Whale Dance, Row by Row 2018 Block by Marie Noah, was inspired by the 2018 theme “Sew Musical”.
Humpback whales are known for their haunting and melodic songs and for breaching the water with amazing acrobatic abilities. This year’s block is a tribute to these graceful giants. The scene depicts a pod of humpback whales as they joyfully frolick to the beautiful sounds of the deep.
This combination of piecing and applique creates the illusion of intricate detail, yet it’s achieved with basic sewing skills. The block can be made without borders, and combined with other row patterns for a larger quilt project, or finished with the border to make a single art quilt. The choice is yours.
No Need to Cut Whale Dance Applique Pieces
If tracing and cutting all the intricate little pieces in Whale Dance isn’t your thing, our laser cut, pre-fused kit options are the way to go. All you do is piece the background, remove the backing paper from the appliques, place them in the scene and fuse with an iron. Finally, add borders or additional blocks and quilt as desired. Basic sewing skills are all that is needed to complete this project.
It’s like a shop hop, but it’s not… no fees, no passports and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops across the nation and receive a free pattern for a block in a quilt. Combine your blocks in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting blocks!
The 2018 theme is Sew Musical, and each shop is working with the musical theme in their row. The Northern Threads row was designed by Marie Noah, depicting a pod of humpback whales dancing in the deep blue ocean. The pattern techniques are simple piecing and fusible applique. Fabric pre-cut, pre-fused kits and patterns are available in store. Our pattern is a complimentary gift to shop visitors between June 21 – Sept. 4. Limit one per person.
A new twist for 2018 is more block sizes. Participating shops choose one of four sizes, 9″ x 36″, 6″ x 54″, 12″ x 27″ and 18″ x 18″. This gives you the chance to be more creative with your finishing layout.
Travel and Collect Row by Row 2018 Patterns between June 21 – Sept 4, 2018
First, create a quilt using at least 8 different Row by Row 2018 blocks from 8 different 2018 participating RxR shops. Then be the first to bring your row completed quilt into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). If you use that shop’s row in your quilt you’ll win a bonus prize!
You can visit the Row by Row Experience for more information on the program, including a list of participating shops, locations and more.
Bring in a completed quilt for a prize: June 21 – Oct. 31, 2018
ONLINE ORDERING FOR 2018 ROW AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1ST 2018
All other row patterns are available online now!
Row by Row 2018 Collectibles
Collect fabric plates and lapel pins available at many of the participating shops across the country. Our Northern Threads, Row by Row 2018 phrases are “Arctic Stripr” and “Polar Piecer” Fabric plates and lapel pins are available. Quantities are limited so order now!
Whale Dance patterns and kits are only available locally to walk-in customers June 21st, 2018 thru October 31, 2018. Online sales begin November 1, 2018.
Whale Dance combines traditional piecing with fusible applique. Very simple to make. Available in 3 easy options.
Finished Size Row Only: 6″ x 54″
Skill Level: Basic Sewer
LASER CUT KIT (Free pattern included thru Sept. 4, 2018)
Includes complete full-color instructions for piecing and “Easy Fusible Applique” Techniques. Laser cut, pre-fused appliques, fabrics to complete row. During the Row by Row 2018 event, June 21 – Sept. 4 the Whale Dance kit won’t include the borders & binding.
Border & Binding Kit (available thru Sept. 4, 2018)
If you want to make your Whale Dance kit into a single wall quilt I’ve made an easy kit for you to do just that. The Border & Binding Kit comes with full color instructions for the finishing steps along with fabrics to complete the top.
Includes: Applique Pieces, laser cut and pre-fused. (Free pattern included thru Sept. 4, 2018)
If cutting out fabric pieces isn’t your forte, or you just want to get started on your project right away, our laser cut appliques are the perfect choice. We’ve done the hard part for you!
Includes: Complete full color instructions for piecing and “Easy Fusible Applique” techniques.
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Previous Row Patterns:
Moose Lake – Row by Row 2015
Borealis Ridge – Row by Row 2016
Raven’s Throne – Row Pattern, Released June 2016
Night Watch – Row Pattern, Released April 2017
Morning Stroll – Row Pattern, June 2017
Caribou Crossing – Row Pattern, May 2017
End of the Row – Row Finishing Pattern, June 2017
Aurora Run – Row by Row 2017, Available Online November 1, 2017