About Me

Here's me in a Nutshell! 
This is me! Jenifer Dick 
Early Years
I began quilting in 1993 when on a whim I signed up for a beginning quiltmaking class. I was buying cross stitch supplies (that was my first crafy love!) at a quilt shop when I saw a flyer for a beginner's class. The project was all done by hand, which was good because I didn't own a machine at the time. I loved cross stitching, but I saw what the quilting girls were doing with all the colors and fabrics and I was a bit envious. I wanted to see what it was all about! From that first stitch I was hooked! You know that feeling you get when you're quilting? Part exhilaration, part zen? I had that in spades!

I spent the next eight years getting married, having three babies and moving five times to three different states and yes, quilting! In 2001, I discovered appliqué and it changed my quilting life. I have been speaking to guilds and teaching appliqué to quiltmakers ever since. In 2005, I wrote my first book, Grapefruit Juice and Sugar for Kansas City Star Quilts.

Since then, I've written four more books - The Circuit Rider's Quilt, Quilt Retro, Stories in Stitches and The Modern Appliqué Workbook - with another on the way in 2018. And my work has been published in many other books and magazines.

42 Quilts
In 2009, the year I turned 42, I started this blog - 42 Quilts. Back then I had a ridiculous idea that I would make 42 quilts in a year. That didn't happen, but the blog continued! Today 42 Quilts focuses on educating new quilters and providing fun for experienced quilters! The fun carries over to Facebook on my page 42 Quilts. Click like over there so you don't miss any of the quilty fun! And also join me on Instagram @jeniferdick

Kansas City Star Quilts
For a while, I was an editor at Kansas City Star Books where I worked with such talented people as Bonnie Hunter, Betsy Chutchian and Dawn Heese. I have a journalism degree and was a magazine editor in a former life, so this was a perfect marriage of my professional training and my love of quilting. But that career wan't destined to last as KC Star Quilts was sold to C&T Publishing a couple of years back.

Everyday Stitches
With the ending of my job, I needed a change. That's when Trisch Price and I decided to start our own pattern company. In 2015 we started Everyday Stitches as an outlet to share our patterns outside the confines of a book. Our goal is to marry our knowledge of publishing with our quilt designs to produce quality, fun-to-make quilts for everyday stitchers! We currently offer 10 patterns with more being added soon. Click here to see the entire line of patterns.

Today, I live in Harrisonville, Mo., with my husband and 2 cats. We are all adjusting to the empty nest left when the 3 kids grew up and left. But, that leaves me with more time to spend in the studio!

Contact me at jenifer (at) 42quilts.com

For my complete schedule, click here.
For a list of my lectures, trunk shows and workshops, click here.

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