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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Christmas Carol Row Along - My turn!

Hi!   Welcome to my blog The Quilted Snail!


Welcome to day four of the 3rd annual Row-A-Long, hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew.

I'm Moira McSpadden and I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful group of bloggers and designers that are bringing you the Christmas Caroling Row Along.

As you download the patterns, be sure to leave comments thanking the designers for their work.  All comments will be appreciated by the designers!

Today is the day for my row to be shown and available for download.  

Northcott Fabrics is the main sponsor of this row a-long and has generously provided some fabrics to each blogger for use in making their row.    The fabrics that I used from Northcott were the starry sky, the TOT black I used for the Wisemen, and one of the browns in the hills.

The song I chose to portray is "We Three Kings of Orient Are" because it is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I love how the three Wise Men followed the star that had been prophesied of in complete faith that God would lead them to where the Christ Child was.

In making my sample quilt I ended up making two different samples, very similar to each other but still different.    With small adjustments to the pattern you can make this one your own.

There are several easy ways to customize your quilt.   I've described three of them below.

The first way to customize your row is by varying the width of the pieces that you use for the hills and the sky.

The pattern is designed for a 10 inch width.  However, by simply cutting your fabric wider and then continuing the line for the top of each hill you can make the row wider.   When you do this the length of the overall row will also be increased as shown in the side-by-side shot here.  

You can also play with how you arrange the Wisemen.
This picture shows the star that I made on the smaller of the two wall hangings.   It was embroidered with gold metallic thread.  The rays from the star were quilted both in blue and in the same gold metallic thread.














In the second wall hanging I appliqued the star using a metallic gold cotton fabric.  The quilting for the star was done in the same manner as I did with the embroidered star.

Patterns for both types of stars are included in the pattern











Another way that you can customize your row if desired, is to add a border around it or just finish it with a binding if you choose to not put it with other rows.







The pattern will be available for free for a week and then will be offered for sale on Craftsy.   The link to it is given later in the posting.    To download the pattern, click on the link below.  This will take you to my Craftsy page where you will find my pattern.   I hope you enjoy it!



Today's giveaway is this wonderful FQ set of  Moda's Basic Grey Berry Merry Bundle.  the retail value of it is $40.   You can find a full description of it by clicking here.   The giveaway will run September 14, 2017 and will end September 21, 2017.   Shipping Is Anywhere / Shipping Cost must be paid by winner.


Moda Fabrics


a Rafflecopter giveaway


In addition, Northcott is sponsoring a weekly giveaway throughout the Row A-Long, as is Calibre Art.  Click HERE for more information on these giveaways and the links to enter both of them.

And here is a listing of the participating bloggers -

The Christmas Caroling Row Along Schedule
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 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
                                            (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Bloggers will be announced at a later date

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.
  1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  3. You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.
  4. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017 with the exception of the Calibre Art giveaway, those will be available after each featured day, starting September 06, 2017.
  5. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.
  6. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  7. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  8. You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  9. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  10. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…
  11. Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  12. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  13. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  14. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  15. All winners are chosen at random.
  16. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  17. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  18. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  19. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  20. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.
I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.
An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.
Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.
Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

100 comments:

desertskyquilts said...

I love seeing the rows side by side. I wouldn't have noticed the wise men were ascending differently otherwise. Thanks for a great row, and thanks to the wonderful sponsors!

minibea12 said...

Lovely Three Kings and Star of Bethlehem designs!
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Marian said...

This is another favorite, of course, I've always had a soft spot for nativities. I'm so happy you came along for the ride with the row along Moira and your row is gorgeous.

Lee said...

I love your beautiful row!

Nina said...

Thank you for the great block!!

Kat said...

Hi Moira,
What a wonderful design you've done. My DIL would love this, you've given me a terrific inspiration for a Christmas gift. Thank you.
Kat

Paige said...

What a great design, Moria! I have downloaded it already! Thank you!

Tanya Mitchell said...

