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 Creative Editor for Quiltmaker magazine. I've been quilting for almost 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, knitting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
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352 Responses to Meet Rachel Griffith

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Oh how wonderful to meet the designers. I actually learned to quilt 25 years ago, but did it on and off through the years that my children were growing up. I would say that I am an intermediate level, although some patterns are still a challenge. But I still love to quilt mostly traditional quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Courtepointe says:

    Great giveaway!
    I have been quilting on and off for about 15 years, but only obsessively for the last three years. I would consider myself and advanced intermediate quilter, as I haven’t really entered fully into applique. I love to keep learning, and surfing peoples’ blogs is the most inspiring.

  3. Sarah S says:

    There’s Rachel! Fun post! I’ve been quilting now for about a year and I’d say I’m still very much so a beginner! I can do free-motion though, so that’s a big step!

  4. I still feel like a beginner quilter although I HAVE completed all the blocks and triangles of a Dear Jane… now THAT’S quite the challenge! LOL

    I love quilt samplers and scrappy quilts. I snooze BIG TIME when I have to make repetitive blocks… *zzzzzzz*

    LOL

    Pls add my name in your hat!

    Rosa Robichaud
    robich@rogers.com

  5. Carolyn says:

    I learned to sew from my mother when I was a child and started quilting by taking a class when my son was almost 1. He’s 22 now! I’m an intermediate quilter…I love to piece and applique and I’ve been a longarm quilter for 8 years.

  6. Tammy W. says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! I am of follower of Rachel’s and love her blog! I learned to sew in 4H about …well a long time ago! Have quilted seriously for about 3 yrs now and still consider myself a beginner…so much to learn!

  7. Jennifer D says:

    I started sewing barbie clothes when I was quite young but I would say I am a beginner when it comes to quilting. I have only made two full quilts and they were very simple. I am inspired by bright prints and saturated color. Blogs like P.S. I love you have opened up my creative world!

  8. I started quilting 10 years ago with a haitus of about 3 years. I am so happy I have been re-inpsired this last year and dusted off my sewing machine. I would say I’m a lazy intermediate quilter, lazy since I just don’t want to do any thing that is too complex because I have too many quilts waiting to be made in my head to spend too much time on any one in particular. Yup, I’m lazy. Rachel is the bomb! Love her site and her creativity.

  9. Molly says:

    Hello my name is Molly and I’ve been quilting since June!!!! I was thinking about making a quilt and I happened upon a quiltalong starting on a blog and just took off from there. My skill level is still pretty basic but I’m learning fast. I have a great group on internet quilting friends that help along each step of the way. I’d looooooove to win this bundle …. I’m starting a crazy nine patch and these sound perfect!

  10. lisa says:

    I love Rachels’ blog and many of her projects!

    I took sewing classs when I was in 6th grade. In 7th grade I decided I wanted to make a quilt like my mom did, and got started. My sewing teacher moved away, I lost my fabric, and that was the end of that.

    Fast forward several years. The summer between my jr and sr year of college I wanted to spend some quality time with my mom, so she, two of her friends, and I piled into a car and off to the Western Washington Shop Hop 2005 we went. I had a blast and became so insired. I am still slowly working on the blocks from that hop between projects or when I need to piece something as a break from quilting pieces. I hav emade a good dozen or so quilts, mostly baby. I know I am no longer “novice” but I don’t feel very acomplished. I still hate triangles and like to do the beginer patterns. I do attempt some intermediates, but that takes a lot of pep-talk. =)

  11. Robin says:

    I’ve been attempting to quilt since I was 16. My mom helped me make a Queensize quilt for my bed- I used it for 14 years (until my hubby told me we needed something more manly)
    I’m an off and on quilter that sticks to the basics (and paper piecing, I love paper piecing).

  12. Fiona says:

    Around 10 years ago I took my children to a church playgroup. After a few weeks, I became friendly with a couple of the ladies there. As our friendship developed, I discovered that they were ‘quilters’.. Well my immediate reaction was ..’quilting, isn’t that for the blue rinse age group, really, get a life’. As fate would have it, I saw what my friends had ‘created’ , then went to a fabulous quilt shop and fell in LOVE with fabric. My quilting journey had begun. My children, now 11 and 13 still get a thrill with each new addition. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing them wrap themselves up in a homemade quilt. It has become a ‘comfort’ and joy to everyone.

