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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

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Reader Comments (32)

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternorma

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDale Anne

Congratulations! That is really wonderful...you'll love the machine!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpcoxdesign

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.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

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.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMunaiba

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin L

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

It's just stunning, Jenny! Congratulations!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

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.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRHONDA

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!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzieb

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny F

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKhris

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

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Hansen


Absolutely stunning quilt! Congratulations!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

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

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNola

WOW, I am in awe, tis piece is stunning

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

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

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBanaghaisge

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

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOne Little Thread

this quilt is stunning. you have outdone yourself.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLazy Gal Tonya

Amazing! As always.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter71square

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

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoreen Leedy

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

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterj.dávila

Absolutely beautiful, Jenny. Congratulations

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

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