It's Follower Friday friend time! Have I ever mentioned that my actual favorite part of Follower Friday is the conversations I get to have with each featured person behind the scenes? To me, the best part of these interviews is getting to know people. Today's featured quilter is Kaelin of the Plaid Scottie - and I've really enjoyed getting to know her better through setting up today's post. I met Kaelin at the Sewing Summit where she organized a sweet FQ swap after hours. I originally missed the deadline to participate in the swap, but volunteered to help out anyway. She was kind enough to let me in once others had to dropout. She's got a spunky style..... let's learn more about her!
Kaelin of New Orleans, LA (Geaux Saints!)
Hi! I'm Kaelin Telschow - a plump, happy redhead with somewhat invisible eyebrows. Nice to meet you!Occupation: My job is about as exciting as it sounds – I work for a huge insurance brokerage marketing employee benefits (health, dental, vision, etc) for medium to large companies. Basically I try to help our clients (and their employees) get the best renewal rates possible on their benefits.
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I’ve been married to my best friend Ray for almost 6 years now. He’s pretty much the male version of me, except quieter and much less likely to make a fool of himself in public. We don’t have any kids (yet!), but we have one furbaby. I chronicle the misadventures of our Scottish Terrier Sir Whiskers MacTavish on my blog :)
Number of Years Quilting: A little over 5 years
How I Learned to Quilt: My mom’s side of the family is very artistic and I get my creative flair from them. Most of them were into fine arts like painting & drawing (one of my favorite possessions is an old wooden box of pastels that belonged to my great-grandfather – they sit on the windowsill in my sewing room), but my mom gravitated toward sewing. She made all kinds of beautiful things for our home growing up, and my sister and I were fortunate to have custom Halloween costumes and Easter dresses every year growing up. Being the amazing daughter that I was, I always thought, "why learn to sew when I can have my awesome mom do it for me?", which worked until I got married and moved 8 hours away to downtown Chicago. There were so many little things that I wanted to sew for our home, pants that needed to be hemmed, friends that were having babies, etc. As a grown, married woman living on my own, I thought it would be a little absurd to constantly mail things to my mom in Kentucky, so I girded my loins and taught myself via the internet. It’s amazing what you can do with free internet tutorials and sheer force of will, haha!
Favorite Completed Project: It’s not the most original thing I’ve made, and the color palette is a lot more subdued than my usual shenanigans, but I’d have to say my first Double Wedding Ring quilt is the project I’m most proud of when I look back. I’d only been sewing for about 2 years at that point, and I think it was the 5th quilt I’d ever made (and only the 3rd by machine). I’m still shocked I was successful.
Quilting Workstation Setup: I sew in a small room at the back of our house. It's tiny, but I chose it because it has the most windows. The setup of the room isn't the most space-efficient, but I have it that way because it allows me to have my sewing table right in front of a window. I like being able to look out at my backyard while I sew. I also have my own personal footwarmer (in the form of a Scottish Terrier) that sleeps at my feet while I sew.
Machine You Sew On: My sewing machines are not fancy by any means. I mainly use a Brother SE 270D that I bought off a coworker for $200 a couple years ago. I also occasionally use my first machine as a backup when my Brother is being serviced, or for heavy duty projects like bags with a lot of thick layers. It’s a Singer Professional HD110 and that thing is a tank.
Favorite Notion/Tool in Sewing Room: Hands down, my Fiskars rotary ruler. They discontinued it for unknown reasons a few years back, and I think I might die if it ever breaks.
If you'd like to keep up with Kaelin and all that she's up to visit her blog The Plaid Scottie or flickr photostream. Have a great weekend!