As a teacher, pattern designer and quilt maker, I hope to instill the love of quilting in others. For those that are not inclined to make their own quilt, I love designing and working with customers to create an heirloom they can pass down for generations to come.
My love for quilting started as a young child with graph paper and colored pencils. I would spend hours designing quilt blocks, though I didn’t know it at the time. I was sewing my own doll clothes by hand when I was 6 and progressed to making my own clothes at 10 when I was given a sewing machine. I wish I could say there was someone in the family that was a quilter or seamstress, but I was alone in my love of fabric and creating. I made my first quilt in my early 20’s when I saw one pictured in a ladies magazine. I scoured the library for weeks trying to find the pattern. From there I was hooked.
Over the years, raising a family, homeschooling, running a daycare and taking in foster children consumed much of my time and quilting was a love I put on the back burner. It wasn’t until my youngest daughter went off to college did I dust off my sewing machine so I could make her a quilt for college. The rest, as they say, is history.
Teaching started by accident. A young woman asked me to make her a purse like the one I was holding. I knew she had received a sewing machine as a gift so I offered her lessons instead. Thus began my teaching. My studio moved from a small room with barely enough room for one student, to a finished basement where I can teach 6 or more.
In addition to teaching (all ages), I create custom quilts, write patterns, do machine embroidery, and long arm quilting for customers.
The blog which started as a way to connect with other quilters as well as journal my quilting journey is now a place to connect with my customers and students.
While some of my pages are still under construction, please visit my Sewing Studio page to see pictures of where I started and where I am today. My Shop is the place to go if you are interested in purchasing a quilt, having one specially made, or if you are looking for a pattern. Finally, I’ve started a Sewing with Children page, a place for ideas, inspiration and helpful tips if you have a child in your life that you want to learn how to sew.
Thank you for taking part in my quilting journey and stopping by. To me, every home needs at least one quilt, hopefully one that will be passed on through the generations. I would welcome the opportunity to make that happen for you, either by providing the skills, a pattern or by designing a custom quilt.
I’d love to hear from you, feel free to email at email@example.com.
Doing what I love on the journey, Jackie