Jenny Bowker creates incredible pieced landscapes, with exotic images from the Middle East and Malaysia, where she lived with her diplomat husband. She connected with the traditional tentmakers of Cairo (who have been crafting their elaborate appliqué fabric pieces since 2000 BC), and depicts them as the gentle people she came to know. Jenny shares her quilting style, which often extends the quilt’s interior design out into the borders. She saves the most complicated quilting for the outside edges, where it is easier to manipulate them. She also walks us through the process of dissecting a tiling design (whether simple or complex), and creating a vellum pattern for it. She demonstrates this technique with a challenging design featuring two overlapping vases. She also discusses why all quilters should enter their work into quilt shows.
Jenny Bowker explains how being married to a diplomat took her to many countries, including Syria, Jerusalem, Damascus, Jordan, and Egypt. Her travels have inspired her beautiful photographic quilts.
Jenny talks to Ricky and the audience about one of her favorite places, The White Desert. She then shows how she cuts her fabric up and demonstrates her free motion skills. She uses the designs in the fabric as her guide.
After her fight with breast cancer and surgery, Jenny was inspired to do more quilting. Watch as she takes vellum and creates the tile designs that she uses in her quilts.
Anna Bates shares her love of quitling with wool; she has been known as a wool addict. Anna talks about her love for Oregon, where she can go from her house, and walk to not one, but six, quilt shops in the area while she searches for wool. Anna demonstrates how to prepare your wool with Pellon and how to make beautiful flowers out of wool.
Jenny talks about the importance of why all quilters should enter their work into quilt shows. Then, joined by husband Bob, Jenny shares the story of how she and Bob got "accidentally" married.