Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Road Home Row Along - The Oregon Coast

Thanks for stopping by for my post on The Road Home Row Along!  I was really excited (and a little nervous!) to be part of this great blog hop.  There are so many talented designers and wonderful rows, but I feel like I met the challenge with my row and I hope that you all like it as much as I do!

The Road Home

First, a bit about my home - Coos Bay, OR.  It's a little town on the Oregon Coast.  I love to talk to people about how they came to live here, because either they have lived here all their lives or they have an interesting story about how they came to be here!  My story is that I traveled with a Pastor, his wife and 6 children as a nanny from where I grew up in Pueblo, Colorado.  Then I met this cute young guy, we fell in love and I moved here so we could be married!  We spent a couple years in California, but came back to Coos Bay and here we are.  We live just a few blocks from the place we met and were married - isn't that neat?

One of my favorite things about living here is the beauty of the coast, and a special place called Shore Acres.  They have a beautiful garden there with gorgeous roses in all colors, surrounded by trees, and a great lookout with a shelter where you can look out over the ocean and be protected from the weather even in the winter.  It's a great place to see the magnificent waves when we get a get a good storm, but the view is pretty on a foggy day as well.

  If you're lucky you can get a glimpse of the whales as they travel their own watery road home as they migrate.  This is a picture that inspired me:

 The Cape Arago lighthouse is nearby and there are some nice walking trails that you can enjoy.  In the spring and fall Canada Geese honk overhead as they migrate to their home as well.  I've heard them the last few evenings as they fly over!  It's hard to catch a picture, but you can see a couple of them right above the trees.

All of these things that I love inspired my row:

As you can see, my row consists of several pieced blocks, so you can adjust the length as you like simply by leaving out some of the blocks.  The geese are paper pieced, and the rest of the blocks are basic piecing, so this one is great for any skill level of quilter!  My favorite is the whale tail!    I've added some borders to my row and quilted it with edge to edge wavy lines to represent the ever present coastal wind.

I love just sitting at my sewing machine and sewing patches together until I have a complete block, so I hope you enjoy some piecing, too!  Each block has it's own set of individual instructions, so I am confident that any quilter can do this.  I can't wait to see some pictures of what you do with this row (hint, hint!)

My block is available on my Craftsy Pattern page and will be free until the end of October.

Download Pattern here!

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September 6
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
Kissed Quilts
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
September 8
Sew Incredibly Crazy
creates Colorado
3 Patch Crafts
creates Bulgaria
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
September 13
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
Pine Valley
creates New Zealand
September 15
bdieges designs
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Patti’s Patchwork
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Seacoast Quilter
creates New Milford, Connecticut
September 20
creates Denmark
Heleen Pinkster
creates Netherlands
MooseStash Quilting
creates Alaska
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
September 22
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
Quilt Art
creates Africa
I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
Any Pattern
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Patchwork Breeze
creates West Michigan Shoreline
September 27
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Seams To Be Sew And Batts In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA
(Dual Posting)
September 29
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
Westend Quilter
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
Pamela Quilts
creates Oregon
Quilt Fabrication
creates Silicon Valley, CA
October 04
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Linda Robertus
creates Netherlands
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
October 06
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Bumbleberry Stitches
creates OklahomaNeedle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains


  1. Great row. Wish I had the ocean and such a view near to me.

  2. Pamela great and fun row. I'm lucky to say that I have seen whales on my visit to Alaska 2years ago.myoir row will be a good memory for me

  3. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want that ocean view, it's simply magnificent, and to see whales swimming in the ocean, another amazing experience. I like this row because it reminds me of all the things I love about the ocean. I'm not a go to the beach and sit in the sand for hours type of person, but I really appreciate the beauty of a drive by the ocean, or sitting on a porch just watching the waves, this I appreciate, laying in the sun... not so much... :) Thank you for this great row, your wonderful story and participating in the Row Along... One of the reasons I probably chose Idaho Falls for mine is because since I met and married, 33 years ago, I've never lived anywhere for longer than 8 years, we've lived in many places over my marriage years, but each have been a wondrous place just all on their own personalities.

  4. Your row is awesome! I also especially love the whale tail.

  5. Beautiful row! Many, many years ago I visited Coos Bay and loved walking along the shore line! I wish I could have brought home all the beautiful pieces of driftwood I saw.

