A full-time artist, Jamie is an avid illustrator and sewer. Her dream studio, less than a song away from her house, is the place she most frequents to draw, sew, paint, and sometimes even dream while sprawled out on her red and white polka dot couch!
Influenced at an early age by her grandmother who taught her to sew, Jamie made her first quilt in 1981. It was years later when Jamie took the leap into the world of art quilting and earned the nickname, ‘rebel quilter.’ Her innovative style involves fusible appliqué by fusing fabrics onto wool-blended felt rather than traditional batting. Her whimsical wall quilts have bright colors in commercial cottons, and her edgy pieces are black, white and red and sometimes sport a zipper. Jamie draws her inspiration from her imagination, as well as, textures from what she sees on a walk or while shopping at her favorite antique mall that become part of her sketchbooks. Signature motifs are houses that balance cups and saucers on their roofs, faces, dresses, and zippers. Shares Jamie, “My quilts are all about having fun, and less about perfection.”
Jamie teaches at Craft Napa, in sewing stores, and offers intimate studio workshops. She is an ambassador for Havel's Sewing and Mistyfuse. She is also a StencilGirl designer. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines such as Quilting Arts Magazine. Jamie has two DVDs on house making and rebel quilting. She has been a guest on The Quilt Show and Quilting Arts TV. Her work is exhibited across the United States in private, public and corporate collections. She is one half of the curating team of Dinner at Eight Artists with Leslie Tucker Jenison. When not in the studio, she enjoys cooking and entertaining, reading, gardening, travel, swimming and hanging with the fam. Jamie resides with her husband in Orange, California. Look for Jamie’s self-published hand drawn coloring books, Whimsical Inspirations and Whimsical Quilts and Notions on her blog Twisted Sister.