Hi there! Today’s featured quilter is Rachel, from Wooden Spoon Quilts! Rachel’s quilts are full of beautiful, modern fabrics, and she has a great way of mixing them together – I hope you enjoy getting to know Rachel better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
My love of quilting started just over seven years ago with a book, my mum’s copy of Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. I loved the book so much I bought a copy for myself even though I hadn’t sewn since high school. I spent ages poring over the pages then dusted off grandma’s old Elna sewing machine, pulled out the manuals and started sewing. I made a few small projects before braving my first quilt, a simple brick design based on a free pattern by Amy Butler. With help from mum I quickly finished that quilt and immediately started the next one. There was no turning back, I was completely hooked.
2. Why do you quilt? I quilt because I love it. I find it relaxing and fulfilling. Playing with fabric and colour, creating something that my children and family can use, that will form a part of their childhood memories and that will outlast me, it doesn’t get better than that! 3. What is your favorite quilting tip? I love quilt math so my favourite tip would be to add 7/8” to the desired finished size when cutting squares for half square triangles. I always round it up to 1” extra so that I have room to trim the HSTs once they’ve been sewn together to form a square. 4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (photo above) My inspiration was a little different for my Quilt Festival quilt this time round. I needed a simple paper pieced block that I could use in a tutorial for foundation paper piecing. So I came up with the block as a way to demonstrate foundation paper piecing. Then I took part in a pillow swap over on Flickr and I thought the design would be perfect for my partner. The use of black and a rainbow of colour was inspired by my partner’s love of colour. The block is now a free download over on Craftsy
5. Do you sew other things?
I mainly sew quilts, pillows and minis but I also enjoy sewing bags and smaller items.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
This year, inspired by Jolene’s (from Blue Elephant Stitches) quest to make all the quilts in the book Simply Retro, I’ve started a fun challenge for myself and anyone else who’d like to join in. I’m making all the quilts from my favourite quilting book ‘Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration’. The idea is to choose your own favourite book and start making the quilts. We’re using #quiltthebook on Instagram and ‘Quilt The Book’ group on Flickr. I love Denyse Schmidt’s quilts and I’m finding the whole process incredibly inspiring. One of my favourite things about the book is all the different techniques that are used, it’s forcing me to try out new things like needle turn applique, which has turned out to be really fun and not nearly as hard as it looks!
Thanks for sharing Rachel! I typically add an inch to my half-square triangles too – it’s just simpler to trim and know that they are the correct size!
Have a great weekend –