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Updated: 2018-01-22T02:11:00.067-05:00




hi. i have tried several times to write this post. sometimes, i hit the backspace button so often, it's all the more discouraging. today, i feel like it's really gonna happen. here's hoping! it's been 6 months, give or take, since i've publicly communicated with the quilting world. i've had a few of those "close" friends, within the community, reach out to me. and lately, i've received several inquires on my whereabouts, updated teaching schedules, and possible new pattern releases. here's the whole truth. the day before my last blog post, my daddy was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 lung cancer. the only reason my last post was actually posted, is because it was already prepped and scheduled for posting prior to our devastating news. (thank goodness.) this year, has been nothing short of a blur. being that i'm the only one of us children in the state of georgia, i've been the kid here for my daddy. we've endured every imaginable up & down that comes with the cancer territory. at daddy's diagnosis appointment, it was carefully explained to us that chemo wouldn't cure him. it would only be utilized as a tool to contain the cancer that had already spread. and that chemo would also be used to prolong his life. the room spun. i felt like i was watching a movie of someone else's life. i did "okay" in the oncologist's office, but the minute my daddy left my driveway, i broke down. at this very minute, i can clearly think of that day, and my heart just aches at the thought of what my children might've seen. (to be clear, it's the brokenness i speak of. i didn't hit anyone or break things. i just cried and sobbed uncontrollably for several hours.) i know it's said often, but now i can, with every fiber of my being, shout to the masses, that "i hate cancer." experiencing this firsthand, with a parent, has to be one of the most heartbreaking things in the world. (please don't read that as a belittling statement. i know there are parents of cancerous children going through this. i'm just speaking from my own personal feelings.) i went back & forth, for the longest time, on what is/was the "right" or "wrong" thing to say to y'all. i've recently come to realize, that there isn't a right or wrong. although, we live in a society that is offended by EVERYTHING, it's up to me on what i put out there about myself. maybe this post is more about me "getting it out" instead of me telling you where i've been. i don't know. so, here it is. i'm mostly a mess. sure, some days are better than others. sometimes, i can fake it 'til i make it. but other times, it's all i do to not completely fall apart. treatment weeks are hard. the days following treatment are harder. watching my big, strong father wither away, is harder still. with every treatment and hospitalization, i feel like a piece of me dies. we had a great report one prior visit. we were told that although my daddy was as sick and fragile as he was, the chemotherapy was working beautifully. we were even told that the cancer, which had spread to two main places in his body, was shrinking. the official report was that it had shrunk 50-60%. we had a glimpse of hope. i remember that day vividly as well. the chemotherapy did start making my daddy so sick, that the oncologist suggested a "break" from treatment. even during the break, my dad was in and out of the hospital. after a while, he started to feel better. he even looked better. he was looking like my daddy again. then, we went for another CT scan. the results were devastating, yet again. the official results were that the cancer was growing at an alarming rate. the exact phrasing was, "your cancer is very angry."this is where we had the quality vs quantity conversation. yet again, another day that felt like i was watching someone else's life in a movie. and to top it off, during his most recent hospitalization, we discovered that my daddy needed surgery to remove kidney stones. we're all adults. we know the world can be a cruel place. we know that life isn't fair. and that we can't always get what we want. does this knowledge make things[...]



oh, and i FINALLY got around to putting the binding on this fall scruffily quilt!
as i type this, it's being loved to death on our living room couch.
i haven't even had a chance to wash it yet.

so you see, i've been doing pretty good.
i still have my rough days, but i'm chugging along.
chugga chugga choo choo.

anyways, like i said, i'm really going to make an effort to bring this ol' blog of mine back to life.
people still read blogs, right? LOL.

i have other pics to show y'all, but i don't want to throw everything out at once.
should you be interested, there's more via my instagram. (i'm @rachelgriffith)

it's nice to see YOU again!
xo, rachel



i've been working hard on a new pattern release.
i have four new patterns in all.
i'll share the first two with y'all this week.
the last two will follow along soon.

up first, sashay.

this quilt is layer cake friendly.
if y'all are anything like me, i like to hoard, i mean, stash layer cakes.
so, grab your favorite layer cake, some coordinating fabrics, and a background ... boom. you're done.

this quilt does use a template, which is in included, but don't let that put you off.
it's simple to piece and goes together smoothly.

i love this design and i'm hoping that y'all will, too.

quilt stats:
size = 70" x 70"
fabric = happy go lucky by bonnie & camille for moda
quilting = darla padilla

so, if you're looking for your own sashay pattern:
the pdf pattern is available HERE. (ships via email after your purchase.)
be sure to share your sashay quilts on social media using #SashayQuilt. i can't wait to see what you make!

xo, rachel

thankfulness. (& a giveaway!)


y'all seriously made my heart happy with all of your encouragement, loveliness, and well wishes.
although, i couldn't personally respond to every email or comment, please know that i read every single one.
y'all really are the best readers a girl could ask for.
so, thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

also, i'm having a giveaway via instagram! (i'm @rachelgriffith)
today is the last day, so come check it out if free fabric is your thing. (;

xo, rachel

baby steps.


so, here's the truth, i've been battling some health problems.

i have suffered from anemia for years, thanks to an iron deficiency.
with each pregnancy, it became progressively worse.
i felt it getting worse this last summer/fall, but i tried my damndest to push through it.
that's what we moms and business owners do, right?

well, apparently, i was pushing too hard.
or maybe i'm just a stubborn southern woman.
either way, there finally came a day, when i just had to cave.

