The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

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stbs-Road-Home-long-banner-1-151x300First I need to say a very big thank you to Amy Warner of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for organizing another fantastic event. There has been a lot of hard work planning and gathering sponsors for this row along. And I can’t thank you enough.

Plus we must not forget any of the bloggers and quilters who has designed a row for this row along, they are all beautiful rows, and I wish I had the time to sew all of the rows.

Now for my row.

When this Row Along came along with the theme “The Road Home” it brought up so many images in my brain, the options to choose from was huge. But in the end I chose the beach. It is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel calm and I just love the water.

And my home town is in Amanzimtoti in South Africa.

This is my row

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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Clicking on the photo will take you to my Craftsy store to download this pattern, it will be free forever.

The row is 12 x 40″ excluding the seam allowance and paper pieced.

I know it looks a little scary, but if you follow the sewing order and have a little patience, you could easily make this row.

Here is my progress, sewing this row together.

This is the image of the row after I finished designing the row.

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

I broke the row down into 4 blocks to make it easier to piece together, the black lines shows where the block was broken down further. The pattern will show you exactly how to sew everything together and in what order.

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First I cut out all of the pattern pieces, and used a color pencil to color all the bits using the color chart, that is provided in the pattern.

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These were all the separate bit for block 1

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Block 1 finished

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Block 2 was easy

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Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.

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And lastly block 4

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After the 4 blocks is sewn together

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Now I need to mention, that my favorite sewing tool of all time, is the add an 1/8 ruler, this is perfect for making those seams as small as possible, to lessen the bulk around those seams. I do think, that I would not be able to live without my little ruler.

I also use my rotary cutter a lot, I tend to wait a little to long before replacing the blade on it, and then tend to cut bits of my finger off, well nearly.

My sewing machine is an 80 year old Bernina with straight and zigzag stitches only.  I do all of my quilting on it as well with no trouble at all, and that includes king sized bed quilts. And it happens to weigh a lot, don’t even ask me why I would mention that.


Now for the awesome bit of the post, the prizes.

Please comment below and enter the competition for these fantastic prizes available today and be sure to visit the other bloggers in the Row Along to enter their competitions as well.

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a Rafflecopter giveawayCalibre-Arts-300x179This prize is for US entrants only.

And last but not least the schedule of bloggers and links to where you can find them. Please go and look at all the patterns available on their blogs, and they are all free to download for the duration of the Row Along.

September 06

September 08

September 13

September 15

September 20

September 22

September 27

September 29

October 04

October 06

October 11

Show ‘N Tell Day

Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.

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Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here

Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along


You can also find me in my Facebook group here

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LLAP – “dif-tor heh smusma”

Vanda Chittenden



  1. Love this row Vanda, you’ve done a great job with the post breaking down the sections… I am so happy you joined us for The Road Home Row Along.

  2. Love your block! It is just adorable. SO glad that your joined us on this hop.

    1. Author

      Thank you Amy, I love these blog hops, it gets the creative juices flowing.

  3. I haven’t done much paper piecing, but I can see where minimal seam allowances could be important. Thanks for the tip about the ruler and the great block! Hope you are enjoying your spring while I enjoy the fall.

    1. Author

      Thank you, and I am loving the spring right now. After the cold wet winter we had, it is awesome.

  4. I am impressed it must have taken a very long time to plan and sew this. Great job.

  5. Author

    Thank you Marian, I have learned a lot with all the tutorials you have given us.

  6. I just love this row! You are so creative with all the details you have added. Thanks for sharing it free forever.

    1. Author

      Thank you so much, and it is a pleasure.

  7. I love this row so much, thank you – never tried paper-piecing but you’re tempting me!!

    1. Author

      Thank you Allie, once I got into paper piecing, I got hooked.

  8. Your row is wonderful paper pieced row. Never been to Amanzimtoti but with your row I can visualize it. Great job!

  9. Great row! It looks like you included everything about your town in this row. I was surprised to see a palm tree…don’t ask me why, lol.

    1. Author

      Thank you Carol. Palm trees are not indigenous to South Africa, but we seem to have a load of them along our beach front.

  10. There is an amazing amount of detail in your row. I love it.

    1. Author

      Thank you so much Marcia.

  11. Love your row! My hubby is an airplane nut, so will make this for his man cave!

    1. Author

      Thank you Cindy, so glad you are going to make the row. That’s awesome.

    1. Author

      Thank you, it is a big pleasure.

  12. Wonderful row! I love paper piecing so this is perfect for me.

    1. Author

      So glad you like the row, thank you.

  13. Wow, your row is wonderful. I’ve done a little paper piecing and your row looks like a great challenge. Thanks for sharing your process with us!

  14. Beautiful and creative row!! Thanks for sharing the pattern and the process!!

    1. Author

      Thank you Alida. I found doing a row like this one, a bit terrifying.

  15. Terrific row Vanda! Done in sections, it looks easy to put together.

    1. Author

      Thank you Susan. I thought it would be easier for people to tackle, if it was in sections.

    1. Author

      Thanks Anna, I you must try out paper piecing, it is a lot of fun.

  16. great row, now I feel bad that mine is BORING and simple… oh well

    1. Author

      No Bea, I love your row that you designed. Not everyone will like mine, because they will think it is to difficult.

  17. So very creative. I love all the details of the beach you incorporated.

  18. Nice block and I can just imagine how nice it is to live at the beach. I’m jealous, lol. Thanks!

    1. Author

      Thank you Laurie, I do love the beach a lot.

