Sunday, June 1, 2014


A couple of months ago, Jane Cubbon of Daffodil Quilts and Fibers in Nokesville, Virginia, asked me to design a pattern for the Row by Row Experience Shop Hop she will be participating in this summer. It was great to work with Jane. She only had one request . . .  she wanted the row to include a daffodil. That was the easy part.

Let me just say . . . I have problems with deadlines, fabric choices, size constraints, button limitations, decision-making . . . But I like daffodils, too, so I said yes.

Even though it only took me a couple days to come up with the initial design, it took me another month and a half to finalize what I wanted to do, which left me only two weeks to sew it, quilt it, add the buttons, bind it, determine the fabric requirements, and write the directions. Did I mention that I have a problem with deadlines?

So I know you'll be shocked when you hear that I actually finished the row on time . . . on the last day at 2:30 in the afternoon, but on time. (I know I was shocked.) And I love how the row turned out! That's it, at the top of the blog. There are dogwoods (our state flower), bluebells (hundreds of bluebells bloom at Merrimac Farm, which is near to Daffodil, every spring), cherry blossoms (the Washington, DC/northern Virginia area is known for them),  strawberries (there is a pick-your-own strawberry farm down the road from the shop), and, of course, daffodils.

You can get the pattern for free when you buy something at Daffodil between July 1 and September 1. Jane will also be putting a kit together for the row. (At the right is the fabric "cheat" sheet I gave her -- she has some really beautiful fabric in the shop!) She will also be selling some of my patterns in the shop.

Visit Daffodil Quilts and Fibers (13059 Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville, Virginia, 703-594-038) this summer to pick up the pattern. Several other local shops who are participating in the shop hop . . . Kelly Ann's in Warrenton, Suzzie's in Manassas, and Circle Sewing in Woodbridge. Each shop has it's own pattern based on one of the seasons. You can find more information about the shop hop at Happy summer!