Patterns to inspire your creativity
Each pattern has been thoughtfully created to bring out different parts of the parks. You will add your creativity and memories with fabrics. Step by step videos, and fabric guide are available to help you select the best fabrics for your masterpiece.
Experience is not necessary! Many never-before-sewists use these patterns and have created incredible art quilts! Lori didn’t know where her sewing machine was, Hannah hadn’t sewn in 15 years, Karen hadn’t sewn since the 70’s! All you need is the desire to try something new!
About English and Foundation Paper Piecing
English Paper Piecing
Slow down, and enjoy some mindful stitching. This method is perfect for sewing without a machine. It is not the same thing as hand sewing. I had previously poo-pooed this method thinking it was like traditional hand piecing with a 1/4″ seam and a running stitch. It sounded like a horrible way to spend my time. I decided to give it a go before a trip (where I couldn’t take my sewing machine), and I pieced ALL the pieces I had prepped FOR my trip! I was INSTANTLY hooked!!!
This method is fantastic for sewing while you travel, or in the evenings while watching TV! It is portable, and supplies can easily fit in a small bag (I often toss my piecing bag into my little purse, if I know I might be waiting somewhere…idle hands and all that ;P)
The learning curve for this method is also very short. Because the fabric is stabilized with paper, it allows for seemingly complicated designs to be made very easily!!
Foundation Paper Piecing
This method is similar to English paper piecing, in that they both use paper. However, with foundation paper piecing (or FPP) you use a sewing machine to sew pieces together, and you will sew on top of the paper, on solid line, between 2 spaces. This method has gotten a bad wrap; for one reason or another, many sewists think that this is a complicated method, and requires a super ability. I have a simple, foolproof method for teaching FPP. This method doesn’t involve magic…but the end result really is magical!!! We sew right sides together, and use a 1/4″ seam…just like you are likely used to!
This method allows for details that are not possible with traditional piecing or English paper piecing (EPP). No need to be daunted by the details – the method is always the same. AND! There are no curved seams!! This method allows for the appearance of curves…without the fuss!!
If your preference is to sew by machine, this is the method for you!!!
Meet Rachael – your pattern designer
Hi Friend! I believe that YOU are wildly creative (even if you don’t yet believe it)…and over time we are conditioned to believe that we aren’t. I’ve designed these patterns to draw out your inner artist! You’ll create a beautiful piece of art that you can use, and be reminded of your travels, or give you something to look forward to! These patterns allow you to ‘paint’ with fabric!
Like so many artists, my inspiration comes from things around me. My family and I love traveling in our vintage Airstream. We are National Park lovers, which has been the inspiration for the National Park patterns.
It brings me SO MUCH delight seeing how you make my patterns your own! Please tag me in your photos; I can’t wait to see your creations!
I bless you to be wildly creative…to see the parks with fresh eyes…to have wonderful adventures…and to refresh your soul with this art form.
Will you have previous blocks or patterns that are on your website in this subscription? No. Each month will have brand new patterns. The previously release blocks are available for purchase.
Can I purchase patterns previously released in the Monthly Subscription? YEP! Click here.
Are these patterns beginner friendly? Yes! Both methods are beginner friendly! If you can sew, you can use either method. Start with the National Park Sign if you have never paper pieced before.
Can I get printed copies? At this time, I only offer PDF patterns. They can easily be printed from any home computer, or you can send them to your local Kinkos/print at the library.
Where are the videos posted? They are posted to YouTube for you to watch on your own schedule.
What method is shown? I generally piece first in EPP for the photos, then I make the pattern in FPP for the videos. Since FPP is faster, this is the method I use for the live videos. I have several videos on how to EPP on my blog; they will be moved to YouTube soon.
Which method is easier? Both are simple. I have a method for FPP that makes it easier than how most people teach. EPP has a shorter learning curve, because the templates can be folded and manipulated, and there is one stitch. There are smaller pieces in my patterns than normal with EPP, but again, I have easy ‘hacks’ to make these a breeze. I have a short attention span; if I get frustrated easily with a pattern, or pieces, it never makes it to print 🙂
FPP uses a machine. The learning curve isn’t hard. I haven’t lost a student yet, so I’m confident that you’ll be successful!
All you need to do is decide which method you prefer!
What is your cancelation policy? You may cancel at anytime! (But I’m pretty sure you’ll be obsessed with these little blocks!) If you wish to cancel, you may do so from inside your account.
How long is the subscription? This is a month to month subscription. You can subscribe as long as you want, and cancel your subscription when you want! This isn’t a block of the month club; there isn’t an anticipated ending date. This is like a subscription box, but better because you don’t have to wait for anything to arrive at your home, you can print the patterns on your schedule.
Wondering what other quilters have made with these patterns? Here are a few of the 2020 finished quilts!