My Life in Words


I come from a family who made things. My father was a carpenter with a passion for making furniture. My mother sewed, crocheted, cooked and made a home on a shoestring. My grandmothers both quilted.

As a teenager, I found batik through a wonderful art teacher who allowed me the freedom to batik yards of fabric. I then cut them up into a pattern and wore the item I made. I was ecstatic.

I painted in my teens and twenties and my parents gracefully supplied me with oil paints and turpentine. When I needed an easel, my father took me to the shop where he worked and made me one. When he found unused and unwanted canvas, he brought it home and stretched it for me with wood from his shop at home.

I was indulged at every step of the way. I wasn’t ever told that I could not do something or that I should not do something. I was given freedom to chose my path in life. A blessed life I have lived, for sure.

I started quilting in 1987, needing something to do to keep busy during the day. I went on to teach quilting, participate in quilting shows, have several works published and one on permanent installation ……… and I sold them all.

I found knitting again, when I needed something to do, when my husband began his long terminal illness. And that simple knit, purl, repeat kept me sane. I couldn’t live without making things ……….



26 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah, mystery solved! Thanks for checking.


  2. Jennifer says:

    It’s fixed now! I just started a new theme and didn’t have the comment box checked. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ll see if I can see it!


  4. Well I’ve looked again, both directly on the site and also on WordPress’s reader version, and I don’t see it. I did like the post, so that wasn’t the ticket. ??


  5. Jennifer says:

    No I have comments on. I think it’s a link after you “like” the post it comes up Comment? I have comments set so that I moderate them on my WP Admin site. LOL I didn’t do that to begin with and you cannot imagine! I think I’m the only conservative, psychic, fiber artist, vegetarian on the planet!

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  6. I started following your blog this week. I don’t see a place to comment on your posts, but in the women’s march post, you said something about leaving comments. I wonder if you have comments turned off by accident. btw, I am with you on the protests and march.

    Melanie McNeil


  7. Jennifer says:

    So glad to be back! I have missed you too!


  8. suth2 says:

    Jenny, it was lovely to see that you are back on the web after your year of revitalisation. I was delighted to see that you are blogging again. I couldn’t find a spot to comment on your posts so I am doing so here. Heather


  9. Jennifer says:

    Oh that collar! Since I’ve been messing with it for two years – I’m good with putting it up!


  10. suth2 says:

    Jennifer, I can’t find the space where you can leave a comment on “I don’t like it” Maybe there is something wrong with my computer. I hope I can get ti fixed. I wanted to say that I hate doing swatches as I think of them as a waste of good knitting time. I really should get over it as a swatch is essential to making sure you get the right tension for your garment.
    Sorry you had trouble with your last sweater.


  11. Reading about your work and how you are gave me a real lift! And I was feeling pretty good already! Thanks!


  12. emeraldwake says:

    Hello,very nice Blog,keep going , Regards form Poland ๐Ÿ˜€


  13. Rachael says:

    Weird I know. I was named Jennifer at birth. When I began my career as a psychic, I changed it to Rachael – in 1987. Then in 2000 with a move to Canada, I went back to being Jennifer – I wasn’t reading any longer and it was too hard to explain that Rachael fit numerological and Jennifer didn’t and my spirit is Rachael ………. on and on. They wouldn’t have gotten it and I didn’t want to give it anyway. So now, in my metamorphosis from the good wife to the sexy lover, I’m back to being Rachael —— whew.

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  14. Jen says:

    I see so much of myself in your writing. (which I followed the bread crumbs to from your comment on my blog Yarnings… score !!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your name is not Rachel, but Jennifer? My name is Jennifer ! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Jennifer says:

    Thanks! The quilt in the sidebar isn’t one of my best but it’s one of two I still have pictures!


  16. suth2 says:

    I had no idea you had such wide ranging talent. I love following your blog but this is the first time I have read “About” as I was admiring the new layout on your blog.


  17. Jennifer says:

    I will – give me time to recover from the jacket thing. It’s awful ………..


  18. suzie81 says:

    Hi lovely! You were one of the first blogs I followed and Iโ€™m doing a little experiment. If you have a bit of time, would you take part? Donโ€™t worry if youโ€™re busy.


  19. Just to let you know that I finally published my Leibster Award post ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again for nominating me! You can read it here: but you should have also got a pingback on your own post x


  20. Ganesh says:

    Nice and interesting blog, Jennifer! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Jennifer says:

    Thank you thank you! That’s so “sweet”!


  22. WhiteTrinity says:

    Hi, I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award! Congratulations and thank you for your incredible contributions to the blogging community! Even if you donโ€™t pass it on, I hope I at least brought a smile to your face : )
    Cheers, Mrs. J


  23. Jennifer says:

    Ah I could live with less passion! My life is fiery! Thanks, Jennifer


  24. I envy your passion! I hope to read more about it–Your blog seems nifty!


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