  13. I’ve been sewing for about 30 years, but quilting for only about 25 :) so I’m still learning! I love something small that I can handle on my own machine, or even handquilt in a short time. The big ones scare me!

    MGM

  14. Patty says:

    I’ve been quilting on and off for about thirty -years. I like to piece and applique and have just begun to machine quilt. Ilkie allkinds of quilts but haven’t ventured into the art quilt scene yet but would like to head there.

  15. Michele says:

    I started quilting in 2007 and haven’t taken a breath since! I love it like you do!

  16. Sue says:

    Hi I have been quilting for about 15years, took a class at TAFE (NSW Australia) and was hooked. I am currently doing a once a month group where we have made a stripy drunked path and I am making a Audrey and Maude”s (great aussie designers) Babbles a Christmas Tree quilt as Christmas presents. I am so glad you found Rachel I have been following her blog about 12 months and love what she does.

  17. sara says:

    I’m maybe a little past just starting out, but certainly no pro. I love doing it though.

  18. Nancyz says:

    I have been quilting for over 20 years. I have a home-based custom longarm business for approximately 10 years.

  19. Diane says:

    Love, love, love quilting! I’ve probably been quilting for about the last 20 years with a period of upheaval in my life where I didn’t do much of any handwork for about 5 years. Now I’m back at it and loving it more than ever! :)

    I do some as baby gifts and others for myself. Love the traditional pieced patterns but recently discovered Sindy Rodenmayer’s site with great applique patterns that I adore. They are so whimsical and fun. http://WWW.FatCatPatterns.com In fact I just finished a swap on her site of wild, bright tropical fish that will be so much fun to work on this winter. I guess my skill level is intermediate.

    Thanks for the link to Rachel’s blog. I really enjoyed her designs and would love to win a giveaway!

  20. Rachel says:

    I started quilting when I was just a little girl. My grandma would let me help tie her comfort tops and I started sewing small scraps together to make quilts for my Barbie! I didn’t really get bitten by the bug until last year when I discovered the designer world of fabrics! Now I can’t get enough.

  21. cabesh says:

    I am a beginner quilter, quilting for three years. You’d think I’d have advanced from beginner, but with three small children I’ve only been able to complete 2 quilts. #3 is ready to be quilted and I’m cutting for #4.

  22. Jane says:

    I have been quiling for over 25 years and still I would call myself a beginner as I am always learning new things!

  23. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I have been quilting for around 35 years. In the middle part when I as a single mom commuting to a full time job, not much was finished, but I was always working on something. I don’t know how to rate my level, I try anything and everything that I like!!

  24. Judy says:

    Started my first quilt in ’88. (UFO) Second attempt to quilt was the following year (UFO), my first finished quilt in ’99 YEAH! Started to learn and quilt again (seriously) in 2007. The past 2 years have been wonderful, learning new techniques in classes and from books. I enjoy traveling to quilt shows and shopping at quilt stores on the road. I would say I am an intermediate quilter. Like reading quilt related blogs and seeing what inspires others.

  25. Marianne Ogg says:

    I love following Rachel’s blog! Its inspiring to me!

    I started learning to sew when I was 3. My mom taught sewing lessons, and I wanted to be with the older girls so bad! So she set up an old (like wrought iron) Singer in a table she constructed just my height. I started by sewing without thread and on paper-straight lines. Little did she know, those threadless wonders would lead me to quilting! I have been a sewing addict ever since. I found out early on that inset sleeves were not my thing, but cutting fabric up and sewing it back together to make a quilt was. I love to paper piece and hand quilt. I’m not much for applique, but maybe its because I don’t have much training. Anyways, thanks for featuring Rachel! She’s awesome!

  26. Emily C says:

    I have sewn since I was 8, made all my prom dresses, lots of clothing, baby things…always loved quilts and everything about them. Made lots of tied baby blankets , but 2 years ago decided that my kids were old enough and I had the time to devote to quilting. Jumped whole heartedly in–Haven’t looked back! Still so much I need/want to learn…So many ideas, so little time!

  27. Jonelle says:

    I’ve been quilting for over 30 years. I would hesitate to say what my skill level is, it should be advanced by now! But it is at least low advanced I guess!

