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Artistic Artifacts and the Row By Row Experience

Now that the 2014 event has concluded, you may download our row pattern (PDF, 1.1M) for your personal use* or mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Artistic Artifacts | 4750 Eisenhower Avenue | Alexandria, VA 22304 to receive a copy in return.
      * copyright Artistic Artifacts, all rights reserved; it is not permitted to copy or transfer the pattern in any format

In addition to our fabric kits, the Artistic Artifacts’s fabric license plate (pictured above) can also be ordered online! Visit our blog for postings about our Row by Row Experience:

While our original butterfly row design (pictured below) is pictured on our pattern, Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula worked up additional colorways and designs for this versatile row. Each of these fabric colorways is now available for purchase and includes a copy of our free row pattern:

Each kit also contains plain white muslin for your choice of surface design. For most of our variations we used our hand carved wooden printing blocks, as well as the beautiful “art” and “stitch” definition thermofax screens created by PG Fiber2Art. We have posted information about how to care for your thermofax screens, including links on how to print and more. And remember, the key to great woodblock prints is the use of a dense foam printer’s mat underneath your fabric: it allows the perfect amount of “give.”

Supplement our fabric kits with scraps from your stash as you strip piece your row using techniques from Rayna Gillman’s Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: a Stress-Free Journey to Original Design

More than 1,250 quilt shops in 34 states and Ontario participated in the 2014 Row by Row Experience, a shop hop event with no fees, no passports and all summer long to play! Participants simply visited any participating quilt shop during the summer and requested the free pattern; each shop chose one of the four seasons to represent in their row for the 2014 theme Sew a Season. The free patterns were available to customers who visited the store between July 1 and September 2, 2014.

Visit our blog for postings about our Row by Row Experience:

For the 2014 Row by Row Experience, Sew a Season, we celebrated spring with an original row designed and created by owner Judy Gula (one version show in photo above). Judy was inspired by Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: a Stress-Free Journey to Original Design by Rayna Gillman, and created her design using thermofax screens created by PG Fiber2Art (“art” and “stitch” definitions, wooden printing blocks, PROFab Textile Paint, our exclusive Combanasi Batiks, Tentakalum Ric Rac and more!

Congratulations Jana Franklin, the Artistic Artifacts fabric prize winner! See below, and visit our blog to learn more about Jana and her quilt! The Row by Row website to see the lists and complete addresses of participating shops in 34 US states and Ontario. A provided map helped quilters plan their summer trips so they could enjoy travelling with family and friends, discovering new quilt shops and collecting row patterns!

Plus, with the Row by Row Experience quilters could win a great fabric prize if they created a quilt using at least 8 different 2014 row patterns! See the details on this contest below, or visit the Row by Row Experience Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Each area has a Facebook page and the shops are posting photos of their rows and submitted quilts (you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to see the photos). The Virginia state Facebook page (which includes Artistic Artifacts), is


Congratulations, Jana Franklin!

Completed Row by Row Quilts Eligible for a Prize!

Jana Franklin shows off her winning Row by Row quilt at Artistic ArtifactsParticipants who were the first to complete* a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2014 participating shops and bring it into a participating store won a stash of 25 fat quarters: 6¼ yards of fabric!

On Tuesday, August 5 we were delighted to welcome Jana Franklin to the shop and award her our prize, with a bonus gift certificate prize for using our row in her quilt! Visit our blog to see more of Jana’s quilt!

Jana collected eight different row patterns from eight shops, all in the Northern Virginia area. A member of the Burke Chapter of Quilter’s Unlimited, Jana put her rows together beautifully, creating an wonderful springtime quilt. And she very kindly allowed us to temporarily keep it for display — we hope you were able to stop by the shop to see it, as our photograph could not do it full justice!

Quilters could use any pattern to layout their rows: stack them, arrange around a center medallion, make them horizontal, vertical, upside down, on the front, on the back, whatever! They were encouraged to be creative and have fun as they used at least 8 different 2014 rows. In addition to the fat quarter fabric prize, most shops are also offered a bonus prize for those using the store’s row in your quilt (as did Artistic Artifacts).

Patterns were available at all participating shops beginning July 1 through September 2. Customers had until October 31, 2014 to bring in their completed quilt for a prize. Note that patterns were only available to in-person visitors to any participating shop, one pattern per person, during the time of the event. During the 2014 event, they were not be sent by mail or email and are the copyright property of the designers/shop; it is not permitted to copy or transfer the pattern in any format.

Below, green and yellow leaf version fabrics before piecing.

* To be considered for a prize, a quilt is considered “complete” when it is quilted, bound, and labeled.

Artistic Artifacts Store Hours

Artistic Artifacts is open:
        •  Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
        •  Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Visit our calendar to learn more about classes and events, as we are also open during scheduled class hours and days (if they extend beyond our normal hours). We are happy to open the doors for custom arrangements or even drop-bys — contact us to confirm a staffer is available to let you in!

Directions to Artistic Artifacts

Washington Beltway to exit 174, Eisenhower Avenue Connector. After exiting onto the ramp and merging onto the Connector, you will come to the intersection, and take a left onto Eisenhower Avenue. 4750 Eisenhower Avenue is a red brick building approximately ¼ mile on the left, after the Fedex sign and before the condos — look for the Electrodyne sign. Store entrance is at the front of the Electrodyne building, and you are free to park anywhere in the Electrodyne lot. View Mapquest »


The Van Dorn Street station, on the Blue Line, is located at 5690 Eisenhower Avenue, approximately 10 blocks (.720 miles) from Artistic Artifacts. A number of bus lines service Eisenhower Avenue: visit the WMATA website to learn more.


The Artistic Artifacts Annex is:

  1. Your source for creative found objects for the contemporary fiber/mixed media artist
  2. Home to a wide variety of classes and workshops with renowned instructors — visit our calendar to learn more. Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month for our “How Do I Use This?” demonstrations and play-time, and the 3rd Sunday of each month for Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs)!
  3. An exhibit/show space
  4. A place for artists to gather

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