Saturday, February 28, 2009

Alice and thanks, and a new piece

Alice has so far received a massive EIGHTY parcels. She is utterly blown away by your kindness and all the notes - you are just extraordinary people.

Thank you.

I have news too. I put an entry into the Bernina Friends competition for an 830 - and the CEO of Bernina International, Mr Claude Dreyer, has bought it before the judging.

I am so thrilled.

Below is the blurb,and some images.

You can make Anything on a Bernina - or Anywhere, or Anyone.


This is Mohamed Sa'ad in Cairo, Egypt. He is the caretaker of the
Mosque where he used to do the call to prayer as a muezzin. His voice
wore out and the
mosque is under repair and so he lives here with his wife and
daughter. The door behind him is stunning - dark wood and ornate
bronze and silver.

I wanted to make something special for Bernina as I owe them an
enormous debt of gratitude for help and support over the years. They
have lent me machines in locations all over the world - they have
flown me to classes all over the world. They even delivered a machine
to a hospital hostel for me when my daughter was badly burnt and I had
a quilting deadline.

I wanted something in my style as requested - and that was hard as my
style is pictorial and representational. I wanted something to
fascinate and hold people's gaze, and to pull them in for a closer
look. I wanted something with a different technique - the sort of
technique that might make people wonder how it was done. The 8 as a
theme was a problem and I am aware that I have not made this a theme
in the way that others will - but the stone walls have red numbers on
them for the buildings and though the mosque did not have a number -
it does now!

The quilt is made with cottons, some commercial and a few hand dyed,
the batting is Matilda's Own Wool Mix Batting, I used Mettler and
Signature threads, and silver foiled jersey.



Jenny Bowker


Blogger norma said...

Congratulations on your sale. It truly is an amazing quilt. I can see why they bought it.

7:40 am  
Anonymous Dale Anne said...

This is a FABULOUS piece and I'm sure the CEO will LOVE seeing it everyday in his office.
ENJOY that new 830!!!

7:43 am  
Blogger Mandi said...

Congratulations! That is really'll love the machine!

8:14 am  
Blogger pcoxdesign said...

Congrats to you! And a beautiful piece as well!! Thanks for sharing your good news and art.

8:18 am  
Blogger Sandy said...

Well of course they are thrilled! The piece is amazing and such a way to show off your Bernina skills! Congratulations, Jenny. It's beautiful.

9:28 am  
Anonymous Munaiba said...

Congratulations Jenny it's stunning! Also, I'm pleased so many people responded to Alice's plight. I gave the details to some ladies in the US who wanted to help one particular quilter.

Thanks for letting us know all your news.

9:32 am  
Blogger Kristin L said...

Wonderful! It's everything you set out for it to be. Your portraits are so fantastic and personal. Congratulations on the well earned sale.

9:40 am  
Blogger Leah said...

Congratulations! It's another wonderful quilt, and definitely suitable for a CEO.

9:51 am  
Blogger Di said...

It's just stunning, Jenny! Congratulations!

10:12 am  
Blogger RHONDA said...

Oh, wow, Jenny! Every time I see your latest quilt and think you can't possibly improve on your design skills and expertise, you make another jump and I am left openmouthed. This is just wonderful. No wonder he bought it. Thanks so much for showing us.

10:44 am  
Blogger Jenny F said...

Fabulous... stunning... what else can I say?
Jenny F

10:49 am  
Blogger lizzieb said...

congratulations on a well deserved award. I have always admired your work but even more, your sensitivity to other cultures where you have traveled. Your ability to capture the essence of the area and people is tremendous. Well done!

10:49 am  
Blogger Khris said...

OMG Jenny your work is just amazing. You are truly talented. Hugs Khris in Oz

p.s. and how wonderful for Alice to get her parcels...what a wonderful world we live in

11:31 am  
Anonymous Gloria Hansen said...

Jenny, what a fantastic piece! Just gorgeous! And congratulations on your sale.

2:37 pm  
Blogger Judy said...


Absolutely stunning quilt! Congratulations!

3:43 pm  
Blogger Nola said...

Just incredible work, Jenny. Yout talent never ceases to amaze me. I'm so glad it's been recognised in this way. Congratulations!

4:19 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

WOW, I am in awe, tis piece is stunning

6:41 pm  
Blogger Banaghaisge said...

Jenny - it is a fabulous quilt. Congratulations, you are a glowing jewel in quilting's crown!

6:49 pm  
Blogger One Little Thread said...

Your work is truly inspiring and the recognition so well deserved. Congratulations,
Alison, Singapore

10:08 pm  
Blogger Lazy Gal Tonya said...

this quilt is stunning. you have outdone yourself.

11:28 pm  
Blogger 71square said...

Amazing! As always.

1:52 am  
Blogger Loreen Leedy said...

Kudos to you! It’s a memorable image, beautifully executed.

8:08 am  
Blogger j.dávila said...

The quilt is gorgeous, the story moving and you are amazing. Congratulations! jane

1:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful, Jenny. Congratulations

6:39 pm  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

I am in awe of your skills Jenny, as is my husband, he could not believe your wonderful pictures were made of fabric. He tells me I should have a go..... maybe once I have finished schooling my girls I might have more time.

I am glad so many parcels made their way to Alice, it was so rewarding for me to send something.

7:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing piece, Jenny, well done - the WORK You put in to everything you do inspires me. CONGRATS!!

11:27 pm  
Anonymous sion said...

beautiful, congratulations.

11:31 pm  
Blogger Ann Ferguson said...

Another inspirational quilt! I moved from Darwin to Brisbane seven years ago, and went to the brisbane Ekka. Your quilt using the star block combined with the figurative rocks and tree scenery was on display. (I think one of the sewing machine companies used it in their advertising so it was in many magazines.)I was so thrilled to see it in the flesh,so to speak, and to have moved to a place with easy access to a variety of beautiful quilts and quilting oportunities. I am looking forward to seeing you in Maleny at the International Women's Day Lunch.

7:31 am  
Blogger Claire O'Connor said...

Jenny, I am a new quilter and delighted to have stumbled upon your blog! Your quilts are inspiring to me and really blow my mind as to what is possible. Thank you for blazing a path! And congrats on your sale -- what a wonderful story to have sold it in that way!

1:57 am  
Blogger AmosSews said...

A stunning quilt. Congratulations.

4:46 am  
Blogger Kathleen McKenna Murphy said...

Congratulations! What a huge honor! The quilt is fabulous-every detail.

12:39 am  
Blogger Chocolate Cat said...

This is an absolutely amazing piece of art . You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your work. ( I'm thinking it might help me if I upgrade to a Bernina!!!)

2:33 pm  
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