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Emma Jean Jansen

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Emma Jansen
Ballarat, Australia
Textile and Quilt Designer

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I started sewing when I was a young girl. I was lucky to have a mother who was always sewing, not just quilts but lots of our clothes too. I helped her with her patchwork, advising on colour and helping to cut out squares for her quilts, with scissors of course there were no rotary cutters in those days. My mum was always patient with me and helped me learn any craft I showed an interest in. She would be called an enabler these days.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I made my first patchwork cushion cover at 9 and from that young age I was hooked! It was hand pieced and hand quilted. I also created felt mice, designed and made my own cross stitches.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I love Jen Kingwell's patterns, they are full of such amazing colour combinations and I am a big fan of Alison Glass and her range of Handcrafted fabrics. They are so different and gorgeous!

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

I live at my parents house in a room downstairs that is not connected internally to the house. I have everything in that room including my bed, couch and all my sewing stuff. It's lucky I am organised and tidy otherwise I couldn't work in that area.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I will watch anything and everything while I am sewing. I especially love crime shows!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I do love to crochet and also creating mosaic pieces. Unfortunately I don't get much time because I have to design quilts to make my living!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Grand Designs
Pearl Jam
The Big Lebowski
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Fabric Brand
Ella Blue :)
Sewing accessory or Tool
Hera Marker