quiltHacks - Jess

The Quilt and Needle originated in the creativity and energy of designer Jessica J. E. Smith. Inspired by her experiences as a new mother and after leaving a career at a non-profit international agribusiness group, Jess started her home-based business in the summer of 2007.

Since then, Jess has developed, hosted, and taught more than 30 successful mystery programs that focus on helping quilters overcome self-imposed limitations. Between mystery projects, she works with various fabric designers and manufacturers to design custom projects for new fabric lines. Her digital and paper patterns can be found in our online store and in quilt shops across the globe.

Hello friends and fellow quilters, As many of you know, exciting things have been happening in the Smith household over the past half year. We welcomed our second child, Sapphire, into our lives on August 17. She is a “woman” with a voice and is already keeping Billy (my DH), Sammy (our 3-year-old) and myself …

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At market I went to dinner with my friend Pati Fried of Red Thread Studios (http://www.patifried.com). After a lovely Greek meal, we got down to shop talk. Pati, who is a quilter and wonderful artist (we shall see great things from her soon) strongly encouraged me to seek out distributors for my designs. She loved …

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Materials (for each): 2—8.5” squares of Fabric A 1—8.5” squares of Fabric B 1—8.5” squares of Fabric C 1—8.5” squares of Insul~Bright batting (0r a similar product) 2—8.5” squares of muslin (or backing of your choice) Instructions: Make a ‘sandwich’ from 2 pieces of muslin and the batting, muslin pieces facing out. That is, layer …

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TUNA CAN HEXAGON FLOWERSThis technique was taught to me by Broach Winsley, a fellow member of the Cherokee Rose Quilter’s Guild of Douglasville, Georgia. Many thanks, Broach! First, get a tuna can – can be empty (well washed!) or full. In fact, as long as the object is a circle, it does not matter what …

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Materials (for 4 placemats): 10 FQs to make strips 1 yard backing fabric (or 4 FQs) 1 yard low-loft batting 4-3” x 22” strips to cover your center line on front Binding Instructions: Cut a 14” x 20” rectangle from your batting and backing fabrics. Place your backing fabric right side down, and lay your …

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