We are happy to introduce another talented member of the 2020 Island Batik Brand Ambassador team! Please, welcome Jennifer Fulton, a quilter who is passionate about color, fabrics, and design! Jennifer loves to share what she learns with other quilters, which is why she named her blog The Inquiring Quilter.
Jennifer made her first quilt when she was 36: ” I’d taken a class to make a sampler quilt but hadn’t finished it when I got pregnant. I immediately got the urge to make a baby quilt and selected a rather complicated pattern without knowing how hard it would be to make even with a class! As a result I didn’t finish it until she was 5. I consider it my first quilt even though in those five years I did make other quilts (simpler ones) to learn the craft. The baby quilt sample was quite scrappy, so before the class I spent several hours selecting scraps for the baby quilt from a scrap barrel at my lqs. We were taught to cut our scraps using a template we were provided so the process was tedious. The quilt was basically HSTs and square in square blocks, so it didn’t take me long to discover that there was an easier way to make the blocks. But I learned over time how to piece properly and to square up my blocks and eventually I finished the top and even quilted it myself using straight line quilting. Although the result is not perfect, it’s a lovely quilt all the same and my daughter loves it.”
Quilt made for the 2019 Island Batik A Piece Of Blog Hop. Jennifer used the fabric from Island Batik Magical Reef collection, designed by Kathy Engle, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To read more about the quilt, please visit: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2019/11/11/my-day-on-the-island-batik-a-piece-of-blog-hop
When it comes to quilting style, Jennifer likes to think of herself as a modern traditionalist. She often mixes fresh modern fabrics with traditional blocks or play with modern quilting motifs to create a fresh, modern look on a traditional quilt.
Becky Quilt, created for 2020 January Island Batik challenge, Let’s Get Scrappy. Jennifer used the fabric from Island Batik Seedlings collection, designed by Kathy Engle, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To read more about the quilt, please visit: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2020/1/27/my-january-island-batik-challenge.
Working on a new quilt design, Jennifer has a go-to color: “I love purple and often start there. But regardless of the colors I choose for a quilt, I rely on color theory principles to choose an appealing combination. For example, I often pair green and purple in my quilts because they are complementary, or purple/blue/teal because they are analogous”.
Quilt made for 2020 Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop. Jennifer used the fabric from Island Batik Jewel Box line, designed for Colourwerx by Kathy Engle, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To read more about the quilt, please visit: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2020/02/19/my-day-on-the-island-batik-log-cabin-blog-hop.
Jennifer is extremely curious about everything quilting: “I will use whatever techniqué is suited to my project, whether that’s traditional piecing, machine or hand appliqué, or paper piecing. I love learning new skills to broaden my quilting knowledge because you never know when that techniqué will help you solve a problem with a quilt”.
17 gorgeous Jennifer’s patterns appeared in her book, Quilting (Idiot’s Guides), that will turn any novice into an expert quilter in no time with hundreds of eye-catching, full-color photos, professional illustrations, and clear step-by-step instructions.
Make sure to follow Jennifer on social media to see what fabulous projects she creates:
Facebook: The Inquiring Quilter
Website: The Inquiring Quilter