Hello! I’m Rachel Hauser or StitchedinColor on Instagram. I’ve been writing my blog at StitchedinColor.com since 2010, the year I learned to sew. I’m a new member of the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild because I moved to the Netherlands June of this year. I live in Enschede with my husband and three children. We hope our move is permanent, as we feel at home in this part of the world. Thank you for making me welcome in your country and your guild!
Although I am American, I did not learn sewing or quilting from my family. My family didn’t own any quilts, and I never thought much about them. That changed when I fell in love with Anna Maria Horner’s fabric collection, Good Folks. The fabrics were enchanting! I bought a fat quarter set of the collection to make some small projects for my home. Soon I was making my first quilt. You know how it goes!
This is Colorbrick, my first quilt. There a free tutorial for Colorbrick posted on my blog. I really just wanted to enjoy the fabrics, and this simple brick-inspired design was easy to imagine and sew. I used 100% linen for the sashing and didn’t really use enough quilting to stabilize the work. It hasn’t held up that well, but it is my most used and loved quilt.
I learned how to quilt from online tutorials. Blogging was a good fit for me, so I began contributing by sharing my projects and tutorials through Stitched in Color. My zig-zag binding tutorial is a popular one, since it allows you to apply binding by machine with a tidy finish. At first I wanted advertisers just so I could pay for the cost of new fabric, but soon I found I needed to turn Stitched in Color into a business or find a job outside the home.
I was motivated to work for myself from home so that I could homeschool my children. This was really necessary in South Carolina, where we lived, so that my children could be properly educated. (Unfortunately, the quality of public education in South Carolina is very poor.) I was lucky to have good timing and really enjoyed writing and creating, so things did work out. Stitched in Color has been a wonderful surprise in my life. I feel very blessed and grateful.
What kinds of quilts do I like to sew? All kinds! Scrap quilts, simple quilts, challenging piecing, applique, curves, improv, English paper piecing, and whatever I can discover next. Some of my favorite quilts tell a story. They capture a moment of joy or pain or expectation. They bottle that feeling with color or shape or clearly distilled memories of time spent processing emotions, cloth in hand. I wrote a blog post this August chronicling the quilts which helped me work through the loss of my daughter. Doodle Doodle is one of those quilts.
My favorite inspiration was to contrast the white/pale gray half square triangles at top left with a flock of dark gray/black half square triangles at top right. I like how light and dark come together in a hard line. The clouds really can roll in so fast. A storm. A downpour and we’re soaking, until suddenly that too is gone.
For me it’s all about the colors and fabrics. I knew from the start that color was my inspiration, so that’s why I named my blog Stitched in Color. Over the years I’ve taught many online classes, such as The Penny Sampler and Curves. One of my classes was all about color and eventually developed into a book. It’s called The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color: A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection. It just came out this month!
I’m really grateful that there is a welcoming group of modern quilters in Holland. The get together in Houten this October was really fun! Thank you for allowing me to share my story and join your community.