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

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.

Anita-GoodesignThis prize is for US entrants only.

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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


142 thoughts on “The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

  1. 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.

  2. Carol

    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.

    • Vanda

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

  3. Elizabeth

    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!

  4. Ilana

    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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Debra Kay Neiman

    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

  8. LJ

    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.

  9. Susan

    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.

    • Vanda

      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.

  10. Kim Kingston-Durgin

    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.
    tnjmom1 at gmail dot com

  11. quiltingtn

    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.

  12. Pam S

    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.

  13. Lin

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

  14. 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.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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