  28. Jenny says:

    I have been sewing for about 17 years. I would say my quilt level is moderate. I love making log cabin quilts…i want to move more toward the liberated quilting like Gwen Marsten. Thanks for a chance at some great fabrics!

  29. Norma says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 4 years now. I would say my skill level is intermediate.

  30. Frogdancer says:

    I’ve been quilting for 2.5 years. It’s not a big craft in Australia, but it’s gaining popularity more and more, probably because people see quilts over the internet and get enthused… just like me.

    I do machine quilting primarily, mainly scrappy type improv quilts.

  31. heidi f says:

    I have sewn for quit some time – but I just started quilting this past year. I am hooked.. I wish I had started long long ago.

  32. Tricia T. says:

    I think I’m a lazy quilter of average ability. :-) I love to make small things… lap quilts, table runners, etc., because I can quilt them myself without much trouble. I don’t do hard patterns because they look like too much work. :-P

  33. Eileen says:

    I’ve been quilting for more than 15 years, officially. I think I’ve known how to sew for about 100 years though. That’s the great thing about moms who sew … whether they mean to or not, they pass it on. I’m doing my best to be patient with my daughter because she really wants to learn to quilt … That’s my skill level now, teacher (not necessarily a good one, but one nonetheless).

  34. Kris S says:

    I have been quilting for about 10 years and i think I am an intermediate. Everytime I start a new project my goal is to try one new skill or technique. I love hand applique and paper piecing.

  35. Jo Anna says:

    I’ve been quilting for 22 years off and on, but am still mostly beginner as I have not really worked on learning new techniques. I am starting to now though! Trying to learn machine quilting.

  36. Karen says:

    I would love to get in on this drawing. I have been quilting for over 20 years probably closer to 30 at that. I taught myself, I have never had a class. I hand piece, hand applique, hand quilt, sometimes machine piece. I am advanced skill with my hands but not so advanced when it comes to a sewing machine!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

  37. Chris says:

    I am also an advanced beginner. I learned 8 years ago but then took a 6 year break! I have picked it back up this year and cannot believe the varied and wonderful quilters ONLINE who contribute amazing tutorials, projects and stories to our online community. Thanks for featuring one of my faves ;-)

  38. Jewel says:

    We love you Rachel! When I came into the blog world your’s was one of the first I started following… I love your fresh approach!

  39. Jennie says:

    I’ve been quilting for about eight years now, off and on, I started when a lady at church held a quilting class when I was in high school, I went to the class and quickly decided I didn’t like the way she was doing things, and went on to finish the quilt on my own (I’d been sewing since I was about six). I’ve become much more diligent in the last year, now that I no longer work full-time. I’d say my skill is somewhere in the intermediate, I could always learn a lot more, but I’ve come pretty far in the past year too. My favorite things to quilt are purses, I love the way they feel and getting to take them everywhere.

  40. Elaine says:

    I have been quilting for several years and love it. I would consider myself advanced…until I try something new! I am totally addicted to fabric and fibers, love it bunches. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway, Elaine

  41. I love to make quilts, other crafts may call but I always come back to quilts. I have been making for about 15 years with a big break in the middle, about 7 years. I would say I am intermediate and I love making strip quilts. I have only ever made one quilt with curves and I am not very good at making up my own design but excellent at following a pattern.

  42. amylouwho says:

    Oh yes, and I’ve made quilts off and on since high school. When my mom is around I’d say I’m advanced, when I’m on my own, well…. more like advanced beginner. ;)

  43. amylouwho says:

    You’ve definitely moved your way on up from the Wal-Mart fabric department! Can’t wait to see what else your are sewing up to share with us!

  44. Rachel says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 10 years, but started taking a course here and there about 5 years ago. I guess my skills are mid-range. I’m always willing to try new things… but always afraid they won’t turn out well.

  45. Katie says:

    I’m pretty much a self-taught quilter who started in 2005 in a manner similar to Rachel herself. One day, I said to myself – I want to quilt, went out, bought a book and got to it! My skill level is “always improving” – does that work for a category?

  46. Susie says:

    I’ve been a quilter for about 6yrs. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like. I work full-time, raise a family and go to school full-time. *sigh*

    My fav quilts to do are patchworks/samplers. I’ve really evolved in my fabric tastes. I’ve moved from the “bright cheery” to the “Civil War” and reproduction fabrics.

