.

  47. Sandy K September 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    Very pretty row. My happy place is up north at the cabin where I can relax by the lake.

  48. Vicki H September 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    My happy place is out in my flower gardens. Thanks for sharing your row.

  49. Shirley Clark September 4, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    My happy place is my sewing room. This is where I can be me and sew, embroider, or just look for inspiration!

  50. Sobana Sundar September 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

    Love those snow fabrics. And your designs.

  51. Karen September 4, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

    My sewing room is my happy place and would be happier if “mystic midnight” made its way there. Thanks for the chance and your beautiful row.

  52. vivoaks September 5, 2018 at 12:03 am #

    Thanks so much for your hard work on your row and giving us a chance to win some goodies!! I’d have to think on it a bit to come up with my happy place…. Maybe when I’m at the pipe organ at church, playing to my heart’s content, with no one around. If people are there listening, it makes me nervous and I don’t like to practice like that. What can I say? Leave me by myself and let me do my thing!! 🙂

  53. dezertsuz September 5, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks so much for the effort you put into your row and for joining the row along. I love mountains, so this design is great, even with no appliqué at all.

    • dezertsuz September 5, 2018 at 12:24 am #

      Oh, and my happy place would be camping in the mountains! I think that I’d need Blue Planet for that.

  54. Sheila Ivany September 5, 2018 at 1:05 am #

    You are very creative. I have done downhill skiing once but now would prefer to only appliqué a skier. Thanks for a chance to win . Happy Quilting.

  55. lee September 5, 2018 at 3:25 am #

    Fabulous row! My happy place is on a beach! tks!

  56. Delaine September 5, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    I love your quilt! You are very talented! My happy place is Punta Cana. It is the best place to vacation and relax. I love the Iron Ore colorway. Thanks!

  57. Brenda @ Songbird Designs September 5, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    Such a nice row, Patti! I love snow, but love it from inside (on the rare occasion we get it!) My happy place row will be up on the 25th!

  58. mlmcspadden September 5, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Thanks for the great row and all the wonderful info that you gave on how you made it. I love the mountains so this is a row that I love.

  59. Susan L. September 5, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Your row is amazing & inspiring! My happy place is camping with grandchildren and family.

  60. Nancy September 5, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    My happy place is my sewing room. I can lose myself in there and not come out until I need food or a bath room break!! I love the Iron Ore colorway, but they are all beautiful.

  61. Carol S. September 5, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    This row is amazing and so beautifully put together…thanks for sharing!

  62. Linda Williamson September 5, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    My happy place is in my garden tending to my flowers and plants. Thanks for sharing your wonderful row. I love the snow but I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding.

  63. CAROL S NELMS September 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Great quilt, Thanks for sharing! My happy place nowadays is my sewing room, I love piecing quilts!

  64. Rita Scott September 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    My happy place at home is first my sewing room, second my flower beds in season, not in the snow, and always with my family. Love the slate palette.

  65. Mary Furber September 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

    I love this row, and I’m very fond of piecing so I will try this. Thanks

  66. thedarlingdogwood September 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    What a fun row! My happy place is my sewing room, or anywhere outside with my family. I really like all the gradations colorways, but mystic midnight is probably my favorite.

  67. Genevieve Jezick September 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    My happy place is teaching students to see and watching them create fabulous pieces. Favorite colors: Blue to green

  68. Thunder September 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    My sewing room is my happy place, other than that, it would be the beach.

  69. Robin RK September 6, 2018 at 12:16 am #

    Thanks for sharing this quilt. It truly does look like a ski (snowboarding) slope. Reminds me of days when I lived in the north.

  70. cheriec12 September 6, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Great row! I have many happy places. Right now it is on my patio watching the humming birds. Thanks Northcott! I like the Blue Planet Colorway

  71. Joan September 6, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    My age and knees are way past that snowboarding era…BUT, I Love this. What a spectacular row. So many textures with the way you put it together and those fabulous fabrics. Thank you thank you for a fabulous addition!

  72. Jayne P September 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    I love a landscape of sea and sand so would probably choose Mystic Midnight but they are all lovely

  73. Bunnie Cleland September 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    My happy place is my sewing room, and I have that Knobie to prove it!!

  74. Susan September 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    My happy place is my music room, but I also am happy when I am outside–especially in the mountains or by bodies of water. It’s a toss-up between Mystic Midnight and Graphite so surprise me.:-) Thanks for the beautiful pattern.

  75. Lori M September 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

    My Happy Place is definitely my sewing spot…Mmmmmm.. I think my favorite colorway is the Mystic Midnight… Thank you for chance to win any of the colorways tho..all are Beautiful! 🙂

  76. Joy September 7, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    My happy place is a river edge where I put my feet in the water. I really like Blue Planet.

  77. Rosalind Gutierrez September 7, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Only another quilter understands when I say my favorite happy place is my sewing room.

  78. Lynne Stucke September 7, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Love it! Thank you! Although I love the mountains, my happy place is the beach!

  79. Lu Willmot September 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    My happy place is almost anywhere that does not involve snow or ice or even frost. I like the Twilight colorway. Thank you for the block. Despite the snow, I will use it for the skiers and snowboarders in the family.

  80. Linda Yeager September 8, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    My happy place is on a mountain slope in the late summer/early fall. The trees are moving in the slight wind, the birds are singing, and I don’t hear civilization AT ALL. 🙂
    Mystic Twilight.

  81. Shirley (Petunia-pinned) September 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Beautiful work as always, Patti!
    I have two happy places….
    My sewing room and our sunroom…..
    Well make that 3…. being with my kids and grands!

  82. mspdesignsusa September 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

    What a great row! I love the selection of fabrics that you’ve used- perfect for showing the shades of the snow and the mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  83. mspdesignsusa September 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    Oops! I forgot about mentioning my happy place, as I got so inspired by seeing yours. I love to go hiking in the mountains, in the summer of course. I don’t live anywhere near the mountains, so I live vicariously by looking that the hiking photos that my brothers post on Facebook. If I should win the giveaway prize, I love the “Slate” colorway. (Thank you Northcott Fabrics!)


  84. Kathy E. September 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    Your mountains are represented perfectly in your row! I enjoy visiting the mountains when we vacation, but I’m not a skier. My happy place in my sewing room where I can create and play all day (if I’m left alone). The Onyx colorway is so pretty!

  85. Allison in Alabama September 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    My happy place is my sewing room!

  86. marlene498 September 12, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Great design!

    • Patti September 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

      Thanks Marlene! I’m looking forward you your row 🙂


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