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I hope she doesn’t mind, but Rachael Rabbit made a bad ass version of my Broken Bars pattern. The quilting on it is INCREDIBLE. OMG. Follow this link and take a looksee!!!

get your learn on!

I just noticed this was published loud & proud over on the Austin City Stitches website, so I guess I can talk about it now- I’m going to be teaching not one, not two, but… Wait for it… THREE classes in Feb & March at their store! Woot! It’s been in the works for a while now, so I’m glad it’s almost here. Here are the class descriptions straight from their site or you can peep their full class list by clicking here:
Beginning Sewing – Modern Quilting 101

This class will provide an overview of modern quilting vs. traditional, contemporary, art, etc. Learn how to use basic quilting tools and techniques while creating a modernized disappearing 9 patch quilt. Students should already have a good basic understanding of their sewing machine and basic sewing skills.
*HANDS-ON CLASS – bring your machine and accessories.*
Supply list at registration.
Fee: $90.00(9 hrs)
Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8, & 15, 10:30 – 1:30
Instructor: Rebecca Roach
Project Class – Popsicle Quilt

The Popsicle Quilt is a modern design that incorporates the principles of negative space and asymmetry. It’s constructed using basic piecing and an adapted version of the Five Minute Circle technique. Students will learn to create and use freezer paper templates that make sewing curves easy. This technique can also be used for any kind of circle or curve, so it’s a good one to add to your quilting toolbox. At the end of class, you’ll leave with a completed quilt top and more confidence in sewing circular quilt blocks.
*HANDS-ON CLASS – bring your machine and accessories.* Supply list at registration.
Fee: $45.00(6 hrs)
Saturdays, Mar. 15 & 22, 10:30 – 1:30
Instructor: Rebecca Roach

Techniques – Quilt Binding 101

After quilting a project, there is a multitude of ways to finish off the edges. In this class, we will explore different types of binding techniques – from satin stitches to facings, to both straight grain and bias binding. Learn how to choose which one is appropriate for your project and how to apply it quickly and successfully every time!
*HANDS-ON CLASS – bring your machine and accessories.*
Supply list at registration.
Fee: $35.00(3 hrs)
Wed, Mar. 5, 6:30 – 9:30
Instructor: Rebecca Roach

This whole teaching business has got me excited for three reasons:
1. I’m getting a chance to teach something that I love!!!! Well, binding isn’t exactly in love with me, but whatever…
2. I’m helping out my North Austin peeps with their quiltin’ needs, yo!! No need to drive 20 miles to find a modern quilt!
3. The store is next door to Aquatek Tropical Fish. If I make you snore snooze in class, then you can go over & feed piranhas or whatever they have in their tanks… Ooh, their website says they have a Foxface Rabbitfish in stock!! Now you *have* to take a class so you can find out what the hell it looks like… Or a Thick Lip Swordtail Festivum. Ha. I made that up. Or did I?

Anyways, call them up at Austin City Stitches 512-374-9712 & sign up for good times. r

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starts & finishes

So, it’s 2014. I’ve always made a New Year’s resolution, but I don’t know that I’ve ever followed through with one. Last year felt like a bit of a blur because I couldn’t make myself do anything for the first part & then sewed like a crazy person at the end. In fact, I’m sitting here right now with a swollen & numb index finger from hand quilting. But I had altogether too many starts & not enough finishes. My brain likes to jump ship on things when I get halfway through because it’s always looking for the next idea. I have sketch books upon sketch books with ideas & WIP’s galore and I tell myself,”NOTHING NEW UNTIL YOU FINISH THIS PROJECT!!!” But my brain is wily & finds a way around my pronouncements. If I don’t want to finish a quilt, it decides I need to write a play.... Or sew a mini winter quilt…

But no, the top & bottom are too disjointed! It looks like Christmas in Mordor! So, my brain tells me to split it on two & make a pair of damn winter mini quilts…

Or instead draw a miniature drawing of Benedict Cumberbatch…

Or work on anything else, really. It wasn’t until I was sitting in my room with a paintbrush in my teeth & roughing in an oil painting with a palette knife that I begin to question myself-” What kind of procrastination hell is this??? Just bind your damn quilt, already!!!” Lol So, I did. & I wrote a pattern, too. 2014 is the year to make my thoughts turn into reality, but with a heretofore unseen consistency!! The word of the year is FINISH. So, let’s go get started on something, shall we? r

giveaway winnahs!

