The Road Home (to Georgia) Row Along

First, I would like to thank Marian from Seams to Be Sew and Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy for putting on The Road Home Along and dealing with all the problems and issues that come with an event this big with people from all over the world with such grace and class.


Are you a fan of The Row by Row Experience? This is NOT related to it, however, it’s very similar. Instead of driving around from shop to shop, you get to do it from the comfort of your home by visiting the different blogs that are participating. You can find the complete list on Seams to Be Sew.

Now, let’s get rowing!

Each of the participants were to pick an area where they called home and design a quilt row to go with it. My circumstance is a bit odd. You see, I call the mountains my home even though I’ve never lived in the mountains before. But I’m working on it! So instead I did the general area where I live now – Georgia.

In my row I wanted to include some things that are universally known to be related to Georgia and not really many (if any) other places. So I picked Vidalia Onions (grown -only- around Vidalia, Georgia), cotton (nick-named as Georgia snow), peanuts, and I couldn’t leave out Georgia peaches!

With the exceptions of the big cities in Georgia, such as Atlanta, Macon, Savanna, Warner Robins and a few others, the majority of Georgia is mostly rural areas with little towns dotting the landscape. In between these towns, there’s typically not much except for farm lands and woods. Another thing I didn’t realize until I moved here – did you know that here in Georgia pine trees are grown as a crop? Yep! It’s grown as a traditional row crop (but takes years to mature). The pine tree growers not only make money when the trees are cut, but typically once a year they get a crew to come and rake up the pine straw to sell! Anyhow, that gave me the idea for the next part of my row – farm land. However, around here it’s not like your typical idea of the flat midwestern farm land that’s flat as far as the eye can see. Here’s a peek at some Georgia farm land with the pine woods in the background set against the backdrop of the Georgia mountains.

Now, let’s put all those things together and reveal my row.

SHHHHHH! Don’t tell my hubby I used our tomato plants to hold my row up with. πŸ˜‰

My row pattern is free here on my website and on craftsy.

Now that you’ve seen mine, you really REALLY need to go check out the others! Today’s participants include:
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece created York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse creates New Hampshire
Bumbleberry Stitches creates Oklahoma
Needle in a Hayes Stack creates Mojave Desert

Considering that’s just 5 of us for today, you really must go check out the entire schedule (which has links to everyone) since there was almost 50 of us! Yep, almost 50 free row patterns to be had. Now go show everyone some love.

You still there? Good! Do you know why? There’s not one give-a-way involved – but TWO!!! WHOOP WHOOP!

First up is a P&B Textiles bundle


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next we have anΒ Anita Goodesign Machine Embroidery Design CD
AnitaG-Fancy Fans Front-smallAnitaG-Fancy Fans Back-small

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Till next time happy rowing!


108 thoughts on “The Road Home (to Georgia) Row Along

    1. Thank you Marian! I’m glad you like it. Thank you for putting all the work and effort in so that all of us bloggers were able to participate! Without you this wouldn’t have been.

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! I had no clue about the pine trees either until I moved here. It was such a strange concept to me at first. lol Rows and rows of perfectly spaced pine trees.

  1. Hi Mel. Beautiful row for Georgia. I, too, live in Georgia in the N.E. mountains section. I love it here. We have such beautiful views especially this time of year with the leaves changing colors. I love the waterfalls and the lakes and rivers. I also love visiting Tallulah Falls and seeing the gorge. Thank you for sharing your row.

    1. Good morning Joyce. You’re welcome, and I’m jealous! It is beautiful up there and Tallulah Falls is on my go-to list for next year. I’m down in Eastman and we have a few trees that are just starting to change colors I can only imangine how pretty it is up there in the mountains right now. We’re hoping to get up to the mountains for an overnight trip in the next few weeks – any suggestions on where to go for the most color / mountain views?

  2. I have had so much fun on this “Road Home” Trip. ” I have been getting all sorts of ideas for landscape styles and love the size of each t\”trip”.

  3. Hi, Mel,
    Oh, this is darling – love that tractor in the field and especially the fruit stand. I visited Georgia once, and sure enough, got some peaches at a fruit stand to stuff in my bag and take home to Idaho. I ate most of them before getting on the plane. Thanks for the free pattern!

    1. Hello Deonn! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like it. The best peaches (or any fresh produce) IMO is the ones we get from the road side stands. You can talk with the person who grew them and you know it’s fresh. YUM! Nothing like a ripe, juicy peach warm from the sun – I don’t blame you for eating them all before getting on the plane. πŸ˜‰

  4. Thank you for the trip to Georgia. I didn’t realize there were mountains there, or that it is so agricultural. Very nice pattern – thanks!

    1. Thank you Mary! I’m glad you like the row. πŸ™‚ The Appalachian Trail actually starts in Georgia and there’s almost 80 miles of the trail before you get into North Carolina. I didn’t realize about the agriculture either until I moved here. Other HUGE crops grown here are watermelons and pecans. People that have acres of land that’s standing idle will either plant pines or pecans to bring in cash without them having to do much at all. Plus, it gives them tax breaks.

