Curves and Strips with Jen Carlton-Bailly, Fresh Quilting 103

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In this episode of Fresh Quilting, we look at quilt construction piece by piece. Modern quilter Jen Carlton-Bailly shows how one simple curved block can be used in hundreds of designs. Then, fiber artist Shelly Gilliland joins Heather Grant with ideas for a quilting Service Day. Finally, join textile artist Chawne Kimber and watch secondary patterns emerge as she pieces log cabin designs with very small strips.

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In a previous life, Jen Carlton Bailly probably sold you a pair of jeans or khakis at the Gap. Today you’ll find her covered in thread and searching down the latest inspiration for a quilt. A self-proclaimed master at curves, she finds pleasure in creating quilts with secondary patterns that make you stop and wonder. Originally from Utah, Jen found her way to Portland, Oregon via Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Seattle. While Portland is amazing, she misses the dry desert and the Rocky Mountains. Jen has a love for cats, cats on quilts, cats wearing costumes, baking, sewing, gin rummy, fabric, Vespas, and the Oxford comma. Jen has no love for Radiohead (she knows, she knows), socks, wool (she’s allergic), Candyland, and being called Jenny.

Shelly Gilliland is a birth doula, as well as an avid reader, writer and quilter. She’s been quilting for about 10 years and her crazy, wild colors and eclectic patterns have morphed her into a modern quilter. Shelly lives in northeast Indiana, and enjoys as many quilt retreats per year as humanly possible while building her fabric stash by the yard wherever and whenever possible. She follows her grandkids’ school and sports activities with a vengeance, and in their spare time Shelly and her husband like to travel, camp, and watch college basketball.

Chawne Kimber is an award-winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidered works in art galleries and at festivals across the United States. She prefers precision improv and handwork in quilting and is often found sewing smaller and smaller. When not manipulating cotton, Chawne is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.