Row by Row with Island Batik

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Welcome to the first day of the Island Batik Row by Row Blog Hop. For this challenge Island Batik sent the Ambassadors a fat quarter bundle from one of the new fall/winter 2021 collections. The collection I received is Americana.

Some of the products featured on this site were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil , AccuQuilt, ByAnnie and Schmetz Needles.

Americana – by Kathy Engle

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Americana designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik will be shipping to shops this month, Jan/Fed . If you’ve thought about making a Quilt of Valor or looking for fabric to compliment your QOV design, this is it. There is a nice balance of blues, reds and neutrals.

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Lovely blue prints. I love these because they are neither feminine nor masculine.

Piecing the row by row blocks

The challenge was to make a lap sized or larger Row by Row quilt and use all 20 fabrics in the collection we received. In all the years I have been quilting I have never made a row by row quilt. I searched for 4 different blocks that would use at least four colors from the collection.

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For piecing my blocks I used the half square triangle dies from the AccuQuilt 12″ Mix and Match Qube, the 2 1/2″ strip die for sashing, border and binding, as well as shapes 4 and 5 from the 8″ Qube for the flying geese.

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schmetz needles

Love the Schmetz Needles. Since receiving them in an IBA box a couple of years ago the stash of my previous brand is collecting dust.

aurifil thread
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Not the same quilt but same thread.

Aurifil thread has colors to match most fabric, which is what I use for piecing and binding. I love using a white or off white thread for quilting and guess what? Aurifil has longarm thread. Thanks to fellow Island Batik Ambassador MaryMackMadeMine who informed me of the Aurifil Forty3, she also sells it in her Etsy Shop.

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A large meander for quilting because because lets face it, the fabric doesn’t need anything to enhance it, it does a great job on its own.

The rows

Row 1

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Row two

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Row 3

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Rows 3 and 4

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Loki photo bombed me.

Just think, 4 years ago I would not have touched hst’s to save my life. Now I have just made a whole quilt full of them.

Awarded Quilt of Valor

This Quilt of Valor was awarded to Jeff, an Army vet from the first Gulf War. He is pretty much home bound and I did not feel comfortable asking if I could take his photo to share.

The entire collection in one quilt.

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hobbs batting

Hobbs Heirloom® Premium Cotton batting adds just the right amount of warmth and a comfy cuddle up feel.

There were a few of the blues that I did not use in the blocks so I added the flying geese top row and alternated those I had not used.

I love the secondary design the rows of blocks create, so glad I did not add a vertical sashing.

Each row uses different red, white and blue fabric from the collection.

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To view a list of Island Batik Ambassadors and find out what they are up to click on the logo below. A complete schedule of the hop will be updated here on my blog or you can always find it on the Island Batik Blog.

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This weeks Island Batik giveaway

Island Batik always has the best giveaway. This week during the hop two lucky winners will win precuts of American or Chantilly. Enter the rafflecopter below and good luck!

To find your local quilt shop that carries Island Batik, the Store Locator.

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Thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt, Aurifil Thread and Schmetz Needles. Visit the sponsors of this post by clicking on any of the links proved above. To find a store that carries Island Batik fabrics click here.


  1. It’s beautiful, Denise. Such a wonderful QOV quilt!! Our guild makes a lot of QOVs and also does presentations. That is so special because of my family members who have served in the military.

  2. My grandmother inspired me to sew. Your row by row quilt is wonderful…thanks for sharing to a veteran.

  3. Denise your QOV is beautiful and I’m sure Mr. Patridge appreciated it. How thoughtful of you to not stress him about a photo. My favourite inspiration is provided by the IB Ambassadors I have been following over the years. Bits how I’ve met so many of my favourite designers/bloggers. In fact, you are the one who has inspired me to get over my dislike of FG! Nesting the seams is the trick for them and hst’s! ?

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Denise! You did an awesome job with the HST’s. I still have a hard time with my points. Thank you for sharing today.

    1. Thank you. I’m certain there are a couple in there that don’t match up. It helps if I nest the seams but there’s always a few that don’t cooperate.

  5. I am always inspired by lookng at other’s quilts online. Get some great ideas by scrolling through different websites at what others had made. Great ideas here too! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Helen. Every Thursday I have a linky party and they are always inspirational, you should stop by.

  6. Hi Denise! What a GORGEOUS quilt. I’ll bet Mr. Partridge was honored that you made this for him. That is a charity I would like to get more involved with. Love everything about this post. {{Hugs}} a bunch. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Thank you so much. I like QOV because you do not have to send the quilts off unless you want to, you award them yourself and they still get counted. If I spent two years making them I would still not have gifted all the vets I know.

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