Hi! I’m Rachel McCormack, welcome to my brand new wordpress blog, I’m so excited you’re here!

You’ll find quilts in progress, finished quilts, pillows, bags and other handmade projects. I love sharing what I learn along the way. Find links to all my tutorials (including the Raspberry Kiss block) on the tutorials page, head to the patterns page for my Sugar Loaf Block (right now you need a Bluprint login to access it but I hope to have it available on my site soon).

Why sew?

I studied chemical engineering after high school and worked in a scientific role for over 15 years before giving up my day job to become a stay at home mum to my three children. It was during those lovely stay at home years that I discovered a passion for sewing. I’d dabbled in many creative outlets over the years but had never found my niche and I still thought of myself as not creative. Maybe it was the combination of people sharing their makes online, exciting new fabrics and designers and being a stay at home mum? Whatever it was, something clicked, I threw myself into sewing and forgot that I was ‘not creative’. I started sharing what I made online (starting out on Flickr then Instagram) and discovered a worldwide community of creative people that continually inspire and motivate me.

Why Wooden Spoon Quilts?

When I first started sharing my work on Flickr, I needed a name… I came up with ‘wooden spoon’. I love that it’s a simple, timeless utensil that my grandmother used in her kitchen and I use almost daily in mine. I can vividly remember standing on a stool at grandma’s stove, learning how to stir the pot of porridge with the wooden spoon. Grandma was a quilter and sewist too and I’m sure she would’ve loved to know how much I enjoy quilting now.