Great job. You are so talented!

Janet said...

Oooo... We Three Kings is one of my favorites! I've had the words memorized since I was a child. Thanks for a lovely row!

Sue Green said...

Thank you for your beautiful row!

Allison said...

Lovely depiction of the carol. Thank you for the inspiration.

Monica said...

Thanks for the tips on customizing your row. It's very lovely.

Susan L. said...

What an amazing row! Thank you!

Nancy Lewis said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions. I love your row and envy your talent!!

Beth Brown said...

I love this carol! Beautiful design!

Cindi Young said...

I love your patterns on Craftsy!

Cindi Young said...

Oops, hopefully you do not get two posts from me. I love all of your patterns.

Linda Williamson said...

Your row turned out so beautiful. Love the detail on the Star of Bethlehem. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Linda Williamson said...

Your row turned out so beautiful. Love the detail on the Star of Bethlehem. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Regina said...

This is a very nice pattern. Thanks for participating.

chrisknits said...

What a lovely piece. Just love the tips you share.

lynn bourgeois said...

This is a very inspiring row. Thank you for sharing your creation with all of us.

Calicojoan said...

What a beautiful row and I love how you have shared just how to make it our own. Thanks for a wonderful addition to this row by row.

Denise Pierce said...

Oh, I like your Three Kings - love the song you based it on too! Thank you!

Denise Pierce said...

I like you row and the song you based it on. I can't yet decide on which star - thank you for row!

Jackie said...

Thank you for the beautiful row!

Thunderfan said...

I really like the one on the right! The fabric used for the sky creates a great contrast so shine light on the Wise men. great job!

Thunderfan@protonmail.com

Pam McDonald said...

That is very pretty. Thank you for going to so much work!

Susan said...

Great row design! I like the ability to play with the Wise men placement.

Moira said...

Loving everyone's comments.

Abbigail said...

Wonderful block!

gmwahl said...

LOVE THE ROWS that YOU have made and thanks for sharing them.
Glad to see a Hymn Christmas song, They give the reason for the season

quilter said...

Very pretty, thanks for sharing and the giveaways! cork@pa.rr.com

Susan said...

Thank you for the pattern and the ways to change it up if we want. Nice choice of carol.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Just BEAUTIFUL!! It brings back memories of when I was a child and made a pottery image much like this at my friends house. Her mom had a kiln and it was cool to able to make it. I don't know what ever happened to it, but this brought back fond memories.

cityquilter grace said...

very nice pattern....would be wonderful on its own for christmas decorating...an important message for any day "wise men still seek Him"....

Jayne said...

Thank you for sharing your row. This would make a great door hanging

Dawn F said...

I love this song and I love your two patterns that portray it so well. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Allison CB said...

Wonderful row - I like the metallic star - shows up very nicely! Thanks for sharing the pattern!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

vivoaks said...

Thanks so much for taking part in the Christmas Carol Row-Along! All the rows that have been released so far are beautiful - yours included!! It never ceases to amaze me - the amount of people in this world who are so creative! I'm good at following instructions, but I don't have a creative bone in my body, so I truly appreciate yours! Blessings!! Vivian wvoaks at comcast dot net

Lisa Marie said...

Your row is gorgeous! Such a classic look for Christmas.

ShirleyC said...

You are so creative! This is a great idea, and I love the way the camels appear to meander up the hill.

Karen McMahon said...

It's a beautiful block. Thanks for sharing it.

Margaret Handlin said...

Your Row by Row is beautiful. Thank you

Angie&Gary Short said...

Really cool row. I like that it can be customized! Thank you for designing it! Very pretty! Have a great day!!

Shelley Buttler said...

Thank you for sharing your block! I love it!

wendy said...

Love your row and the different variations you give along with a challenge to be creative. Thank you for sharing it!

Nancy said...

Your row is lovely. I like that you showed us how to make it a little wider (and longer).

Sue said...

Lovely design, thank you for sharing your talents!

Sewgirl said...

