We are big, big fans of everything Jennifer creates and shares on her Moving Hands blog. She has such a generous, kind spirit and helps readers feel they could maybe, possibly try to come close to creating the beauty she develops in every move of those busy hands. We knew Quilting Month wouldn’t be complete without some words from Jennifer about hand-piecing. Enjoy her introduction below and her article (as well as a few images of her stunning work!).

Dresden Plate quilt blocks hand pieced by Jennifer’s great grandmother Elizabeth M. Edges

CJennifer3From Jennifer: I am American, and have lived in Tokyo for over four years. Before that, I lived in other parts of Japan as a student and teacher, for a total of eight and a half years. I speak and read Japanese, which is a big help when I use my Japanese pattern books! My daughters are 3 and 1 1/2. I started my “moving hands” blog in 2001 as a knitting blog, and as my life situation changed from single woman in Chicago to married mother of two in Tokyo, my blog changed as well. My quilting inspirations include my mother and paternal great-grandmothers. I have some quilt blocks from a great-grandmother that have been waiting patiently for about 70 years to be made into a quilt… That is a project I hope to tackle soon.

A blouse Jennifer sewed by hand for her daughter, using a pattern written specifically for hand sewing in a Japanese magazine. Find more information on Jennifer’s Moving Hands blog