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. Brenda says:

    I started quilting about 2 years ago. I have a quite a few ufo’s. My next thing to overcome is machine quilting. I have brought most of my quilts to long arm quilters. So I do have finished projects around my house and have made quilts as gifts.

  2. Shelly says:

    I struggle with this dichotomy………even though I’m a forty-something, I love the hip, fresh and clean lines of the new “modern quilting” but am also drawn to the reclaimed, maverick, use what you got scrap quilty goodness…….we want it all, don’t we? Been quilting for a loooong time, now and love this virtual community!!

  3. Liz says:

    I have been sewing since as long as I can remember, and I have been making quilt tops for around 15 years, but I have just recently started quilting my own quilts and I am loving it!

  4. Edige says:

    I’m not a traditional quilter. I love making bags, pouches and such little things. …but I love beautiful fabrics!
    In Hugary there isn’t any guilt shop and I usually only dreaming of really patchwork fabrics.
    So, thank you for the great chance,
    Edit from Hungary

  5. Eileen says:

    I took a few quilting classes many years ago. I’m pretty much a beginner. I started making a few quilt tops, but never finished any of them. I’m so happy I recently found Rachel’s blog! I finished my first quilt from one of her tutorials! :)

  6. Nova says:

    Umm…definitely a beginner.

  7. QuiltNut says:

    Congrats Rachel!
    i’m a medium to expert quilter. been quilting for 11yrs. i bought a longarm quilting machine 2yrs ago and started longarming professionally. my fav quilts are appliqué

  8. Zarina says:

    I have been a follower of her blog for quite a while and enjoy it. For me, I have quilted since I was in school but stopped for a few years. I have started again late last year by purchasing a Janome 6500 which made my quilting so much faster. Now, I am planning to make more dyed fabric and hopefully print my own fabric so that will be my ‘new’ directions for the year 2010.

  9. marta says:

    Hace unos tres años comencé. Diria que mi nivel es principiante.He realizado varias colchas, algunos tapices…pero lo que mas me agrada es mantaas con bloques tradicionales. M e gustan las fronteras reconstruidas. Lo ultimo que he decidido hacer es probar acolchado manos libre.
    gracias por la oportunidad de sus regalos.Marta

  10. Bonnie says:

    I am a new quilter, two years ago I made my first top, it was a watercolor heart quilt from a pattern in a book, My mother hand quilted it for me, she also liked a design from the book, but she didn’t like the technique so I made her top. She never got to finish that quilt as she passed from cancer. My mother was the quilter in the family she made so many beautiful quilts and all were hand quilted. After she passed I had to learn how to do the finish work and her flower basket quilt went to my son, from his mother and grandmother. I then saw a quilt on Fons and Porter show and took notes and made that one too, I have also made a quilt for both step daughters this year, and I am now the quilter for a Charity Group which sends me Counted Cross Stitch squares and I make them into quilts and lap robes for a nursing home. This helps me to learn as I try to make two different style blocks for each quilt. I have 6 quilts ready to go for Christmas, along with 15 knitted lap robes, I just love my knitting machine. The World of Charity Stitchers also makes quilts for very sick children and they are looking for quilters. Bonnie

  11. Karen says:

    I taught myself how to sew when I was in middle school and made many of my own clothes. Later I made clothing and toys for my children, then began making quilts in the 80′s. I love making baby quilts and quilts for my home or for gifts. I am really into making quilts with the fabrics from the fresh modern designers! I love Rachel’g blog too! I’ve been reading it for a while and she is a great designer!

  12. Janet says:

    I’ve been quilting for a few years now. Not a beginner but still not as advanced as I’d like. Patience and practice is my motto right now. I love the vintage look quilts.

  13. PaulaK says:

    I learned to sew in 4-H and high school in the 60′s. I did a few tied quilts in the 80′s. I have done some fashion sewing of over the years but coming back to quilting has been like returning home after a long trip away. I have made four quilts this year – one for each of my grandkids for Christmas. They are machine straight line quilted. I am trying to get up the nerve to do some stipling! I enjoy Rachel and found the interview very interesting.

