Monday, March 12, 2012

feed sack shenanigans

oh friends. did you know i'm a bit crazy? in the midst of tax season, i have sewed two quilts. both with the same carefully-curated collection of fabric. the first quilt: FEED SACK PINWHEEL was for olivia. olivia is one of the kindest, most tender souls i know. and the best part is she's in my writer's group with me so i get to soak her up once a week. her new baby lincoln is sweetly handsome and i hope he loves his quilt. it was dark and raining the entire week i worked on this, so i never got a great picture of it, or of the back, which is a dark gray minky dot, but here it is.

now onto the next quilt: SPECTRUM PICNIC. this was sewn for my sister angela's new baby, who should be arriving ANY MINUTE OR HOUR TODAY (not that i'm excited or anything). angela wanted something a little more organic and less pattern-y. i hope both her and baby girl like it. as usual, i like the back more than the front.

have you ever thought about sewing a quilt but thought it sounded too overwhelming? well, you know i have a bad habit of getting myself into things that spiral out of control, but i love, love LOVE sorting through fabric, cutting into it, deciding what colors and patterns to mix. i do tend to lose steam after that, but so far i've finished every quilt i've started.

everything i learned about quilting, i learned from the internet.

everything! just one more reason i am in love/obsessed with the internet.

the best binding tutorial here.

most everything else about quilting here.

and i sew at my kitchen table on my mother-in-law's old bernina sewing machine. my only tip is: YOU HAVE TO SEW WITH A WALKING FOOT. if you don't know if you have one or not, you probably don't have one. mine cost $180. 


but you really can't quilt or sew on a binding without it, and if you plan on doing more than one quilt in your lifetime, it will pay for itself. the price of quilting a crib quilt starts at around $100.

and i now use it for all my other sewing projects as well.

well, i'm off to scrub toilets and mop kitchen floors. hope you're having a wonderful day.


  1. Yeah, you are CRAZY! Where do you find the time? And the energy?

    But those quilts are lovely. I'm so glad I get to see Angela's in person. Are you going to hand deliver it? ;)

  2. gorgeous quilts! I've done some quilting with the help of my mother, but none on my own. I love seeing your quilts.

  3. Oooh! I love them both, especially the second one! I once started to quilt, and got it all done except the binding. That was in 2005. Maybe I'll eventually finish it...

  4. The quilts are lovely. I especially love your sisters. I love how random the stripes are.

    I've never made a quilt like yours, but I have made two rag quilts and helped with a third. I really enjoy rag quilts. They're quite fun. I am working on a traditional quilt, I've been working on it for years and years, and someday it will be finished. You're my hero for finishing so many so quickly!

  5. Love, love, love! Lincoln loves his & everytime I got out with it someone says something about how gorgeous it is. Thank you, thank you! I also love Angela's quilt- so pretty & perfect for her!

  6. Rachel,I love your blog for this very reason! So inspiring and new and fresh! We wonder about you guys since we never see you--so glad you are still growing and progressing. We love ya. (Marcia and LeGrand)

  7. Holy crap woman, do you ever sleep? ;) Seriously in awe of your quilting skills. I like that you're trying to encourage me to quilt by telling me I can learn how to do it online but it's not going to work. Still too scared to even think about it.

  8. we really really love the quilt. you're incredible.