Meet Rachel Griffith

One of the things I enjoy about Quilt Market is the opportunity to meet new designers. This past Quilt Market was no exception. I met several young designers who are just now making their mark in the quilt world. One of them was Rachel Griffith, and I asked her to be a guest blogger for us. We’ll be working more with Rachel in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker.

And, we’ll have another giveaway! Just leave a comment telling us how long you’ve been quilting and what your skill level is. You can also add the types of quilts you like to make. I’ll randomly draw one name next Tuesday, 11/24 around noon to win a fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs.

Rachel Meet Rachel Griffith

Rachel Griffith

Once upon a time…there was a 16 year old girl who loved home economics class. She learned all things domestic that a young girl should including how to make pillow turn baby blankets…she was instantly addicted. She made pillow turn blankets for years and knew that she needed something more…her one true domestic love.

“I think I’ll learn to quilt!!!” she said to herself in the middle of the fabric section of Wal-Mart. And that’s where her story started.

So here I am…that young girl, all grown up and I’m still in love with all things domestic. {except laundry of course…ewww.}
I guess yall could classify me as a multi-talented domestic diva. *kidding*
I’m pretty much your average stay at home momma, except I get to play with fabric in between changing diapers and picking up toys. And yes, I SO love my job. I began to make baby quilts, table runners & lap quilts for our house. Then I started making items for people when they needed them or when I needed a few extra bucks. Lately it seems as if the quilty part of my job has been branching out and I’ve added a few more things to my job requirement list.

I have been designing for the Moda Bake Shop, which in itself, is such a great gig. {It’s no big surprise that I am addicted to Moda Fabrics.} I think that it’s pretty safe to say that designing patterns & doing tutorials for the moda bake shop opened the flood gates for the designer within me.

I had the pleasure of attending International Quilt Market this past October and boy let me tell you…it was amazing. I met some of the most amazing quilty stars in the business and was inspired beyond belief. It definitely made me want to come home and design, design, design.

Basically, the quilty beast can’t be tamed, and my story will continue to write itself as I continue to branch out in the quilting world. I hope that yall will follow along with me as I share my quilty {& sometimes not so quilty} adventures over at my blog, p.s. i quilt.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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352 Responses to Meet Rachel Griffith

  1. Leslie says:

    I moved to Hannibal a year ago,and walked in to an amazing store (Hickorystick)-has the most incredible quilts on the walls-as well as fabrics that are eye candy.I could spend hours there! I decided I wanted to learn how to sew and make quilts and so a quilter wanna be was born.At the moment I am making pillows and plan to move on to larger items such as a baby quilt. Love your blog!

  2. Linda Trull says:

    I just found your blog through p.s.i. quilt. I have been sewing since the early 1960′s when I was in high school and found I loved it. I started quilting around 1990 and have not sewn any clothes since. I still consider myself an advanced beginner. By the time I get through my fabric stash I may be an intermediate. LOL I just love it all from the cutting to the quilting.

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  4. I consider myself a newbie, but I think I’m learning quickly! I only started a couple of months ago, and so far I’ve completed three quilts (one baby, two kid-sized), two table runners and a doll quilt. I still have three more quilts to go, since I’m making blankets for every member of the family before baby #4 comes along.

    I hope to carry on quilting for many more years, but may have to pack things away for a while when the baby is very small.

  5. susan says:

    I have just started quilting and am a very beginner!

  6. carol c says:

    I have been piecing tops now for 4-5 years, i find that lately I see pretty patterns and realize I can make that now. Before I would dream and look at them and knew I wasnt up to anything past a 9 patch. NOW, I think I can try things on my own. At the moment, I am packing up a past life of my own so that sewing can take the place of my dearest love, detail ceramic painting. WHich was my job for the last 28 years. Now it is making charity quilts for soldiers and advocacy centers. to give back when I had pancreatic cancer to others that do with less.

  7. Lori Alberti says:

    My first quilt was in 1983. My skills are intermediate to advanced depending on technique and I teach classes every once in a while. I gravitate towards bed quilts for the most part, but am expanding into wall quilts with more of an arts type look. There are so many wonderful ideas in quilting that I love subscribing to many magazines, but I have subscribed to Quiltmaker the longest. In the quilt industry, the design possibilities are endless and that is my favorite part of quilting. Good luck to all in this fun contest.

