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My Turn for "All in a Row" Blog Hop

Hello Everyone-

Welcome to my little corner of the blogi-verse and my day on this fun "ALL IN A ROW" adventure of seeing everyone's rows in all of their variety and loveliness.

Moda All Stars All in a Row cover

I really hope you are having fun "hopping around" seeing how all these rows can be done differently with different themes and different fabric collections from so many different designers.... all that variety is really the best part of this book!


...here is my original row on the top of both quilts... in fact I think almost all of both quilts are made from Fig Tree goodness :-). I didn't make them personally but I think they are wonderful combinations of so many collections.... I spy Aloha Girl and Farmhouse and Honeysweet and Breakfast at Tiffany's and Buttercup and Whimsy and Somerset and California Girl and Avalon and Patisserie and Strawberry Fields and even more in the scraps but I can't tell quite what!

Wow... that is a lot of scrappy goodness! I wouldn't mind having either one of those lovelies to add to my personal collection!

Of course I am a bit gaga over the quilt on the right too... can't beat reds and soft reds mixed with some yummy creams. Perfect.

If you are just starting out, hop on over to MODA HERE to understand how it all starts off and see some of the lovely ladies who have gone before me...

As for me, it was my job to work up Lisa's quilt row in a Fig Tree variety. This is Lisa's original version....


I love it in all of its primitive fun and rich, saturated color scheme. Lisa always does awesome work and I love to use her little prints in creams and blacks to mix into my signature bundles as well as my vintage Halloween quilts. See more of her work at the Primitive Gatherings site.

The first attempt was... less Fig Tree and more of me wanting to remake Lisa's loveliness in some of my favorite blacks, my new orange wool and a few Fig Tree greens. I loved the result but then I thought it would be awesome to see it more "figgyfied" [as Miss Carrie has called it somewhere at some point and it kind of stuck] and so I made the second version.



Notice that neither version is quite a full row and neither follows the same outline for the vines and leaves, etc. Can we just call that artistic license? Or something, can we call it something? I am thinking of making 2 more and having Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter rows and then making a small quilt out of it.



What do you think? And if I did that.... which would these be? Winter and Summer or Spring? or Fall? Should I do different color backgrounds or pumpkins? Thoughts? Give me some thoughts in the COMMENTS AND I WILL DRAW 2 WINNERS for a copy of the book and some charm packs to go with it.

Oh...and don't forget to go back to MODA and to Martingale's new facebook page just for this book to win some of their prizes as well as over to Lisa's to see what she did with my row!



WHERE: Many of you have already asked me where you can get the book. I believe it is widely available at local quilt shops and your favorite online retailers as we speak. If you are a shop, I know that United Notions has it in stock for you. We have a few copies here and can get more if you need us to. Let me know if you are not able to find it and we will get some for you!

WHAT: All in a Row book, 24 Row-by-row Quilt Designs. Published by Martingale. 112 pages, soft cover, list price $26.99

WHEN: The book is available now. The special quilt-along- starts soon so be sure to check out both the MODA and the Martingale links I gave above fore more info on that.

Happy Hopping my Friends!




What a fun book and for a good cause. I love the idea for table runners. And the row fillers designed by Lissa. If I don’t win the giveaway I will add this book to my wish list.

I love the idea of the 4 seasons. I think the orange one should be summer and the darker one winter. Spring could have a blue background and fall could have a green (or reverse it, that would work too). Regardless, anything "figgyfied" is good in my book. :)

Great idea! I think you have Summer and Fall here. Maybe dark blues and frosty whites for Winter?

Years ago I thought all pumpkins HAD to be orange. Now, thanks to quilting and all the fabulous quilting fabrics (esp MODA and FIGTREE) I think pumpkins can be any color and design. I am loving the Row By Row articles each day. Terri t2mcgreer at gmail dot com

What a great idea to do a four seasons quilt! These look like summer with the orange background and fall with the dark background. I think spring would have some greens for background and instead of pumpkins, it would have to be pumpkin blossoms on the vines. Winter should have a dusting of snow maybe. I can't wait to see what you do. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book. It is a great book!

I also thought it would be fun to make a "seasonal" quilt with some of these rows. How about 5 or 6 rows, alternating rows with blocks like your cute row and applique blocks like the pumpkin row and the snowmen row from Anne Sutton. Just need to choose one more for spring/summer.

I love the four seasons idea! I love the pumpkins - thank you!

Your pumpkins are gorgeous and of course you can take artistic license on the design, I mean we are all in trouble if we can't do that! wow, proceeds from the book go to feed kids, how can you beat that?

I think the orange background would be for spring and the dark background would be winter. Thanks for a chance to win!

I really love the 4 Season quilt idea ... the white pumpkin piece could be Spring OR Summer and the darker one says Fall to me! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win this wonderful book!

Four seasons - I love it! I like the white pumpkin!

It's fabulous and they look like winter and summer. Love the fabric.

Pumpkins are usually fall, but white pumpkins could easily be a winter decoration.

Four season quilt is a great idea. I think the rows would be spring and fall. Love the lighter background. Thanks for the generous giveaway and the chance to win.

I like the seasonal idea for this row. Your finished samples remind me of spring and fall. I would probably go with some lighter background fabrics for summer and winter. What about some wool?

