My name is Jennifer Jenkinson and I am That Girl who loves to quilt. After a series of athletic injuries and surgeries, I needed a relatively safe hobby so I decided to try quilting. As it turned out, I was one of those people who didn’t discover the extent of my creativity until I picked out some fabrics, picked up a needle and some thread, and made my first quilt. From then on I was hooked and quilting has become a passion in my life.

I believe in quilting without obligation; for the passion and the art rather than churning out a quilt-of-the-day. I’m honest and opinionated and believe that anyone who wants to quilt, young or old, rich or poor, should have the opportunity to create and make a quilt. I love working with new quilters through tutorials, quilt alongs, and any other way I can encourage them to jump in and make their first quilt.

I have a wonderful and supportive husband and a fabulous 7 year old daughter. My daughter is smart, funny, and super creative. She and I spend many hours together creating and crafting in my sewing studio. My husband is my sewing machine “fixer”, a creative second eye, occasional quilt baster, my best friend, and the one I fall in love with over and over. We have two beagles, Buddy & Gus, who combined with the 7 year old, keep us on our toes all the time!

I work full time in the high pressure world of finance. I’m a gymnastics mom and softball coach {& mom} and I have a date night with my husband once a week. What spare time I have left in the evenings and on weekends I use to escape and spend creating, designing, piecing, quilting, and rolling around in my beloved fabric stash.

My Blog: www.thatgirlthatquilt.com
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Post: A Pintuck Patchwork Pillow

As a self taught quilter, I’ve recently become fascinated with different general sewing techniques. I am always looking for ways to improve my skills and make my work look more polished. Like topstitching… I love topstitching!

My latest obsession involves pintucks. So much of quilting is about texture and pintucks give already beautiful fabrics a unique texture. The technique is simple and with this tutorial and a few hours you can have a beautiful pintuck patchwork pillow… say that five times fast! Your pillow will measure 12” x 16”.

*All seam allowances will be ½” unless otherwise noted*
Select 8 fabrics you would like to feature and cut one 5″ square from each fabric. Charm squares also work nicely…

Take your first square and get ready to sew your first pintuck! Some like their pintucks evenly spaced and straight but I prefer mine to have a more organic look; especially when using them in patchwork.

So with that being said, make a fold with WRONG sides together and finger press.

On the RIGHT side of the fabric, stitch along the fold as close as you can to the edge.

Continue this on your square until you are pleased with the number of pintucks. Repeat this step for each of your squares. Press the pintucks of each square to shrink the stitches. Personally, I’m not picky about pressing all the pintucks in the same direction; I like the texture created by the random directions.

Once you have all 8 squares pintucked {is that a word??} stitch them together into 2 rows of 4. Then stitch the 2 rows together. Your seams will most likely not match up but that just adds to the patchwork texture of this pillow…

Now you are ready to sash the blocks. I used linen because I love linen mixed with quilting fabrics. Cut 2 linen strips that measure 2” x 9” for the short sides of the block and 2 strips that measure 2.5” x 17” for the long sides of the block.

Stitch your short strips on first, press and then stitch your long strips. Press and now you have the completed front of your pillow that should measure 13” x 17”! I used a simple envelope closure to finish the pillow off but feel free to use your favorite pillow method.

Thanks for having me today here at Fat Quarterly! I hope you will come visit me soon and see what else I’m up to…
Jennifer