November 6, 2011

A Family Affair

Maybe it's the impending holiday season, the crisp Fall weather I woke up to this morning, or a combination of the two...but I'm feeling very sentimental today :)

Since I started quilting 5 years ago, I've managed to rope my mother-in-law, and more recently, my future sister-in-law into the quilting world. We love having a hobby that we can all share together, and every so often we'll get together on a Saturday afternoon and having a Telschow women sewing party.

I feel very blessed, because it's a rare and special thing to share a passion with so many people in your family. Not only because it gives you something to talk about and do together, but also because it provides you with a support group. My mom, my mother-in-law, and my future sister-in-law all sew, and it's amazing having a group of women in my life who understand the technical aspects of what I'm doing, who can critique my designs and push me to be better, and who encourage me in my creative passions when I hit a rough patch.

As the years pass, I find myself looking forward to Christmas and birthdays more and more, because it's so much more fun and meaningful to give and receive handmade gifts from one another. After years and years of my mom making me handmade Halloween costumes, Easter dresses, quilts, and lunches with PB&J sandwiches cut into the shape of a heart, it's wonderful to be able to spend time on her and send her something I made with my own two hands - especially since I'm only able to make it up to Kentucky a few times a year to see my parents :(

So. In celebration of the women in my family, I'd like to share with y'all some photos I have of their beautiful handiwork :)

This is my future sister-in-law Katie's very first quilt! Can you believe how good of a job she did?! - it looks a heckuva lot better than my first attempt, that's for sure! She bought a kit at a local quilt shop and my mother-in-law helped her put it together. I popped by her house the other day, and she was snuggled under it watching tv - so cute!

One of the local quilt shops sells a lot of New Orleans-themed fabric, so my mother-in-law Lana made this Saints quilt for her son's birthday (my brother-in-law). She can't wait to give it to him next week! There's a layer of fleece sandwiched in the middle instead of batting, so the thing is super warm. You could probably boil a kettle of water under it, lol! (which works out well, because both my hubby and his brother are polar bears and refuse to turn on the heat in the winter because they like sleeping in an ice cold house)

And this amazing quilt was my mom's wedding present to Ray and I almost 6 years ago (I can't believe it's been that long...time flies when you're having fun *wink*). She told me a while back that in order to find so many different coordinating prints, she drove over to Hancock's of Paducah and spent the better part of an afternoon there picking out fabric with an employee :)

It makes my brain hurt to think about sewing all of these curved pieces...

...and the real kicker? She did every bit of it on a 30 year old Bernina, with arthritis in both hands.

Yikes! Just look at how intricate her free motion is!!! Thanks mom :)

And bonus, look what arrived in the mail yesterday! My friend Kelly from Kelby Sews is a total sweetheart! Neither of my local Joann's carried them, so she grabbed some of the Merry Main Street and 5 more yards of the Sugar Creek Floral print for me (after I used all mine in this quilt).

And since I'm trying to be extra good heading into the holidays, here is my "out" pile. All the prints you see below are now up for grabs in my Etsy shop. Use PLAIDSCOTTIE10 for 10% off.


What a sweet post, Kaelin -- and aren't you lucky to be able to share your passion with other women in your family!

Loved reading this post, Kaelin, and thanks for sharing pictures of your family's handiwork! My mom lives halfway across the country now, but I love the fact that I can share my love of crafting with her. Sometimes we get on the phone and just look at fabric online together -- the hubby thinks we're nuts! :)

Some nice work. I am jealous of your family connections! Even in-laws!!! Way to go.

I love seeing your family's work!!!! No one in my family really gets it. They love for me to make them things, but they can't understand my obsession! :)

I love having family members who quilt, too - I have two aunts and several cousins who quilt! It's a hobby that we can share long distance by sending photos of our projects to each other, and whenever we're actually together we go to the fabric stores together!

Also, I love that Merry Main Street fabric sooo much, I just went on Etsy and ordered some!

How fun! Love that you can share your love for quilting with family. That's fabulous! And I love their quilts :). They did a great job!

I will have to check out those fabrics in your shop.....but my stash needs a few 'outs' too.

Happy Sewing!
Blue-J Cottage

Awww, that's so nice! It's special to share your craft with your family. I think I might be infecting my sister with the sewing bug... I hope so!

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