I love the seasonal idea but I think the colors need to be changed. As I was writing this I wondered if you could go with a four block piece but change it so it represented four parts of the year not usually done. We have March, June, Sept., and Dec. How about half seasons like half birthdays? Something to use the months we don't usually have decorations for - Jan., Aug., May, and ? - it was a good thought which maybe you can carry on...

Those pumpkins are so cute! I naturally gravitate towards anything with pumpkins. The lighter background would be Spring and the darker one would be Fall. Would love to win a copy of the book!

yes, different colored pumpkins for the different seasons, ie light to med green for the unripe ones.
thanks for sharing. Kathy in Colo

I love them both--beautiful!

I think the four seasons sounds awesome, with different color backgrounds. Loved the white pumpkins on it. It looks good with the lighter shades.

I love how you did the pumpkins in both orange and white. I actually think the white pumpkins would look wonderful on the dark background as well!

They are so cute! I would use the orange background for summer, black for winter, and maybe a green for spring and a brown for fall?

I think the two rows you made are summer and fall. If you do the four seasons, I would make the spring one with blooms and the winter one with just the vines and leaves, like after the pumpkins are harvested.

Love the two you have done!

Joann, you did a fantastic job with your row and Lisa's pumpkins. I love them both and the book will be fabulous!

I love your figgyfied pumpkins! I REALLY love your four seasons quilt idea! However, deciding which rows these are.... initially I was thinking the orange Autumn and the black winter. But, then I got thinking about your other colors.... I do like the black for Autumn. I could see your winter one on your reds for a more holiday one...oh, or reds could be summer with a little patriotic flair.... um... not sure I can help you with this! LOL My mind is going in all different directions. I look forward to seeing what you decide.

I think four seasons of pumpkins would be great. Would make a neat four row quilt. Spring pumpkins could be green, in Summer white with blooms, and Fall of course orange, and Winter with a bit of snow! With a mix of fabrics and wool, piecing and applique would mmake it fun. We would love to see what you create. Thanks for sharing in this fun. What an awesome donation and benefit project.

I like the seasons idea and changing the background colors. I would say you have spring and winter. Love your blocks.

Love them as Spring and fall - the white pumpkin is classy!

The top one looks like Spring, and the bottom is Fall. For Summer, I would choose a green background with white/butter yellow leaves, brown vines, brown/black stem and orange/coral colored pumpkin. For Winter, you could do a white/cream pumpkin again with green leaves, black stem and vines and use reds for the background.

Really and truly, the possibilities are endless!

I think they look like summer and fall. The pumpkins are really cute!

This best wonderful thing about this pattern is the how easy it appears to personalise! Love!

I love that white pumpkin! It feels so wintery. The orange one is definitely fall.

I love the pumpkins. The colors are great and so far everyone has had great ideas.

I think I would make a two-sided table runner, adding a few more white pumpkins on one side and orange pumpkins on the other side. I would use the orange side in Fall and the white side in spring. There are plenty of Winter decorations and lots of figgy summer-style decor, so you'll be glad to see the runner twice a year, and ready to put it away and pull out something new for the other two seasons. That's my reasoning, at least tonight.

I love your pumpkin rows . I think the black background looks more like Fall and the Figgified version looks more like Spring/Summer. It is neat to see someone else's take on the different rows. Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful project book. And I love that proceeds go to helping those in need.

A four seasons quilt sounds like fun! These look like spring and winter to me...love seeing how different fabric choices can change the looks of a block!

I love the 4 seasons pumpkins idea! They are so cute!

A small quilt would be cute but my preference would be to make table runners to switch out for the seasons. You could make 2 individual ones or make 2 that are reversible with a different season on each side.

Love your pumpkins and the four seasons idea. These would be summer and fall - a little snow on the winter design would be nice.

Really cute pumpkins - I love both of them. Would love to see the pumpkins in a printed fabric - I bet they would be adorable!

Love the idea of four seasons pumpkin. I like the dark background!

Love the idea of four seasons pumpkin!! I like the dark background too!

Love the pumpkins. What a great idea for a seasonal quilt. I love seeing all of the possibilities.

Love your 2 rows. Amazing what a difference the different fabrics made. As for the pumpkins. They are definitely fall. Maybe you could use the same vines, but mix it up & use flowers for Spring & berries for summer on the vines.

OK loving the four season idea........how about making them using your new wool colors....wouldn't that be totally gorgeous!!!! Perhaps add a little bird appropriate to each season? I feel certain whatever you do it will be fabulous!

I think your orange pumpkin looks more like fall and the white one definitely for winter. Would love to make the rows!

Oooh...love those pumpkins and boy, hard choices. They work either way. The lighter could be spring but also summer when they are just getting started and the darker are just coming to ripeness (is that a word)...Anyway, by changing the background fabrics you could have seasons and the pumpkins would be adorable...what about baby pumpkins with them, and a village of greak funthem....endless possibilities!
Thanks Joanna for

I love the lighter Figgy look! I'd call that one Spring. And a quilt would be lovely with 4 seasons. Debgirotti @ gmail dot com

I love your rows so far! And love the idea of seasons. I love these two for summer and autumn... It would be fun for spring to have your beautiful aqua background, or green. Then winter with brown background and red berries with it. It might be fun to have a baby pumpkin on the spring row!

Love the pumpkins.
Four seasons is a great idea.

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