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Mar 4, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Jessica of Sew Crafty Jess

Mar 4, 2011
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Hiya Friday!  Today on Follower Friday, we are featuring Jessica of SewCraftyJess.  She has been quilting just over a year and has become obsessed just like the rest of us!  You won't believe she started that recently by the fabulous quilts she has listed on her completed quilts list.  Wish my early ones looked so wonderful!  She's involved in several bees and swaps.... she's always up to something!  Let's learn more about her...

Jessica of Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation:  Audiologist

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My husband and I have been married for 2 ½ years, no kiddies yet, but we have two furbabies, a 3 year old black lab, Zoey and an almost 2 year old yellow lab Bella.  They certainly keep our hands full, as they are avid fans of chewing things they are not supposed to and generally having the run of our house!

# Years Quilting
I have been quilting for just about one year now.  I began sewing not much before I started quilting, as my husband gave me a sewing machine for Christmas last year, and that was my first experience sewing (aside from home ec. class in middle school!)  I completed my first quilt in March of 2010, and I was hooked!

How you learned to quilt:
I’m pretty much self taught, however I did take one sewing class and one quilting class at our local Joann Fabrics to learn the basics, but the majority of my learning came from online tutorials and discovering all the wonderful quilting blogs out in the blogosphere.

Favorite Completed Project Description:
Wow!  It’s really hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say my favorite quilt is my value quilt that I made for my mom this Christmas.

At the time this quilt incorporated a scrap of about every piece of fabric I owned, and I love how the design of the fabric is made solely on playing with color value and the placement of the blocks.  My mom tells me that she loves this quilt, and it’s a perfect “snuggle on the couch quilt.”

I also have to pick this applique pillow cover.  This was my first attempt at applique, and also my first attempt at any sort of free motion quilting that wasn’t stippling.

Quilting workstation setup:
When I started quilting and sewing my workstation was the dining room table.  As I started to become addicted to all things fabric and quilting, and realized that this was not just a passing fad, I decided that I needed something more permanent.  It was getting old having to put all my things away anytime we had company over!  

We initially had planned that our small finished basement would be turned into somewhat of a “man cave” for the hubby, but as we had been living in our house for 3 years, and nothing had been done with the space, I proposed the idea that I move my sewing and quilting space to the basement.  He was actually very open to the idea, as he realized that my “things” as he calls them would no longer be scattered throughout the house!

When we moved into the house it had this wonderful built in cabinet system, which works perfectly for storage!  I keep my fabrics in open shelves on either side of the unit, and then have lots of storage underneath for odds and ends as well.  (Yes that is our mischievous little Bella sniffing around for what she can get into next).

Since these pictures have been taken, I’ve also put up a design wall to keep my WIPs and play around with layouts.

Machine(s) you sew on:

The machine I sew on is a Brother, I believe the model is the SE-350. This is the machine my hubby bought me for Christmas last year (2009). It’s a good little machine, and honestly when I was looking at sewing machines back then, a quilting hobby wasn’t anywhere on my radar, and I liked this machine because it can also do embroidery. I was really leaning towards mainly using the machine to monogram and do custom embroidery, but now the majority of my sewing is quilting, however it is nice to be able to embroider baby quilts!

I’m beginning to look at a new machine more geared towards quilting (oh to have more than 4-5 inches of throat space!) but for now this little guy does a pretty fine job!

 Your favorite notion/tool you can't live without in your sewing room:

Can I list two?? First, I’d have to say my favorite new tool is my AccuQuilt Go!

The hubby picked up on my not so subtle hints that I wanted one of these and I received it for Christmas this past year. I don’t use it for cutting everything, but I purchased the 2 ½ strip cutter, which makes cutting binding a quick and easy task, and the hexagon die, which includes three different size hexagon templates. I always thought tracing and scissor cutting the fabric hexagons was the most tedious part, so having the die makes it quick and easy, I have cut up to six layers of fabric at a time with the hexagon die and had very accurate results.

I certainly have had some not so stellar results with a few other dies (the 5 inch charm square die was a huge disappointment), but it does get its fair share of a workout in my sewing room!

As for my second favorite notion or tool…

I absolutely love this InvisiGrip made by Omnigrid. It’s a clear thin film that you apply to the back side of your cutting rulers or templates that really helps to cut down on ruler slippage when rotary cutting (think consistency of those decorative window clings). I have noticed a huge increase in accuracy when cutting (especially long strips of fabric), and have applied it to almost all of my cutting rulers. My local Joann’s carries this, and is a really good price (especially with a 40% coupon!)

To keep up with Jessica and all that she's up to, visit her blog Sew Crafty Jess.

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  1. I love your scrappy quilt, it's beautiful!

  2. Yay Jess! Great work, love your values quilt. And I love seeing your sewing space! There are so many of us quilting for just a year, I think we need a 1 year quilters club, hee hee!

  3. Thanks Anne Marie for having me!!

  4. You have a great sewing space (and it looks like some adorable doggies to keep you company while you sew). Thanks for sharing!


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