almost irish.

07 June 2010

almost irish.

so i remember it like it was yesterday.

i was standing in target.
my cell phone rings.
unknown number.

note: let's be honest.
99.9% of the time i hit the ignore button on unknown/private numbers.
this time, for some reason...not so much.


almost irish.

me: hello
irish voices: hi rachel!!! it's sherry & terri from irish quilting magazine.
i almost faint. for real.
me: oh hey yall.
of course i said hey yall. not. even. joking.

sherry: we wanna pick up your almost irish design for publication.
me: *crickets chirping*
sherry: are you there rachel???
me: *clears throat* yeah. sorry about that.
just so you know...people are staring at me because i'm jumping up & down in target.
sherry: HAHAHA. you're in target???
me: yep. HAHA.

my thoughts: good going rach.
you basically just told an editor of a magazine that you're a loser.
hi-5.

sherry: *still laughing at me being a loser*
rachel: *i'm doing that nervous OMG laugh*

almost irish.

we proceed with our convo.
iron out due dates.
make plans to meet for lunch at fall market.
& i even said that i could stay on the phone with them all day just to listen to their accents.
yeah. huge dork. i know.

almost irish.

so here we are 9 months later.
lookie at my quilt.
IN freaking IRELAND.
*faint*

almost irish can go down in the books as my 1st ever published pattern.
i may or may not have cried the first time i saw these pics.
just sayin'.
:P

almost irish.

*sigh*

it's totally okay that i'm jealous of my own quilt right?!?!
i mean it's been to ireland. and without me.

*blows raspberry*

almost irish.

oh & look...SHEEP!!!
real, honest to goodness IRISH SHEEP.
be still my heart.


i think they love me quilt.
score.

almost irish.

quilt stats:
fabric = rouenneries by french general for moda.
size = 80 1/2" square
quilting = rhonda morrison

and guess what?!?!
kits are available HERE.
single issue are available HERE.

just sharing the irish wealth.
:D

so what do yall think???
me loves it.

note: no sheep were harmed in the making of this quilt or photoshoot.

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106 comments:

KZK said...

That is SO COOL! Congratulations!!!
Your quilt is gorgeous. So is Ireland. :)
KZ

RenegadeQuilter said...

Many Congrats!!! Love the quilt, the pictures & Ireland!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That is so totally awesome Rachel! I buy my paper towels at Target, but no quilting magazine ever called me while I was there! That makes you a winner!

Love the sheep picture! They look like they're all talking to each other about whether or not to eat your quilt!

French General gets more beautiful every time I see it!

MGM

bingo~bonnie said...

oh how exciting - loved hearing all about how you found out... no you are not a dork! :P

and my favorite photo was the one of all the sheep looking at the camera from behind the quilt.. too cute..the sheep wanna peep :) now that's me being a dork. LOL

congrats! Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Very awesome! Congrats!

Eleanor said...

It's gorgeous! Congratulations, Rachel!!!!

-Eleanor
unfamiliarceiling.com

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

That is a fabulous quilt! It looks like it is having a lot of fun with out you!

kate spain said...

that sheep picture combined with your comment — hilarious, ms. rachel. Your quilt is beautiful..congratulations!

Rafael's Mum said...

Congratulations Rachel!! it looks fantastic in the Irish Landscape! I used to buy this mag but since the halloween issue I have not seen it in our LQS.. it must sell out quickly!

Jen said...

Congratulations! You should be so proud of your first published pattern, although I'd be willing to argue that your bake shop patterns count. Here's hoping this isn't the last.

Barbara McD said...

Way to go, Rachel!!!

teresamnj said...

I never thought I would like black in a quilt, but this is gorgeous, not to mention the scenery! Congratulations Rachel. Your work is so inspiring.

NorahS said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful. (And so is Ireland. Those are gorgeous pics. Wow!)

kelly lautenbach said...

Lovely! :) I'm going to have to have that pattern... and I may have to have the fabric for it too. *sigh* I'm not supposed to be buying... oh well. What's one more? :) Congratulations!

