October 20, 2009

Pacific International Quilt Festival was last weekend and as usual it was a colorful, energetic, heavenly concentration of quilts, quilters, and wares under one roof.

The quilt that reached out and grabbed me this year was Fragrant Memories by Rachel Wetzler of St. Charles, Illinois.

Fragrant Memories by Rachel Wetzler

Fragrant Memories by Rachel Wetzler

Rachel graciously consented to my posting her quilt on my blog. She reports, “It’s one of my favorites as it brings back ‘the good old days’ when mom’s warm bread or rolls awaited me after school. Yum!”


The description read, “One of my favorite childhood memories is coming home from school to the aroma of mom’s homemade bread. This quilt is one of five in my Simply Sensational series using architectural settings to highlight each of the five senses.”

I think Rachel succeeded in the smellorama department, don’t you? I wanted to step right into that kitchen and dive into a cinnamon bun.

This quilt won the Best of Country ~ United States award in the World Quilt Competition.


Rachel is an amazing quiltmaker. I found this interview with her on the Alliance for American Quilts website that was done in connection with the Q.S.O.S. project. She talks about the series and about how it wasn’t all that easy to make LOL! (I imagine not!)

Thanks, Rachel, for sharing your fragrant memories with us.

Until next time,
Much more from PIQF,
By Kay Mackenzie


8 Responses to “PIQF favorite”

  1. Mary on Lake Pulaski on October 20th, 2009 5:43 pm

    Such impeccable work with fabric – I can’t even imagine!

  2. Hannele on October 20th, 2009 11:01 pm

    It is absolutely gorgeous! All the carefully considered details – you can smell the fresh bakery coming out of the oven :)

  3. Carrie P. on October 21st, 2009 10:05 am

    Wow, I love this quilt. So realistic.It is so awesome. Rachel definitely deserves a ribbon for that quilt.

  4. Shona on October 21st, 2009 12:52 pm

    When my daughter (2 yrs) saw this quilt last week she started telling me about the “cooking cookies” quilt. It is not only a quilt for adults to enjoy and marvel over!

  5. Susan Brubaker Knapp on October 27th, 2009 5:18 am

    I love Rachel’s quilt! and how fun to see my book, Applique Petal Party, actually in a shop display!!!

  6. Edna/handmadeDIVA on October 28th, 2009 11:37 am

    WOW!! That is what I call applique. I love the art, and do it as often as I can. It’s so soothing.

  7. My 1st Bambina ! on November 16th, 2009 3:36 pm

    Lovely ! Though very dangerous to have this hanging close… makes me want to eat non-stop cinnamon rolls… :-D !
    Oh mine… look at those sugar glazed rolls !

  8. My 1st Bambina ! on November 16th, 2009 3:39 pm

    ….sorry.. forgot to add..
    also love the way the stove area (back splash, pots, kettle, opened oven, etc…) is done and every detail on it !