  14. Skippingdaisies says:

    I love Rachel’s blog and have been reading it for about 6 months, its nice to learn a bit about the quilting world. I did my first quilt this year and must say i could easily get addicted, however family life is getting in the way at the moment. So i guess you could call me a beginner….and i love reading all these great blogs for inspiration when i’m not cutting or sewing!!

  15. lee says:

    I have been quilting since 1991. I have had a few breaks along the way of having kids and an international move. I would call myself an intermediate quilter although a beginner at some techniques. I love learning new things and going outside my usual comfort zone of strips and squares. Love seeing what Rachel is up to every day

  16. Sheila says:

    I have been quilting for 23 years. Sewing since 7th grade home ec. classes. I am an intermediate quilter.

  17. Laura Tawney says:

    I love quilting, sewing, and all crafts. I’ve quilted for about the last 15 years and so wanted to be a Home Ec Major but never did go to college. I love all different forms of quilting but I’m especially drawn to art quilting and painting fabric right now and have just purchased a long arm quilting machine. Always something new to do and learn! That’s my motto “Keep on Learning”! I’ve been a fan of Rachel’s for some time – nice to see the interview.

    Laura T

  18. Lavina Dee says:

    I am a pre-beginner, like a pre-schooler but with shears! I’ve completed a couple of baby quilts and I am binding my first twin size quilt. I am drawn to contemporary quilts.

  19. Cherie Wright says:

    I started quilting last May on a whim. I have always sewn for my two girls, but I never worked on anything that took more than a few hours to complete. Quilting teaches me patience and to learn to love a process, not just the end–isn’t that a great life lesson?!?!

  20. I don’t quilt, but I sure love Rachel Griffith and her huband Shane. I have the awesome honor of being their pastor and also their friend! Rachel is so amazingly talented and I know that this is simply the beginning for her great quilt/pattern making career and business! Knowing the faith, talent and work ethic that Rachel has, you can bet she’ll be on top of the quilting world in no time at all! I encourage everyone to write down and remember the name RACHEL GRIFFITH – a rising star!

  21. Deb says:

    my first two quilts were made almost 30 years ago…then I stopped until just a year or two ago when I started back collecting fabrics like crazy! I’d classify myself as beyond beginner but not all the way to intermediate yet. I like to make all kinds of quilts, esp log cabin as that was my first.

  22. Marianne says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 15 years. My skill level would be intermediate or experienced but I really have been enjoying modern quick quilts lately. I am also a longarmer. Thanks for the op to win a Riley Blake FQ bundle. I love her fabrics.

  23. Julie in WA says:

    I took my first quilt class in the early 90′s, but there were years I did very little. It would be fair to say I’ve put in 10 years of quilting in the last 18 years! Skill level? I like to piece, have not done applique or paper piecing (no real desire), nor have I designed quilts. But I am growing, for I did my first improv art quilt last month!

  24. Megan Kay says:

    I have only just started quilting this year and I started by doing a Doll Quilt Swap over on flickr, and can you guess who I had to make my very first quilt for????? Yes you guessed it Rachel Griffith! It was very nerve-racking when I realised who she was and how much of an expert quilter she was, but I think it turned out ok, and I am pwering ahead, i just need to stop buying more fabric and start making more quilts!

  25. Rebecca says:

    hmmm… let’s see, been quilting for 20 years now! WOW, I can hardly believe that! I started when I was 19 :) I guess I would say I am fairly skilled, but certainly prefer some techniques over others! I am sort of leaning toward art quilting right now…

  26. Melissa C says:

    I made my first quilt 12 years ago at the age of 20. I made the blocks for another quilt, and then didn’t touch it again till this year. Once I was guilted into finishing that quilt by my mom, I have made 2 more quilts this year and 6 runners to give as Christmas gifts. As for my skill level, a beginner that pushes my limits. I love to try new things and learn new techniques.

