Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing our newest Member, Zelayna Rauch

My name is Zelayna Rauch. I am a long-time resident of Westwood, along with my husband, Seth Cohen. We have 3 daughters, including identical twins, and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I am a practicing Chiropractor and have been practicing here in Dedham since 1985.

I have loved sewing my whole life. My grandmother Jenny, who was a milner (hat maker), was my first teacher. She, my “Baba”, taught me to cross-stitch, crochet and embroider. My older sister, Elissa, was my next teacher. She sewed on a machine and made clothing. She had taken a quilting class and decided that we, along with our other two sisters, should make our parents a 30th wedding anniversary quilt, which we did. They just recently celebrated their 68th anniversary!

My quilting really took off around 2005, when my sister-in-law, Alice, asked me to make a quilt for the upcoming birth of her son Adam. My friend and fellow quilter, Abby, helped me with this project. She also encouraged me to join her quilting guild, the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild (RNQG), which I did. All of this sewing activity required that I replace the old machine I had used since age 11 with a new machine with modern features. Since that time I have continued to learn and develop my quilting style and techniques by reading books and magazines, as well as attending workshops, classes and retreats. I love learning new techniques and also sharing my creations with family and friends. Due to my interest in sewing, all 3 of my sisters have taken it back up. I have made many friends in the quilting community and have served as President of the RNQG twice. I have found quilting to be a wonderful creative outlet.

My quilts have been displayed at the Brookline and Westwood Public Libraries, as well as in the Akillian Gallery at the Milton Art Museum. I have also shown many quilts at the RNQG Quilt Show, held semi-annually, at the Blue Hills Regional High School.

I hope you like my quilts, however, if you don’t see something you like, we could design something together, customized for you. For example, I have made many T-shirt quilts, which make great personalized gifts. I can also make pillows for your couch or bedroom. I also enjoy making Yarmulkes for special Jewish occasions such as weddings or bar mitzvahs.

-Zelayna Rauch

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