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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time for "Row by Row" to start - with a new twist this year!

"Row by Row On The Go! is 2017’s theme and we'll be participating here at  Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric & More.  We’re super excited about Row by Row Experience’s brand new program, Row by Row Junior, too!  It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 14.  They travel along with an adult.  They collect free row patterns designed just for them to make and they can learn to sew at home with family help and support from

Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day.  Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout, but anyone can buy a kit.  Grandmothers and traveling family can bring them home as gifts or souvenirs.

Row by Row Junior designed the five different row patterns so you can be sure they are kid-friendly.  Make it an adventure traveling to collect all five and seeing how different shops make up their row.  Our row is [your row choice and why].

We’ll be awarding “I Made This!” ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern.  Any sewing effort will be celebrated, not just quilting.  Find Row by Row Junior’s free online activities, kids’ journal pages, support for learning to sew at home, and more at this summer.

“We want our kids to learn how to sew and carry on this craft that’s so dear to us,” explains Janet Lutz, Row by Row’s founder. “Traveling to new places, collecting something just for them, visiting Grandma, summer vacation...this is all part of the wonder and excitement of Row by Row Experience.  Please join us.”

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Craft - 'Gelli Plate"

A great friend of  mine turned me on to a new crafting idea a couple of weeks ago.
'It will be fun', she said.  'It is easy', she said.  well, I watched video after video and ended up painting myself, the gelli plate, the vinyl cutting board I use as my undermat, and many pieces of paper.  My husband shakes his head, and only asked, 'Why'? to which I can only reply that I enjoy trying new crafts, and this may be the one that makes me a millionaire crafter! 

I made a very simple video today, one that covers the first 15 minutes with the product (although it took me 10 days to get to this point), you can barely hear me because I don't like the sound of my own voice so I speak sparingly and quietly, sorry. 

All the videos I watched were from people way past my experience level. I have one 88 cent stencil from walmart and 10 bottles of acrylic paint.  So, if you want to try this art, the 'gelli arts' go ahead and give it a try.  If you don't like it there are a hundred folks who will take the products off your hands.  I can say the process is relaxing and when I'm finished with a cutting project or embroidery project, playing with paint is fun and easily cleaned up.

Jump in with both feet (not really, I mean please no feet on the gelli plate) let your creative side take over.  Doubts? look up the color wheel for ideas; because some colors mixed just make mud and that will stifle your creativity.  Be brave, most of all Be Happy.