Clothing for the Body & Soul

Home from the 29th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival that was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center!

I had a great time. It was my first time at this show, I hope that it will not be my last. It was great to connect my friends, Facebook friends, renew acquaintances and make new friends. I was given some more houses for my coat and Carola Jones gave me some of her fabrics. Fabulous!  One piece is dyed with indigo and the other is dyed with indigo and walnut hulls. For now, I am petting it, but I am excited to be able to create something that I will enjoy wearing using the fabric.

My classes went well.  The fashion show was fun and I particularly appreciated the cupcakes at the end. The chocolate ones were simply delicious. I tested several of them to make sure they were edible for the guest.  It was so cool to be able to share Karen’s and my garments in a different venue. Having sent her garment all the way from the Netherland for the PIQF 2017 fashion show I thought it would be a special treat to share Marijke Van Welzen lovely coat as well.

The Merchants Mall featured all sort of goodies for quilters, wearable & textile artists and collectors. I did a bit of power shopping the last hour of the show on Sat.  I couldn’t pass up a button booth, stop by Wendy’s booth French Connection to say hello and a piece of African fabric and a pair of earrings hopped into my tote. There were several other booths that were of interest to me. They were HavanaBanana – embellishments, Dusty’s Vintage – buttons, and Stick-It-To-Me-pin c. I think what made these booths special other than the goodies that they offered the vendors was a pleasure to visit with. Of course, there was an array of quilts and garments for inspiration and viewing pleasure.

my goodies











I didn’t take a lot of pictures, however, Jennifer, one of the models took these at the fashion show.












Posted by rachel on Thu, March 1 2018 » Garments, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized » No Comments

Going to Virginia

I am excited to be teaching at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival.







This will be my first time attending this festival and I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing old friends.

I am teaching three classes.  Mini Messenger Bag(half day), Fast Piecing with Seminole Piecing Techniques and “Picture This” vest.

Karen Boutte and I will be doing the fashion show.  Hope to see you there. We will be bringing new garments and some old favorites. If you have a suggestion of a favorite you would love to see up close and personal let me know.

Fashion is Back!

Rachel D.K. Clark and Karen Boutte Present:


Immediately following the Fashion Show is a Quilters Gathering with lite dessert and beverages.

Join us for this fantastic fashion event!


Posted by rachel on Fri, January 5 2018 » Garments, Uncategorized » No Comments

This and That

I got an early Christmas present today. My episode of Patchwork Nation is finished.

A couple of months ago I got a call from Crafty inviting me to do a video talking about and sharing my work. Without giving it a second thought I said yes. As I was in the throws of getting ready for PIQF,  it seemed rather far far away. It wasn’t.  A couple weeks after PIQF  I found myself sitting in my living room sharing stories of my life, family and my work. Brendan Wilkerson along with a crew of some of the most professional, pleasant and patience young men was in my living room, studio and backyard filming and photographing me and my work. They were in my home, in and around town for 2 days.  There was also a makeup artist. Those that know me know that I don’t really wear make up. So here is my glamour photo.

Me-all made up










On the second day, they did some filming down at the United Presbyterian Church, my home church, where I gather with some friends and quilt on Tuesdays. I invited some of my friends that belong to one of my other sewing groups, The Crazy Quilters, to join us. Later that day we went to Crossroads Fabrics. That was really fun because we had nothing planned, but while I was there several people that I knew showed up. It turned into a bit of a party. I loved being able to share some of the local colors with the crew. Lunch from Mi Pueblo Food Center one day, Mike’s Hot dog stand the next day and dinner at the California Grill and Cilantros.

I was exhausted at the end of the two days,  but Brendan and the crew created such a positive and secure environment that was really fun to do. I have been on pins and needles to see what the end product was going to be.

The video will be launch soon on Craftsy, but today I got a sneaked preview. I can’t wait for you to see it.





Posted by rachel on Tue, December 19 2017 » Miscellaneous, Uncategorized » No Comments


It has been a wild, wonderful roller coaster of a week.

Sunday, October 8th – realized that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. The coming week would include board and guild meetings, a lecture and a class to teach in Folsom, hosting friends from Alaska, a busload of quilters visiting the studio, co-moderating a fashion show at PIQF, a book fair in Palo Alto and ending with dinner with Kincy, Grace and the Grands. The week would also include cleaning the house and changing the September decorations to Halloween.

