Christmas Caroling Row Along 2017? Designing a row, for Christmas, in April?

30 pattern designers are sharing row patterns throughout September for free. The topic is Christmas songs and stories. Giveaways, raffle-copter, blogging… I truly had a lot of questions when I first received an email from the founder and organiser of this event, Marian Pena from Seams to be sew. Marian invited me to join the group of skilled traditional quilt designers despite my contemporary approach. Relishing a challenge, I happily accepted the invitation and started my design work in April in order to be ready for September. Thank you Marian for organising and all your help!


I chose the song ‘Mary did you know?’ It is actually my brother-in-law’s, who was visiting us at the time in London, favourite song. He played the song for me and it resonated immediately as it beautifully describes faith. Thank you Luke for introducing me to this song. The row is 12″ x 30″ and it is based on the “English Paper Piecing” technique. I chose this technique for two reasons. First, I just love hand sewing. You can do it almost everywhere and it is easy to bring along. Second, I did not have a sewing machine over the last few months as I was moving countries with my family. We packed up in London to move to Brisbane. A very practical reason really. My pattern will be available as a free download for one week. Please click on this photo and you will be directed to my shop from where you can download the pattern for free until September 28th 2017. Happy sewing and don’t forget to share your beautiful rows with me on Social Media. For Instagram please use #Marydidyouknow and tag me @martinalatimer. 

Northcott is the main sponsor of this event and offers a fat quarter bundle assortment as a giveaway.  Northcott was so kind to sponsor fabric for each designer as well. I could unfortunately not make use of this generous offer as I had no permanent address in the last view months. Nevertheless a big thank you Northcott for your great support. Please use this link to enter for the giveaway prize draw or click on the Northcott logo.

I am happy to share my sponsor Anita Goodesign (click the logo) who sponsors Anita’s Sampler / Embroidery Party 1

The value of this giveaway is $90, shipping costs must be paid by the winner (worldwide). PLEASE NOTE: You must own an sewing machine with an embroidery arm to be able to use this product.
Marian Pena offers more details about this product, have a look

To enter the prize draw to win Anita’s Sampler / Embroidery Party 1, please click on  one of the photos below and you will directed to rafflecopter. 

Please also have a look at all my fellow participants who also created beautiful designs for this Row Along:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Quilting Affection
Any Pattern
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt In Piece
Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts 
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
(sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
  (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Bloggers will be announced at a later date

Dry, but important: Rules and Guidelines for giveaways