Rachel’s work is full of excitement, color and an eclectic use of materials and prints. She uses her interest in quilting, color, and high fashion to create unforgettable wearable quilts that explore themes from politics to farming. She uses anywhere from 5 to 175 different fabrics in any given piece, often waiting for years to finish a project until she finds just the right fabric.
She likes to teach her students to create art that depicts “your truth.” All of Rachel’s pieces are highly personal works of art that have helped her find her voice, and share her values with those around her. After her husband died, some people told her that she should go back to school and “get a real job,” but she trusted herself, and decided to dive even deeper into her craft, and she coaches other artists to do the same.
She now has her own pattern line, RDKC Patterns, which includes patterns for coats, vests, and wall quilts. She has also published a booklet on wearable art techniques.
Rachel continuously teaches sewing while creating her own whimsical wearable art pieces. She has toured nation-wide with her one-woman fashion shows, and has been featured in many magazines like Threads, and “The Quilting Quarterly” on HGTV’s Simply Quilts.