  27. lisap says:

    Been quilt making for a year, having spent the previous 35 years sewing everything else there is to sew, so skill level? let’s just say I bring alot to it, but have alot to learn. Want only to implement my own designs; too many at this point to ever do in this life!!

  28. shalynn says:

    i’ve only been quilting for about a year and am on my 5 or 6th quilt. i LOVE IT! my skill level is probably just past beginner:)

  29. Cindy Keery says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been quilting for about 6 years or so. I’d say my skill level is beyond beginner. :)

    Cindy

  30. Sara says:

    I’m 33 and have been quilting off and on since I was 12. I’m not as advanced as I’d like to be, but am happy with what I do. :)

  31. Cecilia Young says:

    I have been quilting for about 2 years now and I am definitely hooked! I would say that I am an advanced beginner. I enjoy trying new techniques. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Ann says:

    I have been sewing since I was a young girl when my mom made my clothes and matching outfits for my dolls. I started quilting in my early 20′s and haven’t stopped since so thats about 15 years. I would say that my skill level is intermediate but I continue to try new things to challenge myself.

  33. KarrieLyne says:

    Hello! I’ve been quilting for about 10 years but on and off. Ten years seems like a long time but with small children I wasn’t able to devote any true amount of time to it so I’d say I’m still an advanced beginner. Now that my kids are older, I’ve gotten to spend more time at the machine and loving it! Thanks for your inspiration!

  34. Melody says:

    You are an inspiration! Way to go!

  35. Cryssy says:

    I’ve only been quilting for about a year so have not had enough experience yet to have a favorite. I do love straight lines though ;) !

  36. Melanie says:

    I’m a beginner, only been quilting for… two months, but I have two quilts done, one quilt top done, and one in the works. Yes, I got hooked, fast!

  37. I’ve been quilting for about 10 years. I’m still beginner to intermediate because I don’t get to quilt as much as I would like. Plus I was self taught for the first 5 years.

  38. Annie says:

    I am a very new quilter…sewing bags and things for a while, but quilting is still a fun new challenge.

  39. CJ says:

    My mom was a seamstress so I was around fabric since I was very young. LOVED it, still do. Loved home-ec too. I think my first quilt was in 1985. What kind do I prefer??? Quick and cute and fairly easy, you know, so I can get on to the next new collection of fabric!!!

  40. Charlene says:

    I am a self taught quilter and began doing so after my husband went back into the military (98). After two years I finally bought a sewing machine and started machine piecing and hand quilting. Most I have given away but I am working on some unfinished and new projects that I hope to keep for my own home! I would consider myself advanced quilter but there is a lot out there I havent tried!

  41. Barbara says:

    I made my first quilt about 14 yrs ago, but didn’t pick up quilting again until about 5 yrs ago. The intervening years were spent sewing clothing. My quiltmaking is kinda sporadic, but I love designing new projects and collecting fabrics. Advanced beginner? maybe? I love applique, but seem to make more pieced quilts.

  42. I’ve been an off/on quilter for probably the last 20 years, but it became my main focus in the last 6 to 8. I want quilts for all the beds! :) ) LOL Loved reading abt Rachel.

  43. Debbie says:

    I love all those bright Riley Blake fabrics! I’ve been quilting for over 15 years now. I consider myself advanced or very experienced. I make all types of quilts, art quilts, traditional, etc., etc.

  44. Lori French says:

    Quilting since 1977, so it’s been awhile. More than 100 under my belt, I’m sure, wish I had taken pictures of them all! I always have one or two quilts going. I quilt most everyday. I prefer to make creative, scrappy type quilts, nothing too planned. Most often queen size and of course baby quilts and lap quilts/throws all around. I primarily hand quilt. I will machine piece, depending on the purpose/recipient, but quite often hand piece, too. From all the shows I attend, I feel like hand quilting is becoming a lost art!

