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Dec 30, 2011

Follower Friday: Rachel at Stitched in Color

Dec 30, 2011
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Whew!  I made it back from holiday traveling just in time to feature another great quilter on Follower Friday.  I have lots of handmade gifts to show you, but we'll get to all those things later!  Today, I am featuring Rachel of Stitched in Color.  (And a big Thank You to Rachel for putting together her interview information during such a busy time!)  Rachel and I met and sat next to each other at dinner one night during the Sewing Summit.  We had a great time chatting about quilting, blogs, and even some of the deeper things in life.  It was very easy to pick up and chat with her, as if you couldn't tell by the relaxed conversational style of her blog.  Let's learn more about her!

 Hello!  Thanks for coming.
 Rachel in Irmo, SC

Occupation:  Blogger.  Pattern-maker.  Homeschooler.
our family

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  Brandon and I have been married almost 11 years (I was a teen scandalous).  Aria (7) and Liam (almost 5) are the best thing that have ever happened to us!

# Years Quilting:  Two

How you learned to quilt:  From bloggers and books!

At home

Favorite Completed Project:  I'd have to say my favorite project is my very first completed quilt.  How can I not choose the project that was my "aha" moment?   My Colorbrick quilt was created with my very most favorite fabric collection, Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner.  I love how it allows the fabrics to shine but still has a fun, overall design.  The simple construction was an ideal first-quilt and actually became my first quilt-along too, when I made a second version about a year later.  If you're new to quilting, that quilt-along is a great place to start!

our dining/sewing room

Quilting workstation setup:  I don't have a sewing room, but I don't mind.  With two active young children at home, I actually think I get more done being in the midst of it all than trying to "escape" to a separate room (yeah, good luck escaping...).  I sew at our table, which I expanded with an extra leaf.  My machine and basic tools live on one end and don't move unless we need more room for guests.  I take over the whole table most of the time, but whisk away my cutting mat and ruler (which I tuck under the couch) when it's time to eat.  I feel the combo dining/sewing room works very well!  The only thing I lack is a design wall.  I wish I could say I was working on that, but not yet.

my fabric stash

I keep my fabrics tucked in a buffet that used to hold vases and such that I really didn't need.  My ironing board sits on top of the buffet.

oh happy scrappy day!

Earlier this year I added a chest of drawers on the opposite side of the table that organizes my scraps in quite the posh set up.   Yes, scraps are royalty around here...

Machine(s) you sew on:  I sew on a lower end Kenmore machine.  I think it retails for about $170!  I've been using it constantly for a few years now and it's never been serviced.  I do clean it myself, of course.  Although it lacks space for free motion quilting, otherwise it serves me well.  I hope to get a fancy machine one day and pass this one on to my daughter, who sometimes battles me for time at the machine.

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:  Oh, you mean besides my rotary cutter?  Seriously, I still think the rotary cutter is better than sliced bread.  I've started to use it lately without rulers and am appreciating the feeling of totally "owning" it's power.  Other than that, I'm very loyal to water soluble pencils by Clover.

"Oh Christmas Tree" mini

In the new year, I'll be teaching a Curves Class at Stitched in Color.  The five-week online course takes you from sewing basic curves, through basic and advanced improv curves and "precise" curved sewing too.  It's geared to quilting, and includes tutorials for 14 projects, including several quilts.  Class starts February 1st. 

Next week look for the launch of the Scrap Attack quilt-along - a movement to inspire quilters to create from scraps whether in a scrappy, fabric explosion or with something more intentional in color and design. Each week we'll feature a tutorial and/or interview with an inspiring quilt blogger, culminating in a Festival of Scrappiness late March.  

If you'd like to keep up with Rachel and all that she's up to visit her blog Stitched in Color or  flickr photostream. Have a great weekend! Pin It


  1. love Rachel's blog. I'm so amazed at how much she gets done without a dedicated sewing space. Guess I should organize my sewing mess. haha!

  2. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    Yours, Ulla

  3. Fun to learn more about Rachel! Happy new year!

  4. I love Stitched In Color -- a daily blog fix.
    I can't believe Rachel has only been quilting for 2 years!! A quilter prodigy!
    Happy New Year!

  5. It was fun to learn more about Rachel! Thanks!!

  6. Love Rachel's blog, and this is my first visit here. Thanks for the interview!

  7. I also love getting Rachels' blogs via email. I am currently doing her {curves} course. She is an amazing quilter and teacher. Thanks Annemarie I'll be stopping by more often to see what you are up to.


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