ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jenna's interest in needle arts began at an early age. Taught by her mother and grandmothers, she learned to sew at the age of 8, then went on to learn cross-stitch, embroidery, crochet, and, most importantly, quilting.
In addition to needle arts, Jenna also developed an interest in pencil and charcoal sketching and has dabbled in water color as well. Putting the art and fabric together was a natural choice. However, art remained a hobby when she attended the University of Colorado. She graduated in 1991 with a BSBA in Accounting.
Ten years later, in October of 2001, 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 Jenna created her first stole and matching set of paraments. She went on to design and create Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time for Peace Lutheran. During that time, the Pastor introduced her to Jeff, the manager of the Augsburg Fortress store in Austin. Jeff took a few stoles on commission and the business began to grow.
Jenna set up a studio and office in her home and was soon setting up booths at 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. Jenna began designing and writing patterns. The patterns eventually included more than religious designs. Today Cottonpatch Designs features a full line of distinctive and original quilt patterns.
Jenna has become a renowned Liturgical Textile 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 and abroad. Her art quilts have been featured in exhibitions at the Diocesan Fine Arts Gallery and the Cana 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."
When not in her studio, Jenna is an avid cyclist. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking and birding with her husband Scott. They live in Round Rock, Texas. They have four children and one grandson, all of whom live in the Austin area.
Jenna is a member of the American Quilters Society, International Quilt Association, The Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space, and Artists Celebrating Christ.