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I'm Kelly- nice to meet you!

Welcome to My Quilt Infatuation!  Who am I?  I'm a wife to an awesome husband and quilt-holder extraordinaire, mom to a 9 year old son (my wild thing!), and 3rd grade teacher.  I'm from south Louisiana, but my family currently lives in Tennessee, along with our adorable but slightly neurotic Boxer, Beau.

When I'm not teaching, helping with homework, chauffeuring my wild thing to one of his many activities, or dealing with any other aspect of the day to day grind, I'm a fabric-obsessed quilter!

Work and life keep me busy of course, but I make time to quilt- and our whole family is happier for it- if Momma isn't happy, nobody's happy!  It's my creative outlet and my stress-reliever- in short, I'm infatuated with it!

My love affair with quilts began long before I ever owned my first sewing machine.  I've loved them for as long as I can remember.

My grandmother has always been a quilter, and I always loved choosing fabrics with her and watching as bits of the beautiful fabric were turned into an even more beautiful creation.

I made my first quilt in 1999 after getting snowed into our apartment (we lived in Baltimore at the time), just after my husband and I got married.  I had bought fabric for the quilt, but I had no sewing machine, and NO idea what I was doing.  That really about sums up many of my half-cocked quilty ideas- fabric first...then just figure out the rest!

I made a basic square template from a shoebox and traced it out onto the fabric- over, and over (and over) again.  Then I cut the whole thing out with scissors and pieced the top by hand!  I managed to call my grandmother and muddle through the quilting on a borrowed sewing machine.  Right then, I was hooked.  I bought my first machine a few days later and never looked back.

My humble quilt beginnings (it's king size, can you believe it??)-



I've come a long way since then, but I know there are still many things I can learn and perfect.  I'm particularly new to free motion quilting.  I truly believe that just because something isn't perfect, doesn't mean it can't be beautiful, and although I strive to make my quilts the best they can be, I try to remember that handmade things always have little "imperfections" that make them charming.

When I think back to that first quilt, I am especially thankful that nowadays there are lots of creative quilters out here in the blogosphere that I can learn from, and I'm grateful that I can share my quilting with others too.  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm looking forward to sharing my life and my quilts with you!  








ps- for more information than you ever wanted to know about me and my quilting, you can click HERE!

Oh, and if you want to chat- bring it on!  You can contact me at kelly.d.young77(at)gmail.com  :)

7 comments:

  1. Hi!

    I'm Claire, and I'm an intern for FaveQuilts.com. You may be familiar with some of our sister sites, FaveCrafts and AllFreeSewing. I'm contacting you because I would love to feature some of your quilting tutorials on FaveQuilts.com!

    Each review includes a short description of the project, a byline that credits you, a link to the tutorial on your blog, and a photo of the finished project. We also feature links to projects and accompanying pictures in our free weekly e-mail newsletter. Please let us know if we have permission to feature your projects and photos on FaveQuilts.com and in newsletters. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Thanks,

    Claire

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  2. Wow, king size for a first, that alone is something to be proud of!! :)

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  3. Your quilts are beautiful! I love quilting too! What kind of sewing machine do you own? I'm guessing it must be a long arm, since you make large quilts. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilts! ~Vickie

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    1. Thank you Vickie! actually, I have a Bernina 550QE, which is a regular short-arm machine. It is tough to get a bed sized quilt done on a regular machine, but it is doable! Thanks for visiting!

      :) Kelly

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  4. Thank heaven for rotary cutters!!

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  5. Hi Kelly....a lovely first quilt. I am amazed that your first quilt is king size. Of all the quilts that are made a classic patchwork is hard to beat! As for those imperfections they make quilts more unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Marie

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  6. Hi kelly
    Are all boxers neurotic? I have a boxer/pit mix. She is seventy pounds of goofy. Sometimes she is dumber than a sack of hammers. An example is when she goes out to potty, she will jump in the air to try and catch birds that fly over. She thinks she is a lap dog. I have to put her in a crate when i go anywhere. I left her out once and when i got back, she had eaten half of two couch cushions, yes eaten not tore up. A trip to the vet got her straightened out. He said boxers are notorious for suffering from seperation anxiety when left by themselves. She is a rescue dog. She was used for a bait dog at dog fights. If she sees a big dog, she starts shaking uncontrolable. She has scars all over her. When my only child, my daughter moved in to take care of me after i had a near fatal brain anurysm and tragically just four days later died in my arms from a blood clot. Heidi my dog has helped me through that and several other setious health issues. I love the baby quilt yoi made. I have quilted for over 40 years and all my quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted and donated. I am very low income and cannot afford fabric. If you ever have any scraps you will not use, i would love to use them. Thank you and god bless barbara babscorbitt@gmail.com

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