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Thread: Did you get the CRAFTY gene in your family?

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    I posted earlier about our kids sewing/quilting, but was wondering, are the only one in your family that got the crafty gene?
    Do you have anyone to share your quilting passion with in your family?

    in My family we have 3 girls...all of us sew, we have crafty genes on both sides..my dad sews, does leather work, lapidary, silversmithing, etc...and my mom does just about everything, but quilt!
    One of us girls does not quilt, but she sews garments that are amazing! My baby sister is learning to quilt and I can share that with her now..my daughter also quilts, so I share things with her.

    WE all do many arts and crafts...I mean many!

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    Just come from a family of frugal people if you can make it you do! That means anything and everything!

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    I am one of 4 girls and the only one who sews or does crafts of any kind. Why should they when the can just call me! I used to get sick of being ask to hem things. I hate doing alterations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkb
    Just come from a family of frugal people if you can make it you do! That means anything and everything!
    maybe that is what it was, my dad's family were poor dirt farmers, they never had anything but their God given talents, luckily they used them and passed that knowledge on!
    My mom's family had money pre ww1ww2..all was lost after 2..she is from Berlin.
    Married, dad was military, and not an officer...nuf said..we were poor...mom never worked out of the house and did not drive, so when dad was deployed or off to Nam, we girls learned crafts!
    YEAH.....
    I LOVE to teach crafts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I am one of 4 girls and the only one who sews or does crafts of any kind. Why should they when the can just call me! I used to get sick of being ask to hem things. I hate doing alterations!
    you know the old saying, Picasso won't paint your garage, I won't hem your pants!

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    My sister is the one that got me started quilting in the 80's she also cross stitches. As well as my mom sews did cross stitch, needlepoint, and other crafty things., My dad was crafty as well, he did needlelpoint, cross stitches, made little "flys" for fly fishing, and built a lot of things. Both my grandmother were crafty and animal lovers, so I was lucky and got it all.

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    I have one sister that quilts (among other sewing), one that loves to cross stitch, and one that makes all kinds of clothes and other sewing projects (other than quilting-she has done a little quilting but not much). My mom always sewed too. I don't have any brothers.

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    My grandparents, parents, sister, and several cousins are (or were) self-supporting artists, so, yeah, for me it's genetic. :lol:

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    My mother was an excellent seamstress and quilter, my sister only sews clothing and crochets a little. Me I like it all, but mostly I just quilt and embroidery. I guess I inherited the love of quilting from my mother.

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    My mother always was sewing - out of 3 children, I am the only avid sewer and like Bamamama, I was the one to sew clothes, alterations etc for everyone; but this I loved and often did projects for 'customers' for many years. My mother designated a small room in our house for me to have for all my sewing equipment and stuff. One sister, out of the blue decided to knit and she is a beautiful knitter. Today my daughter has my mother's sewing machine and has made quilted pillows and lap quilts and crafty items. I do her alterations! and repairs. Wouldn't want it any other way. My husband is a jack of all trades and can do anything with a saw and hammer. I don't think this generation appreciates the satisfactions one gets from these activities when they can just buy a replacement.

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    I have three brothers and two sisters, and I am the only one with the craft gene. My mother made our clothes, she could knit, crochet and did some embroidery. She taught me to sew--thank goodness--but I do not have anyone in my family to share my love of quilting or any craft with. Personally, I don't even think they have a clue as to how much work I put into quilting. They look at one of my quilts and say "that's nice." But I do have friends and QB members to keep me inspired.

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    I am the only of seven children that does quilting, embroidery and some garment/odd ends sewing. The only person I know and can talk to about my work is my Mama. That is until I met all of you on the QB. I have gotten enough courage to drive to the nearest LQS and sign up for classes too. (I hate driving.). It looks like my MIL is discovering the quilting world too.

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    Of the three girls, yup!

    One sister sews meticulously (she's a perfectionist) but doesn't keep up with it.

    I enjoy sewing, cross-stitch, crochet and knitting. Sadly, my family doesn't appreciate gifts of this type.

