12/21/09

Published in Sew It All

Sew It All is hitting newsstands later this week so I've been given permission to finally share one of my favorite projects! This sweet little picnic blanket has been finished for almost a year now and was one of the first things I made out of vintage sheets.

It's a simple hand-tied, 16 square block quilt that even beginning sewers can put together. There is no binding involved and if you enjoy embroidery and embellishments you can fancy it up a bit!

I also contributed a toddler shirt with reverse applique. It's a simple concept and even easier to execute if you'd like to add a little something to your toddler's wardrobe.

You can find both projects and about 43 others in this premiere issue published by Sew News. There are some great projects inside that I'm looking forward to trying in the new year and each one comes with clear instructions and illustrations.

In other news, we've spent the weekend with Brett's family celebrating his dad's birthday and an early Christmas. This morning as we were leaving to see his grandparents I bent over and couldn't get straight again. It's been six weeks since Ruby was born and if I remember correctly I had a similar problem after having Sebastian that left me in bed and unable to move without large doses of Advil and heat packs. I'm guessing that things got a little misaligned during labor and my back muscles aren't as strong since I've not been able to do much exercising until now. Off to the chiropractor this afternoon to see if he can get me walking so we can all enjoy the rest of this Christmas week.

I hope your Monday is a little more exciting than usual!
xoxo,
Rachel

26 comments:

Vivianna said...

One of my goals for my 146 days project is to make a quilt. I have no idea how to do that.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.

mrs boo radley said...

Hope you find comfortable alignment soon.

LOVE this project. I have a quilt made of old pj pants...it's at the foot of our bed.

The shirt is fabulous too!

{tam*jan} said...

That sucks about your back.
Hope all is well before christmas!

skunkboycreatures said...

The quilt is soooo pretty. Very impressive. :) I may have to try my hand this winter while I'm on 2 MONTH VACATION. ;D

Hope your back gets better soon. No sickies during Christmas!

Jamie said...

Looove the quilt!!!! Congrats!!!
Hope your back gets to feeling better very soon! Enjoy your Christmas week!!!

AlliT said...

Congrats!! That quilt is fantastic!! And I love the shirt!!

Hope you back gets worked out!! And have a Merry Christmas!!

amytangerine said...

sew cool!!

Emily said...

How neat that you've been published! Hope your back gets better soon. Aren't chiropractors wonderful!?

Tracey said...

What an awesome picnic blanket!!!

Peptogirl said...

So so pretty, Rachel! I'm going to keep an eye out for this one. I have a collection of vintage sheets just waiting to be turned into a quilt.

HappyHibiscus said...

A chiropractor told me that after birth, you should go to the chiropractor before/around six weeks because your joints are still loose enough to align correctly(pregnancy hormones). Otherwise, you have to wait until the next time those hormones are running through your body again, which means pregnancy. Good Luck caring for yourself, mamma's need that.

Big Yellow Dog said...

That is beautiful! I love those colors...they remind me of pink lemonade and summertime. Hope your back gets better so you can enjoy Christmas a little easier.

KaiLeigh said...

Amazing! Quilting is a dream of mine...

sonya audrey said...

Congratulations on the magazine! I'm going to have to look for it! :) Sewing is one of my things to learn in 2010, and a quilt for each of my girls is definitely on the agenda. This sounds perfect.

I hope your back feels better and you're feeling like your normal self soon! :)

Rachel said...

that quilt is amazing... =]

Bekka said...

Congrats! What a gorgeous blanket! I'll be on the lookout for this issue. Hope your back gets better soon!

my name is lauren. said...

congrats on being published. i would love to quilt and this looks like the perfect little starter project.

Kara said...

eeeek! i just LOVE that quilt.

katrina said...

a hearty congratulations to you. indeed, this is a dream come true!

funkycarolina said...

these projects are so awesome! i'm going to have to look for it at the bookstore next time.

i hope you feel better soon.

Holly S said...

Congratulations on being published twice this month!

elliebelle said...

Oh, I hope your back feels better soon! Merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

Krysten Hartenstein said...

Very cool!

amy lapi said...

wow, congrats! that's so cool! your quilt is lovely.

Jeanee said...

I was at B&N Wed. and I saw your article in the magazine! Live and in person. YAY!!!

cococricketsmama said...

congrats rachel on getting published, so cool! I asked my mom the the States to grab me a copy since I dount they sell it in Mexico. I can't wait to make one!