  8. Lisa N says:

    I have been quilting for about 5 years now. I consider myself an intermediate quilter because I know the basics and there is always something more to learn. I love quilting. I make bed quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, tote bags, anything really!
    Thanks for the contest!

  9. Mary says:

    No…the quilty beast cannot be controlled. There is always a new technique, a new tool and fabulous new fabrics.
    I got the quilting bug from viewing quilts at my grandmother’s home and was a self taught quilter in the mid 70s. I’ve always loved trying very challenging techniques – just to see if I can do them, but I would consider myself an intermediate quilter. IT HAS BEEN GREAT THERAPY!!!!!

  10. Laura O'Dorisio says:

    hi! I am 14 years old and I have been quilting for 2 years. the first quilt i made was a lap quilt for my room. it is pink and brown. I am currently making quilts for some widows i know for christmas! so far i have made 10. my skill level is intermediate.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!! :)


  11. Paula says:

    I was in a quilt shop this weekend with my 6 YO daughter. My child volunteered that I had a quilt made in high school (I’d shown it to her recently-it is falling apart from age and poor handling) and then informed the clerk, “and she made it 30 years ago.” Thanks a lot, kid. That quilt has all the hallmarks of a first quilt: blanket for batting, sheet for backing, poor quality fabric (in my defense, that fabric was all I had access to then) and machine quilting sans walking foot. While in college I took a hand-piecing workshop and made another quilt (with another blanket batting and sheet backing). Now I mostly collect fabric and make small things like baby quilts, wall hangings and table runners. Machine piecing and hand quilting are my favorites, but I’ve tried machine quilting, paper piecing, and applique. I love Quiltmaker for all the quilting designs and still have most issues since 1995.

  12. Patty says:

    I started by sewing clothes. But quilting has taken over. Taken over my basement, my car trunk, my closets, etc…………..

  13. Carol Sc says:

    I started quilting in 1973 — teaching a class in an adult ed program, as preparations started for celebrating our Bicentenniel. …so, I am considered a professional. My background was as a home economics major with an emphasis on clothing — quilting soon took over. I still like traditional piecing the best.

  14. My brother got me started 5 years ago simply by sending me a “Quilt-in-a-day” Log Cabin book, fabric, and the basic supplies to get started. He saw a quilt shop while on holiday and said the brightly colored quilts in the window reminded him of me, and since I had recently decided to learn how to use the sewing machine I was given 15 years prior, maybe making a quilt would be fun for me. Well, I got totally hooked from the get-go! I had to take my sewing machine to the quilt shop so they could teach me how to use it (back then I used a basic, mechanical model Kenmore…nothing computerized. And I still needed help! I’d never been a sewer). I’m now an avid quilter and consider myself to be at the intermediate level. I sure wish I’d have picked up this hobby in my 20′s instead of my 40′s because the ideas are just overflowing! But I’ve done a pretty good job building a stash in short period of time!

  15. Janet Kopecky says:

    I started making baby blankets that were embroidered blocks and tied 32 years ago. I enjoy all techniques and consider myself a beginner in some areas and advanced in others. I love learning new things. I recently retired and hope to have time to quilt alot this winter. I’m addicted to quilting blogs! It is so much fun to travel all over the world from my home computer interacting with talented quilters and designers. I am enjoying my new issue of 100 blocks and hopping to all the new websites listed at the heading with the designer. What a cool issue!

  16. Robin F says:

    I started quilting in 1981 when I had my first child. I still quilt, mostly smaller quilts now or quilted clothing and quilted house hold items.

  17. Renee G says:

    I’ve been sewing for a number of years, but just started quilting. Mostly I’ve done a few applique pieces.

  18. Pat S says:

    I’ve been quilting for 20 years and would consider myself at an intermediate level – I love applique but also love using bright, contemporary fabrics with less intricate pieced designs.

  19. amy smart says:

    Technically I’ve been quilting for about 20 year, but not until 10 years ago did I start to take things seriously. I’m probably an Intermediate level quilter – mainly because I love projects that are quick for that gratification of finishing something – but I’m feeling ready to tackle deeper stuff.

    Fun to hear from Rachel!

  20. rebecca says:

    I consider myself an intermediate quilter with lots of new things I would still like to try. So many projects……

  21. Helen E FROM DENVER says:

    Have been quilting for about 20 years. I am at the intermediate level. Would like to at the advanced level but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome plaques my life, so do what I can and when I can. Like applique.

    My paternal grandmother made beautiful quilts, hoever, I didn’t learn from her, unfortunately.

