Introduction ~ Jennifer of Moving Hands

on February 6 | in Contributors | by | with 31 Comments

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

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31 Responses to Introduction ~ Jennifer of Moving Hands

  1. Nada says:

    those dresden plates are so pretty!

  2. hillary says:

    you’re spot on about jen being generous and encouraging! jumping into quilting would have been a lot scarier if it hadn’t been for her advice and support. jen rocks!

  3. Alisha says:

    The Dresden Plate quilt blocks are such a neat family treasure!

  4. skmparis says:

    wow………so cool!

  5. Kieny says:

    Thanks for the link!

  6. LadySnow says:


  7. ainhoa says:

    It’s a wonderful blog.

  8. Lil' d says:

    Beautiful work.

  9. Carol says:

    mmm, love those Dresden plate blocks…

  10. Gina says:

    Thanks for the link!

  11. Violet says:

    Beautiful work!

  12. Christie says:

    those rings are enchanting

  13. Julia D says:

    Oh, I wish I had the patience for hand sewing! I have some old beginnings of dresden plates, I want to put them on a tote!

  14. heather w. says:

    those dresden plate blocks are GORGEOUS! look at all that Vintage goodness!!!!

  15. Sarah says:

    those blocks are amazing, what a special thing to have!

  16. Michelle says:

    Beautiful work. So much detail!

  17. Sandy says:

    love the fabric in the dresden plates.

  18. Cassie Ogle says:

    What a wonderful treasure to have quilt blocks from your great grandmother.

  19. alicia says:

    Another great blog read–thanks for the link!

  20. Michele says:

    Her blog is so great…she’s made such beautiful things! She has an eye for detail.

  21. Regina says:

    Thanks for this link – having lived in Japan myself for 4 years this is interesting to read.

  22. erin says:

    I can’t wait to see those dresden plates in a quilt

  23. Deb says:

    Thank you for the Moving Hands blog link. I’m going to check it out now.

  24. Melissa says:

    she has some amazing stuff on her blog

  25. I read Jennifer’s blog since I decided learning quilting 2 years ago. I always admired her work and I´m a big fan of hand-piecing, and hand-quilting 🙂

  26. alison says:

    Wow – I have to admire anyone who hand sews. If I can figure out a way to machine sew instead I do it!

  27. Katie says:

    Wow hand sewn. Wow.

  28. mj says:

    Jennifer does such beautiful detailed work.

  29. Jen says:

    Jennifer’s blog is amazing. I’m so glad you featured it. She recently posted photos from the “Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2008” on flickr and I keep revisiting to see them again and again.

  30. Carrie says:

    Another great blog…how am I ever supposed to get any sewing done if I’m reading blogs all day!!! I cannot believe she hand sewed that shirt…beautiful.

  31. AmyDe says:

    WOW – I can’t wait to delve into her blog. I am inspired by and drawn to hand-piecing and thereby very excited to see the article. I am in love with February so far – fitting huh?

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