Color Keys by Artistic Artifacts, their 2018 Row by Row Experience pattern

Artistic Artifacts: Row x Row Sew Musical!

Sew Musical: the 2018 Row by Row Experience logo

The theme for this year’s Row by Row Experience is Sew Musical! The Artistic Artifacts row, Color Keys, is pictured above. It features a sheet music fabric by Tim Holtz and a variety of beautiful Palette solids by Marcia Derse. Our row uses the horizontal Short & Sassy configuration (see below for the row sizes and shapes new for 2018).

The Row by Row Experience is made for avid quilters and sewers who love to travel and love to add the next new quilt to their collection.

To join in the Row by Row fun each summer, all that’s necessary is to pay an in-person visit to us — or any participating quilt shop — and ask for your free row pattern (limited to one per person; for in-person shoppers/walk-in customers only). The Row by Row Experience has made a rules change this year and we are now allowed to continue to give out free row patterns and sell complete fabric kits to sew your own row (in store only) after the originally scheduled September 4 end. While the “hibernation” period remains for online options (until November), we’re happy to be able to continue to offer our 2018 design Color Keys for the near future while supplies last.

New Row Sizes: Use Your Creativity!

New 2018 Row by Row Experience row sizes and shapes

Each year you decide what pattern to use for your quilt. And new for 2018 are several NEW row sizes (see illustration) to give you even more options as you collect rows and lay out your Sew Musical quilt! (Listed dimensions are the finished sizes; you will have seam allowances to join rows.) Stack your rows, arrange around a center medallion, make them horizontal, vertical, upside down, on the front, on the back... whatever you like — you are the designer!

Be creative and have fun, but remember, to be eligible to win, you must make certain you have used 8 different rows from 8 different participating shops. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from anywhere!

Quilt to Win!

Each year Row by Row quilters are eligible to win a prize stash of 25 fat quarters — 6¼ yards of fabric!

The rules are simple: complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2018 participating shops, and if you are the first to bring it into a participating shop, you win. One prize per shop, as well as one prize per quilter. (A completed quilt means it must be quilted, bound and labeled to be eligible for a shop prize; the 2018 deadline for turning in a completed quilts is October 31, 2018.) In addition to the fat quarter fabric prize, most shops are offer a bonus prize for those using the store’s row in your quilt — we always do!

Each state/area has a Facebook page (visit the Row by Row website for participating shop information (for the U.S. Region; Canada and Europe also available) — shops post photos of their rows, license plates and quilts submitted for a prize (note that you do not have to be a member of Facebook to see the Row by Row photos)! Shops love to be creative with the theme each year as they work it into their row, so visit to see the wide variety in how each year’s theme is interpreted. The Virginia state Facebook page includes Artistic Artifacts:

Visit Artistic Artifacts for The Row By Row Experience!

Since 2011, Row by Row Experience has engaged tens of thousands of quilters all over the world with the fun of collecting free row patterns while visiting local quilt shops, then creating themed quilts projects using the rows they collect. We hope you will add Artistic Artifacts to your list of shops to visit — we are featured in the current issue of Quilt Sampler magazine as one of 10“Top Shops” across the United States!

Artistic Artifacts Store Hours

Artistic Artifacts is open:
     •  Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
     •  extended evening hours on Thursdays, until 8:00 pm

     •  Sundays from 12:00 noon to 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

Take the Washington Beltway to exit 174, Eisenhower Avenue Connector. After exiting onto the ramp and merging onto the Connector, you will come to the intersection: 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 Artistic Artifacts sign. Store entrance is at the front of the Artistic Artifacts/Racing Dynamics building, and you are free to park anywhere in our 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.

Past Row by Row Experience

We have really enjoyed our experience with this fun shop hop in the past...each year we meet new friends and customers from so many different states and even countries. We are lucky to be located so close to Washington, DC, a vacation destination for so many families, and appreciate how many people made plans to visit us — we hope to see you this year too!

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