As the daughter of a tailor and pattern cutter Jenny Barlow become acquainted with the sewing world at the tender age of three. Jenny's love for sewing didn't diminish as the years progressed and her passion for quilting began in 1979. Since then she has enjoyed the tutelage of many experienced and qualified teachers, learning a wide variety of skills, including the sewing machine and hand stitching.
Jenny launched her own teaching career in 1992 and has enjoyed a rich tapestry of teaching experiences nationally, usually running workshops for up to 18 students for each session, passing on her knowledge, experience, skills and most of all her enthusiasm for quilting. Jenny also talks to groups about the history of quilting, quilting styles and methods, arousing interest in those who may have never attempted quilting before.
Jenny brings some very impressive antique quilts with her to the talks. She has some quilts dating back to the late 1800s. They are a living history! Historically quilts were primarily used by people needing a cheap way to keep warm: quilts can be used time and again as they can be unpicked and re-sewn. Our ancestors were recycling things even then.
Both Jenny's workshops and talks are delivered in a friendly, easy to understand way. Her specialist areas of quilting knowledge are Durham and Welsh quilting. (Durham quilting is more about free flowing designs and the Welsh had more Celtic origins - knot work etc).
Students are encouraged to make their own patterns from scratch and many items found around the house can be used as templates for them - such as old cushion covers. No need to go to the expense of buying patterns. Let Jenny's energy and enthusiasm for quilting capture your imagination!