Jennie said...

Congratulations!! It's a very pretty quilt and I too am jealous that it got to go to Ireland!!
~ Jennie

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Congratulations! It is a beautiful piece and the colours are gorgeous.

nicolette said...

OMG, Rachel... congratulations! That quilt is gorgeous! Those pictures too!

I waited to use my stash of Rouenneries for the right project and now I kdo a little happy dance!

sewtakeahike said...

thats awesome Rachel!!! congratulations to you. thanks for sharing the phone call, too funny!

Amy R said...

Congratulations! So fun watching your dreams come true. . .

Annette said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful quilt!!

Puddle of Grace said...

Beautiful quilt! Awesome pattern and fabric selection!!! Your phone convo... priceless!!!!
Congrats ~ Charlene

Anne D said...

Congratulations. It is soooooo exciting. The quilt is gorgeous.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on the publication! I love the pic with the sheep all lined up...I wonder how they managed that!! :o)

alobsiger said...

Congratulations! It's a lovely quilt and a great story. I've jumped up and down in Target but not for such a good reason!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Way to go Rachel!!!

Marilyn said...

Hey Rachel.....your French General quilt rocks! You've obviously rocked the quilters in Ireland too! Great job on your first published pattern. Hope there are many more to come :-)

Megan said...

Soooo exciting! Sending lots of congratulations your way! And it warms my southern heart that you called them "y'all". No phone call is ever complete, in my humble opinion, without a few y'all's peppered in there.

The One and Only said...

bee-u-ti-ful quilt. the colors look amazing against the grass!!

Cara said...

Oh Congrats!!! That is awesome!
Too bad you didn't get to go with your quilt.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I think you should get to go to Ireland with your awesome quilt. Congrats to you!!!!!! It's beautiful.

Terry said...

Congratulations! I love the quilt! I love the quilt in Ireland! I love the quilt in front of the sheep! :0)

Joy said...

Doing a little happy dance for you!!! Congratulations, that's such fabulous news!!! Oh, and by the way, your quilt is absolutely STUNNING!!!!! Love it :o)!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Sherry said...

Cograt to you. What a wonderful thing to happen to you. YOu deserve it the quilt is wonderful. To many more.

Jacque. said...

Hey Rachel...I am so proud of you. What an achievement! You rock! I love your post...especially with the fun little sidenotes. As for Ireland and sheep...I have a friend who goes over every year and always brings back photos of sheep...lots of sheep. No quilts in the photos, though. huh. I love that quilt...I'm almost Irish, too! haha...well, 1/8. I just ordered the mag. So you know...I appreciate all that you are.

Quilt Nut said...

the pics are fantastic; especially the one with sheep. and i love how you were in Target when you got the call; that is awesome lol!

congrats on your first *official* publication and thank you for the honor of quilting this beauty. it's even more stunning in person.

Patty said...

So Cool!!!

Lisa said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
Congrats xx

Tammy Gilley said...

oh, ye had me laughin' my little arse off, lass! and i'm not even irish! :)

Linda said...

I'm a little jealous of your quilt too...I have always wanted to go to Ireland!

Magoo said...

that is AWESOME. congrats!!! and what a lovely quilt

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Congratulations Rachel!!! I LOVE that sheepie shot!!!

Trisha said...

So awesome!! I love how real you are! Oh, yeah, and the quilt is gorgeous. :)

Michelle Lovatt said...

I love that quilt. Congrats, I think I have to put that on my list of to dos.

Freda said...

Congrats!!! That is so awesome. And I too am a little jealous of your quilt...I want to go visit Ireland too.

jaybird said...

congrats!!! on the quilt.. and on finally being able to show it!! i'm super proud of you sister!

Kelly Ann said...

this news deserves a big WOOT WOOT...

Anna said...

Congratulations!! (And I LOVE Target.)

Shawn said...

Congratulations Rachel, you deserve to be published, great creative work!!!!

carol said...

How wonderful for you, Rachel! Congratulations, you must be on the moon!

