Board Member Introduction ~ Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

on March 25 | in Contributors | by | with 67 Comments

Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio rounds out our latest Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board with this fourth (and final) interview in this week’s series. Jacquie is already hard at work on a series of posts sharing basic quilting tips we can all learn from next month, and she’s been indispensable as we plan our upcoming Quilting Month. Jacquie will also share a little about her work with the The Modern Quilt Guild. Visit Tallgrass Prairie Studio for Jacquie’s amazing tutorials (right sidebar), lots of inspiration and keep in mind that Jacquie also creates very special quilts on commission and has a new quilt pattern coming out soon!

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Jacquie: I come from a family of seamstresses. I guess I always remember sewing. My mom was my 4-H leader when I was young and she taught me how to sew. I even remember that first project, a kerchief. Those were pretty ‘in’ back then and I remember wearing it everywhere. As a teen I got a little snippy and thought ‘store bought’ was best and gave up sewing for a while. As a young mom, the sewing machine reappeared and provided the means to economically decorate the house and clothe the children.

A little over two years ago, I saw the Gees Bend exhibit, found myself without a job for the first time in my adult life, and I was inspired to dust off my sewing machine and start quilting. I made my first quilt a little over two years ago. I didn’t realize how much I missed a creative outlet in my life. I remember sitting down at my laptop to order that first box of fabric. Oh, and even better was the day it arrived. I folded and organized that fabric and a fabric obsession was born. There have been many more of those priority mail boxes since then.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Jacquie: I make mostly quilts, pillows and things I can use around the house, but by far my favorites are the quilts. At an exhibit of my quilts last summer, a friend asked me if I thought I was always meant to do this. I think maybe I was. Designing and making quilts feeds my soul. I have so many quilt ideas floating around in my head. I can hardly wait to make them. I thought about using patterns when I started quilting and I have made a few quilts from patterns, but I’m not much of a rule follower. I work primarily improvisationally. I do my own thing and try to find and articulate my quilting voice. I enjoy the process: auditioning the fabric, cutting and piecing, the quilting, and even the ripping. I work on many projects at once… Sometimes I simply have to start a project to get it out of my head.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Jacquie: It’s a happier day for me if I can find time to sew. I’m lucky in a couple of ways. My two boys have recently left the nest, and for those of you who have children, you know that frees up a lot of time. Secondly, when my hubby is on the road, I can let the house, dishes and dust bunnies to themselves and be in the studio sewing. I sew early in the morning and late at night and work in between. I try my best to keep my studio and my projects organized so that I can pick them up at the drop of a hat.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Jacquie: I love my design wall. It’s nothing fancy. I made it myself with foam core boards, flannel and lots of duct tape. I use it every day and with every project. It’s great for auditioning fabric and ‘seeing’ quilts come together. I’m not sure what I did before I had my ‘wall.’

Selvage Quilt by Jacquie

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Jacquie: I finished my ‘selvage quilt’ a couple of weeks ago. I’m pretty proud of it since it was such a long-term project. It’s special because it celebrates my love of fabric and was a collaborative project. I received selvages from all over the world from some of my blog friends and I collaborated with Angela Walters for the quilting. Angela brought another dimension to the quilt that I couldn’t have. I think it looks like those old tin ceilings that I love so much. It’s definitely a keeper.

Urban Garden Quilt by Jacquie

I also recently finished the ‘urban garden’ quilt. This was a personal scrap challenge for me. One morning I pulled a handful of orange, a handful of brown, and a handful of green from my scrap buckets and told myself I had to made a quilt using all of those. Farm fields viewed from the window of a plane inspired me, but as I worked the design evolved more into those community gardens where folks share little plots of land. I enjoy challenging myself in different ways and pushing myself to think creatively. Sometimes those challenges can yield great things, and other times it’s a miserable flop. I try to learn from both successes and failures.