Really nice row...thanks so much for taking the time to make it and then offering it free this week. I have already downloaded it!

Carol S. said...

This is such a beautiful row with a wonderful Christmas message in it! Thank you for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

That is just gorgeous and would make such a nice addition to the Christmas decorating. Thank you.

Melody Lutz said...

I am loving your row! Thanks for sharing with all of us. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

Chelsea said...

Lovely row! So many possibilities!

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

Beautiful row! I love this Christmas Carol too. Thank you for sharing! (sharonthemagnificent@yahoo.com)

Marti Morgan said...

This is a wonderful row and another of my favorite carols. Merry Christmas!

Bonnie58 said...

I love your row. Thanks for sharing

Betsy said...

Wow, wow, beautiful block! I'm making it into a runner , what joy it will bring .Thank you

LOIS W said...

Thank you for a beautiful scene.

Janarama said...

Your row is absolutely beautiful!

apple blossom said...

love your wise men row

BunnyeB said...

Very pretty row. Thanks so much

Liz Horgan said...

Another one of my favorite Christmas Carol's! And a beautiful row! Thank you!

lisa0116 said...

Love your row! Thank you very much!

BunnyeB said...

Love the row. Thanks so much

edith csokmay said...

Beautiful block. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

bdieges said...

Really like that this row is emphasizing what Christmas is all about.

GranChris said...

The true meaning of Christmas. Thank-you

JANET said...

Really GREAT block! Thank you for sharing.

JANET said...

Love the block. Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

I always love Basic Gray's holiday designs!

Patty said...

Beautiful row that you designed which would be great to have as a banner hanging on your wall at Christmas.

ACOlive said...

Beautiful row! Thank you!

Renee said...

I absolutely love your row. Thank you!

L said...

Great Row!!

Joyce Carter said...

This is such a beautiful row. I love the three wise men. Thank you so much for sharing.

sewlost said...

Just beautiful
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sewlost said...

Beautiful row. Thank you
Swoot@att.net

Carol W said...

Your block is great!

Kathy E. said...

I really love the Christian rows the most...like yours! Christmas has such a special religious meaning, at least for me. Thank you for the free pattern and the options on how to finish the row.

Amy said...

Beautiful rows. Love the way that you have finished them. Thank you for sharing.

Cecilia said...

Beautiful row and thank you for the variations. All of your suggestions make for a great project. Thank you for sharing.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

This one is a wonderful row. Thanks for the pattern.
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Linda said...

HI,neat Row! Thanks for the pattern+giveaway!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Robin Klein said...

I love this hymn. Thank you for sharing and giving us such detail to modify as needed.

Allison said...

Your row is beautiful! Thank you for the pattern and thank you to all the sponsors.

Lori said...

wow this is truly lovely. thanks for sharing.

BarefootThunder said...

Merry Christmas ! Thank you for the beautiful row.

Nancy in IN said...

I hope I get this made before Christmas. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Sandy W said...

wonerful row

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

I am amazed at all the artistry skills going into making these Rows. Fantastic!

Julia Eigenbrodt said...

Love your hills and the stars!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the work you did to create this row and then to have lovely fabric also is a real bonus. Thanks Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnet

Kathleen Trail said...

Your 3 kings your is very very nice, love it!

DebraKay Neiman said...

Really love all the patterns, Thank you. crystalbluern at tds dot net

DebraKay Neiman said...

Really love all the patterns, Thank you. crystalbluern at tds dot net

Joyce Penney Schroeder said...

I like this row very much. Unfortunately, when I click on the link, the pattern is nowhere to be found on the Craftsy page, which makes me sad. Thank you for such a lovely pattern, though; I can see it was designed with a lot of love.

Moira said...

I'm sorry you weren't able to see it Joyce - I just checked and it is there in the 4th row down from the top.

Denise Finucane said...

I really love the layers in this row. Thank you for an excellent design

Miaismine said...

Thank you for such a meaningful and beautiful row!