  45. melissa says:

    I would just like to tell you guys, that my sister Rachel is one of the best quiltmakers out there.She made my Sophies first quilt and she still loves it. I love ya sister keep it up your great at what you do. And I am very proud of ya sister.

  46. Karen McCaffrey says:

    I have been quilting for 13 years and love to do hand applique and pieced quilts of all kinds.

  47. Amanda A says:

    I’ve just been quilting for about two years now, and I seem to always tackle projects above my skill level! I would love to have more time to devote to quilting, hopefully as my little ones get older, I’ll have more time to improve. Thanks!

  48. DebbieKL says:

    I’m actually working on my first quilt. I hope to have it done for my son by xmas – yikes! I’ve been sewing for a couple years though.

  49. Jill M in OH says:

    I have been quilting for just under 3 years. I really threw myself into taking classes at a shop that I felt comfortable in and I would now consider myself to be an intermediate quilter. I love piecing and I love traditional quilt patterns.

  50. Callipygian says:

    I made my first quilt almost three years ago. I’m a step above strict beginner — even though I’ve made about a dozen, I’ve just recently started doing actual quilting rather than tying, mostly stitch-in-the-ditch so far.

  51. Jill Neely says:

    I have been quilting for about 8 years, and would consider myself advanced.

  52. Jackie Davis says:

    I learned to sew in home ec in ’85 or so. Then in 2004, pregnant with my first, I took a refresher sewing course. I had a passion to make T-shirt quilts! I cut the shirts, then we moved to Guatemala in Jan. 2006! In May ’06, I joined a quilting group of other missionary mommas and helped with what they did. By late 2006, I made my first baby quilt and gave it to a friend. Not much in 2007 (baby #2), then started slowly back up in 2008 making my first pattern and sewing my first twin-size top after making two T-quilts. I’d say I am becoming intermediate on it as a whole, still not the best with binding. I want to learn it all and mostly learn the craft. Thank you for the giveaway and spotlighting Rachel.
    *hugs*
    jackie (at) jackiesue.com

  53. Kellie says:

    I am a confident beginner that has been quilting for about a year. I love colorful, fun quilts. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  54. Marlene @ Sipiweske Quilt Designs says:

    I’ve been quilting since way before it was cool to be quilting! After all this time I would consider myself to be a fairly advanced quilter with the occasional hickup over to the unknown every so often. Love fabric, love design, love the creations!

  55. Rachel says:

    wow. That’s almost creepy!!! My name is Rachel, and I’m 17 and have been quilting since I was 16. That’s really weird! I’m in LOVE with everything domestic too! wow. I would say that I’m an intermidate. I can tell that I have definitly improved, but I still have a LONG way to go. :D

  56. Kayli Taylor says:

    I am an average skill quilter. I have done probably a dozen quilts, none for a while because I had little babies. I like to finish things really quickly to see what it looks like. I am known to not follow a pattern and make up my own stuff a lot. It suprisingly works out. I rarely win anything so I would really love to!

  57. heather says:

    I’ve been quilting for six months. The best six months of my life. I’ve finally found the ‘it’ I was missing.

  58. Carole says:

    I’ve been quilting since 2004 when a friend dragged me along on a shop hop and I became hooked. I am an intermediate quilter. I mostly do lap quilts for gifts.

  59. Amie says:

    I have been an on again off again quilter for about 9 years. I make mostly small stuff like table runners and what not. I would say I am intermediate!! I love it though!

  60. Andrea says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 2 years now. I love to make modern style quilts, and love squares, rectangles, strips and circles. Solids appear to be my growing favourite type of quilt to make… I would say I am no longer a beginner, but not yet intermediate. I have so many plans, ideas and research , but the executing remains to be the difficulty.