  6. Beautiful row Pamela. I wish I could see the whales. I bet they would be awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I was in Coos Bay last year, and it is one spectacular place. Your row shows off it's beauty for sure.
    Now, I'm not saying I'm jealous of where you live...but I am! LOL!!!!!

  8. What a nice row. The blocks look easy enough to sew. Thank you for the background story. It sounds like you live in a beautiful place. Thank you.

  9. This looks like a beautiful place to call the whale tail. Your row picks up so many details and is so stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wonderful row, Pamela! I've always wanted to go on vacation to the Oregon Coast. What a wonderful world we live in! Love these blocks - especially the whale's tail and the flying geese - thanks for the pattern!

  11. So much West Cost fun!!!!
    Thanks for the chance to play in your part of Oregon

  12. What a great row. Love the Oregon coast! Thanks for sharing.

  13. wow this is really lovely. what wonderful sights on the way home.

  14. I really, really like your row. The colors, design and what they represent. Would love to visit your home area sometime. I the love being by bodies of water. Your is my favorite row today and in my top 5 so far.

  15. I liked your row - loved pieced blocks!

  16. Great row with all the different blocks that feature your surroundings!

  17. Wow, a wonderful row. I love how you have incorporated the different symbols of a coastal area. I live on the opposite coast on a salt water inlet that's not deep enough for whales.

  18. Beautiful and peaceful design. I love it. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  19. Oregon is beautiful, spent my childhood summers there.

  20. I've never been to Oregon. It's one of 6 states that I've missed. Great block! I love lighthouses. I live in a state without any so I have to do lots of traveling to see them.

  21. I love your pieced row and that you captured so many of the highlights of your area. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  22. What a wonderful place you call home-and a great love story! Your block is beautiful. Thank you, Susan

  23. The Oregon coast is a favoritevdestinationnspot for us, thank you for reminding me of Shore Acres, a place we must visit again!

  24. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Love your Oregaon Coast Row!

  25. My mom lives on the coast! Your row is a wonderful representation. Thank you!

  26. Love your row block!

  27. Great row by row! Thank you!!

  28. I used to live in Oregon and I can relate to your row. Thanks!

  29. I love your row! The colors are beautiful-I especially love the whale's tail! Thank you!

  30. Anonymous4:35 PM

    I love the segments of your row, but the whale's tail and flying geese really pulled me in. =) Thank you so much, and for the narrative about the place and the row, too.

  31. Very nice love whale watching off the coast of maine....Tytyty for sharing your row.....

  32. I love the whale tail too. Great row.

  33. What a fabulous row. I like how all the different elements relate to the Oregon coast.

  34. Love the whale tail! Picture and block! You are so lucky to be able to be so close to the ocean.

  35. Great row, love the whales tail! Would like to see a real one some day. Thank you for sharing!

  36. I enjoyed your story of the Road Home to Coos Bay. I've visited relatives in Medford and Grants Pass. Such a lovely state; I'd know I'd enjoy Coos Bay, too. Thank you for your row pattern.

  37. I LOVE the story and the whale tale. Great job! I need to visit.

  38. Thank you for your row. I love it!

  39. What a beautiful row! I used to live near the ocean and loved it as well. Thanks for sharing, great job!

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  40. Thank you for the pattern for this beautiful row. I have visited your area a few times and love the beautiful scenery. Perfect row for your area.

  41. I love your block! I'm an Oregon transplant--I've lived here for twelve years now--and I think you really captured our state.

  42. I love that whale tail! What a great row, beautiful.

  43. I love the colors in your row and the way it flows. Beautiful! The whale flukes are the best partl

  44. love the coast row. nice thanks for sharing

  45. what a gorgous place you live in! everything is there - ocean, mountains, woods. I would be in heaven. love your row!

  46. Coos bay is such a beautiful place. You did a great job representing it. Love the whales tail.

  47. Gee, thought I had left a comment, but guess it didn't go through. Love your row and it truly captures that experience that one has along the Oregon Coast. Been many years since I've been there and miss the beauty that is truly nature at its finest. Thank you so much for sharing.

  48. Your row is beautiful. What a great story and a beautiful place to live. Never been to Oregon perhaps I need to make a trip. Thank you

  49. Your row is beautiful. What a great story and a beautiful place to live. Never been to Oregon perhaps I need to make a trip. Thank you

  50. I think you captured the Northwest coast beautifully! lynnstck(at)

  51. I just love this row and it's beautiful blues!

  52. Thanks a lot for your row! I've been playing with the 'snails trail' block and really like how you have placed it.


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