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    I am the only one in my family who enjoy sewing / crafts. I seem to enjoy most everything. When living in TX I made Jewlery, cut my own turquoise, made silver rings and such to sell. My grandma USE to quilt because she had to, recycled clothing to stay warm, Then in later years for the love of quilting. I learned from her some basic's of quilting. Made my first real quilts last summer. Still paying for material on them. hmmm, will never go in debt for that again (smile) also like Cross stitch, Crochet, knitting, just about any thing crafty intrigues me. With quilting I still feel so out of place. This is the ONLY place I can come to to actually learn. With all everyone posts and sharing tutorials has helped me lots. So I'd like to say thank you to everyone on QB.... (((hugs)))

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    I definately have the gene. My DD#3 does too. Right now she focuses that on her scrapbooking and taking pictures. She also just got married in October so she's using her talents to turn the home from a Bachleor Pad into a beautiful home obviously occupied by a female.
    Still waiting if any of the gene passed onto DD#1 or 2.

    My mother is very artistic. Though she used to sew, never quilt, she does oil painting. I have her paintings all over the house along with my many Cross Stitch pictures.

    My middle brother (I have 3) likes to play with a scroll saw sometimes.

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    My maternal grandmother was a home ec teacher and sewed all her clothes and mine. My father was a very talented wood-worker. My mother barely will do any type of craft. My brother used to build custom homes. My son doesn't do crafts or woodworking. My daughter, at 35 finally started making crafty things. My mother and son do not understand what I do...............

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    My mom always made me and my sister clothing growing up. This is not something I have ventured into yet but I have done almost every craft there is out. My sister does not get into so many crafts but still her share.

    My Grandmother says she is alergic to needles as she is not a sewer in any means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I posted earlier about our kids sewing/quilting, but was wondering, are the only one in your family that got the crafty gene?
    Do you have anyone to share your quilting passion with in your family?

    in My family we have 3 girls...all of us sew, we have crafty genes on both sides..my dad sews, does leather work, lapidary, silversmithing, etc...and my mom does just about everything, but quilt!
    One of us girls does not quilt, but she sews garments that are amazing! My baby sister is learning to quilt and I can share that with her now..my daughter also quilts, so I share things with her.

    WE all do many arts and crafts...I mean many!
    I have an aunt that does crafts but I am the only one that sew's, craft's and learning to quilt. My daughter and stepdaughter are not into it yet.

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    I am neither crafty or creative. Just highly capable. its more of a neccesity thing. It needs to be done I do it. I do stuff to keep busy.

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    All four of us kids got the crafty/artsy gene.

    More important .... I got the Chicken Vesuvio gene. Skipped a generation too. I'm the only one in the family that can make it as good as my grandmother. In my family, this is a very sought after gene :)

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    I am the oldest of 4 girls and the only one who sews, gardens and is a bit crafty. My DH and BILs would say I am also the only one who can cook. My aunts on both sides were quilters and sewers...3 did beautiful handwork; crochet, knitting, tatting, etc.

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    I have 2 sisters and one brother, and I'm the only crafty one in the family.

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    Actually, there is only two others in my family that does crafty things. My grama sewed and her mother sewed. I paint scenery with oils, knit, crochet, make jewelry and of course, I quilt. My mom has never sewn a stitch and I'm not sure if she knows how to thread a needle, lol. Most of my siblings are brainy and athletic, mostly teachers. Although one sister made pottery for a living, not sure this is crafty or not.

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    my grandmother tried to get the 3 girls in the family into sewing by making doll clothes and sundresses for ourselves, but none of us really liked sewing back then. I'm the only one who sews/quilts. and that didn't happen until my 40's when I bought my first house and wanted to decorate. quilting came about 5 years ago as a challenge to use up the decorator fabrics. and now I'm hooked!

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    I think I got the only craft gene in the family. Mother had babies, 11, does that count? Grandmother crocheted. Neither of my sisters sew or craft. My step daughter makes jewelry, daughter cross stitches. DIL sews, yea finally a partner.

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