Faculty » Jennifer Houlden
Jennifer is Canadian, a nurse by profession, and lives with her husband and 3 animals in the magnificent Ontario township of Oro-Medonte. She is extremely passionate about quilting, teaching and designing.
One day, long after the first quilt she made for her niece at the age of 12, she was reintroduced to quilt making. A new shop had opened up in Yellowknife, NT, Canada where she decided she was going to learn how to quilt. It didn’t take long before she was soaking up every piece of information she could, taking every class available and buying all the cool fabric, tools and gadgets. Her husband shook his head at her jumping in with both feet and thought it would just be another passing fad like all the other crafts she had pursued in the past. He was certainly wrong as here she is ten years later designing, teaching and pattern writing.
While living in the Canadian Arctic she was very lucky to be able to take a number of quilting classes from local instructors and instructors the guild brought in from all over Canada and the USA. Her horizons broadened in the quilt world with every new class she took and every new technique she was exposed to. Jennifer soon developed a love for movement within quilts or the illusion of movement.
From the Arctic, Jennifer along with her family moved to the Australian Outback where her quilting experiences and horizons grew even more. This is where her passion for quilting really blossomed as a whole new world of challenges was available. Through online classes she was introduced to the world of quilt design in both traditional and artistic quilting endeavors. Along the way she was fortunate to meet some wonderful Australian quilting teachers who have had a great influence on her designing today. This is when she was introduced to Arbee Designs. Her relationship with Ruth Blanchet and the company has kept growing over the last couple years.
Quilting is no longer just a past time for Jennifer but now part of her life. Everyday she works on quilting in one form or another whether it be designing, writing, sewing or teaching. Everywhere around her, she finds inspiration for patterns and the landscape art quilts she designs. Quilting has provided Jennifer wonderful opportunities for travel, meeting people and broadening her horizons as well as teaching her to see the world in a totally different light.
You can visit Jennifer's blog at www.quiltsbyjen.com