Pinafore release!

Row House Creations (my pattern company with partner, Trina Kirkvold) released our sixth pattern recently! Pinafore has been a long time in the making, the cover quilt was completed in 2013. But with the shock and heartache of my husband’s diagnosis and sudden passing, this beautiful quilt was tabled for a long time. He assisted in taking the photos you see here (including outdoor pics on an EXTREMELY frigid winter day) and he came up with the pattern name (quickly and effortlessly, I might add) when we had struggled for over a week to name it. When he died so suddenly, Trina and I both struggled with going back to working on this pattern because there seemed to be so much of him tied into the project.

It took us over six months to pull it back out, and then giving ourselves a strict deadline (actually, we stood up in front of a large group of quilters, told the story, and pre-sold the pattern to them, promising it would be mailed to them in two months time) to actually finish the pattern.Pinafore_FrontCover copyThe block is 18.5″ — and the pattern is written for Twin (12 blocks), Queen (16 blocks) and King (25 blocks) sizes. We tested A LOT of block sizes before settling on the 18.5″ size. This is my design wall in 2013:PinaforeTestBlocks

Pinafore Block for BlogThe secondary pattern created by the corner triangles and the sashing cornerstones can change the look of the quilt completely based on fabric placement… I want to try this out in a scrappy look soon. Available in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Etsy Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (If you are in Des Moines, you can see the origianl quilt on display at Woodside Quilting and get your printed patterns at the shop). Naturally, Trina’s custom quilting makes the quilt sing!Pinafore Close-Up

Pinafore Style Shot 1Here is the Queen size layout, just 16 blocks:FlatShot_for Blog PinaforeIt’s not a complicated pattern, so even new quilters could tackle it; it is just pinwheels, half-square triangles and simple sashing and borders. We hope you love it as much as we do!Pinafore Style Shot 2You can purchase the pattern today, and any of our other patterns in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (Checker and United Notions carry our patterns, just let your LQS owner know to order them in!) Click on flyer below to enlarge:


…and you might have noticed, pattern #7 will be Diamond Dust, which won Best Modern Quilt at AQS Des Moines, 1st Place in the MQG Riley Blake Challenge, and a Blue Ribbon at the Reiman Gardens Quilt Show in 2014. If you were at QuiltCon in Austin last week, you likely saw it on display.

Happy Quilting,



2 thoughts on “Pinafore release!

  1. What a beautiful tribute! I love this quilt. I have a skirt in my closet (who knows how old?) that is almost identical to the red fabric in design and color. You girls have done a wonderful job with your designs. Always remember Frank is there looking over your shoulder with encouragement and ideas. He wants you to continue on with your dream.

    Love, Kay

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