Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Rachael: I’m always inspired to create things that are difficult to figure out, it seems. I enjoy a good challenge, and have been working on getting some of my own patterns to the point where they might be able to be used by other people. The first pattern I made is for my madeleine bag and is available for free on my blog. I also have my first set of embroidery patterns for sale in my etsy shop.
P: What does your creative process entail?
R: My creative process usually starts with a spark of an idea that I simply can’t get out of my head.Once I think of something new that I want to try, the idea starts to take on a life of its own, and it isn’t until I work it out that it stops invading my brain 🙂
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
R: I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I have when I have taken an idea and turned it into something real.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
R: For me, the act of creating is so wrapped up in who I am and what I do, that I feel like I have no choice but to foster that… I create because I love the feeling of bringing an idea to life, of figuring out a way to make it work and making something physical out of that idea.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
R: The most important thing I have learned is that being careful and purposeful is always worth it. Despite my often mad scientist approach to sewing, training myself to slow down and do things right the first time has really helped me to be more accurate and successful in projects.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
R: Growing up, my mom was always sewing. She made a lot of clothing for us when my brother, sister, and I were young. I played around with her sewing machine some, but didn’t really get into sewing for myself again until about ten years ago when I got my first machine. I started sewing much more about three years ago when I made a rag doll for my daughter and people started asking me to make some for them… soon after, I had my etsy shop set up and the blog soon followed.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
R: My inspiration can come from anywhere… from a new construction technique I want to try or a piece of fabric that just begs me to make it into something.
Use a strip piecing method to create these fast and fun coasters. Make sets for all the holidays. Fabrics used for sample are from Thomas Knauer’s Frippery distributed by Andover Fabrics. Makes 5 coasters in total.
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