south's gonna rise.

26 June 2009

so i've been one busy lady.
and that might be a huge understatement.

some exciting news is this...
me & the fam are going to momma's house on sunday!!!

that's right...the south's gonna rise again.
all because rachel is going home.

but don't worry...i'll still be blogging.
maybe not every day, but i'll check in with yall.

p.s. did yall notice where my little man decided to bite my flip flop???
yeah...craziness i know!!!

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a tiny glimpse.

25 June 2009

a new project in the works.
details coming soon to a blog near you.

in the meantime...
it will be launching july 1st...and there will be prizes!!!

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fabric necklace tutorial.

24 June 2009

ask and you shall receive.

you'll need 3 strips of fabric.
each being about 1/2" x 44"

my fabric=objects of desire by sandy gervais for moda.

layer your 3 strips and secure with a safety pin.

anchor your safety pin to something heavy.
{i like to use a folded up quilt.}

start braiding your fabric.

keep braiding until you reach the end of your strips.

take then end of your braid and loop your fabric around...

...and tie a knot.
you're gonna do this at the top of your braid as well.

your necklace will look like this.

fit your necklace around your neck.
{it helps to look in the mirror.}

before settling on a length...
keep in mind what shirt styles you'll be wearing.
and remember that you will be slipping this on OVER your head.

the length that i want is marked here by the safety pin.

remove your pin and stitch back & forth over your necklace.
i go back & forth about 4 times, just to be safe.

your gonna want to snip the end off about 1/8" from your stitches.

you've just made the perfect summer accessory!!!
{not to mention it's a kid friendly craft.}

you can wear these at the beach with your bathing suit
out & about with a summer top and jeans.

there's no wrong way to wear a fabric necklace!!!
okay maybe not with a wedding dress...
unless it was a beachy wedding!!!
okay...i'm stopping.

hope yall enjoy!!!

toot your own horn!!!
if you make this, add the pic to my p.s. i quilt: sew & tell flickr group.

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spring blooms mini quilt swap.

23 June 2009

lookie at what i got in the mail.
beautious huh???

tammy sent me this for the spring blooms mini quilt swap.
didn't she do an awesome job???

i ♥ how it has an irish feel to it!!!
and the quilting is SO gorgeous.
the pics don't do it any justice. trust me.

thanks SO much tammy!!!
it's SO me and i will cherish forever.

i haven't heard yet if my swap partner received her quilt.
{in case yall wanna know...i sent her THIS.}

oh and big news!!!
my pinwheel quilt is on it's way home sweet home!!!
it's been in pennsylvania getting quilted for the last 2 weeks.
more on that when it gets here.

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grocery bag dispenser tutorial.

22 June 2009

i hope yall are gonna like this one.
and it only takes about an hour to make!!!

it's over at the moda bake shop.
so go make this gal happy and show me some love.
{direct link HERE.}

toot your own horn!!!
if you make this, add the pic to my p.s. i quilt: sew & tell flickr group.
{and of course the moda bake shop flick group too.}

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extra! extra! read all about it!

19 June 2009

you read it here 1st.

i may or may not have cried.
and i may or may not recall a hysterical phone call to my hubby at work.

but yeah...there i am.
me. rachel griffith. in print.

and for those inquiring minds:
i blogged about this project HERE.
and then HERE.

so here's the deal:
i designed a quilt block for a challenge issued by the magazine.
the challenge is now a competition between 14 blocks.
{hint hint: my block is easily SPOTTED!!!}

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pat's ketchup weekend.

18 June 2009

anyone behind on a BOM???
anyone behind on the calendar quilt challenge???

oh yall aren't behind at all???
i find that hard to believe!!!

pat sloan is hosting a ketchup weekend!!!
get caught up!!! or get ahead!!!
{more details can be found here.}

so what's in it for yall???
well pat sloan & i have teamed up to give away some awesome prizes!!!
i'm giving away a charm pack.
and pat's giving away a sticky bun & thread.
{prizes can be seen here.}

so go sign up at the flickr group and have fun!!!

note to add:
comments for this post will be closed.
{only because i don't want to be bombarded with
comments from people that only
paid attention to the word giveaway.}

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summer pics: take one.

17 June 2009

so here's me & my niece ashleigh.
me & her=peas & carrots.

don't yall love our fabric necklaces???
yeah...that's how we roll...fabric jewelry.
it's the perfect summer accessory if you ask me.

