My blog tells about my creative ponderings, stitched efforts, my travels and sources of inspiration. If you have any questions about what I'm making, the tools I use, or where I got my inspiration from, email me at jessicaintheforest (at) yahoo (dot) com. I try to link back to books or other blogs when I can.
I have loved quilts since I was quite young, having first been exposed to the quilts made by my great grandmother. She passed away when I was 10, but I can still remember the time she asked me to thread a needle for her. I started my first quilt in 1994 when I was 14 -- 3" squares in a random scrappy pattern.
George came along in October '08, shortly after we moved to NY, and for a while I thought I couldn't quilt and be a mom at the same time. Then Shannon Baker came back into my life, and her weekly phonecalls have helped me find balance and the itch to sew since then. I'm sure it's obvious from the blog, but I love scrap quilts, one patch quilts, and improvisational piecing. I don't think I have a "style" yet, I'm still trying out a bunch of things..
On the non-quilty side of things: I got my BA in East Asian Language & Literature from Smith College in 2001. I lived in Japan for 2 years, one spent studying at Doshisha University in Kyoto, the other teaching English in a high school in southern Hokkaido. I started my Masters in Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston in January '08 and transfered to Hofstra University in Sept '09. I love teaching English and studying about languages, and I'd love to get in touch with other ESL teachers, let me know if you're reading!
(backdated, updated 2/8/10)