I’m still on a high from all the amazing work that’s been done as part of the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt-a-Long so I thought I’d continue with the fabulousness and share with you the most wonderful Emma Jean Jansen.
I have long lusted after Emma‘s work and admire her use of colour (she speaks to my heart with her use of rainbow!).
I was fortunate enough to
stalk meet Emma at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair. (I always find it so hard to introduce myself and speak to someone who I’ve interacted with online.) Emma was so lovely, sweet, encouraging and generous with her time.
I not only got to have a fan girl moment in meeting Emma, but I got to be up close and personal with some of her amazing quilts. (Seriously, the images online don’t do them justice – they’re so fabulous in person – the colour, the workmanship – everything!)
I strongly believe that Australia has an amazing quilting community. Australian quilters have a strong voice, do amazing work and are just really lovely people to boot. For me Emma is one of those amazing Australians getting out there and showing just how wonderful Australia is.
But enough from me – read on and find out just how awesome she is for yourself. (Promise you won’t be disappointed!)
1. How did you come to be a quilter?
It’s my mum’s fault. She started quilting in the early 80’s and I helped from a young age. Choosing colours and cutting out with scissors. No rotary cutters in the good old days.
2. What is it that you love about being a quilter?
I love fabric – the colours and designs. I love sewing – sitting at the machine for hours on end is pure joy. I love quilting – the texture that quilting creates is just dreamy.
3. What lead you to being a fabric designer?
I always played with colour from as early as I can remember. I decorated all my school diaries and folders with patterns using my Derwent pencils or textas. I was very excited to discover as a teenager that there was actually a course at RMIT in Textile design. My dream job, creating patterns!
4. What gives you the most joy from creating and sharing patterns and fabrics?
I have a need to create, I am driven to design. I am just lucky that people like what I do and that makes me the happiest.
5. What are you most proud of from your quilting experience?
That would have to be getting to combine both my textile designing and quilting. Making quilts from your own fabric is very exciting!
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6. What’s the one piece of advice about quilting that all new quilters should know?
There are no quilting police. Create what you want to create. Don’t feel like you have to do things a certain way. Have fun and enjoy the experience.
7. Who’s the quilter(s) that inspire you at the moment?
All the quilters on my IG feed! I love seeing what EVERYONE makes, what colours they put together and seeing what quilt designs are popular.
8. What quilting challenges would you like to conquer in the next 12 months.
I want to make a hand pieced hexagon quilt. I have just started so it might take a bit longer than 12 months. I want to do more free motion quilting on my quilts. I already do some on smaller quilts but really want to tackle a big quilt!
9. What’s your 3 favourite quilts that you’ve made that reflect who you are as a quilter?
My original Harlequin Lone Star quilt. I made this quilt in 2007 and still love it! It is made using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and it always makes me happy to look at. I have since made another quilt that I also called Harlequin Stars that I also love. This one was originally made for the Vic Quilters raffle quilt and I ended up making another way as everyone wanted a pattern. It has been made using Foundation piecing. As you can see from first too quilts, I love bright colours teamed with a white background. I am also a big fan of traditional piecing but making them with modern fabrics.
The third quilt would have to be my Rainbow Row by Row quilt. This one is still quite new and they always are a favourite. I also love sorting colours into rainbows and have done quite a few quilts on a rainbow theme.
10. If you weren’t a quilter, what other creative endeavour would you like to master?
I love all crafts but at the moment quilting is my career. If I had more time I would definitely get back into mosaics, and do lots more crochet. I love to crochet.
A Bit of Fun:
If you could only have one or the other for the rest of eternity what would you choose?
1. Fabric: Solid or Pattern? Pattern.
2. Quilt Styles: Pattern or Improv? Pattern.
3. Seams: Open or to the Side? To the dark side.
4. Stitching: Hand or Machine? Machine.
5. Binding: Hand or Machine? Hand.
6. Food: Sweet or Savoury? Savoury.
7. Entertainment: Books or Music? Books.
8. Entertainment: Television or Movies? Movies.
9. Computer: Mac or Windows? Mac.
10. Drink: Coke or Pepsi? Coke – Pepsi is a swear word in my house!
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