Crafty Christina said...

Congrats! Awesome news!!!

scottylover said...

It's beautiful! I am so happy for you. I would have been jumping up and down, too, if they had called me!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

Sandy A

Blue Is Bleu said...

Congrats!!! That's so exciting! And I'm jealous of your quilt too because I want to go to Ireland!

And I say pretty stupid things when I'm nervous so don't feel too badly hehe

JoVE said...

That's an awesome quilt. And an awesome story :-)

Lauren H said...

Way to go, Rachel! Southern girls rock!!!!!

Missy said...

The sheep are great but the quilt is better. lol I love the pattern and the choice of fabric. Congratulations.

holly k said...

beautiful! congrats!! ewe done good!! :) love the pic with the sheep - what a treat! :)

Jessica said...

Congratulations! Too bad you didn't get to go to Ireland with your quilt.

lari smiles said...

Oh Em Geeee! Awesome Awesome Awesome. I am so happy for you. Well deserved. It is a gorgeous quilt!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Congratulations...the quilt is stunning...

lari smiles said...

Hold up. I just follwed the link to the mag. I believe you forgot to mention that your NAME IS ON THE COVER. Extra awesome. Yay!

Sarah Craig said...

What a gorgeous quilt - and how smart of the magazine to pick it up!! It's made it to my "gotta make one of these" list - hopefully soon!

Marisa said...

What a great quilt! I would cry if I published a pattern too! Congrats!

Dana said...

Spectacular! How can we buy the magazine? I don't even know you but am proud of your accomplishment! You are an inspiration. :-)

allsewnup said...

Simply stunning Rachel. Congratulations!

Carolyn

Joyce said...

It must be Irish night. My friend just posted pics of her mom, the 2010 Irish Mother of the Year here in Cleveland and now I see your post. Huge congratulations!!! It looks amazing with the black. All the photos are stunning.

Quilt'n Joy said...

Wow, your quilt is beautiful. The photographs show it off so well.
Congratulations!

lej619 said...

WOW!! this is just GREAT!!! You should of told them that you had to accompany the quilt as a chaperon. to make sure it behaved. lol
anyways congrats!!!

Debra said...

Very cool! Love the quilt AND the sheep AND your story!!

VerrySherry said...

Oh! We love your work and we look forward to more p.s. i quilt designs! hugs from Sherry @irishquilting.ie

a.niza said...

congratulations, Rachel...i'm so happy for you!

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Congratulations!! That is SO exciting! Your name is even on the cover! Whoop whoop! It's a beautiful quilt.

Ann said...

LOL, rach!! You are just the best at blogging!!
And con-freaking-gratulations on having a quilt going to Ireland. that is so awsome!!

quilterfaye said...

Oh Rachael,You crack me up. What an amusing blog! Congratulations on being published!! Great pattern and a twist on log cabin. I'll have to get the pattern.

Colette said...

*~*~*CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS*~*~* me loves it too!

Cindy's Crafty Creations said...

You are soo funny :) Congratulations Rachel, it truly is a beautiful quilt. Do you get any of the royalties? lol

Caro said...

Congratulations! It's a stunning quilt in a beautiful setting. You're a lucky woman...

Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS!!! I just ordered the magazine from the link provided...Congrats!!! I would like to use the photo of the quilt with the sheep facing in the background as my peronal computer's desktop wallpaper...is this okay???
Happy stitchin'---Rock on Rachel!!!
Cindy
cbnovick@hotmail.com

Always Sewing said...

Wow, this is so awesome. Congratulations! The pictures are so beautiful. And what a fabulous story.

Brenda said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! YOUR QUILT IS BEAUTIFUL!

Wendy said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! The landscape in which it was photographed is gorgeous! Congrats to you for all your hard work! Enjoy the moment and maybe one day you too can go to Ireland!

SewLindAnn said...

Striking quilt, of course the animals love it!! Congratulations, it's a wonderful accomplishment. I'm sure the ladies on the phone were happy that you were sweet, honest and down to earth.

jenimelinda said...