  61. Linda says:

    I have been sewing for 50 years (oh my. I hadn’t realized it was that long!) I made my first quilt about 20 years ago. But in the last five years, I have been sewing many more quilts since I have a dedicated room with a view to sew. I make fairly simple quilts but enjoy playing with the fabrics and colors. I would say I have moderate skills. I love reading quilting blogs for inspiration and for general education to improve my skills.

  62. Michelle says:

    I have been quilting for a few years now, self taught so I would considered myself an advanced newbie. It started with a fabric addiction, my husband do something with it (the fabulous fabrics) or I will throw it away so I started with sewing 10 inch squares together. Then along came jelly rolls and my life changed :) Lets not start with other Moda precuts….I could be here for awhile. I forget how I found her website but I bookmarked it immediately, partly because she has great designs but she also has fantastic taste in music!

  63. LeAnn says:

    I’ve just started quilting a year ago, and it’s great fun! I love the Riley Blake fabrics, and can’t wait to get out and buy some of the new ones! :)

  64. Jessica says:

    i just started quilting this summer…took my first class back in July…and i just can’t get enough….i’ve always loved everything crafty…but quilting is just amazing…

  65. Ursula says:

    I’ve been quilting about 15 years or so. I just fell in love with the process and the fabrics. It’s so exciting watching the quilt come together. In school I hated Home Ec. I guess it was probably because of the awful projects you had to choose from. I don’t really have a favorite type of quilt other than just brightly colored. I have now become obsessed with white sashing…thank you Rachel :> I have made a couple of her Christmas table toppers, one of them using my first charm pack from Moda.
    I love Rachel and her blog. Thank you for featuring her.

  66. Nancy says:

    My Sister-in-law got me addicted 10 years ago. I like all kinds of quilts…. I would say I was an intermediate quilter although I do some things very well…

  67. Terry says:

    I’ve been quilting for about a year and I consider myself a beginner. I like simple quilts with simple patterns and simple quilting. Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

  68. Daniela says:

    I’ve been quilting for 6 years, which is really easy to remember since I started when I was pregnant with my youngest. I never finished that quilt due to my condition, BUT I loved it so much that as soon as my little guy was old enough I jumped right back in. I love trying different things and right now I’m on an applique kick.

  69. Quiltluver-Karen says:

    I’ve been quilting for about 5 years, and am an intermediate quilter. So far, I stick mostly with pieced patterns, and am starting to do some applique work.

  70. Barb says:

    Thanks for showcasing Rachel – it is great to get to know her better. I’ve been quilting for about 6 years and I’m probably an intermediate quilter. I have just started to branch off into making quilts without patterns and just playing with the fabric. I love modern quilts and fabrics.

  71. giselle says:

    I’m self/blog taught and just started quilting in July. I LOVE it and I can’t believe I’m also blogging about it! I’m addicted to fabric and love getting inspiration from all the amazing quilters online.

  72. Carlie says:

    I follow Rachel and enjoy her blog. It is great to see the younger generation take off in the craft field. I have been quilting since before high school(about 40 years ago!) I sewed vinyl wallpaper samples together for my first pieced bedspread. I am a traditional quilter and love applique and piecing. I also love designing my own quilts. I guess I am an intermediate and then some quilter!

  73. Laurie says:

    I have been quilting for about 10 years I do alright, there is never enough time between my full time job, kids and grandson living at home, I try to squeeze in as much as possible.

    I have always loved quilts but I really had no interest in making them until a girl at work was talking about it so I bought a book figuring she and I would learn together. She never got started and I am still quilting 10 years later best thing I ever did. I will be quilting for the rest of my life I love it…if only I could find more time.

  74. Darlis says:

    Have been quilting for 30 years. Mostly self taught, with classes along the way. Really like to do applique. Enjoy Rachel’s blog.

  75. Erynn says:

    I’ve been quilting for 15 years and I’m intermediate.

