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.

I was up all night getting our fabric and kits into the store. We only finalized the layout and design last night about 11 PM, so it was a loooonnnngggg night. But TOTALLY worth it!! Our vision for a pub online has come true and I hope you all feel at home here. Really, this …

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Like so many other roads I have traveled, building The Quilt and Needle was a longer, bumpier ride than I ever imagined. This interactive quilting community would not be in existence if it wasn’t for the much needed help and support of some very special people: Josh Ward at Josh Ward Designs, brought my vision …

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After much ado and further consideration, I have decided that the best way for The Quilt and Needle patrons to stay connected is through a blog. So, here it is! WELCOME The Quilt and Needle is designed as a friendly online quilting pub. What is a quilting pub you ask? Well, that is simple. If …

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