  47. Anna says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m a beginning quilter, I made my first quilt this May and have only completed my second quilt as of yesterday. I hope I can learn from my mistakes!

  48. Meg in CT says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 10 years now–I saw a book in the library by Roberta Horton on scrap quilts, and knew I had to make one. One has since become many more! However, as I challenge myself to try new things (machine quilting after 10 years of hand quilting, etc.), I’m always a beginner at something! I’m also beginning to think of myself as more of a modern quilter–I love the use of solids and brighter colors.
    Thanks for spotlighting Rachel–I’ve followed her blog for some time, and am constantly inspired by her!

  49. Catherine says:

    Thanks your for having such a generous giveaway! I have been quilting for over 20 years so my skill level I guess is fairly experienced but still learning al the time. I made my first quilt when I was 15 and I still have it. I like scrappy quilts mostly and I like to make it up as I go not really following a pattern although I might start off being inspired by one. Thanks for spotlighting Rachel, I have been following her blog for a couple of months now and she continues to inspire.

  50. kersten says:

    I started quilting this last spring and have competely fell in love with it. I am working on my first set of patterns right now and having so much fun with it!! Congrats to Rachel!

  51. Mary Beth Porch says:

    I am an “on again, off again” quilter. But, I am inspired by new fabrics!
    I love Rachels blog!

  52. I’ve been quilting for about 2 years but I started sewing when I was 12. Wow, that’s 19 years ago! So far I’ve made only pieced quilts and a few round robins. I also have only hand-quilted but I did just get a new machine and free-motion foot. Can’t wait to try it.

    Please enter me the drawing. I would LOVE to win!

  53. I have been quilting 6 or 7 years. I am a advanced beginner. Doll quilts are so much fun to make.

  54. Kelly O. says:

    I’m fairly new to quilting but I’m a quick learner–the web is an amazing way to learn to quilt! so many resources!
    I am definately a beginner…
    I love Denyse Schmidt’s quilting style!
    Rachel is totally cool! I read her blog and just love her creativity!

  55. Lori Kay says:

    Thanks for the fabric giveaway! I’ve been quilting for about six years. I’d say I’m an intermediate quilter with a lot to learn! I like to make improvisational-style quilts and scrap quilts.

  56. Nancy says:

    I am much better quilter in my mind than in reality…I used to quilt with my mom-I did the planning, piecing-she did the sewing-so I am pretty pathetic with out her! I am starting to try again-when I get some sit down time-how come the bigger they get-the more time consuming they can be? Kids, I mean!
    Please enter me…I love Rachaels’s work and her blog!
    ~Nancy

  57. Cindy says:

    I started quilting a few years ago. My skill level is somewhere between beginner to intermediate. I make baby quilts and donate most of them to Newborns in Need. Although soon I’m going to attempt a twin size quilt for my 3 year old son.

  58. Joscelyn says:

    lets see I’ve been quiting for about 6 years now. I’ve always loved and always wanted to learn how to quilt but never had the opportunity untill I met my now mother-in-law. Im slight more then a beginner. I still avoid anything round or curvy like the plague, but I can not look at a pattern and am able to see how it works with out reading it 5 million times.

  59. CitricSugar says:

    I started my first quilt when I was about twelve and it was a huge disaster! But my grandma loved it anyway. :-) Now, twenty years and a rotary cutter later, I haven’t made as many quilts as I would like but I’d say I’m a really strong intermediate because I avoid things I’m scared of – free-motion, applique, and circles. I have a lot more practice in my future and I can’t wait until I’m a weak advanced quilter. :-)

  60. Kim D. says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 14 1/2 years and consider myself an intermediate/advanced quilter. My favorite is applique, but I’m a piecer also, love paper piecing, art quilts and I’ve been taking a class for hand applique. There’s always something to learn in quilting. Thanks for your generous giveaway.

  61. Eleana Zeits says:

    Hello, i’ve been quilting since my youngest of 3 was in kindergarten. I took an adult class offered by the city . I was hooked! This was 20 years ago, i want to say i’m not 100% advanced, because there is always something new to learn. I love moda fabrics as well as most people and love to try new patterns that pop up. I mostly give away my quilts, i have a soft spot for “oh, i love that one”! And then seeing them displayed in people’s home is the reward i get for giving them away! I share a blog with a few other quilters. I do tend to post more then the others :) I have been sewing since i was in Brownies, my first hand stitched piece. I love to HAND make THINGS!