  76. Kerry says:

    My first quilt has 2002 stitched on it. Just as well it has, or I just wouldn’t have remembered that fact. I think I’m pretty good at it, I try to be a perfectionist at everything I do and I like to try new things to extend myself. I’m by no means the professional, just love doing it. And just keep finding more and more to do! Congratulations Rachel, have met you before through your blog!

  77. Audrie says:

    I started sewing in my teens but stopped for some reason… picked it up about a year ago and started quilting… and just never stopped! My grandmother was a seamstress so my family thinks I must’ve inherited her love of sewing hehe I sew everyday and make all kinds of quilts and table runners.

  78. I’ve been quilting about 8 years. I’ve loved quilts and the idea of quilting for over 30 years. My Mom loved quilts, but she passed away before I began quilting. Each quilt I make and give as a gift, I think of Mom and wish that one was hers. I’m probably an intermediate level quilter. I still refuse to sew Y seams :)

    Thanks for a great blog!

  79. I made my first quilt in the summer of 2001 from a kit. I didn’t even have a quilting ruler or any special feet for my sewing machine. It was a lap sized log cabin quilt that I still use as a snuggle blanket on the couch.
    I have made few smaller quits, table runners and wall hangings and one full sized quilt for my daughter before she went off to college. I have my son’s HUGE quilt pieced but still not sandwiched/quilted. And many more in my to-do pile..
    I tend to go in fits and starts so I may get a lot done and then not look at the machine for 6 months.
    I consider myself beginner, I still have to look at directions and figure stuff out!!

    I LOVE Rachel and her blog!! Thanks for featuring her

    SheilaC

  80. Ronda says:

    I have been a quilter about 5 years with a elemetary interest in quilting when my three boys were young. I am now a grandmother of 2 girls and it is awesome. I have really taken off in the last 3 years since my grandaughters came into my life.I considre myself to be intermediate level at best. I stumbled upon blogland about 1 year ago. and it is wonderful!!!! I have had so much fun learning abou the designers and making all the beautiful quilts. I visit Rachels site almost daily and bunnyhill designs daily. I dont have enough time to tell all I have learned from these ladies. Thanks so much for all you do.

  81. Ange Moore says:

    I’ve been quilting for less than a year – have completed 3 1/2 quilt tops (only one of which has made it into a finished quilt). I have grand plans, I’m addicted to fabric and have infected several people at work. I’m yet to try sewing any triangular bits into my quilts so I’d consider myself an enthusiastic beginner!!

  82. Dortha says:

    I enjoy reading Rachel’s blog and seeing what she is sewing on.

  83. Kelly Todd says:

    I have been quilting for about 6 months now and LOVE it!! I have really enjoyed designing my own patterns and making modern quilts. Thanks for a chance at winning the fat quarter bundle!!! :)

  84. Lynne says:

    Quilting has consummed my Life since 1990. I love all forms of quilting. When I do not have time to sew as much as I would like to I make up for it by adding to the stash :-) I have learnt many techniques and am comfortable with any style. I have also come full circle and am now a repro quilter and am thoroughly enjoying the gentleness of hand applique with a modern bent of course ;-) For the last 10 years my husband has collected vintage sewing machines. He loves taking them apart and putting them back together again. You could say we make a great team. Would love an opportunity to win, thankyou

  85. DianeH says:

    I’ve been quilting off and on for about twenty years now. Skill level? Just really getting into it in the past couple of years finding great inspiration from the many new designers with blogs like Rachel. Thanks for a chance in your draw.

  86. Kaye Prince says:

    I have been quilting for less than a year, but I must say (trying to not sound up on myself or anything here) I’ve really taken to it. I’ve yet to actually use a pattern and just work them out myself on graph paper (I sometimes don’t even make it to this step). I would love to win a fat quarter bundle – yes please!

    And that is a lovely interview with Rachel – I read her blog!

  87. Lynn Osborne says:

    I’ve been quilting for a few years. I like how one of the commenters put it, “an advanced beginner.” I like symmetrical quilts, I like everything to match up left/right/top/bottoms. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!

