Hey! I’m Jessie.
My friends also call me Jess. Just don’t call me Jessica - it’s a sure-fire sign that we don’t know each other and I don’t want that to be true.
I love helping people who love to quilt!
My goal is not only to create quilt patterns that inspire, but to share my experience and techniques along the way. I want quilters to have more fun, create wonderful quilts, and love more people through the gift of quilt-making… you get the idea.
I’ve got 12 years of quilting under my belt and 5 years of free-motion longarm quilting expertise. I've had quilts featured in Quilts and More, one in Love Patchwork and Quilting and have self-published a growing number of patterns. I've also put a series of free-motion quilting tutorials on YouTube in an attempt to trick other people into liking it as much as I do.
At this stage in the game, you might know me as the feathered star lady. Person? Girl? Woman? I'm not sure what I should be calling myself, but all of the above apply. I realllllly like using fun and modern color combos for this traditional block. I've kind of gone overboard in writing instructions for a bunch of different sizes of feathered stars for both paper piecing fans and non-paper piecing fans. The one below is 36" square, which is basically giant.
When I’m not actually quilting or dreaming up new quilt ideas, I can be found scrolling that Instagram (duh), knitting, or watching tv shows with my best guy Josh… usually as we threaten our 3 boys to (seriously!) stay in bed, go to sleep!
If that doesn’t paint a descriptive enough picture of who I am, here are several weirdo and very personal nuggets for ya:
I could live on popcorn.
I go to a shopping mall about once a year, and even then it’s not because I want to. It's pretty much online shopping or nothing. I even get groceries online now. Shopping avoidance is STRONG with me.
I once had 2 babies 12 months and 25 days apart. That was different.
I used to take regular second-hand smoke breaks when I worked in an office.
I "inhale" (get it?) audiobooks and podcasts all day while I work.
I have a thing for murder shows, unfortunately. Here is where I list some examples of what I'm talking about: the Paradise Lost HBO documentaries, Making a Murderer series on Netflix, Dateline NBC (DVR every episode), Season 1 of Serial, True Murder, Truth & Justice podcasts... and so many others.
I dabbled in homeschooling one of my sons for two years (and loved it, actually).
I’m fluent in movie quotes, but only if they’re 20 years or older. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Dirty Dancing, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wayne’s World, Waiting for Guffman, Raising Arizona… oh man, CLASSICS!