ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jenna's interest in needle arts began at an early age. Taught by her mother and grandmother, she learned to sew at the age of 8, then went on to learn cross-stitch, embroidery, and crochet.
In 1984, Jenna made a baby quilt for her first-born and she was hooked!
Then in 2001, something amazing happened! The Pastor of Jenna's church (Peace Lutheran in Austin, TX), commissioned her to make a 30th Anniversary quilted banner. When the banner was completed, the Pastor asked if it could be used for Advent as well, and a stole and matching set of paraments was commissioned. The seeds for Cottonpatch Designs were planted!
Shortly after her first commission, Diana (a member of Peace) joined Jenna. The two women worked out of Jenna's home and were soon attending religious conferences in Texas and getting commissions for custom work. It wasn't long before people began asking if patterns for some of the banners were available--more seeds were planted!
Diana left the studio in March of 2010 to pursue other interests.
Today, Jenna is a renowned Liturgical Artist and pattern designer. Her custom work lives in Africa, India, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the UK, Canada, Honduras, and in countless churches throughout the United States. Cottonpatch Designs patterns can be found in the hands of happy quilters across the United States.
She sets up her booth at Liturgical conferences and quilt shows throughout the year, and her art quilts make regular appearances at the Religious Art Gallery in Austin, Texas.
"My artwork is intended to enhance the beauty of the worship space (being created specifically for that space) and to provide a visual message for the worship experience. Broadly stated, the design elements and colors offer a visual interpretation of God's love for all of us, although every individual connects with my art in their own way; through their own faith experiences."
Jenna is a member of the American Quilters Society, International Quilt Association, The Society for Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, and Artists Celebrating Christ.