April 05, 2021
April Featured Maker - Jackie V.
We've received quite a few submissions to be April's Featured Maker. This month, we have really seen a variety in taste from person to person. From modern to vintage style, quilting to garments, and even some non sewing-related projects!
We've decided our April Featured Maker is Jackie V. with her Colorado Escape quilt!
Jackie is a quilt pattern designer. She actually designed her Colorado Escape landscape quilt which uses fusible web, raw edge appliqué techniques.
I loved creating; I always wanted to be that "starving artist". But I became an accountant instead: I love playing with numbers.
I started quilting over 20 years ago and for a while creating pieced quilt patterns, and figuring the math to make the quilt kept me happy. Unfortunately, those who know me know that I'm a perfectionist and I have to make every corner come together. I have ripped out a few 4-patches in my life!
That self-taught artist still wanted to come out. So I switched to pictorial and primarily landscape quilts. No seams and corners needed to meet unless I decided to put on borders.
Soon I also started teaching landscape quilts. Colorado Escape has been my most popular pattern design and class over the years as it's easy to accomplish while learning landscape techniques (value, depth, scale etc.).
Students in the class always ask "where can I get that fabric" pointing to a piece in my class sample. Little did they know, I had a 10+ year stash to pick from!
I started my business at the end of 2018 to not only sell my original pattern designs but also to sell those ever illusive fabric prints of skies, trees, rocks, etc. needed to make those pictorial art quilts.
Jackie typically participates in large quilt shows in the Colorado area that have been totally shut down due to COVID-19, but she is hopeful they will resume by the summer. Although her shows are on pause, Jackie still has many loyal customers that support her small business, Colorado Creations Quilting, and love her "little niche of the quilt world", helping her to keep moving forward.