The rows are from Bellingham, WA and Detroit, MI; Washington, DC, and Dallas; Plano, TX, and Centralia, WA; Utah and Illinois; and Illinois and Vermont. I made all of these using fusible web: you cut out the shapes from fabric and from this slightly-sticky web-like stuff (google Mistyfuse), layer them on the background fabric, and press with a hot iron. Then you stitch around the edges of the all the shapes with a tiny zig-zag to make
sure they stay in place. As you can see from the fraying in some of the closeups, I didn't always do a good job of that. >.<
The top left one was the very first one I picked up. I found out about this whole Row by Row thing while I was driving between Vancouver and Seattle this summer. I was stopping at a couple of quilt shops along the way (as you do), and I overheard a customer asking for the free pattern. Free? Wait, and every quilt shop has a different one? Ohhhhh boy.
I adore the one with the skyline; it doesn't show up too well in the picture, but the reflected buildings in the water are all wavy. The sunset fabric I found for the background was perfect. And I also love the Texas one; that was thanks to beelikej and tmn1966 on their road trip.
I love the penguins; that one came from juice817, who picked it up on her travels. Aren't they adorable? The first one is just chillin'; the second one is going a little wild; the third one has that expression that means he can't remember if he left the iron on; and the last one is me, keeping a very careful eye on her marshmallow so it doesn't burn:
The Illinois and Michigan Canal is featured with a towboat and the mule pulling it. That was one of only two that I got the kit for, not just the pattern, because I wanted those figures cut out for me in advance. The background block is my old favorite and namesake Storm at Sea. It was a serious pain in the butt to make, though; I might need to find a new favorite quilt block! The bottom one shows "Champ," the lake monster of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Isn't he cute?
Thanks again to everyone who helped with this. I have a bunch more that I still want to make, but in the meantime, I have to get back to my regular quilts, too! My best friend just announced that her second son is on the way, so that'll be first on the list once I get home from our winter break trip to the West Coast.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and Happy New Year!