star cakes quilt.

14 January 2016

FQS top 10 2015
we're still celebrating with fat quarter shop for their top 10 videos of 2015.
this is the third and final project that i will be sharing for this series.
today, i'm going to talk about the star cakes quilt.

this quilt pattern was designed for fat quarter shop's shortcut quilts series.
there is an instructional youtube video that can walk you through the construction process.
chances are, if you've taken a class with me, you have heard my dislike for constructing HSTs (half square triangles) using this method.
when i was asked to do this project, i mentally groaned at the thought of making HSTs this way.
BUT don't let that put you off. keep reading!
it definitely isn't my favorite method, but i try to occasionally get out of my comfort zone in order to grow as a quilter.
i'm glad i did this time.

star cakes quilt.
i committed to making a single block.
(i have it placed on one of my design boards, so that's not a border and binding.)
download the FREE star cakes quilt pattern HERE.

although this isn't my "go to" method of making HSTs, i did enjoy the block construction.
almost every single point is perfect.
and as any quilter knows, that's a satisfaction within itself.
like, you want to sing like julie andrews from the sound of music. or is that just me? HA.

i chose to use apricot and persimmon by carina gardner for my block.
i didn't want to use a solid background.
i wanted to mix things up a bit.
i purposely picked the blacks and apricots due to the fact that my children's school mascot is the longhorns.
i'm going to finish it off with the black/grey print as the binding.

even though this is a VERY feminine take on our school colors, i know this will be a perfect mini quilt for one of my cheerleaders.
(miss melanie, our 10 year old lady longhorn.)
i thought she'd love having it hung in her room alongside her spirit and co-captain ribbons from this past season.
and the hair bows! cheerleader bows are like rabbits! they just keep multiplying! am i right? ;)

now, it wouldn't be a celebration without inviting some awesome bloggers to sew along.
hop on over to see their star cakes quilt creations:
shruti of 13 woodhouse road
rachel of PS I QUILT (you are here!)
melissa of happy quilting
tina of emily ann’s kloset
cara of that crafty cara
kim of persimmon dreams
THE one and only pat sloan ;)

we would love for you to share your #starcakesquilt or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on instagram. (i'm rachelgriffith)
oh, and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a fat quarter shop $100 gift certificate?!
this fun contest ends january 31st and the winner will be announced on instagram on february 1st.

good luck and happy quilting!
xo, rachel

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hope blooms quilt.

13 January 2016

FQS top 10 2015
i'm back to continue fat quarter shop's celebration of their top 10 videos of 2015.
this is the second project that they asked me to join along with for this series.
today, i'm going to talk about the hope blooms quilt.

this quilt pattern was designed by it's sew emma for fat quarter shop.
there is an instructional youtube video that can walk you through the construction process.
although, the log cabin block has been done a gazillion times, in a trillion different variations, kim shows you how to make it perfectly!
meaning, no wonky or crooked lines. yes, you read that right.
the trick is using the 8" creative grids non-slip log cabin ruler.
(i could write a whole post about creative grids rulers. and i just might!)

hope blooms quilt.
i made a single block to test out this method of making a log cabin block.
(i have it placed on one of my design boards, so that's not a border and binding.)
the FREE hope blooms log cabin block pattern HERE.

i can honestly say, that i enjoy the crispness of my block.
like, it's perfect. (which is typically hard to obtain when it comes to log cabin blocks.)

hope blooms quilt.
i chose to use whites/creams as my background and greys as my color/print.
i really, really love my block.

hope blooms quilt.
i've had three thoughts:
1) keep going and make the whole quilt
2) finish this as a cutesy mini quilt
3) add this block with my birchen block to make a unique wall quilt
what do y'all think?

now, it wouldn't be a celebration without inviting some awesome bloggers to sew along.
hop on over to see their hope blooms quilt creations:
shruti of 13 woodhouse road
seema of hooks, needles, & brushes
charise of charise creates
sinta of pink pin cushion
rachel of PS I QUILT (you are here!)
julie of the crafty quilter
christopher of the tattooed quilter

we would love for you to share your #hopebloomsquilt or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on instagram. (i'm @rachelgriffith)
oh, and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a fat quarter shop $100 gift certificate?!
this fun contest ends january 31st and the winner will be announced on instagram february 1st.

good luck and happy quilting!
xo, rachel

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birchen quilt.