  88. Sinta Renee says:

    I have been enjoying Rachel’s blog for a while now and her friends who joined her at quilt Market — they made it a lot of fun to follow, for us on the sidelines! I started quilting a few years ago when my kids were in high school… there is always something to learn and wonderful quilters to learn it from! People always have tips and ideas to share! I like do-able quilts. A traditional look- like being at grandma’s!

  89. Lynda Green says:

    I was a recreational quilter for the past eight years, and have finally had the time to practice so many of the techniques learned through classes.

  90. Jen says:

    I’ve been quilting about a year now. I consider myself a beginner but some friends say otherwise. I love it and find myself pretty much thinking about it all the time! I have2 little ones so of course never enough time to actually do all the thoughts that are constantly floating around in my head! I’m self taught through the web, blogs and some books. Rachel is a true inspiration and I’ve made several of her tutorials, LOVE THEM!

  91. Kristin Kimber says:

    I have been quilting for about a year so I am a beginner and I love everything about it. I have a full time job at night and love spending my days with my little girls. I don’t have a lot of time to quilt. I really wish I had more hours in a day to quilt more.

  92. Susan Piluk says:

    I just started quilting this past July. In fact it was one of Rachel’s tutorials on Moda’s Bake Shop that made me finally jump in and try my hand at this craft that I’d been wanting to learn. In fact I left a comment on Rachels blog and she was kind enough to email me and give me several hints/suggestions for starting to quilt. Since then I’ve been busy quilting away. Thanks for sharing Rachel’s story with us.

  93. Carol says:

    I began quilting about 20 years ago. I would consider myself an intermediate quilter. It is my passion, although I don’t get to sew as much as I would like.

  94. Jessie says:

    I have been quilting for about 8yrs now. I’m not sure what my skill level is, what do you call someone who will try anyting but curves and doesn’t always have matching points? I am addicted to the bake shop and all the great moda precuts, and I love Rachel’s blog!

  95. Mandy says:

    I recently started quilting and I’d call myself an advanced beginner… I still have lots and lots to learn but so far things seem to work out!!!

    I love a mix of modern and whimsy…. I don’t like the abstract so well but I do love all the modern fabrics in semi-traditional settings… like the Pattern Basket Designs and Rachel’s blog!!! I’ve been following her for months now and I get a lot of inspiration from her.

    I also read the moda bakeshop blog a lot!!! and I create a lot of stuff from there!

  96. paula says:

    I tried my hand at quilting in 1991 just before my first daughter was born….unfortunately she was three weeks early – before her due date – so that quilt project was packed away for…..hmmmm…18 years! I started quilting with a vengence when I discovered the Old Red Barn quilt a long and totally feel in love with this craft. I would consider myself a beginner quilter although I’ve been sewing and knitting and doing all other crafts for about 40 years. Thanks for a chance to win the Riley Blake fabrics – I LOVE this line!

  97. Trisha says:

    I have been quilting for almost 15 years. I am an intermediate quilter and I love to try new quilting techniques. I would say I am a traditional quilter but I do love to admire the modern quilts we are seeing all over blogland.

  98. Melinda says:

    I started quilting in the early 90′s while living in Australia and haven’t stopped yet. I consider myself a somewhat advanced quilter as I teach quilting at the LQS and have a longarm quilting business. I still have things to learn though and love to take classes.

  99. Jacque. says:

    I’ve been following Rachel’s blog since late winter and I gotta say, she so inspires me! Love ya, Rache! I took 2 years of sewing in high school and have made many clothes (for myself, my family/friends, my sons) but I never did any quilting. Never even really thought about it. Until a friend gave me a quilt this past Christmas. Holy Schmoly…the bug bit me hard! I would have to say that I am an advanced beginner…haven’t done paper piecing or applique (though I know I could, as I took a class & did well at it). The online community of quilting is awesome and makes it all so much more fun!

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