Hi, I’m Rachael. You can call me Rae if you want—most of my friends do. By day, I’m a Web developer at a small local company. In the evenings, I’m usually making a mess of my sewing room while constructing quilts and other things made of fabric.
How did it start?
20ish years ago, I discovered the wonders of my great-grandmother’s fabric stash. Hoping to curtail the destruction that young me could no doubt wreak on her organization, she let me choose something to work with and helped me start my first project. By middle school, she’d helped me sew many ugly, unfitted skirts and one pseudo-prairie dress for a historical dress-up day at a nature conservatory I volunteered for. By high school, I was sewing my own formal gowns for dances, making valiant efforts at terribly anachronistic Renaissance dresses, and finding my way through simple fitting adjustments and corsetry. The zenith of my young adventures (or perhaps nadir, depending on which memories we’re talking about) was sewing six bridesmaids dresses at age 16.
I didn’t sew much during college, but now I’m back with a vengance.
So here we are three years later. Calling me obsessed with quilting may be an understatement, and other types of sewing have been all but abandoned (unless they involve quilting fabric). It all started with the baby quilt that I made for my oldest friend’s son (pictured), and well, my addiction has grown exponentially since. So, expect a lot more from me on that front in the future.
Cast of Characters
There’s me, of course. And Carl, my other half. And then there is Moof, who is usually banned from the sewing room, since he likes to chew up all my things, but we love him anyway.
In the photo, that is straight-haired, contacts-wearing, family-photo day me, not to be confused with bespeckled, curly-haired every day me.
If you want to learn more about me outside of my sewing addiction, head over to rachaelarnold.com.