Pretzel Please!

Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege to create a block for the Row by Row Experience. Local shops ask me to come up with something fitting their theme and it’s such a fun challenge!

This year, my friends over at Danner’s BERNINA Shoppe asked if I could create something special for their shop.

They had several stipulations, which is always good for stretching my creativity. They wanted to stick with the Row by Row theme, which was “Taste the experience” this year. They wanted to honor their town’s pretzel factory with a pretzel-inspired block. AND they wanted to do something pieced…no appliqué this time around!

After several fun and fussy ideas, I decided that a chunky, modern pretzel would look really sweet among the business of a Row by Row Quilt…and simple piecing would be appreciated by all quilters involved!

Here’s what I came up with:

I love this simple block! I think a whole quilt would be stunning! I even rendered it to see what it would look like. I love how the pretzels lay just like they would on a baking sheet.

Why teal and pink you ask? Locals already know this answer! The town is working on beautifying their downtown area and gave the town a preview by painting one of their alleyways aqua with pink pretzels decorating the scene…how fun! I love that each of the blocks in this quilt reflect the town and whats going on so beautifully.

Since I wasn’t able to participate in the complete Row by Row experience, I decided to quilt this sweet row as a little mini quilt. I FINALLY remembered to put the hanging corners on it and am so happy with how they turned out (AND how easy they were!). I’ll be posting a tutorial soon so that you can avoid adding a hanging sleeve if you can (some larger pieces require it though, so make sure to check out my hanging sleeve tutorial if you need it)!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sweet little block as much as I did! If you made one, I’d love to see your version! Make sure to tag me on Instagram or post in my Facebook group!


  1. I love this! There was/is a special family-favorite pretzel shop in the city in which I grew up and there are always pretzels from them at every family gathering. I have to admit that besides seeing family, eating one of those pretzels is always a reason to visit “home.” 🙂 I think I need to make a few of these – for the shop and for my siblings.

  2. I also live near a pretzel town of Freeport Illinois. Very cute row Rachel.

  3. This is fabulous! How can I get a copy of the block? My family’s favorite food is the pretzel. Thanks

    • Thanks for your comment Tricia.
      The Rules for the Row by Row challenge require shops to not ship these patterns and kits until after October 31. So you can give Danner’s a call and reserve a pattern or kit and have them ship it to you after that date!

  4. I love this, Rachel! A beautiful and fun snapshot of Lancaster County!

  5. How these remind me of the soft Philadelphia pretzels we always got and still get whenever I fly in. Enterprise Car Rental gives one to every customer at PHL. Something I look forward to.

  6. I forgot to ask which shop is using your pattern? I will need to buy the pattern online.

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