Did I freak? No! I simply didn’t have time that. I realized I needed to edit. Leaving the house before Tuesday was a NO! I canceled all meetings, social gatherings, set about cleaning and decorating the house, organized teaching materials and pack for the lecture/fashion show in Folsom.

Tuesday, October 10th – traveled to Folsom, excellent dinner with 3 quilters from the guild. I had a great time with the guild members. I had some very delightful volunteer models for the fashion show. These women came to the meeting having no idea they would be modeling my coats. They were all very good sports. I also had an opportunity to connect with some friends that had been in my home guild, as well as friends that I had made when I began teaching thirty years ago. Bone weary, I slept soundly at Lake Natoma Inn.

Wednesday, October 11th – Began the day by thinking I had lost my car keys. After searching for a half an hour, I unpacked my bag and found them in my tunic pocket. Whew! Headed off to teach my Seminole as Fast Piecing class. Successful class, students got several bands done, there were lots of laughter and good conversation. A special shout out to a terrific class host, Lori Long, not only is she organized; she brings coffee. Headed home about 4:30, traffic was not as bad as I thought it would be.

While I was gone, my Alaska friends, Corlis and Gayle arrived, rented a car, stopped at a couple of our favorite places, Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria, Many Hands Gallery, Crossroad’s Fabrics and best of all they did a bit of grocery shopping. By the time I got home Gayle had Zuppa Toscana soup for dinner. It was superb!

We did a bit of catching up, show and tell and sewing. Exhausted we fell into bed for a good night’s sleep.

Thursday, October 12th – Rise and shine! Gayle and Corlis headed back to San Jose to return the rental car and rented another car for us to use for the weekend. After a couple of hours at PIQF, they returned. Yikes! They can do some damage in a few hours. One of my sewing buddies Patty showed up to help me get some more work done in preparation for the bus tour. Thank goodness and blessings for good friends. Tasks for the day: Unload the car, fluff the backyard, the dining room, the studio, unpack the 25 boxes and label the garments for the fashion show, load the car, pack for an overnight stay in Santa Clara and have dinner. The leftover soup was even better than the night before. Yay Gayle!

Friday, October 13th – Last minute tweaking. Staging some garments stands in the living room and the backyard. With 5 minutes to spare the bus arrived. Played host to Barbara Lockwood and 40 plus quilters. I sure hope they had as much fun as I had. I was thrilled to share my space, my work and my home with the ladies. I expect to see some of them on a return visit. Thank you, Barbara and I will confess there were moments when I wondered what was I thinking to say yes to you. Turns out you were so easy to work with it and it all went well.

Barbara in the house

demoing how I organize a project










After about an hour, the bus headed off to the next stop.

Corlis, Gayle and I had a bit of lunch and headed off to PIQF. Dropped the garments off backstage, 45 minutes of power shopping, met Karen for the beginning of the big night. After a year of planning For the Love of Color, the fashion show was here and we were ready to strut our stuff.

We had chosen to celebrate a love of color by having participants choose a color from the Crayola box of 64 crayons. We began with 47 participants; in the end, we had 36 designers and 40 garments. The fashion show was a huge success. I have invited the participants to post photos of their garments on my page. The light in the theater isn’t very good for capturing the models from the stage.

Afterward, we headed to the bar for sustenance. We had chocolate cake, nachos, guacamole and non-alcoholic beverages. Did a bit of debriefing, laughing and sharing our favorite bits about the evening.

Joining up with Connie James we took off to our hotel for a night of rest. The ride to the hotel was uproarious. It was supposed to be 1.5 miles from the convention center. Even using GPS, after about 5 miles of driving, a series of turns and we still hadn’t arrived. We were thrown into a fit of giggles which I am sure was aided by punch drunkenness. In another 5 minutes and a U-turn, we arrived at our destination. The four of us shared a room that was about the size of a dorm room. It was all good.


Saturday, October 14th– We had a leisurely breakfast in the hotel dining room. Headed back to the show. We spent a fun-filled day looking at garments, shopping, looking at quilts, shopping, visiting with friends and shopping. We all have our favorite vendors we have to stop by. Some of my favorites are Cherrywood Fabrics, Ananse Village Fabrics, EZ Piecing   Private Source Quilting By the mid-afternoon, we were done and it was time to head home to Watsonville.

