As a quilter who has taught, written books, opened a quilting store, created the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival, and is constantly "exploring" new looks and techniques, Jean Wells has influenced millions of people. We mean it...actually millions. TheQuiltShow.com is honored to be invited into her home for a tour of how she lives surrounded by art and gardens. She is constantly evolving and creating with an excitement that influences us all. Here are a few photos of our crew descending upon Jean in Sisters, Oregon.

#1 22Happy 2019-08-30 09:34
As a new quilter in the early 1980's, I discovered a treasure at a used book store: a lovely paperbound book about sewing that included hand-drawn illustrations and all sorts of musings (some about parenting, as I recall). I still have it somewhere in my collection, and I can't remember the name of it, but when I have it in my hand, I can open it to the precisely written and illustrated directions for lining a vest. I've always been a visual learner, and she was able to write those directions so clearly that I soon produced an artsy collection of patchwork vests, most of which still hang in my closet. I did get the chance to visit Sisters, Oregon around the turn of the century, and I saw her go into her shop from across the street. I've seen the Dalai Lama and Woody Allen and lots of other world figures in my travels, but seeing Jean was a true celebrity moment for me. Long may she prosper!
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