Thursday, 30 April 2015

It's a take over

Hi I'm Richard, husband to @jenkingwell. Have been for too many years to count, let's just say a long time.
Jen used to be a midwife and life was peaceful. She went to work at 7am and came home at 4pm. She even got days off each week. Then she became a store owner, then pattern designer and now she's joined "the family" (Moda that is, not mafia) and is designing fabric. Are you all getting the message??
Well that's life for 10 months of the year, then there is Quilt Market in the USA twice a year.........I'm not going to say anything else as I don't wish to incriminate anyone but every picture tells a thousand words...........

Just as well I'm a capable lad

I even washed the dog

( no animals were harmed in the making of this post)

Tomorrow these households will be telling it like it is
Jan  Betsy LaurieSandy CoreySherri

Thursday, 9 April 2015

I'm on YouTube

When I was in Austin for Quiltcon I was kindly asked by Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop to film some short technique videos.
Check them out. 9 in total. It was a fun day with Modalissa providing moral support! I hope you like them. Here's a link to one

Friday, 13 March 2015

Comfort in familiar things and routines

There is no doubt I've had some adventures living in the Middle East but it is so nice to be home.
I think it is just starting to register that I'm here to stay, not having to get back on a plane after just a few short weeks.
For many years it has been one of our favourite things, to get up early and head to The Queen Victoria Market for our weekly supplies. When our girls were younger it was " a secret date" that Richard and I enjoyed. No one ever wanted to get up at 0530 on a Saturday, so we would head off to
gather the produce then have a sneaky breakfast and coffee. This morning was just as it always has been


Love the mugs and teapots at the speciality tea shop

And lastly a special treat, just because we could

Monday, 8 December 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to my little corner of this amazing world of quilts, textiles, art and crafting of all sorts.
 Many years ago Sue Spargo  ( check out Sues blog, she is an amazing textile artist ) came to teach  in my store Amitie  in Melbourne, Australia and she and her sister Wendy Morris encouraged me to take a booth at international quilt market and make my quilting patterns available to a wider audience. I had been designing and selling my patterns in my store only at this stage. I am forever grateful for this encouragement, Sues friendship and her invitation to participate in this blog hop.
This is one example of the amazing embellishment Sue does

I feel grateful every day for the pleasure I get from my "job". For me there is nothing more satisfying than sitting in a huge pile of colourful fabrics choosing just that right piece for my next project.
I'm a scrap quilter and love to include as many fabrics as I can in one single design! I love all things "quilts" and admire all styles of quilting but my favourites are vintage quilts. Hand piecing, needle turn appliqué and hand quilting are my love but in this busy fast paced life, I do machine piece as well but rarely machine quilt. I love the softness and texture that hand quilting gives and I feel sure the process lowers my blood pressure!!
I'm a midwife by trade and it was an honour and a joy to be included in those most precious and private moments of others lives. When I left nursing, my hobby became my next rewarding career. Teaching and watching the joy and companionship others get while making something both useful and beautiful is so rewarding and I have met some of the most amazing people over the years.
Here are just  a few examples of my work

This year I has been an exciting one for me with the debut of my first fabric line  "Gardenvale" for Moda due to hit the shelves in April 2015 and I have my first book "Quilt Lovely" published by FW Media due for release in March 2015.
On a personal level I have been living in the Middle East for the past 2 years as my husband is working here but am looking forward to moving back home in the not to distant future I hope. This time has allowed me to explore different things and we have both really enjoyed the experience.

I would like now to introduce to you, two fabulous women that I admire and am lucky enough to call them friends

The amazing Amy Smart ( I was lucky enough to teach with Amy at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London this year)

Amys favorite style of quilting is "scrappy" - whether they're vintage pioneer & depression-era quilts or modern. She loves to teach beginning quilting classes and finds it so rewarding watching others fall in love with the addiction that is quilting (and collecting fabric). She started writing a blog about her hobby in 2008 and has loved the real-life connections she's made with fellow-quilters from around the world. Her first book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, was published this past spring.

Check out Amy's blog Here

And lovely Lee Monroe of May Chappell

Lee’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. 
Go check her out also!!

I love catching up all these  ladies at quilt market each year. It is a real highlight of my week 
Thank you for stopping by 
Jen xxx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Work in progress

I'm never quite sure how much I can show when I'm working on a project for a magazine.
So here are a few sneak peeks of what is on my design wall at the moment.
I almost have the top together then a wee bit of hand quilting. I feel I'm on track to get it in the post by Christmas

My bigger a challenge will be to decipher these scratches

And tidy this mess

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A week at the office

Some basting

A mock up. The measurements work so on to make the real one and then to pop the instructions on paper......

A little hand piecing

Some machine piecing

Some liberty bias binding

And a card
It will be hard to express what I want to say in this card. How can you thank someone for unconditional friendship

Friday, 7 November 2014

After market

It has taken me a few days to come up for air after Quilt Market.
I flew home to Australia and spent some time catching up with my girls and friends, then back to the UAE. I've now slept, cleaned, laundered, found homes for new things and yesterday I spent sewing as my fingers were itching to stitch.
So here it is ( note to self, next market remember to pack the camera!! And take more photos)
Lots of food, lots of friends lots of laughter. Here's a small recap and THANK YOU  everyone for a fabulous few days

Big excitement for me as my new range of fabric was released by Moda

My view of schoolhouse with some familiar Aussie faces in the crowd

The Moda designer booths

A wee nap on the booth so I wasn't too tired to party!!