Who is Jean Wells?
Jean Wells is an author/educator/designer, proprietress of The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, and founder of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. She also is an avid gardener. Jean has written more than 28 books about quilting, from Patchworthy Apparel in 1978, to her latest, Journey to Inspired Art Quilting.
As owner of The Stitchin’ Post, which she opened in 1975, Jean has received the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year award in Sisters, and was the first independent retailer to be inducted into Primedia Independent Retailer Hall of Fame. The Stitchin’ Post was one of the first quilt shops to be included in the American Patchwork and Quilting top ten quilt shop issue. She is the founder of the legendary Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 1975 , when just 12 quilts were displayed.
In addition to operating a successful quilt shop and mail order business and overseeing an annual quilt show for more than 33 years, Jean also has designed, appeared on televised quilting shows, and taught business and quilting workshops throughout the United States and abroad. She has received the Michael Kile Award of Excellence for her contribution to the quilting industry, and she received the Imagination Award in the Millennium Quilt Contest in 2000. In July of 2010 she was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Indiana.