Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Jennifer: I am often inspired by things I see on Pinterest and Flickr. Something will catch my eye and I’ll take elements of that design and put my own spin on it. My children often inspire me and quilt patterns come at me from all directions- magazine covers, ceramic tiles, window panes etc.
P: What does your creative process entail?
J: For me the creative process starts with an inspiration or idea that turns into a sketch. From there I play around with various options before cutting into my test fabric. Sometimes I sew paper mock-ups too! I have lots of notebooks full of notes and sketches, step by step instructions and blog ideas.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
J: I love sewing because it blends my passion for color and fabric with design, and I can create things that are both beautiful and useful. I love that modern quilting blends the past with the future in a tangible form of comfort that you can snuggle under. Sewing is always new and fresh as there is always inspiration out there, beautiful new fabric, and lots of possibilities.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
J: I create for my own satisfaction and love to share what I create with my family and friends. I love to test and challenge myself through sewing and design and get a rush when I can say, “Hey look, I made that or I figured that out!”
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
J: Here are my top 5 tips: 1. Measure twice, cut once. 2. Get a quarter inch foot for your machine. 3. Scant ¼” sewing can be a lifesaver! 4. Starch is your friend. 5. Use quality tools and fabric – it makes a difference!
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
J: I began sewing in 2010 while pregnant with my second child. I wanted to make him a baby quilt and came across a tutorial online. After making him one, I was hooked! I jumped into quilting and sewing with the help of the online community and never looked back.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
J: Often I’m inspired to start a project based on a moment of inspiration. When I see something that particularly inspires me, I get excited and the ideas start to form and I can’t wait to put my own spin on it.
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