Meet mother and daughter quilters, Tracey and Chantelle from Australia. We love this sweet story of Tracey and Chantelle quilting togethering, allowing them to slow down and bond in our fast-paced, hectic world.
I’m Tracey, mother to Chantelle, 15 years of age and wife to Shane. We moved from Victoria to the beautiful Swan Valley Region in Western Australia 10 years ago and fell in love with how relaxing it was.
I started quilting after watching my mother make a small quilt for Chantelle when she was a baby. Internet and books were my friends and I’ve learnt from lots of mistakes. The quilts I make have been for my nieces, nephews and of course Chantelle.
In 2012 I discussed with Chantelle learning to sew so that we could spend time together after school and work and talk about how her week had been. She didn’t take to making clothes. In 2013 she made the transition to quilting and hasn’t looked back. Chantelle has made a number of quilts, mainly for herself but has given a couple to friends. Last year we met another West Australian quilter, the one and only Edwina Foskew. This is when we first heard of Jennifer Paganelli and were introduced to the fabrics. Chantelle was gifted some Jenny Eliza and fell in love with the colours and prints. Edwina also encourages Chantelle in all her sewing and fabric buying. She’s yet to use it, waiting for the perfect project.
This year we encouraged Chantelle to create her own facebook page, Chantelle’s Sewing Adventures to show her creations and to be proud of what she does. She’s also started working at Handcrafters House, our local quilt store, gaining more experience from the talented team.
We have been blessed to have a fantastic network of family and friends who encourage Chantelle with her quilting.
Tracey’s Felicity’s Quilt using Jenny Eliza II
Chantelle’s Beauty Queen rectangle quilt
Chantelle’s Good Company Cushion