We had dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Watsonville, Cilantros.

Quilting friend Jan Sturtevant joined us at the house for an evening of Show and Tell as well as sharing highlights of the day. Corlis and I did a bit of sewing. We got some “What Not” wallets made.

“What not” wallets










Sunday, October 15th – We headed back to PIQF to check out what we had missed. We each had to see The Threads of Resistance Quilts and pick up some things that one of us had bought and the other didn’t get it.

In the afternoon, we took off for The Book Arts Jam in Palo Alto. The Book Arts Jam is a one-day celebration of the book, print & paper arts. They feature an exhibition of artists’ books, print & paper artists with work for sale and exhibition. Corlis and Gayle are both bookmakers. While I am not a bookmaker I have enjoyed going to the show. I really have come to appreciate the books made by Jamila Rufaro.

Birdhouse by Jamila Rufaro










This year they featured some garments made using paper.

Later, we headed to Mountain View for dinner with the Clarks. Dinner began with drinks and a cheese platter. Dinner followed with salad, French carrots and Kincy grilled some vegetable and Persian Chicken kabobs flavored with garlic and more chicken kabobs with a more citrus flavor. Dessert was a legendary coffee crunch cake from a San Francisco Japanese Bakery, followed by a bit of port or brandy. It was a splendid way to end the day and the week.

Headed home to Watsonville. After another round of show and tell, Corlis packed as she was leaving the next day and I made an ironing pad that rolls up into its own zippered pouch. I had purchased the kit from EZ Piecing and knew if I didn’t strike while the iron was hot, it wouldn’t get done.

Ironing pad pouch

Ironing pad with pouch






Monday, October 16th – Corlis headed back to Fairbanks. Gayle is getting some sewing done and I am not doing too much of anything.




Posted by rachel on Tue, October 17 2017 » Events, Miscellaneous » No Comments

On the Design Wall

The design is now off the wall. It is finished.  I am happy with the results. I wish it had presented itself with a title. Chose not to do any quilting instead I appliquéd circles on the border, the sleeves and the collar.

Front of the coat

Back of the coat





Posted by rachel on Fri, October 6 2017 » Garments, Uncategorized » No Comments

On the Design Wall

The piecing is all done. I need to ponder it for a while, considering whether or not it will need stitching or other embellishments. There isn’t a lot of time for it present itself as it needs to be finished by the end of next week.

As of yet no title


Posted by rachel on Sat, September 30 2017 » Garments, Uncategorized » No Comments

On the Design Wall

After Crimson Forest, I wanted to do something with less piecing, fewer fabrics and less challenging sort of a brain cleaning project.  Last year at PIQF I had picked up this incredible group of African wax batiks at Ananse Village booth, with the intention of making something that shows off the fabrics. I fell in love with these colors and the circles. I guess I was still trending dots.

I have 6 fabrics in the African batik color group, added 6 Cherrywood fabrics, 5 for accent and one the same color as solid jacquard. There are two other fabrics lurking on the counter hoping to sneak in. I don’t often work with such a limited number of fabrics but I thought that would be a fun challenge. Since I was keeping it simple, I decided to work with a pattern I had used many times before.

African Batik. one is missing from the group.







the jacquard. I had this on my shelf.

The cartoon. One-half of the back












Posted by rachel on Thu, September 28 2017 » Garments, Uncategorized » No Comments

Crimson Forest

Crimson Forest is finished!

Decided I didn’t need to embellish it with beads or buttons, instead, I added some machine stitching of a variety of trees silhouettes

When a coat has a more quilt-like effect I tend to bind it off and/or face the bottom rather than a turned up hem.

Front of the coat with concealed button closing.











Back of the coat









Stitching detail


Stitching detail

Lining and faced hem











Posted by rachel on Sun, September 24 2017 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Crimson Forest

Fronts and back completed

The foundation piecing is completed on the body of the coat. Now I only have the sleeves left to do and to decide if I  need some embellishment before I construct the coat. I am considering adding some simple stitching. I don’t really machine quilt, but I could stitch outlines of some trees and add a few red beads.

Posted by rachel on Tue, September 19 2017 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Crimson Forest

The blocks are attached to the front. On to the back!


Posted by rachel on Thu, September 14 2017 » Uncategorized » No Comments

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