My Favorite Quilt: Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color

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Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.


Rachel makes captivating quilts. Period. She has a knack for mixing and matching colors perfectly, and I appreciate and enjoy the genuine tone of her posts. Rachel blogs about her sewing projects, her kids, home décor and homeschooling, and she has written a plethora of tutorials and patterns. Rachel also founded do. Good Stitches, a well-known virtual online charity quilting bee. Finally, her online sewing classes are known for their thoroughness and uniqueness. If you’ve never read Stitched in Color, what are you waiting for? Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics? When I search my mind for a favorite quilt, Oodalolly lately comes out on top. It’s a quilt pattern I made for students as part my Curves Class, spring of 2012. It’s my original design, though inspired by a West Elm rug and by Sherri Lynn Wood’s Mod Mood Quilt-Along. Oodalolly is a large throw quilt made entirely of Kona cotton jelly rolls with glorious improv curves contained in manageable rectangular blocks.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests? Yes, I did actually send this quilt to QuiltCon in 2013. The best thing about that was that some of my students enjoyed seeing it in person! What memories or people does the quilt make you think of? First, it’s fair to share how it acquired such an unusual name. This quilt is named for that “aha” moment when my heart skipped a beat and “oodalolly” emerged aloud in (a most unusual form of) awe as the quilt came alive in my head. Don’t you love that moment? When the quilt is born?… It’s just alive in your imagination, but alive nevertheless. Also, Oodalolly reminds me of all that is gained from being brave enough to try. What do you like best about the quilt? The riotous color. No, the movement! Let’s say the overall energy. Oodalolly feels so dynamic, free and unabashedly upbeat. Looking at it makes me feel good. That’s what I like best. How did you grow as a quilter while making it? Oodalolly taught me that our very best work can emerge from a real struggle. When I made this quilt I went through a total of four fresh starts. Fortunately I was able to re-use some of my piecing, but each time I had to start with a new approach in overall design and construction as I cast around for a method that would be both effective and fun… Not a royal pain in the arse for my dear students. Somehow, each time I design a class I end up creating a milestone quilt that stretches me artistically and technically. I’m so thankful for that process! If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently? Um, I would go with way #4 the first time! Otherwise, I’m pretty happy. Even the minimalistic quilt back and freeform grid quilting feel just right to this day.

Where is the quilt now? Oodalolly is one of the very few “special” quilts I have stashed in a cabinet, instead of given away or put to use. I’ve thought seriously now of giving it away twice (once when my mother hinted!) but I still can’t do it. This one feels like part of me. I have a feeling that someday I’ll know why I kept it. Would you like to add anything? If you’d like to hear more about my journey with this quilt, I do blather on quite a bit in this process post and this finish post. I’d also like to thank my students for giving me the opportunity to create like this! I’ll never take it for granted. Here’s to many quilts to come!

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June. Rules:

  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
  • You can answer all or some of the questions below.
  • Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.

Questions:

  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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