Thank you to everyone who commented!! It looks like we’re all busy for the holidays. I put all the Farm to Fork people in one list & had choose for me, so congratulations Catrin!!!!! I will email you shortly for your mailing address. And for Ninjas Don’t Sweat, the winner is Jenn! I’ll email you, too. Thanks for playing, everyone!

BTDubs, here’s what I accomplished this weekend:

I improv pieced some strips from my Botanics roll & used carbon paper to trace the outlines of an antique botanical print. I’ve been embroidering over the lines with a mix of chain & split stitches using black Aurifil 12wt thread. There will be fabric appliquéd over where the strawberries go & then I’ll chain stitch around them, too. Then I’ll quilt it & finish the edges with a facing. Whew. Good thing it’s only 9″ tall or else my fingers would have already fallen off!!! Anyways, happy Monday, y’all!!! -r

lily!!! an obsessively fabricated giveaway **CLOSED**


In my last post, I told you I went to Market in support of my friend Lily Gonzales-Creed & here she is with Pat Fryer of Villa Rosa Designs. When I first walked around the corner to her booth, this is what I saw:


Doesn’t she look like the happiest person on the planet??! I’m talking children at Christmas time happiness, people… Love it.  Her booth had a split personality because she was debuting two collections for Windham Fabrics with very different themes, but a with a harmonious color palette.  I remember sitting with her and Kim Place at Epoch Coffee a few months ago when she pulled out all the paper elevations to her booth design & thinking, “How on earth is she going to cram all of that in there??” But she did! And it was perfect!


One side featured the line Farm to Fork and her flying pigs made from the bacon print were just about the cutest things ever. She also designed a quilt that will be a free pattern when the fabric releases in April 2014:


The other side of the booth featured the line Ninjas Don’t Sweat (which also comes out next April) and I totally spaced on getting a good photo of her Octopus with throwing stars! Argh. But you can see it over on her blog, plus all of the cool things Kim made her to go in the booth- including all of her dresses! OMG. She had a different handmade outfit from Kim for every day on the show floor. I managed to sew up that quilt up there in the second photo and it’s called Flying Stars.  It (and Lily’s Farm to Fork quilt) were quilted by Jessica Darling of Remnants:Fiber[Culture]. Hopefully, it will also be a free pattern for Windham this Spring.  Woot!

So, let’s get to the giveaway part of the post!  I was lucky enough to get some free fabric from Lily- okay, I may have ran out of her house with it while she wasn’t looking- and I think it would be great to share it with some of my readers, along with some sweet Quilt Market swag, of course.  One person will win some fat quarters (some prints might be smaller, though) of Farm to Fork:


And another will win some fat quarter-ish pieces of Ninjas Don’t Sweat:


And both winners will have some random swag thrown in, like thread or magazines or more fabric. Who knows?! So, all you have to do is leave a comment saying which fabric line you want & also tell me what project you’re working on right now.  After I post this, I have to get hopping on my Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap project!  My swap partner lives overseas, so I want to ship it out early. You have until Sunday, November 3rd at midnight to comment and I’ll announce the winners on Monday around noontime CST.  Good luck and Happy Wednesday!! -r

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So, I went to the International Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, which is a trade show for quilting industry professionals.  My main goal was to support my friend, Lily Gonzales-Creed, who debuted two new collections for Windham Fabrics ( I will get to that in another post!). YAY FOR LILY!! Anyways, the show floor didn’t open until Saturday, but Friday was full of classes from 10a-6p called Schoolhouse and it felt a bit like college all over again.  You get a paper schedule and each page lists all the classes that are happening every thirty minutes and what room they are in. Some are more popular than others, so people sneak out the back of classes early to get in line for the next one.  Some of the classes give away free swag, like the class I took with Angela Yosten and Aurifil Thread, some have door prizes, and others just have really cool speakers.  In between classes, there were a million people running around trying to get to their next class & you had to look out for rolling luggage smacking you in the leg. CRAZINESS.

I only took five classes because I got there around 12:30p. While I was in the hallway perusing the schedule, two of my friends from the Austin Modern Quilt Guild walked by, Kim Place and Angela Milliman.  They were actually headed to the same class I was, so I just joined in.  It was about a product called Triangles on a Roll which is a foundation paper for accurate HSTs, QSTs, Flying Geese, etc. I don’t have any photos because I spaced out and forgot I had my camera! Hello!  But it was an interesting presentation & I do want to try it out. I’ll let y’all know if it’s helpful or not.

