Perfection and Other Fairy Tales

This is a piece I made way back in 2003 during an especially stressful time in my life. I think they may call them Zen doodles nowadays.

I would take colored cardstock and a sharpie and write out a meaningful quote and fill in the background, camouflaging the words. I made more than a few of these drawings and they helped pull me through a lot of rough patches.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my artwork and hobbies in the time before social media. I created for myself, my family, and close friends. The “pressure to be perfect” was from an internal source*.

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Quilted Scarf Trio

I took a much needed break from writing new quilt patterns the past month. In the past year, I’ve written 12 quilt patterns and self-published 9 of those 12. (Stay tuned…three of those are pending publication in physical or digital magazines, woo hoo!)

While crocheting my always-“freezing”-cold sister a scarf with pockets, I had the bright idea to expedite the process by making her a quilted scarf. Which brings me to today…the release day for my Quilted Scarf Trio pattern. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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52 Weeks of Postcards

“52 Weeks of Postcards” 2021

The background story:

In early January 2021, I decided to make a fabric postcard every week this year and send them on Monday of each week to one of 52 lucky recipients across the US (and a few internationally!)

Check out the hashtag  #RachelleHandmadePostcards2021 on Instagram @rachelle_handmade. Making postcards is a fun & relaxing break for me from my bigger long-term quilty projects…and it puts a smile on people’s faces. 

I’ll be updating the gallery on this page as I send out the postcards throughout the year. I hope you enjoy following my year long adventure!

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Garner Parade of Testers

Garner Quilt – Parade of Testers
Are you ready for a Garner Quilt Parade of Testers?!? In this post, I’ll be sharing my testers’ wonderful quilty creations (in no particular order).

I absolutely could not have made this happen without their help and I’m so very grateful to each and every one of them.

The Garner Quilt Pattern

Introducing the Garner Quilt Pattern… The details: 5, 6, 13, or 18 fat quarter friendly (excluding the background).Scraps from the FQs can be used for a scrappy binding.NO small HSTs! Size options include 36″ sq. Crib, 36″ x 48″ Lap, 60″ sq. Throw, and 72″ sq. Large Throw. Optional “choose your own adventure” layout. Fabric Requirements listed below.

The Shear Quilt Pattern

Introducing the SHEAR Quilt Pattern! Shear is a big block quilt made entirely of half square triangles (HSTs). The quilt blocks finish at 16″ square, so the quilt comes together quickly. Shear comes in SEVEN sizes: Crib (36″ Sq.), Lap (36″x54″), Throw (54″ Sq.), Large Throw (72″ Sq.), Twin (72″x90″), Queen (90″x108″), and King (108″ sq.).Skill level required: Confident Beginner Techniques: Making half square triangles using the 2 at a time and 8 at a time methods. Optional cutting labels are included in the pattern to help you stay organized as you work thru each step. A confident beginner quilter with a couple quilts under their belt should be able to tackle this project.

Matrikin Quilt Alternate Colorways

Alternate Colorways to Spark Your Imagination…

If you’re still undecided on which palette to choose for your Matrikin Quilt, I’ve included more than a few alternate colorways below to spark your imagination!

Click on the “Coloring Pages” link at the top menu to download the digital Matrikin coloring page to help plan your quilt.

The Matrikin Quilt Pattern is Here

The Matrikin Quilt Pattern is Here! Matrikin is a fun, strip pieced quilt pattern that comes in six sizes (crib, lap, throw, twin, queen, and king). The crib, lap, and throw sizes are fat quarter friendly. 4-color & 8-color, directional & non-directional fabric versions are included. For those who may be weary of how complex it looks, optional cutting labels are included to help you stay organized as you work thru each step. A confident beginner quilter with a couple quilts under their belt should be able to tackle this project.

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