VERY cool. Congratulations, Rachel! (I'm right there with you, jealous of a quilt!!) :)

Anonymous said...

I love this quilt...but the kits are sold out! Congratulations!
I love the picture with the lambs. Reminded me of New Zealand...never saw so many sheep in my life.
Sewgentle

Shanna said...

Gorgeous quilt!! I love it! And so happy for you on your pattern publication too!! It is very exciting :o)

Shanna

amandajean said...

congrats to you, rachel! it's a beautiful quilt!

Tiffany said...

So, so beautiful. Congrats on your pattern publishing. That is totally awesome. I love all the photos, but the photo of the sheep and the quilt is PRICELESS. Your quilt is striking and I just love it. To have your quilt actually photographed in Ireland...well, it's just really wonderful. What a fantastic memory.

Sandra said...

What a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on being published.

In Awe of Applique said...

that so rocks Rachel!!! And I thought your conversation was hilarious and pretty much the same thing I would have said at a time like that, in Target or wherever!!! congratulations (but I think you should have gotten a trip to Ireland...to make sure your quilt made it there safely, of course!!)

SheilaC said...

Congratulations!! wOw!!! And the quilt is beautiful..... (and probably snuggling Irish people right now) :)

SheilaC

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Con grat u la tions Rachel!! Awesome quilt. The kit is sold out you know...

Vivian said...

congratulations!
That is one magazine I absolutely love. The quality is amazing and I love all the shots of quilts with Ireland as a backdrop.
And now you're in it too! Yay you!

Anonymous said...

Rachel,
Your quilt is so beautiful, why not come and collect it instead of having it sent back by mail?! I am looking forward to seeing it in Irish Quilting Magazine soon. You and other American Girl quilters have been an inspiration to me (and other novice quilters) who have found wonderful quilting ideas and tips on Blogs such as yours. Congratulations and you would be very welcome in Ireland anytime.
Caroline Elsted, Co Kildare, Ireland.

annmarie said...

LOVE the quilt - LOVE the sheep! Congratulations! Lovely pictures - thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

Way to go!

I love the second to last photo with all the sheep posing with your quilt. Adorable!

Dawn said...

Looks Luberly... what a beauty... Irish beauty!
Hugs Dawn x x

Terriaw said...

Of all places to get that call, you're standing in Target? LOL! I love that story. I love this photo shoot, and the quilt too. I've never made an Irish chain, but now I'm totally tempted cuz of this beauty! Congrats to you!!!

Colleen said...

I LOVE THIS QUILT. and i love ireland. and i love this post!!!!

V and Co. said...

yay for sheep loving quilts! and your crazy coin quilt *swoon*

Edie said...

Congratulations!! I picked up the magazine when I was in the UK in April and was so happy to see your name on the front cover- and the quilt is just beautiful!

Kim G said...

This quilt is just beautiful and the pictures, breathtaking!! Love that one with all the sheep looking at your quilt. Your retake of the phone conversation made me laugh, I would of been jumping up and down also.

LindaB said...

Stunning Quilt...congrats..will have to keep an eye out for the mag down here...have some Rouenneries fabric that I was saving for a very special quilt...this just may be the one...LindaB (Aust)

twin fibers said...

Congrats!!! Ireland and a quilt. woohoo... what a Great phone call! :)

Sleepy Cat Hollow said...

OH! My mom gets that magazine! Will have to stop by after work to day and look for it!

Anonymous said...

Tell me why I'm crying while reading a blog. Love this quilt and the way the fabric looks in it...and I'm so happy for you. viv

amy smart said...

The pictures are amazing!!

Linda said...

Just found a link to your blog hopping from blog to blog, and love this Almost Irish quilt design. Your story is so entertaining, that it made me read all the way through and actually order from your link: can't wait to see the magazine. I seem to have done several quilts with irish chain framing the blocks. http://quiltaholic-linda.blogspot.com/2010/05/playing-with-color-and-intensity.html

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