When it was over, Angela and Kim headed to a class about Hexies, and I went to a machine embroidery class with Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher. It was all about Sharon’s new Pickle Dish pattern and a new invention that I think was called “Hoopty de Doo” (? Sorry, I didn’t get a handout!) which stops fabric distortion during embroidery.



I’m a massive fan of Sharon Schamber because she does things the right way.  Yes, some of it’s fussy, some of it is tedious, but you cannot argue with her results.  Everything she does is perfection!  I’ve been watching her classes for years, her Piecelique transformed how I make quilts, blah blah blah, let me worship at her feet! lol I mean, just look at this quilt:


I could have just sat there and stared at it forever.  Amazing.

The next class I went to was a presentation by Angela Yosten about her new book, Sew Modern Baby, and line of thread with Aurifil. She had some cute stuff, but I really don’t remember much except the room was packed and it felt very claustrophobic in there.  It was the only class where I ran out the back door before it was over just so I could breathe! Whew.


After that was a class with David Butler who was presenting his newest fabric collection, Vagabond.


It’s beautiful.  It has the most vibrant color out of all his collections so far & since I have all of his other fabrics, I should have just thrown my money at him right now.


My one good story from this class is that I noticed one of my fellow classmates was Stuart from The Great British Sewing Bee. It’s a show from the BBC that I was addicted to earlier in the year.  I watched every episode on Youtube as soon as they were available.  Anyways, he was talking to David and I didn’t see who he was until he was just about to walk away.  I think he was kinda freaking out in that OMG-I-JUST-MET-THE-MOST-AWESOME-CELEBRITY-&-I’M-SHAKING-&-CRYING way about meeting David, so he was hauling ass towards the door.  I yelled his name to make him come back and take a photo, but he didn’t hear me.  David grabbed the microphone and called for him, but it was already turned off.  I missed my moment!  I mean, how sweet would it be to know I took a photo of that summit of awesome?  Oh well, I totally flaked.  Sad face.

After that, it was time to check into my hotel room at the Hilton-Americas & eat something since it was about 3pm by this point and I hadn’t eaten all day.  Registration went poorly because I told the lady my name & she said, “Yes, you’re staying for three nights, correct?” Umm, no.  Then she asked me what rate I paid for my room.  HELLO! Why don’t you know that?? So, I had to pull my phone out and find the email with my room rate and all the amenities I paid for.  So, she finally straightened everything out.  She said, “Oh, there’s another Rebecca Roach here.” Whatever. (I did get two emails about ten minutes later from the Hilton that confirmed I checked in as “Eileen Roche”, which is totally not Rebecca Roach.) And when I handed over my credit card, I had to tell her that I already paid for everything in advance, which caused more confusion to spread across her face. But I’m pretty sure I saved myself from hundreds more dollars being charged to my name.  I wasn’t about to give Eileen a free hotel stay, knowhumsayin… After that, I dragged my bag up to the room and grabbed a bite to eat in the lobby cafe.  When I finished, it was about time for the Anna Maria Horner class to start, so I headed over that way for my final session of the day. Okay. What do ya say? Ha. I could be a rapper.


I love this photo from when she was setting up her displays.  Such a multitasker… “Why yes, I can field questions from all sorts of people while holding up this quilt and directing my assistant on how to set up the table and remaining poised as a beauty queen…”

She talked about her new fabric collection called Dowry and the inspiration behind it, as well as her new True Colors basics collection, and all her latest sewing & needlework patterns.  




She wore the most AMAZING shoes, too.  They were skyhigh & I don’t think I have a photo of them, but wow.  Kudos to her, because I wore boots with a medium heel & almost died from all the walking. 

Anyways, this was pretty much my day last Friday.  I’ll try to post more later this week. Goodnight! -r


to market i go


I’m in Houston at the International Quilt Market this weekend! I will try to take some sweet ass photos for y’all. Yay!

acacia in space


Workin’ on a little postcard quilt for the Quilt Festival.

the start…


I got distracted a bit, so I’m behind! This is my napkin sketch of the start of my double wedding ring. I’m playing with shape, scale, and asymmetry. And dessert…