    Have a lovely TG to you all!

  22. Wanda says:

    I have been stitching since childhood and quilting since the ’80′s. I am fascinated with applique and consider myself at the intermediate skill level. I’ve been a subscriber to Quiltmaker since the beginning and still have every issue. Wouldn’t part with them!

  23. Julie says:

    I’m still a very beginning quilter, but an experienced seamstress. I have a very serious fabric addiction, I love it! Thanks for the chance to win more..

  24. Melissa says:

    Wait… I’m supposed to make something with the fabric I’ve been buying? Just kidding. I’ve finished four or five quilts in the year I’ve been quilting. Lots of fun!

  25. I made my first quilt for my daughter when she was born in 1970. I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl and hardly a day goes by without some stitching in my hands. I consider myself and intermediate quilter. I enjoy handstitching more than machine work. Love to work with wool! I’ve made clothing for our family, drapes, etc. and spent over 25 years making miniature doll clothes and furniture (1″=1′). I am never bored! I love to design and am enjoying sharing a BOM series in my Yahoo group and another one in my Wooly Buddies group. I love this blogging world as it has inspired me in a way that I never imagined just two years ago. Maybe one day, I, too, can have a block featured in your magazine. :-)

  26. Bonnie L. Browne says:

    I haven’t been making quilts all that long, but my grandmother was a quilter and I always watched her work. I really enjoy making fairly simple quilts to donate to Linus. Have made a couple of larger quilts and have a whole lot of them on my to do list. My stash isn’t all that large, so would love to win the fabric.

  27. I just love Rachel’s blog and patterns. Such a very talented and oh so busy woman. At the moment I am making a Schnibbles every month for the first time working with a range a fabric, which I enjoy more than I thought. I’ve been quilting for over 10 years now and blogging for a year. What an enrichment to my life!!!

  28. Andy says:

    I have been a quilter since I was little (so for 25 years or so??) I remember my grandma teaching me how to hand quilt a small doll blanket she had pieced. I think I even still have it somewhere! I have been quilting more seriously in the last couple of years and I’m absolutely loving all of the gorgeous modern fabrics – they really inspire me. (I love Riley Blake – I just bought some for curtains in my toddler’s room) I guess I would say that I’m an intermediate quilter. As far as what kind of quilts I make…I’m trying to do a little of everything. I just recently finished two paper-pieced quilt tops.

  29. angela d. says:

    I’ve been quilting for over 10 years. Moderate level quilter.

  30. I’ve been quilting for about 3 years now. I guess I could qualify as an intermediate quilter… but with 8 children ages 3 months to 12 years, I tend to gravitate toward ultra simple patterns and projects so I can be sure to get them done! Still, I love to learn new things, and aspire to making truly wonderful quilts someday! P.S. I just discovered your blog tonight. I’m so happy to have found it. I’ll be back!

  31. Mandy says:

    Hey I’ve been following your blog for a while now!!! I think that this might be something you would be interested in. Maybe you’d like to participate or just do a little post about it! I’d love to see it be a great book ☺ (P.S. I’m not getting anything for passing the message along!)
    Mandy from
    All the info is taken from…
    They posted on their blog:
    I’m very pleased to organize the first-ever Quilter’s Cookbook with recipes from quilters around the world. Everyone is welcome to submit a recipe, a photo of their favourite quilt and a story for inclusion in the Cookbook. The submission deadline is November 28, 2009.
    The Quilter’s Cookbook will be available for sale as a downloadable PDF file in early December 2009. The price will be determined based on the number of recipes submitted and the number of advertising sponsors.
    The Cookbook is being created as a fundraising effort to help off-set some of the costs associated with running the Quilting Gallery site and to fund new community-based features planned for 2010. Please help support the community!
    The theme for this Cookbook is “Quick and easy recipes, so we can get back to quilting!”.

  32. Joy P says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 15 years, only seriously for about 10. I’d consider myself an intermediate quilter. I like traditional blocks and scrap quilts.

  33. Carrie says:

    I have always wanted to learn and my great aunt had the opportunity over the summer to show me how to start. I am enjoying all of the fabrics but have very basic skills at this point. Every project is a new adventure and a learning opportunity.

  34. marcia e. says:

    I have been quilting, off and on, since I was about 12. I still have the first quilt I started-it is a cathedral window- What was I thinking?!? I was thinking it would be all done, it would be easy!!! Man I was I ever way off base. ;) I currently work at my LQS a couple of days a week and I would say my level is intermediate.

