Artistic Artifacts: Row x Row Taste the Experience!

The Artistic Artifacts row for the 2019 Row by Row Experience

Beginning June 21, 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. Free patterns are limited to one per person and are for in-person shoppers/walk-in customers only. See below to download our past years’ patterns... and we still have some 2018 complete kits for sale! After Row by Row 2019 concludes this fall, we will be able to sell any remaining kits online.

The Quilters' Quest Shop Hop participants collaborative 2019 Row by Row Experience quilt!

The 2019 theme is Taste the Experience! Earlier this year Artistic Artifacts was excited to be invited join the annual Quilters’ Quest shop hop: 10 participants throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland (you can reserve a seat on our bus to visit each yourself!), and this group joined together to collaborate for Row by Row 2019. These 10 original row patterns are designed to fit together create a yummy quilt, as seen here!

Use Your Creativity Designing Your Quilt!

Each year you decide what pattern to use for your quilt. The varied row sizes that were introduced last year give you even more options as you collect rows and lay out your Taste the Experience quilt! 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 2019 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 2019 deadline for turning in a completed quilts is October 31, 2019.) In addition to the fat quarter fabric prize, most shops are offering 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 as well as for Canada and Europe) — shops post photos of their rows, license plates and quilts submitted for a prize (you don’t 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: www.facebook.com/VARowbyRowExperience.

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. 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). Contact us for custom group arrangements.

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 »

Metro

Please note: the Van Dorn station has closed for renovations during the summer of 2019, along with Alexandria’s other three Metrorail stations. The closures are in effect through September 8, 2019. There are a number of free shuttles to/from Alexandria’s stations to other nearby stations. Learn more about alternative transporation options »
     A number of bus lines service Eisenhower Avenue: visit the WMATA website to learn more.

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

Past Row by Row Experience

The theme for 2018 was Sew Musical! and our “Color Keys” row is pictured above — kits are still available for purchase! 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.

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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