  62. Heidi says:

    I am very much the beginner quilter, but I am determined to improve my skills and try more advanced patterns. I love stacked coin quilts and scrappy quilts, and I adore applique.

  63. Alice S says:

    Rachel is one of my favorite quilt bloggers. I love everything she makes!

    I’ve been quilting for about a year and a half. Patchwork is probably my favorite. Using pre-cuts is great too!

  64. Emily says:

    I’ve only been quilting for 6 months or so, and I love scrappy quilts made of small blocks.

  65. rafael's mum says:

    Great to see Rachel featured! I am following her blog allready. I am just getting past the beginner stage and with each quilt I am trying to learn something new. i just started applique. I am sure that eventually I will get my likes and dislikes and find what I end up doing most. In the meantime it is great getting inspiration through blogs and trying new things!!

  66. Robyn says:

    I have been quilting about 6 years now. I guess I would consider myself intermediate. It’s funny but it seems I’ve always quilted even though it’s only been a short time.

  67. ~Michelle~ says:

    I came over from Rachel’s blog…thanks for the giveaway. I’ve been quilting for about 2 years now, off & on as my free time allows… And I would still say I’m a beginner…maybe because I haven’t actually finished very many quilts!

  68. Dianne says:

    So happy to find Rachel and visit her blog, as well. I made my first quilt in 1977 while waiting on my first child to be born. Then had a big space of time with no quilting while I worked and now after retirement, I’m back at in. I’ve made twin size quilts for my four grandchildren and queen size quilts for my two chldren and the next quilt I do will be for me. Still looking for the perfect pattern. I love piecing, but have taken all but one quilt to someone with a long-armed quilter to finish. I do the binding myself. I would classify myself as an intermediate quilter, I guess. I love visiting this blog and will be getting the new 100 blocks book!

  69. Vickie E says:

    I’ve been quilting since I was 8. I found my very very first quilt this weekend..and I will be blogging that soon. Rachel and I also were able to spend our first quilt markets together! I hope we can spend many more!!

  70. Ellen Ban says:

    Been quilting off and on for 10 years. Unfortunately don’t have much free time for it but hope to change that soon! I’d say I’m intermediate and trying to free myself from perfection tendencies…I’m definitely “advanced” when it comes to fabric stashing!!! I always enjoy Rachel, her blog and projects.

  71. jaybird says:

    once upon a time there was a quilter.. and she met another quilter… oh i guess i don’t have to tell you.. you know the story!! so glad we got to experience our first market together! {oh yeah.. me.. i’ve been quilting for 7ish years and i consider myself pretty darn good at it.}

  72. Sherri says:

    I was determined “not” to be a quilter…after all, my grandmother quilted…and I thought she was crazy cutting fabrics up just to sew them together. But she wisely offered to help me make a quilt for my oldest child when he was about 9…and then of course I had to make quilts for the other kids…and myself…and then I had to start decorating with quilts…and so it goes on! And now, because of blogging, I’ve been able to branch out with my quilting in ways I never dreamed of just a couple of years ago…including sewing quilts for Fig Tree & Co. for market…and even being asked to teach some classes at a quilt shop nearby! Thanks Grandma!!!

  73. Ann D. says:

    I started quilting in 2001 while on medical leave. Alex Anderson got me “hooked” and I’ve been at it ever since. I make one after another. One of my sons asked what I do with all of them!!!!!!!!!!I think I’m at an intermediate level at this point (I hope). When I began I did mostly applique, then paper piecing and year before last began piecing. I’m proud to say I won a ribbon at the quilt symposium this past June with a pieced quilt.

    I love “quiltmaker” magazine.

  74. so we added chickens says:

    i have been sewing off and on for a long time but have only recently come to enter the world of quilting – and yes, a child was the inspiration. I would still put myself in the beginner category, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make an advanced quilt based on the mosaic floors found in St. Mark’s (Venice). Someday!

  75. Jo Anne says:

    Hi to Rachael from a fellow member of Pat Sloan’s group.
    I have been quilting for about 5 years. I like to do both pieced and applque. I would say I am an intermediate quilter.

