About me

I am a wife and mother to four awesome children. My passions are the Pittsburgh Steelers, flamingos and purple. I have been designing quilt patterns going on thirteen years, although I only started publishing them five years ago. I mostly design for beginner to advanced beginner skill levels. I love traditional quilts, English Paper Piecing and embroidery.

We currently live in SW Minnesota where we enjoy hot, humid summers, glorious, colorful falls, freeze-your-lungs winters and spring's full of life's promise.

I began my pattern designing journey many years ago when I designed a miniature version of Pinwheel Pizzazz, my first quilt. It was first designed in 1 inch squares (insert hysterical laughing). I still have those little pieces. I keep them to look at when I start drafting a new pattern, to make sure that I don't go too small. That doesn't always work, but I try.

My quilts all start out in a graph paper notebook with a mechanical pencil. I think I might be stuck in high school. I write up all the instructions, cutting, assembly, everything on college ruled loose leaf paper. Once I've done it all the old fashioned way, I plug it into my programs.

I test all of my patterns before I send them to the testers. I work very hard to make sure all of the patterns are accurate and easy to follow. I hope to encourage new quilters, and give seasoned quilters something fun to piece.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me through email.

Happy Stitching!

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  1. I've never been to Minnesota...but I love your description of freeze-your-lungs winters.

  2. OK, Jen. I just finished reading every single post of yours! I enjoyed seeing all the projects you are working on and the designs you have made. I especially like the PBJ idea. Clever! :)

  3. Happy Easter! Could you please fix the link for the April Color Challenge block, I could not find another link anywhere. Thank you for your time...

  4. where are the instructions how to cut the January yellow blocks

  5. I sew enjoyed looking at all your lovely quilts. Your choice for Pat's Morrison Park is beautiful.

  6. I am trying to follow your blog but can't find a working link. Please help!
    Thanks, Paula


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