Who am I?

Fallingforpieces is really just Jill, a 20 something, tattooed, mennonite quilter and crafter.  I love creating, fabric, color, hand work…basically I love keeping busy trying to make beautiful stuff.

How does one develop such a passion? When I was seven I designed a very pixelated “quilt” on our texas instrument computer (so 80s, I know) and declared I was going to have Ma, my beloved grandmother, teach me to make it. I did not exactly recreate that texas instrument quilt, but my grandmother did help me make my first 9 patch, which we sewed into a pillow cover, still residing in my former bedroom at my parents’ house. I was totally hooked.

When I left grad school, my focus turned from making a few gifts here and there to turning my passion into a small side business.   I got hooked on using upcycled or recycled materials, mostly due to the fact that Durham, NC has the most awesome creative reuse center EVER.  What could be better than affordable, unique, and eco friendly?  I actively tried to find ways to use crafting for good, making quilts and knitting scarves for the homeless shelters I worked in, donating a few quilts for charity fundraisers and the like.  And I got busy learning the ropes of running an etsy shop and just generally figuring out how to mix business in with the crafting thing.

I’ve recently relocated myself and my massive fabric stash to Harrisburg, Pa for a new job and now I’m working on finding new ways to fit a creative life into a 9-5 schedule.  I do still maintain my little etsy shop on the side, but I’m pretty busy with gifts right now.  And to me, gift giving is the very best part of being a quilter, so I’d say that means things are going pretty well.

Want to get in touch?  Contact me via email jill.stemple(a)gmail.com


6 responses to “Who am I?

  1. Hi Jill, I just looked at your blog, which your Mom provided. I am so happy to see and read what you are doing. I hope our church group can assist and learn from you! Your Grandma was even at our meeting last night. I sure have very little creative ability, but I do collect fabric and make some attempts when I am not working in the maple sugar camp or otherwise. Thanks so much for sharing. I will keep reading your blog, the first one, actually, I have ever read online! Love, Lois Brant

  2. Hi, Jill! I popped over to your blog after reading your sweet comment about my Bloggers’ Quilt Festival entry, “Hope”. And yes, it is a hard ministry when you lose the people you make the quilts for – we added quilts for newborns last year just to take the sting out a little bit! But it’s totally worth it – I absolutely know that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing right now! Thank you for stopping by, and I do hope you’ll come visit again, soon and often! Sarah

  3. Hi Jill!

    Popped over since you commented on my Bloggers’ Quilt Festival entry and wow, we have a lot in common! Shall I list the ways?
    1) Age
    2) Generational artiness
    3) Gifting early work
    4) Quilting-sewing-crocheting-knitting
    5) “Green” arting (I like the “art” part of “arts and crafts”)
    6) Southern
    7) God stuff

    Hooray! So pleased to meet you!

  4. Hi Jill,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m excited to see yours and check out what you’re making!

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