on top of having iron-deficiency anemia, i've been hard on myself.
i've been disgusted with my inability to just be myself.
(why are we so hard on ourselves?)
my body wouldn't let me get off my couch to cook supper, let alone, run a business.
needless to say, i was in a dark place, emotionally, as well as physically.
and that's the truth.

as most of y'all know, i stopped teaching, blogging, and hanging out with you via social media.
behind the scenes, i stopped quilting all together.
quilting is just the surface, really.
and at the end of the day, the things that mattered most, i really felt like i was failing at.
like being a good wife, mother, and friend.

i am behind on everything under the sun, BUT i'm writing to tell y'all that i am seeing a light at the end of this tunnel.
thanks to a new medical course of action, i'm starting to feel more and more like myself.
i'm thankful that we seem to have tapped into my anemia when we did and have things turning around in the right direction.
and furthermore, i'm super thankful for every single one of you that has reached out to inquire about my family and i.

i'm trying to take baby steps here and get my feet wet.
even if it is, just dipping my toes in the shallow end.
so, if you're waiting on an order or an email, please know that i haven't forgotten about you! mean it!

xo, rachel

almost five christmases later.


if y'all follow along via instagram, chances are, you know that i spent yesterday making these lovelies.
(i'm @rachelgriffith if you're interested.)

miss lindsey was born in september of 2010.
i'm sure some of y'all remember this.
(yes, it's really been that long ago!)

well, back in 2007, i made stocking for everyone in our house.
when lindsey was born, i told myself i needed to make her a stocking, too.
here we are, almost five christmases later, and that baby FINALLY gets her stocking.
mother of the year award goes to ... ;)

xo, rachel

quilt calendar 2015.


if y'all are anything like me, you wait until the last minute to get a calendar for the upcoming year.
generally, i'm the girl at the mall, on new year's day, pondering the leftovers at the pop-up calendar store.
(do i want cats? or motorcycle mamas?)
well, folks, things are changing this year!!!

y'all remember my book, quilts made with love, right?
well, the lovely peeps at martingale chose one of my book quilts to be featured in their 2015 calendar.
see, look ...

that's me, miss january. :)

even if you already have my book, there's 11 more beautiful quilts for you to enjoy as the year goes by.
and let me tell y'all, they are yummy.

there's something for both the modern and traditional quilter!
the projects range in size from wall hangings to bed sized quilts.
and on top of the quilty eye candy, step by step instructions are included for each month!
awesome, right?!

so, y'all grab one for yourself, your quilty friend, or even your mother in law.
it's the gift that keeps on giving.
(purchase via amazon, here.)

xo, rachel

shop small with a big sale.


i hope y'all had a wonderful thanksgiving. we did!
my only complaint is that i didn't get the pumpkin roll made.
i think that's on my to do list for today, along with decking the halls.
i just LOVE this time of year!

today is small business saturday.
so, we're having a sale in my pattern shop!

buy one, get TWO free on all PDF patterns!!!
no special code needed.
simply enter your free choices in the notes to seller box upon checkout.
(patterns pictured are: savvy, impromptu & reverie.)

xo, rachel

cotton + steel winners!


the winners of the cotton + steel giveaway are ...
heidi, becky, keri, and whitney!

congrats to y'all!!!
email me: rachel at psiquilt dot com

once i have y'all's mailing info, the lovely peeps over at fat quarter shop will ship your bundle!
i hope y'all get the one you were drooling over!
they're all so dang dreamy.

a big thanks to all of y'all that entered.
you're all winners in my eyes. mean it.

xo, rachel

cotton + steel giveaway!!!


*comments are closed! winner will be announced in next post!*

we haven't had a giveaway in f o r e v e r!
am i right?
well, that's about to change, folks.
the lovely peeps over at fat quarter shop really, really love y'all.
how much?
so much that we are giving away 4 BUNDLES of cotton + steel basics!!!
i know i've said it before, but i have literally never wanted to win my own giveaway as bad as i do now.
must. have. all. these. fabrics.
so, here's the deal, FOUR lucky ps i quilt readers will win ONE bundle each.
to enter, leave a comment.
any comment will do.
remember, flattery will get you everywhere. KIDDING. ;)
winner will be announced tuesday!

happy commenting!
xo, rachel



i grow attached to my trimmings while i cut fabrics.
how attached?
well, for starters, i take a picture.

what about y'all?
do you ooh and aah over your trimmings? keep them? reuse them? take pics of them? throw them away?
inquiring minds want to know.

xo, rachel

y'all guessed it!


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

a little fall fun.


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

tap, tap.


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

in the works.


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

sew together bag.


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. 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, holds EVERYTHING. go and tell your husband i said so.(;bag & tool stats:pattern = sew together bag by sew dementedsize = 10" x 5" x 5" fabrics = scrappyfusible 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 pinsrotary cutter = olfa splashseam 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[...]

quilts made with love winner.


the winner of the quilts made with giveaway is ... alyssa.

congrats to you, alyssa!!!
email me: rachel at psiquilt dot com

thanks to all of y'all that entered.

xo, rachel

quilts made with love giveaway!!!


**giveway is now closed. winner has been posted.**
i hope y'all enjoyed the past 19 days of seeing the quilts from my book, quilts made with love.
i sure enjoyed sharing them with y'all.

with that being said, let's have a giveaway!!!
one lucky ps i quilt reader will get their very own signed copy of quilts made with love!!!

to enter, simply go through my posts and pick out your favorite quilt from the book.
then, come back to this post and tell me which one is your favorite and why.

easy peasy, right?
winner will be announced on wednesday.

xo, rachel