  35. Marianne says:

    Made my first cottons and polyester quilt (!) back in 1976. It was so hard finding good cotton fabric back then. Didn’t go back to quilting until 1991. I’ve been addicted ever since!

  36. Christy B. says:

    I just love Rachel’s blog! Always happy, Always creative :) My addiction started 4 years ago & is going strong. I love making quilts & it makes me so happy when the local shop allows me to make a quilt for display in the store. Oh and I sure LOVE Riley Blake fabrics :)

  37. Heidi says:

    I started sewing in home economics in school. I have made crafts, clothes and even upholstered and now I am quilting. I have been totally bitten by the bug. Quilting has replaced scrapbooking as my favorite hobby. I look for excuses to quilt something. I “window shop” online and bookmark my favorite sites. I am a Moda junkie. I check their web site daily, sometimes more frequently. I have started a blog just to keep up with all the blogs I follow. I love it when I find a site where I can learn beginner tricks and tips.

  38. G says:

    A “quilter” homemade and self-taught for 13 years and perhaps at the intermediate level. Like challenges and learning – love textiles and color.

  39. Iva says:

    After admiring quilts for a few years, I finally bit the bullet and made my first quilt about 20 years ago. Then, after making two more quilts, life kind of got in the way and I picked it up again (off and on) about 10 years ago. Now I’m busy making something quite often. I guess I could be called an advanced beginner?

  40. Carolyn says:

    I’ve been quilting for a year. I’ve discovered a great love of it! Prior to quilting I was an avid knitter. I now divide my time between both loves. One quilt I’d love to make is a prairie square quilt. Oh and something with circles in it!

  41. Mikol says:

    I started quilting about 5 years ago. I have taken the last, oh, 18 months or so off with a newborn. Now that she is a little older, I’m starting to get back into the sewing room.

  42. Celine says:

    I have been quilting for about 7 years now and I suppose I have an intermediate level. I like trying all sorts of challenge and having lots of projects on the go!

  43. Chris says:

    Hi , I’m Chris and I have been sewing for 30 plus years. I have only been really quilting for a little over a year. My interest was sparked when I had my first Grandbaby last April. :) Thats all it took! I have made several things from Rachel’s blog tutorials. I have enjoyed using Moda fabric..well I just LOVE all fabric! :) I’d say my skill level is intermediate. Thanks for the give-away chance!

  44. Rose says:

    I have been quilting for two years and still consider myself a beginner! There is just so much I don’t know. I do pretty basic stuff, I’ve never done triangles, so most patterns I go after are simple. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  45. Lisa Vandermeer says:

    I have been quilting for 4 years….since I was 25. I’ve made a few full size quilts for our house and family but a TON of baby quilts for friends. I love Rachel’s blog and the Moda Bake Shop. I am part of a quilt group and I love figuring out the “math” of a new pattern and choosing and matching fabric of course!!

  46. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been sewing for a long time now, but quilting about 5-ish years. It all happened when I was pregnant with my first daughter. Among all those baby hormones, there must have been some quilt hormone that activated because I haven’t stopped since! Gotta give a shout out to Ohio since Rachel is a Buckeye too. :)

  47. rachel says:

    oh diane.
    your daughter…holly wood.
    too cute.

  48. Amber says:

    I’m very much a beginner so I’m trying out a little bit of everything to see what I like best!

  49. Holly Elder says:

    I started quilting at age 10 when I took a 4-H class. I have created ever since. In 1989 I joined a quilt guild, in 1999 I bought a longarm and in 2007 I added computerized to my machine. I enjoy my home based business and I am continually LEARNING so I don’t feel I have “arrived” as far as skill level!

  50. LindaW says:

    I took a quilt class about 10 years ago, but didn’t do much after that. When the grandchildren began to come, I would try to make quilts for each on. (Still working on that!) When I quit work about a year ago, I started trying to quilt again. I would consider myself an “advanced beginner”. I love the end results, but because I tend to be a perfectionist the process can be frustrating. I love all the new “modern” quilts I am finding on the quilt blogs.

  51. Sharon Sisel says:

    I took my first quilting class in September and I am already a quilting addict! I LOVE to choose the fabrics and arrange the finished blocks into my masterpieces – art is in the eye of the beholder! I quickly began following lots and lots of quilting blogs and P.S. is one of my favorites. My new passion is my relaxation and my joy.

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