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About Jennifer Patterson and Quilted in Clay

Quilted in Clay is a small family business that grew from my lifetime interest in the world of art. Over many years, I had explored a number of mediums, but in 1991 as a stay-at-home mom I began sewing soft sculpture dolls and painted woodcrafts and selling them at local craft shows.

Jennifer at a quilt show in her Quilted in Clay booth.Two years later, I discovered polymer clay and was so enthralled with it that I became a member of the International Polymer Clay Guild immediately.

I started out sculpting character figures, gnomes, and fairies then learned a new technique called millifiori to make canes in patterns so I could make clothes for my "little people". By adding the use of a clay gun I could also put together designs for their clothing, and use the remnants to make jewelry.

As it turned out, my designs resembled quilt blocks, and customers began asking for specific jewelry designs such as the Ohio Star, Log Cabin, and more. It was a challenge replicating quilt block designs, but I also watched the business escalate as a result of my efforts.

In 1996, I decided to expand from craft shows to quilt shows, and the rest is history! Oftentimes, we are literally selling our creations "hot out of the oven".

My "baby" is now 20-years old, and out in the world making her own way; my husband helps run the business as we keep getting busier. Today, I specialize in jewelry based on traditional, recognizable quilt blocks. Even after all these years I’m never at a loss for patterns, projects, methods, color combinations or inspiration when working with polymer clay. We spend a lot of time together traveling across the country selling my product at Quilt shows.

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