  76. Zohary Ross says:

    OMG, I totally love Rachel and her blog! I’m a total newbie, I had been wanting to try my hand at quilting but only took a lesson a few months ago and am now hooked. I LOVE it and luckily my mother in law is an awesome quilter that’s been helping me along. So far I’ve been sticking to baby quilts and small things like wall hangings and runners but am trying to work my way up to bigger projects.

  77. I LOVE Rachel from p.s. I quilt!!! Hers is one of my favorite blogs to follow! you are adding a wonderful person to you blog! I have been quilting for a little over a year now and so far I like to do anything and everything I can!!! I just got a pattern for a quilt with some embroidery on it so I will be learning that next!

    ~Candace

  78. I started sewing in 4-H at age 8, now 21 year later I still love to sew. About 11 years ago in college I started making and designing quilts for friends to make extra money. Now I make lots of gifts and still do some quilting for others. I really enjoy quilting as it is so relaxing to me. I worked at a quilt shop for a year and a half and loved it, too bad it closed. Now I work at a sewing center and really enjoy still being involved in the quilting industry.

  79. arlette says:

    I always loved to see quilts, but never tried before, I’m a quilter since last year 2008, sometimes it’s hard because we don’t have enough quilting supplies, I’m attending quilting lessons, my teacher’s a sweetheart and I adore my classes!, thank you for the chance!

  80. Cyndie Holbrook says:

    I started quilting (self taught) when expecting my first grandchild. That was 6 years ago. It has become my passion and joy beyond reason! I feel I can’t die until I have made one block of every pattern or technique! My favorite quilt type is baby quilts, I have made more of them than I can shake a stick at, I already have 19 great neices and nephews and four grandkids! I head up a quilt ministry for charity and will start working at a quilt shop this week! Yea!

  81. Jane says:

    I started quilting in 1979, with cardboard templates and all the accoutrements. I guess I am intermediate but there is lots I still want to learn. I love the fabric, colours, texture and patterns. I have been reading Quiltmaker since the 1980′s and subscibe to it.

  82. Angela says:

    I’ve been quilting for a little less than one year, and consider myself fairly advanced at this point. I love my new hobby!

  83. Lisa England says:

    I’ve been quilting around 10 years and would say I’m “advanced intermediate”. I love making lots of different types of quilts, and I am way too addicted to fabric!

  84. bingobonnie says:

    It’s hard to believe that it’s alrady been a good 10 years since I got into quilting – gosh I don’t feel like it’s been that long. Like Rachael I’m a mom of 3 kids under 5 years old and I often find time throughout the day to either spend time in the gated off dining room creating something or blog hopping – what I can “research” to learn something new ;)

    I don’t know what my skill level would be considered as there are still many things I have left to try. ;) I love traditional pattern styles with all the new super easy and fast techniques.

    My newest love is redwork – which I keep a small hoop and BOM project with me in the van. I get a lot done while waiting in the carpool line or drive thru at McDonalds. I love when I pull up and I’m the 4th or 5th car back -more time to stitch! ;)

    Thanks for all the give aways!!! and I look forward to seeing Rachael in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker! ;)

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  85. I have been making quilts since my first baby was born. My MIL had some fabric she wanted to make into a quilt, but didn’t have the time, so she gave me her fabric and I designed a pieced and tied quilt. It was flannel, so it didn’t last as long as I might have wished. Then I got a whole cloth printed quilt and fudged, but I enjoyed tying. My first attempt at a pieced and hand quilted/tied quilt won the Sweepstakes prize at the county fair. I didn’t hang it on the wall, rather we have been enjoying it on the bed. Only recently I had to take out the outer frayed pieces and replace them. (When I purchased the fabric I had no idea how much and have a whole box left of that fabric.) Just recently, I have been studying online how to machine quilt. I have learned a LOT from the blog world. Last year I made a jeans rag quilt and used as many quilting motifs from my Quiltmaker magazines I could fit on that quilt. I think it turned out really beautiful, but I gave it to my daughter. I’m not done yet. It continues to be a happy road to travel. Thanks Quiltmaker for all your inspirations.
    ~a

  86. Sequana says:

    I’ve been quilting now for almost six years; I’ll try anything. *S* When I think I have a fave technique, I find another to try, and then that’s my new fave.