  19. Oh good-paper piecing-I need all the practice I can get! Love your block! I have a cousin who lives in Gauteng, one day I plan on a visit!

    1. Author

      That’s great, you really must come visit.

  20. I’m so glad to have found your site. I like paper piecing and I always use an add-a-quarter ruler. Now I’m going to look for and add-an-eighth.


    1. Author

      Thank you Ilana, I really can’t live without mine.

  21. Thank you for showing how the block was constructed. I use my add a 1/4 for paper piecing, but will have to get the 1/8 for this project. Enjoyed hearing about your Bernina.

  22. this is wonderful. i love pp so look forward to doing your row. thanks for sharing the pattern

  23. Your row is amazing! I love paper piecing and your instructions were great.

  24. Wow, what a wonderful pattern – really takes you to the beach. Such fun details, thank you for showing the individual blocks and the free pattern. I love my Add-an-eighth ruler too!

    1. Author

      It is the best tool in my box for sure.

  25. Wonderful row, and I do love paper piecing. Looks like South Africa is a beautiful place to call home.

    1. Author

      Thank you Joan, I love South Africa.

  26. Such a fun row! I love to paper piece. Thank you!

  27. Your row is amazing with so many details. I love the airplane. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Very nice row. Very nice to see the individual steps to make this. Thanks for sharing!

  29. So many paper pieced details – great job!

  30. Your row is fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us.

  31. Wow!! Such detail!! You did Awesome job!! 🙂

  32. Great row, thanks for sharing!

  33. Great row Vanda and the way you broke down how it goes together is very easy to understand. Thanks for the wonderful design.

  34. I am loving this row along since row by row experience is over, we are all having withdrawal pains. Love your row. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  35. Sew Fabulous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful design … 🙂 Pat

  36. I understand your feeling about the beach/ocean. I do think we all have a real pull toward water. 1/8th inch seam! I’ve always used 1/4th inch but I’ll bet that smaller size is wonderful for these pp blocks. Thanks for the row.

    1. Author

      Thank you LJ, I do love my add an 1/8th ruler.

  37. Great row! Everything is so detailed!

  38. Thanks for the tip about the add an 1/8 ruler. I had never heard f it before.

    1. Author

      No problem, I actually thought I was the last person to know about this ruler.

  39. I love being near the water. Lake Superior is one of my favorites. Yours is my favorite row today. I like how you made it in sections as well.

    1. Author

      Thank yo Susan, I do love the water.

  40. Great row! The helicopters remind me of the coast guard helicopters that fly over my house regularly!

    1. Author

      Ours is mostly the coast guard, but every so now and again, it a police chopper, chasing someone who escaped from the cells at the police station.

  41. Thank you for the the lovely row by row.

  42. Super detail in your row! It looks like a painting rather than a quilted row! Great work.

  43. I am really enjoying this hop! Thank you for sharing!

  44. What a delightful row! I love the water too!

  45. That’s a great row. I love the insight it gives to your home in SA. Thank you for sharing with us. =)

  46. Such an intricate row. I love the design.

  47. What a wonderful row! I haven’t done very much paper piecing. I may have to try this one. Thank you!

  48. Thank you for a peaceful, fun scene.

  49. Wonderful row, love your PP patterns

  50. Love this scene! Amazing piecing!

  51. Sew Beautiful! Love your row!

  52. Great row. I love the details. Thanks.

  53. Excellent row, and thanks so much for creating and sharing.

  54. Your row is great! I especially liked the helicopter.

  55. What a fun row. I want to add a little dorsal fin, Maybe dolphin or maybe shark.I can be a bit naughty.

  56. What an amazing row! So many details, WoW! Great job! Thanks for sharing.


  57. Thanks for showing the order in which you pieced your blocks; you made the process seem much less intimidating!

    1. Author

      Thanks Beth, I just recently learned that it makes it a lot easier to understand.

  58. What a great row and what an interesting place to visit!

  59. Fantastic row. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!! I love the details.

  60. Allot going on at your beach.

  61. I always feel at “home” on the beach. I love your row!

  62. The scene is very much like beach vacations I took as a child. Now those beach homes are 8 story condos! Still fun to go to the beach! A wonderful row, and thank you for sharing.
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  63. I love this row. I grew up on the ocean and frequently went to the beach. I live in the mountains now and I do miss the beach. I love your row and I love to paper piece.

  64. Wow, that is an amazing row. Lots of fun images to play with.

  65. I love to see other places, and your row takes me to a whole new world of fun. Thank you, I love it!

  66. Thanks for the wonderful row! I love the ocean too!

  67. What a great place to remember. Love the beach. Thank you for sharing. Love how you have a snapshot of the blogs in the hop.

  68. Wow, your drafting and paper piecing skills are amazing. And thanks sharing this lovely depiction of your beach. I’m enjoying this geographical blog hop. It’s the next best thing to traveling.

  69. So what if one does not subscribe to craftsy, is there another way to get the pattern? Thanks love the row, especially the helicopter.

  70. Your paper pieced designs are so detailed! Makes a really cool row!

  71. I sew on a vintage Singer that is straight stitch only but it’s a perfect stitch every time. Yes it does weight a lot but I love it. So glad to be able to visit your blog during the hop. What talented designers.

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  72. What a lovely mini. Is the pattern still available as I don’t see it on Craftsy? Many thanks!

    1. Author

      I will see if I can email it to you. First thing in the morning.

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