Jen Kingwell


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Jen has been lucky in her life to have had two wonderful careers. Her first love was midwifery and she felt honoured to be included in life’s most precious every day miracles. She doesn’t know where her love of fabrics came from, her mother was not a sewer but she does know she has always been fascinated by colour and pattern. Like many she tried different crafts and stumbled into quilting over 30 years ago and there she has remained. An interest became an obsession which then became her career, including teaching and designing. She has owned quilt stores for 15 years and currently owns amitie Textiles in Melbourne Australia www.amitie.com.au and Instagram @amitie_textiles. The store offers an eclectic mix of fabrics including Japanese, Liberty of London, linens from Europe, french toiles and a wide collection of patchwork fabrics of course including Moda!!

She describes herself as a traditional quilter with a modern twist. Loves scrappy quilts and the more fabrics she can use in a single project the happier she is. In her perfect world she would hand stitch everything but with today’s busy lifestyle she does machine piece as well. Hand appliqué and quilting are among her favourite pastimes.

Jen is married and has 3 fabulous daughters Meg, Abby and Lucy who are by far her very best designs. She currently lives in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi UAE with her husband Richard who is working there. She has left the store in the capable hands of Lucy, her youngest daughter and the experienced staff. This has enabled her to spend more time expanding and developing her range of patterns, write her book “Quilt Lovely” which will be released in February 2015 and design her first line of fabric.

  • Delilah
    Happy New Year.2017 is the year of Delilah. This is a new Template of the Month program that will be available from 32 stores world wide. I'm so excited to be introducing this to you and hopefully there will be a store near by so you can join in the fun!Here... Read more »
  • Life from a different angle
    Last year Moda designers/families were asked to write about life in the weeks leading up to quilt market.My husband wrote mine and kept it relatively nice. Tonight I'm being real!!! I prepared a lovely dinner, and poured a glass of bubbles for making it through the day and crossing some things... Read more »
  • Tagging gun
    This little machine is one of my favourite tools. As you all know I am a hand stitcher but every now and then when deadlines are pressing I dust off my machine. I baste all my quilts for both hand and machine quilting with these little tags. The advantages for... Read more »
  • The Splendid Sampler
    Welcome if you've arrived here as part of The Splendid Sampler. www.thesplendidsampler.com I'm so chuffed to be part of this amazing group of quilters. Thank you Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson for including me.For those who don't know, I'm one of those crazy hand stitchers. I can feel my blood pressure... Read more »
  • Winterquiltfest
    I have always known how absolutely hopeless I am at social media!!! But Amy Smart has really shown me just how bad I am.Last week I was so lucky to be part of Winterquiltfest in Logan Utah.12 months ago Amy Maxfield emailed me and asked if I would come to... Read more »
  • Row, row, row your row
    Today it's my/Betsys turn in the Moda all stars blog hop (technically it was the 26th)Last year I was super happy to be asked to be part of this great collaboration between Moda and Martingale.  A book containing 24 rows and a selection of filler rows for you to create... Read more »
  • Blog hop
    All the good folk who participated in the making of rows are having some fun this week with a blog hopHere is the schedule for you to follow along18-JanBrenda Riddle  Carrie Nelson http://brendariddle.blogspot.com/http://blog.modafabrics.com/19-JanCorey Yoder  Janet  Clarehttp://www.littlemissshabby.com/http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/20-JanMe & My Sister  Barbara Brackmanhttp://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/21-JanPat Sloan  Edyta Sitarhttp://blog.patsloan.com/http://laundrybasketquilts.com/22-JanCamille Roskelley  Kathy Schmitzhttps://www.instagram.com/thimbleblossoms/http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/23-JanSweetwater  Blackbird Designshttp://www.thesweetwaterco.com/?page_id=8853http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/24-Jan Anne Sutton  Laurie Simpson  http://bunnyhillblog.com/http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/25-Jan Lisa Bongean Joanna Figueroahttp://lisabongean.com/http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/26-JanBetsy Chutchian Jen Kingwellhttp://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/http://jenkingwelldesigns.blogspot.com/27-JanKate Spain  Sandy Gervaishttp://katespain.com/http://piecesfrommyheart.net/28-JanKaari... Read more »
  • New BOM
    It's been a while but it's all ready to go.LONG TIME GONE is the name of the 2016 program. This reflects the years I lived in the Middle East and the fact that this poor quilt was "lost" twice. Packed in the container it had a slow trip back home... Read more »
  • Fun times
    August and September saw me travelling to New Zealand and Norway.I so enjoyed both of these amazingly beautiful countries. Today I will pop on a few pics of NZFrom the snowy mountain tops to the rugged coast line.I visited 3 great stores Kitz n Thingz in Invercargill, Cottage Flair in... Read more »
  • A CHAT WITH PAT
    Before I went to Quilt market I had the pleasure of recording an interview with Pat SloanI'm a bit late to the party and letting you know but I didn't always have inet coverage and missed the date. Sorry Pat and thank you!You can tune in and check out more here... Read more »
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