  87. Paula D says:

    I’m 41, married, mom, and self taught quilter. I started quilting a little over a year ago when I made my daughter a high school graduation present–a quilt made out of all her tshirts, old dance team uniforms, and blue jeans she could no longer wear and couldn’t part with yet. That was all it took; I’m an addict now.

  88. Sarah Vee says:

    Yay, you found Rachel! She is truly talented and inspiring and fun! Take the time to check out her blog – it’s worth it. I’ve been quilting for 12 years. I started with cardboard templates and hand piecing my patchwork blocks. Then moved really quickly to the rotary cutter and sewing machine! At first I mostly made wedding wallhangings for my cousins in collaboration with my sister. Since then I have made many purses, baby quilts, tablerunners, and just now into full size bed quilts. I have always made my own designs and am starting to think about putting that little ‘shingle’ thing out in the big quilt world:) I have recently started to obsess over machine applique, button embellishment and rick rack. It’s been a fun ride so far!

  89. Katie B says:

    I love Rachel’s blog. I’ve just recently been bitten by the quilty beast. I’ve been quilting for less than a year, so I’m a beginner, but I’m really enjoying learning as I go!

  90. SewLindaAnn says:

    Thanks for the piece on Rachel, I subscribe to her Blog and really enjoy it. I have been quilting/sewing for about 4 years. I still consider myself in the newish realm because I spend time doing so much else too. (needlework, etc.) I love focusing on an area at a time. Like right now it’s half sq. triangles and next is going to be colorplay. I am doing Blog BOM’s because I like sharing with people around the world while having my private sewing time. Thanks for the giveaway chance, I would so love to have some Riley Blake fabrics. I’ve seen them and they’re gorgeous!

  91. Mary Flynn says:

    I loved Home Economics classes and mom could never keep me in enough fabric. I had always made my own clothes and crafty items. In 1980′s I met a wonderful quilting friend and was so intrigued by her bits and pieces that soon I was quilting too. I quilt at least 4 days a week on something. I love it that much.

  92. Cynthia says:

    I’ve been quilting a few years….started when my oldest daughter was a baby & wanted to make a quilt for her. I’ve been sewing since I was in junior high (home economics class — it’s sad they no longer offer that class to kids). I’d say my skill level is probably around an intermediate.

  93. DianeY says:

    I made some quilts years ago, but stopped & am ready to start again. My big goal is to teach myself free motion quilting. Thanks to the internet, there are so many tutorials & videos so I think it’s a realistic goal!

  94. D'Ann says:

    I can not say I quilt. I attempt to quilt. I made my first quilt for my baby girl. She is now 28! Raising children and machine frustration kept me from sewing for 24 years. My oldest went to collage and I made her my 2nd quilt. I made my third quilt a year ago for my Daddy’s 93rd. Oh boy, did it turn out askew. I seem to be getting worse in my sewing ability. BUT I will persevere.

  95. Lisa N says:

    I’ve only been quilting for about 6 months, so I’m still new, but I have definitely caught the bug and now I can’t stop!
    I love making all kinds of quilts, but my favorites are ones that I make with someone special in mind. Choosing fabrics and a pattern that I think will make someone smile and want to cuddle up with something that I’ve made is what quilting is all about to me:-)

  96. Ruth B says:

    I have only been quilting about 5 years and I primarily do applique (needleturn). I have pieced quilts and given them as gifts, but I usually spend my time doing applique. I also love old-fashioned hand embroidery. I wouldn’t know how to rate myself but I can tackle almost anything at this point.

  97. Maeve says:

    Started quilting back in 1976, then went to work FT in 1980. Did not get back to quilting until 2005 after I retired. I love it, it is so relaxing and creative. I particularly like landscape quilts, florals, combinations of bright fabrics, wall hangings. Interesting that today’s blog is from Rachel Griffith. I found your contest on her blog! I enjoy reading her blog very much, I might add. Will be looking for her article in your magazine. Please enter my name in your next giveaway. I also sew for charity and those fabrics could be used for almost anything!

  98. Stacey says:

    oh yay!! the first comment, I sure wish i was there to meet you!! congrats on all your achievements!!

  99. Nancy B says:

    I took a few years off, so now have re-started quilting. I am an “advanced beginner”, maybe? I’m game for anything except curves. They still scare me. LOL!

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