y'all guessed it!

19 September 2014

consider this my confession for jumping on the bandwagon.  #modernmaples
i have finally jumped aboard the modern maples bandwagon.
i'm SUPER excited to make this quilt.

y'all know me, i'm kind of addicted to fall.
so, why not have a really adorable fall quilt?

i started out using mostly katie jump rope fabrics. (shown in previous post.)
but once i started cutting fabrics, i took out a few and added a few others.
i love my first block.
what do y'all think?

oh, and for those of y'all that don't know about the modern maples quilt, here's some logistics:
modern maples was designed by amanda jennings of hey porkchop!
she designed the quilt for john adams' (quilt dad) book, pretty in patchwork: holidays.
there's even a whole flickr group devoted entirely to modern maples. sigh.

have you made your own modern maples quilt?
if not, do wanna join along?
apparently, there's a little sew along going on over on instagram. (#simplymodernmaples)
OR if you wanna drool over even more modern maples, there's always #modernmaples via instagram.

xo, rachel

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a little fall fun.

10 September 2014

oh, hi.
so, i've been hoarding these lovelies for quite some time.
i pulled them out the other day, and i think i have a plan.
do y'all have a guess as to what i'm doing with them?

here are some hints about the pattern i plan on using ...
it is NOT my pattern
it IS a fall pattern
and i'm almost positive you've seen a handful of these quilts via blogs, instagram & flickr.

any guesses?

xo, rachel

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tap, tap.

04 June 2014

our babies at the lake. <3 #iheartmybabies #familyismyfavorite
hey, y'all.
i'm here dusting off this ol' blog of mine.
on one hand, i didn't mean to take a break this long.
but on the other hand, it was much needed.

once upon a time, i fell in love with this marine that just happened to be a northerner.
well, this southern gal moved up north with him and started a family.
we loved starting our family in ohio.
we made many, many memories there.
and after much deliberation, this past april, we packed up our house and moved to my home state of georgia.

my kids and i spent the first few months of the year in ohio while my husband was here in georgia working at his new job.
it's been quite the transition, but we did it!

i'm proud to say that we moved back to my old stomping grounds.
it feels so good to be back in the south.
i can't wait for my kids to experience growing up here like i did.
and i think it's really awesome that they have experienced growing up a bit in the north just like their daddy.
everyone seems to love it here which makes my heart really, really happy.

we're still trying to get completely settled in, but i'm trying to get back in the swing of things.
i finally sat at my machine for the first time in forever.
man, that felt good.
it was like riding a bike. until i had to use my seam ripper. HA.

in my absence, i've been teaching, working on new designs and even mastered the art of putting in a zipper!
say whaaaaaat?!?! LOL.

what have y'all been up to?

xo, rachel

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in the works.

04 March 2014

let's dance, you and i. #quethemusic #rachelgriffithdesigns
something new is in the works.
i'm loving the mix of these two fabric lines.
how about y'all?

fabrics = florence by denyse schmidt and nordika by jeni baker

xo, rachel

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sew together bag.

28 February 2014

boom. done. i survived! my bag is complete! i struggled a bit, but i powered through. i had to eat like 3 cookies, 4 pieces of dove chocolate and a buttload of pretzels, but i did it! in all honesty, i had a harder time with the actual construction than t
so, i needed a new bag.
yes, needed.
it's legit.

the truth is, everyone on instagram (i'm @rachelgriffith) was making their own #sewtogetherbag.
i just had to have one for myself.

here's the inside of my bag. (see previous pic for the outside.) i was a bit of a rebel and did 6 different fabrics for the pocket linings instead of making them matchy matchy. me likes it. (; #perfectschmerfect #sewtogetherbag
some changes that i made ...
i went with the quilt as you go method (QAYG) for the exterior.
i used pellon fusible fleece instead of a thin interfacing.
i chose 6 different fabrics for my pocket linings to give it more of scrappy look.
i left out the pin cushion and needle landing.
and i did most of the bindings by hand. (old habit.)

all in all, i'm in love.
i think the bulkiness during construction was my least favorite part, but that's my fault because i used fusible fleece.
and get this, i was freaking out over the zippers (remember this post?) but the zippers were actually pretty easy.

and here's the truth ... y'all need a this bag, too.
it holds EVERYTHING.
go and tell your husband i said so.

well, i'm going in. y'all should watch for distress signals. zippers are so not my forte. it makes total sense that i'd attempt to make a bag with 4 zippers in it, right?! #howboutnoscott #ladyballs #sewtogetherbag
bag & tool stats:
pattern = sew together bag by sew demented
size = 10" x 5" x 5"
fabrics = scrappy
fusible fleece = pellon (987F)
zippers = via zipit (9" in aqua marine, mustard yellow & slate gray. 18" in gray.)
thread = aurifil (2600 & 5004)
scissors = famore cutlery (715, 719 & 728)
starch = mary ellen's best press (linen fresh)
pins = clover extra fine glass head patchwork pins
rotary cutter = olfa splash
seam ripper = clover
magnetic pin bowl = via pleasant home (hi, jodi!)

so, have you made this fantastic bag?
if not, is it on your to make list?
it should be. just sayin'.

xo, rachel

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