06 January 2016

FQS top 10 2015
end of the year round ups always tend to be a favorite with we creative peeps.
so it shouldn't come as a surprise that fat quarter shop wanted to highlight their top 10 videos of 2015.
they asked me to join along with a few projects.
today, i'm going to talk about the birchen quilt.

this free quilt pattern was designed by art gallery fabrics in collaboration with fat quarter shop.
there is an instructional youtube video that can walk you through the construction process.
i don't know what i would've done without the video. not even kidding.

i'm stepping completely out of my comfort zone with today's project. also, i'm ridiculously in love with this stag/buck fabric! LOVE!!! ✂️❤️✂️ #PSIQUILT #sewingwithpsiquilt #fqsfun
i had to step completely out of my comfort zone with this project.
this design called for triangles on a roll, which was new to me. (y'all know how i love my HSTs.)
and on top of that, there were some bias edges to contend with. (which isn't my favorite task.)

i knew that i couldn't commit to making the whole quilt, so i planned to make a wall quilt.
thus far, i've made one block.

birchen quilt.
i'm thinking that i might stick to just this block, instead of making 4 for a larger mini quilt.
i love the simplicity of this one block with the contrast between the cream and white fabrics.
i think it gives the design a bit more depth.
but seeing as i'm a woman, i could change my mind and make the other 3 blocks. HA.

now, it wouldn't be a celebration without inviting some awesome bloggers to sew along.
hop on over to see their birchen quilt creations:
shruti of 13 woodhouse road
rachel of PS I QUILT (you are here!)
angie of gnomeangel

we would love for you to share your #birchenquilt or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on instagram. (i'm @rachelgriffith)
oh, and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a fat quarter shop $100 gift certificate?!
this fun contest ends january 31st and the winner will be announced on instagram february 1st.

good luck and happy quilting!
xo, rachel

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inspired by color.

18 December 2015

dear swap partner, these are a few of my favorite things. i'm not hard to please. i love color, obviously. and according to this collage, i am drawn to all the common quilty shapes; hexagons, squares, and triangles. even though you probably don't know wha
i made this collage as an inspiration for my swap partner in a rainbow mini swap via instagram.
(i'm @rachelgriffith)
it's just such a happy and pretty collage. sigh.

i couldn't help it.
i just had to post it here, in the hopes that it makes YOU smile.
have a great day, y'all!

xo, rachel

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great granny twist blog hop. (& giveaway!)

17 December 2015

great granny twist blog hop - title
welcome to the great granny twist blog hop, y'all.

if you're new here, allow me to introduce myself.
i'm rachel. i love all things quilty, family, and starbucks-y.
i hope you look around and stay for a while!

great granny twist  blog hop - great granny squared book
those lovely peeps over at fat quarter shop are at it again! this time, we're celebrating the one year anniversary of lori holt's book, great granny squared! (hey, lori! xoxo.)

in case you aren't familiar with the book, lori shows us that the great granny square is (easily) made up of 4 generations of squares; the baby, the mama, the granny, and the great granny.
it's a wonderfully detailed book and is FULL of delicious eye candy.
yes, you NEED it. trust me on this, folks. ;)

for the celebration, fat quarter shop asked a group of bloggers to sew along (and share) our own "twist" on using a block from the book to make a project.
if y'all haven't seen the project they whipped up, check out this YouTube video.
adorable, right?! (;

great granny twist blog hop - my lavender rice warmer
today, i get to share my project! yayyy!
i used a "mama" block from the book and made a little lavender rice warmer.
this isn't the first rice warmer i've made, but it IS the first one i've made on the smaller size.
(this measures 6" square.)
why so small? well, because i wanted a little rice warmer to use at nighttime.
the lavender smells AMAZING, which helps me wind down.
and i don't have to give up too much space in my comfy bed by having a huge rice warmer.
priorities! LOL.

great granny twist blog hop - my lavender rice warmer
project stats:
size = 6" x 6"
fabrics = modern minis by lori holt for riley blake AND modern background - paper by zen chic for moda AND cotton + steel basics
thread = aurifil 2600 dove 50wt
quilting = rachel griffith using her fancy schmancy walking foot (;

today's productivity lead to something really cute! i can't wait to show y'all exactly what i made. it's almost ready! ✂️❤️✂️ #PSIQUILT #sewingwithpsiquilt #fqsfun
oh, and check out all the other talented peeps on our blog hop:
monday, december 14th
fat quarter shop
lori holt of bee in my bonnet
vickie of spun sugar quilts
katie of good golly ginger
sinta of pink pincushion

tuesday, december 15th
tina of emily ann's kloset
renee of sewn with grace
tricia of notes of sincerity
debbie of happy little cottage

wednesday, december 16th
melissa of oh how sweet
nadra of ellis & higgs
marni of haberdashery fun

thursday, december 17th
jennie of clover & violet
erin of why not sew
sherri of this & that patterns
rachel of PS I QUILT (you are here!)
sharon of daisy cottage quilting

friday, december 18th
greg of grey dogwood studios
pam of pam kitty morning
jamie of busy bee quilts
daisy of ants to sugar
gerri of planted seed designs

great granny twist blog hop - FQS table runner
let's have a GIVEAWAY, shall we?
one lucky PS I QUILT reader will win their own copy of great granny squared!
to enter, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite memory of your mama, granny, or great granny!
winner will be announced next week!

happy hopping, y'all.
xo, rachel

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