Sheet Quilt in a tree, by Jacquie

The quilt top I made the other day is this simple quilt made from a vintage sheet and some Kona solids. I made this to remind myself that simple is beautiful, sophisticated and so satisfying.

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Jacquie: I’m a city girl living in the country. I’m a pretty good wife and mom, a lousy housekeeper (though I love a clean house), and an obsessive organizer and furniture arranger. I have a fabulous husband and two great kids. I’ve been an educator for longer than I want to tell you and I’m pretty passionate about it. My blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, is now my teaching platform and where I share my passion for quilting. I’m working on making quilting my full time gig. I’m a proud member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and so happy to be a Board Member for Sew,Mama.Sew!

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67 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio

  1. That quilt is AMAZING

  2. Becky Perry says:

    I love the Selvage Quilt by Jacquie! I hope to someday be able to make one of my own. I need some smaller projects practice first!

  3. Lucy says:

    I’m loving the first quilt.It’s a gem.

  4. Sharon says:

    More quilting inspiration! Love it!

  5. Elaine Bremer says:

    Hi Jacquie,

    Checking in on you occasionally. You sound so happy, it almost makes me want to make a quilt – but not quite. I’ll let my sister Carol do that. But I do love a beautiful quilt.

    Your Canadian cousin,

    Elaine

  6. Michelle Montoney says:

    You are so inpiring for me as a new quilter.

  7. sewtakeahike says:

    Congratulations to you Jacquie and SewMamaSew, you are both blessed to be in collaboration together!

  8. henny says:

    Yayy…for Jacquie! Love all your inspiring works:D

  9. gardenymph says:

    Congratulations, Jacquie! I have loved following you over the past two years. :)

  10. Michelle says:

    I just recently found your blog…what fun. The selvage quilt is awesome. I have already begun collecting some selvages!

  11. tscd says:

    That quilt is AMAZING

  12. C. Michele says:

    I love the selvage quilt!

  13. leela says:

    the selvage quilt is so beautiful

  14. Renee says:

    I like the selvege quilt. I’m working on a spider web string quilt also. Mine is to match my oldest son’s pajamas and teddy that I made him. It’s going to be a grown up quilt for a 13 yr old in black and red.

  15. Angela says:

    Beautiful quilt!

  16. Sharon says:

    The intricacy and detail in the Salvage Quilt are breathtaking. Absolutely beautiful. I hope that one day I could be half as good.

  17. alisha says:

    “I made this to remind myself that simple is beautiful, sophisticated and so satisfying.” So true!

  18. Sarah says:

    What great Members of the Board. I believe they will bring much information and creativeness to us who follow SewMamaSew.

  19. nopinkhere says:

    the selvage quilt is AMAZING! It _almost_ makes me want to quilt, but I just can’t deal with the precision necessary. Looking forward to seeing quilt month anyway.

  20. M. Malik says:

    Love love love that selvedge quilt. The quilting is unexpected but really does enhance the quilt. Fabulous!

  21. gigi says:

    wow. that selvage quilt is outstanding!!!

  22. ~Helena~ says:

    Howdy, your quilts are great, love the spider web quilt.

  23. Vanessa says:

    *Gasp* I just realized it’s all selvages!!!! whoa

  24. Vanessa says:

    Wow. I love that octoquilt. It’s gorgeous, and Ive never seen anything like it before!

  25. shannon says:

    the selvage quilt is absolutely itricate and amazing!

  26. Erin Compton says:

    That first quilt is freaking INCREDIBLE! *Wiping drool off my keyboard.*

  27. Alison Marie says:

    Way to go, Jacquie! Smart move, Sew Mama Sew!

  28. Alison says:

    That Selvage Quilt is fabulous! It’s stunning. Welcome

  29. Cheryl says:

    I love that you described quilting as something that feeds your soul. I say the same thing all the time.

  30. WhitneyG says:

    That selvage quilt is one of the coolest things I’ve seen!

