One of my best experiences at Quilt Con was meeting Jen Kingwell. I remember seeing her in the Moda booth and thinking it might be weird if I went up to her and said hello. While she was talking to other quilters, she was always smiling and having a good time. She was approachable and looked like a fun person. But here is my confession. I am not a big fan of super scrappy quilts. I would say don’t tell Jen but I already admitted it on the podcast! I know many many quilters who are big fans of hers so I felt like saying hello might make me seem like a fraud. Well, I did it anyway. And I am so glad that I did. We chatted, I threw a beanbag for their booth game and received the biggest hug. It was like being hugged by Mom.
Later, I was asked if I wanted to review Jen’s book, Quilt Lovely. I was a bit apprehensive because of my feelings for scrappy quilts but I knew I wanted to see her quilts and design process. I received the book and fell in love. Later this week, I will post my review. I asked if I could interview Jen for the podcast and luckily, she agreed.
During the podcast, I felt like we had sat next to each other at a coffee house and were just chatting. We laugh a lot. We are a bit silly but it is just who we are. I wondered if her daughters will notice if I show up at the next family dinner and announce myself as her long lost daughter? I don’t think so either. We talk about her transition from being a midwife to a quilt store owner, how she designs her quilt patterns along with her approach to teach hand sewing classes. It is a very fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.
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Carolyn Friedlander’s Savor Each Stitch book
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