Shop Hops

Schoolhouse Shop Hop


March 27 – 29, 2020

It’s back to school time! Gather all your quilting “classmates” and kick off spring with a fun-filled, prize-packed shopping spree on the Schoolhouse Shop Hop, from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Register at one of the “Schoolhouse” quilt shops, starting mid-January 2020. Upon payment of the $8.00 tuition, you will receive a booklet with shop information, your first FREE quilt pattern, and a bonus gift (while they last).

Travel “The Learning Loop”…beginning March 27th, visit the participating shops to get your booklet stamped during this three-day event. Collect up to 4 FREE quilt patterns, enter the daily door prize drawing, and sample tasty refreshments. Take time to watch demos that will teach you some tips, tricks and techniques that will help you with your quilting.

Participants who present a fully stamped booklet, no later than 5:00 pm Sunday, March 29th will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing as well as  receive a graduation gift and a coupon for a 20% off shopping spree to be used at a later date.

A portion of all booklet sales have been donated to various organizations.

Schoolhouse Shop Hop is now on Facebook! Like the page and catch all the excitement of the best Shop Hop ever!

A portion of all booklet sales have been donated to various organizations.

Organizations we have supported with your help:

  • 2010 – Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • 2011 – Fisher House Boston
  • 2012 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • 2013 – SANS (See A New Sun) Foundation
  • 2014 – Abby’s House Worcester, MA
  • 2015 – Midway Shelter of Bradford, NH
  • 2016 – Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport, MA
  • 2017 – YMCA Central Mass Domestic Violence Services, Worcester, MA
  • 2018 – Bridges:Domestic & Sexual Violence Support of Nashua & Milford, NH
  • 2019 – Five local food pantries: The Townsend Ecumenical Outreach, Henniker Food Pantry, Our Neighbors Table, The Open Cupboard Pantry and Wheat Community Connections

Taco Soup

  • 1 pkg (1 1/3 lb) ground turkey 93%- 97% fat freetaco-soup-recipe
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pack Taco Seasoning
  • 1 pack Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomato
  • 1 – 10 oz can Rotelle Tomato – original
  • 1 – 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 – 15 oz can each Black Beans, Dark Kidney Beans, Light Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Pinto Beans (or any combination of beans that you like)
  • 1 can corn

Saute the ground turkey and onions. Add the tomatoes, broth, taco seasoning and Hidden Valley seasoning. Bring to a low “boil” then simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans and corn. Add to the meat mixture. Bring to a low “boil” then simmer for an additional 15 – 20 minutes. Makes 4 – 5 quarts.

Note – If you are in a hurry, you can add all the ingredients to the sauteed meat, heat thoroughly and skip the simmering. Flavor is better with simmering.

I try to use low sodium ingredients

Row by Row Experience 2019 theme –  “Taste the Experience”

June 21 – September 3, 2019

The theme this year is “Taste the Experience” and our row pattern is “Pineapple Delight”.  The Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center is “cooking up a fun experience” and getting ready for some yummy summertime treats! Tropical Fruit Salad, Pina Coladas, Bahama Mama, Pineapple Chicken…

“Pineapple Delight” is fun and easy to piece. Our “official” row is a single pineapple with gold seed beads and additional project ideas are a pillow and a two-block wall-hanging.

Once again, we are participating in the Row by Row Experience. Join thousands of quilters on an international “experience”. It’s like a shop hop, but it’s not…no fees, no cards to stamp, and ALL summer to play! Visit any of the participating shops in the United States, Canada and Europe, June 21 – September 3, 2019 and receive a FREE row pattern. Most shops will have kits available for their row pattern.

Prizes and Collectibles! Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2019 row shapes from 8 different participating Row by Row shops. Be the FIRST to bring your finished quilt (quilted, bound and labeled) into a participating shop and WIN 25 fat quarters! Include that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!  Have a picture of you and your quilt taken so it can be shared on the Row by Row Facebook page and you’ll be the envy of all your friends.

Exclusive Fabric Plates™ by Zebra Patterns will be available in many of the participating shops. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.

Each area has its own Facebook page. “Like” and “Follow” the pages from the areas you want to visit to see pictures of the rows, shop displays, winning quilts and fabric plate projects.

For more information visit the Row by Row Experience webpage

Row by Row Experience 2018 theme –  “Sew Musical”

Our 2018 row pattern was “Quiltin’ USA!”  Inspired from the Beach Boy song, “Surfin’ USA” the Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center is ready for summer time FUN! Let’s go Surfin’, Rowin’ and Quiltin’ across the USA!! And for some added FUN…we wrote a song you can sing to the tune of your favorite summer time beach song while making our “Quiltin’ USA!”  row!



“If everybody was a quilter

Across the USA

    Then everybody’d be rowin’

And a quiltin’ all day!”


Marilyn Dutton of Merrimac, MA was our 2018 Row by Row winner.




Row by Row Experience 2017 theme –  “On the Go”

Our 2017 row pattern was “Sew Flippin FUN!”. Everyone loves the beach and that is where we all GO for summer time FUN! Kick off your flip flops and stick your toes in the water. Walk barefoot in the sand. Pick up the shells and sea glass strewn along the beach. Our row has it all – the drunkards path block creates the meandering sand and water. The block can be pieced the tradition way or machine appliquéd the fusible way. An embellishing kit with little flowers for the flip flops, beads for sea glass and sea shell buttons are included to complete your row. Our pattern features the row, and two bonus projects. Add our license plate to a nine-patch block unit and create a Sew Flippin FUN banner.


Nancy Rogers of Amesbury, MA was our 2017 Row by Row winner.





Row by Row Experience 2016 theme –  “Home Sweet Home”

Cc 2016 Row x RowOur 2016 row pattern was, “Welcome Home”. CC 2016 RxR winnerWhether you are visiting family, a service person returning from duty, moving into a new home or just stepping through your front door after a long CC 2016 Row x Row bannerday, what better way to be greeted than with our Welcome Home, red, white and blue flag! Our pattern features the row, and two bonus projects. Turn your row into a table runner or wall hanging or add our license plate to one block unit and create your own Welcome Home banner!

Marilyn Dutton of Merrimac, MA was our 2016 Row by Row winner.

Row by Row Experience 2015 theme -“H2O”

Our 2015 row pattern waCC 2015 Row by Row 2s “Fishbowl Fantasy”. Sew many fish…sew many bowls! We couldn’t stop at just making three fishbowls so we filled up 15 of them with different fish fabrics.


CC Row by Row Winner 2015



Marilyn Dutton of Merrimac, MA was our 2015 Row by Row winner.







RowRed Barn Sewing & Fabric Center by Row Experience 2014 theme –  “Sew a SeasoNancy-Rogers-Winnern”

Our 2014 row pattern was “Hole in the Barn Door”. We could not pick just one season so we “sewed ALL the seasons”…spring, summer, fall and winter!


Nancy Rogers of Amesbury, MA was our 2014 Row by Row winner!