Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Member Interview: Jane Rowland

This month's member interview is 2016's TVMQG President Jane Rowland. Enjoy!

My name is Jane Rowland and I live in Murrieta with my husband Keith. I was one of the initial quilters that started meeting together at the end of 2015 to form a new chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. We became the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild soon after. I enjoyed serving as President in 2016 and I designed our logo.

I was born and raised in Freeport, IL and I have three sisters and a twin brother. My mother taught me to sew at a young age. After college I married and moved to Stillwater, MN. We had our three boys in Minnesota and then moved to Murrieta in 2004 when my husband was transferred here for work. Our boys are 24, 22 and 20. The oldest lives and works in San Jose, and the younger two are in college in San Luis Obispo and San Diego!

I took my first quilting class in 1989 and soon afterwards I was hooked. My first project was tumbling blocks. Early on I fell in love with Kaffe Fassett’s fabric. I was drawn to his bright and his soft palettes as well as his bold florals and patterns. I have also made quilts entirely of his stripes and shot cottons. Somewhere along the way Modern Quilting became more defined and I realized I loved and felt consistently drawn in that direction. Eventually, more designers started to design fabrics that felt modern and that I liked. Some of my favorite fabric designers are Anna Marie Horner, Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander. My goals for the future include doing more improv work and more work with just solids!  Of course that is hard to do when I also want to use up my stash which is mostly patterns.

I used to work as a dental hygienist and a private music teacher. Besides quilting, my hobbies are playing the piano, violin and mandolin, cooking, baking, hiking, interior decorating, reading and searching for sea glass on the beach! A few months ago I went hang gliding for the first time at Torrey Pines and that was incredible!

I have never entered a contest or a quilt show because I am always trying to complete something for an upcoming birthday, graduation, wedding or new baby.  I have a large extended family and I have made graduation quilts for around 10 nieces, plus a few weddings and numerous baby quilts.  It seems I’m always making a quilt for a gift, so I don’t actually own very many quilts that I’ve made.  Some day I do hope to enter some of my work into shows.

I sew in my guest bedroom/sewing room.  It’s on the main floor and has good light and that’s why I like it for my sewing room.  It also has a walk-in closet with shelves for baskets full of my color-coordinated fabrics and bins with lesser-used fabrics and batting, etc.

Some of my favorite quilting books are “Liberated Quiltmaking II” by Gwen Marston,  “The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters” by Sherri Lynn Wood,  “15 Minutes of Play – Improvisational Quilts” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and “Wanderlust Quilts” by Amanda Leins.
A few blogs I follow are The Modern Quilt Guild, Quilting is my Therapy, Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts, Anna Marie Horner, Carolyn Friedlander and Orchid Owl Quilts.

Modern quilting appeals to me because there is so much being created that is different, new and sparks my imagination. I love that modern quilters see the sky as the limit. To me modern quilting means traditional elements created differently, improvisation, paper piecing, EPP, creating organically and so much more.   

I really appreciate the resources and webinars offered through the MQG as well as the support and the inspiration in the TVMQG.  You can find me on Instagram at @momentsbyjane!  

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