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rachel's homemade chocolate icing.

16 June 2009

what y'all will need:
1 stick butter
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. almond extract
5 tbl cocoa
1 pound powdered sugar

the making part:
put butter, milk and cocoa in medium sauce pan.
stirring constantly with a whisk, heat to boiling point.
when it gets the consistency of melted chocolate remove from the heat.
add almond extract & sugar.
place in the fridge for a little while to thicken.
and then frost some yummy cupcakes like these.

hope y'all enjoy.

xo, rachel

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SO lucky.

15 June 2009

so i got this little beauty in the mail from miss sherri!!!
isn't is friggin' amazing???

1st: it's SO made with cotton blossoms!!!
2nd: it's SO rachelish!!!
3rd: the quilting is SO darn cute!!!
and 4th: it's cotton blossoms people!!!

i absolutely ♥ it!!!

true story: {aka my dork moment.}
this was wrapped in white tissue paper...
i was tearing it open & as soon as i caught a glimpse of cotton blossoms...
my exact words were...
oh. my. heavens.
{and then i was crying because sherri put SO much thought into it.}
*end dork moment*

thank you, thank you, thank you sherri!!!
i will cherish it always & forever.

oh and my hubby gets an honorable mention.
well because after my above mentioned dork moment, the hubby says to me:
"isn't that the same fabric that's in that little quilt over there???"
{over there=this tablerunner.}
hi-5 to my hubby who can spot my fav fabric of all time!!!
i think he's a keeper.

okay and one more thing:
yall need to meet julie, who i really think is my long lost sister!!!
not. even. joking.
{she even called me today to check up on my sick kiddos. sweet huh???}
she posted her 1st tutorial and now she's having a giveaway.
so go introduce yourselves and show her some love!!!

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{insert a snazzy title here.}

12 June 2009

i was invited to be featured at
for a july 4th project of my choosing!!!
{exciting, i know!!!}

i hope yall enjoy my picnic helpers tutorial.
please come back here and tell me what you think.
it'll make my heart happy.

and as always...
toot your own horn!!!
if you make this, add the pic to my p.s. i quilt: sew & tell flickr group.
do you follow my blog???
if you do, you are in for a real treat.

remember my dear santa letter???
{the one with the amazing fig tree club i'm dying to be in!!!}

well elf lani of the quilt shoppe has a special offer for my followers
who wanna be in the fig tree club with me!!!

for following my blog, yall will get
free registration PLUS 10% off your quarterly fees!!!

so how do you cash in on this sweet deal???
1st: you need to be following my blog.
2nd: email elf lani at
with "p.s. i quilt offer" in the subject line.

i can't wait to see who joins in the fun!!!
my bloggy pal niki is in need of some encouragement.
her 13 year old son is going to be having surgery.
so please send prayers &/or positive thoughts her way.

and lastly...
i got an amazing little pressie from sherri yesterday!!!
it's been raining like crazy here, so no pic again today.
but i'll get a good pic of it this weekend so i can show it off.

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dear santa...

11 June 2009

dear santa...
i know it's only june, but i've been a real good girl.
all i really want for christmas is to be in the fig tree club.
{like i might die without it.}

i was just saying to myself the other day,
"wouldn't it be nice for santa to warm up to a nice fig tree quilt
while he has his milk & cookies???"
i just know it would make you the jolliest soul EVER.

and because i like to make things easier for you santa,
i have found 2 wonderful ladies that can help you out with this.
elf kimberly of fat quarter shop & elf lani of the quilt shoppe.
i know that either one will be at the ready for you!!!

p.s. rumor has it that all the nice girls are gonna want this too.
so please, please, please sign me up santa.
{i'll even upgrade that milk to hot cocoa with a candy cane. promise.}

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10 June 2009

are yall liking my new doo???
it's really only a new color, but still, it's enough change to classify as a makeover.

and by now i'm sure you've notice that p.s. i quilt got a facelift.
she feels like a million bucks!!!
trust me...she won't shut up about it.

so what do my p.s. i quilt faithful think???
inquiring minds want to know.

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happiness in the making.

09 June 2009

well, well, well.
would you lookie here???

my very own happiness in the making quilt.

isn't it happy???
and just amazingly wonderful???

me ♥s it!!!

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