    1. Thanks Nancy! πŸ™‚ I’ve taken road trips from Florida up to as far north as Canada at least 30 times. With the exception of Stone Mountain and Rock City a few times, I’ve never really stopped in Georiga either! LOL The only reason I made it here now is because my hubby was born and raised here. When you go to Stone Mountain, you should try to go see Providence Canyon and Tallulah Gorge & Falls. They are really natural sites to behold.

    1. Thank you Janet! I’m glad you like it. The tractor is my little girl’s and my favorite part too. πŸ™‚

  5. I really like your row. My hubby grew up in the Atlanta area and he still has family there. One could probably make a dozen quilts depicting things about Georgia. You did a nice job on your row.

    1. Thank you Susan. I bet one could! There’s lots here that most people don’t realize. I know I didn’t before I moved here.

    1. Thank you Karen! πŸ™‚ Until I moved here, most of the time I drove right on thru Georgia as quickly as possible (I-75 thru Georgia is a one BIG speed trap). There’s lots of beautiful natural things here like the little grand canyon, Stone Mountain, the foothills. And if you do any hiking, the Appalachian Trail starts here in Georgia. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Lori! πŸ™‚ Lots to do and see here in Georgia if you’re more into natural wonders, museums and similar instead of amusement parks.

  6. Super Georgia row! My lips are sealed, I won’t tell your hubby but it is a nice back drop for your row. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Wendy! LOL!!! and thank you for not telling. πŸ™‚ I wanted to take the pics outside but most of my views are yuck and I didn’t want to take it laying on the ground, so I improvised. Plus I figured it fit in well. The only way it could have been better in my opinion is if it was in a cotton field. πŸ˜‰

  7. I really love the fruit stand in this row, Country Girl remembers visiting the fruit and vegetable stands in Oklahoma. crystalbluern at tds dot net

    1. Thank you so much! You’re the best!!! I keep forgetting to pin my own stuff. LOL I think I need a post-it right between the eyes in order to remember. πŸ˜‰ And I’m glad you like it.

    1. Thank you Monica! It took me a few days before I figured out how to incorporate the different things that I think of when I think of Georgia. Then I stopped at a roadside barn farm stand and inspiration hit. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Lois! πŸ™‚ I was attempting to bring people to Georgia with my story without making it a novella. πŸ˜‰

  8. Your row is lovely! I thought using your tomato plants to hold your row was quite clever ;-D Thanks for sharing with us, great job!


    1. Hi almost neighbor! Thank you. πŸ™‚ Georgia and North Carolina connect at the best part – in my opinion anyhow – the mountains. πŸ™‚

  9. Your row is lovely! I like your setting for your photos too — I do the same thing, go outside and see where I can put something for an interesting photo!

  10. Love your Row! My SIL lives in Georgia! This would be a coooool lil’ wallhanging for her!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! πŸ˜€

  11. what a cute peek into life in Georgia. Harvest season is fun, especially in a farming community like mine (and yours, apparently!) Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. My town’s festival is over Labor Day weekend and is called Golden Onion Days. My community grows lots of onions, pumpkins, apple and cherry orchards. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Rachell πŸ™‚ Harvest season is fun and full of work too! We do lots of canning in my home. The bad things is that it’s typically getting to the busy time just as deer season is coming in so hubby gets to go play in the woods while I sweat in the kitchen. LOL Golden Onion Days sounds fun! Unfortunately, there’s not much happening in our little town. We -just- got a farmers market here in our county earlier this year!

  12. About ten years ago I spent a lot of time in Atlanta, and what especially amazed me was how close to the city nature was–I could drive fifteen minutes and see farms, or be by a river and tall trees, or eat lunch by a road side stand. I’m not sure if it’s still like that–probably more likely a longer drive–but it’s good to remember that much of the state is still rural. I live in Oregon and our state is very similar, as is Washington.

    1. Hi Beth πŸ™‚ Honestly, I’m not sure about Atlanta. So far I’ve lived in Georgia for almost 5 years and have only been up there twice. LOL I’m looking forward to exploring it more as our youngest gets bigger. I do like how the bigger cities and towns do make it a priority to keep lots of green space like in Perry, Warner Robins, and Dublin. Most of the state is still very rural. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Nicole! πŸ™‚ With our tomato plants (and our entire garden) we don’t use any chemicals. Hubby likes rainbow grow mix fertilizer. Sometimes he gets a bit heavy handed with it. LOL Personally, I prefer worm tea but currently don’t have a worm bin πŸ™ so we rely on comercial fertilizers for the time being. We also don’t use pesticides. Granted we loose some tomatoes to “bad” bugs, but the good bugs have to eat in order to stay around. Good luck with your tomatoes!

  13. I’ve been to Georgia several times and have always loved it. The people are so friendly and there is always so much to do there! The last time we visited, we won tickets to see Kenny Chesney in concert in Atlanta!

    1. Hi Kathy πŸ™‚ Very nice! I’m still trying to get used to being called sug, sugar, and hon by complete strangers here. LOL

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