introducing… imagine gnats contributors

big news today… imagine gnats is growing!

contributors collage

i’m super excited to introduce you to my new contributors… a very talented and inspiring group of bloggers who will be sharing their projects, ideas, and lovely selves with us. some of them will be here monthly, some quarterly, and some just whenever the heck it works out, and i’m so lucky to have them all on board with this crazy idea. i admire all of these ladies and i can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better!


Alli of B. Yazoo:

bags, clothes, toys, and quilts… Alli stitches up a wide variety of projects, and everything she makes incorporates her own style and sense of humor.

she makes great quilts, like this books for baby quilt, whips up cute toys for her kiddos like these monster dollies, and all i can say about this Dr. Who cross-stitched passport folder is wow. read more about Alli and her makings here on B. Yazoo.

Carla of Grace & Favour:

Carla is a wife, mother, and grandmother who quilts and knits. i love how her quilts mix bold colors with classic patterns… just check out this fabulous wrap-up of all of the quilts she made in 2013.

recently, she put together these great economy blocks, and this teeny sweater is all kinds of sweet. soon she’ll be sharing with us a little more about these darling knit hats, and i’m looking forward to knitting up one of my own. 



Caroline of Maika Made:

i first came across Caroline’s blog during Selfish Sewing Week this past september when she made, among other things, this cloud washi dress.

Caroline sews for herself, for her boys, for her home, and i adore that she rescues old fabrics and gives them new lives whenever she can, in kids clothes she sells in the Maika Made etsy shop, and in this pretty patchwork cushion (made with kimono scraps). and just because everyone loves a cute little handmade pants butt, don’t miss these parsley pants.

Kim of milkybeer:

i’m taken with Kim’s just-go-with-it crafting sense of humor. you simply must read about her stripey shirt right here. perfection, i tell you.

Kim sells pretty quilts and other sewn items in the milkybeer shop, and one of my favorite quilt finishes of late is her scrappy rainbow quilt. Kim describes what she makes as “handmade goodness from a Canadian girl living in New Zealand”,  and you can read more about her here



Laura of Behind the Hedgerow:

Laura’s enthusiasm for sewing is simply contagious, and her blog is a great chronicle of her adventures. plus, don’t miss her top ten lists.

she sews for her daughter (i love this pleated skirt), her two sons (these sweats? adorable!), and herself. Laura’s made me look good time and time again, like when she tested the bess top pattern, and she even whipped up three (THREE!) quilts for christmas using double gauze from the imagine gnats shop. talk about cuddly… maybe she’ll adopt me?

Laurel of Sing All You Want:

a lover of sewing, knitting, and quilting, Laurel lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three kids.

Laurel shares tutorials that offer inspiration and plenty of room for adding your own twist, like these scrappy bookmarks and this improv quilt block. i love following along with her family’s adventures, and she takes perfectly lovely pics of her kiddos. you can check out her beautiful quilts here and shop her handmade goods in the Sing All You Want shop



Monica of Adirondack Inspired:

Monica lives in the adirondack mountains and shares not only her sewing and crafting adventures on her blog, but also beautiful photos of her family and their mountain life.

she sews beautiful clothes for her three children (these nightgowns? i want one for myself!) and her projects involve a good dose of humor too, like this Mr. T starter tee. when you put it all together, a visit to Adirondack Inspired does always feel just that, inspiring.

Sarah of Sew What, Sherlock?:

none of this would be possible without Sarah, my friend, quilty maven, website whisperer, and now… contributors editor!

Sarah sells original paper pieced quilt patterns in the Sew What, Sherlock? pattern shop, where you can also find paper piecing templates for converted traditional quilt blocks. she’s also a wordpress guru and responsible for the beauty that is the new imagine gnats site. you can see more of her web work here, and i’m excited to say that she’ll be sharing some tips, tricks, and how-tos in a series of posts starting later this week.



Tara of girl like the sea:

if you don’t already know my pal Tara, you’re missing out. she’s a quirky, funny, loving, and incredibly talented mama and i happen to adore her.

at any given time, you can look through her most recent posts for a taste of awesome. for example: thunder bimaa, valentines shirts, and lightning leggings. Tara’s also made some of my most favorite roly-poly pinafore versions, and happens to have three of the most beautiful kiddos ever. for serious.

i hope you’re as excited as i am to see what these ladies will be sharing. and a huge thank you to all of them for being a part of this adventure.

happy stitching!
xo, rachael

Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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11 Responses to introducing… imagine gnats contributors

  1. Ajaire February 10, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    This is indeed exciting news! I can’t wait to see what these ladies contribute. You have assembled a fine group :)

  2. Jill || Made with Moxie February 10, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    What a kick ass group! I can’t wait to see what they mix up.

  3. Jane@Buzzmills February 10, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Wow!! That is super exciting news!! A totally awesome line up, can’t wait to see whats to come! :)

  4. Debbie February 10, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Very cool!

  5. Carla February 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    This is going to be so fun! Looks like I’m the ‘old gal’ in the bunch : )

  6. February 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Oh golly, when I was reading everyone’s bios, I got excitednervous! :D

  7. Kim of Milkybeer Handmade February 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    This is going to be great! Thanks for bringing us all together, Rachael!

  8. Emily February 11, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    wow!!! So exciting!

  9. Lauren February 17, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for having me, Rachael!


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