  31. Tong says:

    Congrats Jacquie! Love her blog, it’s been a great source of inspiration for me!

  32. Amber says:

    I love that selvage quilt.

  33. Carolyn says:

    The selvage quilt is really, truly awesome.

  34. Katie says:

    When I first saw it I thought the selvage quilt was gorgeous. When I found out that it was made from selvage edges I was even more taken with it! It is simply stunning and engaging!

  35. sarah c says:

    Such beautiful quilts! This beginner can’t wait for your quilting/sewing tips.

  36. bruinbr says:

    Wonderful addition to the board! I am IN LOVE with her selvage quilt and the new color wheel one that she just started!

  37. Jessica says:

    Yay for Jacquie!

  38. Ann says:

    Wow, the selvage quilt leaves me at a loss for words. Simply breathtaking. Inspiring.

  39. Sarah S says:

    Yay! Love this new addition to your board. Welcome!

  40. Shannon F. says:

    I’m in rapture with the Selvage Quilt!

  41. Christine says:

    The selvage edge quilt is stunning!

  42. Erin says:

    Wow, Jacquie. Your quilts are beautiful. I’m excited for a month of quilting!

  43. Kelli says:

    Wow–can I just say with this team on your Board, I can’t wait for Quilting Month!!!!!! Jacquie is amazingly talented and I have written down many ideas on my way-to-long-to-ever-complete to-do list after reading her blog! Thanks SMS for being so awesome and finding such awesome ladies to inpsire us all!

  44. Diane says:

    I am really looking forward to quilt month. What a great group of board members. They do amazing work.

  45. Christine says:

    Welcome Jacquie. Your quilts are amazing!

  46. Emily says:

    What beautiful quilts and such an eye for detail.

  47. Jacquie is awesome! Truly awesome!

  48. Alice says:

    Wow, those quilts are lovely! I look forward to seeing what comes of this introduction.

  49. Brigette says:

    Congrats Jacquie!

  50. Molly says:

    Your quilts are so inspiring. I love your blog and have a million of your quilts saved in my favorites to make someday! Well …. I can dream, can’t I!

  51. PeachRainbow says:

    That Selvage quilt looks fabulous, I can imagine the hard-work and the time consumed to finish it!

  52. Kathlene says:

    Nice to meet you, Jacquie. Love the selvedge quilt and the Garden also. I’ve been saving selvedges for a few years. Now I’m anxious to get started on my quilt.

  53. Jacquie sure rounds out a perfect trio which you added to your board!!

  54. Manechka says:

    What a fabulous board you have assembled! I also cannot wait for next month! :)

  55. Sequana says:

    So nice to see you here, Jacquie. Your work is beautiful, and your teaching techniques are the best.

    Welcome, and good luck. *S*

  56. Elaine says:

    Woah is all I can say!

    The selvage quilt is so striking!!!

    WOW!

    Great, great job Jacquie!!!

    :) Elaine

  57. Yay… another familiar name!! Great read and as you know, Love following your blog too Jacquie… From me at carpetmice… Lx

  58. Myra says:

    Love your blog and your work. That selvage quilt is awesome.

  59. Ramona says:

    Wow all the people I love to follow on your board. I can’t wait for next month.

  60. upstatelisa says:

    I love Jacquie’s stuff! so inspiring!

  61. Wonderful interview… Thanks for sharing Jacquie.

  62. Congrats. Another fine board pick by SMS. Thanks for some more clues into who you are as a person and artist.

  63. Alissa says:

    Yay Jacquie!

  64. Congrats on your new position. You’ll be a wonderful addition!

  65. Amber says:

    Yeah Jacquie – what a great interview….she truly does such an amazing job on her blog – teaching and inspiring!

  66. Vicki says:

    So glad to see you here, Jacquie! I can’t wait to see your projects and tutorials.

  67. jm says:

    Okay, SMS, you now have a totally awesome board!

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