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Meet the Tester - Jen Strauser a.k.a. The Dizzy Quilter

Meet the Tester 

I'm sew excited about my upcoming Sewing Hexessories pattern release, that I wanted to introduce to you to some of the amazing folks who helped to make sure that the pattern was clearly explained, easy to read and accurate for you. 

Meet Jen, a self confessed over-sharer who has been encouraging and supportive throughout this process for me.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your patchwork and quilting journey


Hi! I'm Jen Strauser, of Dizzy Quilter.  I'm in New Jersey, USA.  Currently I design quilts, teach quilting, and run a longarm quilting business.
Photo of Jen Strauser (The Dizzy Quilter)

I have been quilting for about 20 years, not counting my teenage attempt at patchwork. 

My favorite technique changes almost daily.  I'm a huge fan of English Paper Piecing, but I also enjoy modern improvisational styles, and I'm currently obsessed with needleturn appliqué. 


What does your workspace look like? 

I work in my basement studio.  Typically it looks like a lunatic with a short attention span has been working on 57 projects at once, because that is exactly what is happening. 

Have you been a pattern tester before? Show us your favourite pattern test projects.

I have tested patterns in the past.  I don't do it too often, as it is often hard to meet the time commitment.  My most recent favorite, aside from the Hexadoodle Sewing Hexessories, is the Diabolical Double Disappearing Diagonal Daydream, from Bramble Brains.  I've also tested for Tara Faughnan, Gotham Quilts, and Joanne Hart.  

Complete D5 Quilt designed by Bramblebrains and made by Jen Strauser

You can read more about this pattern test here

Tell us about your sewing hexessories. Did you make them with anyone in mind, or use special fabrics?


Sewing Hexessories Needlebook made by Jen Strauser with Island batik fabrics

I started out with the needle book, making one with some Island Batik scraps, because they are always on top of the scrap pile.  I decided to use a scrap of fancy ribbon and a vintage button from my grandma's button box.  

Sewing Hexessories designed by Alison Stothard, made by Jen Strauser from Island Batik fabrics

Sewing Hexessories designed by Alison Stothard, made by Jen Strauser from Island Batik fabrics

What would you say to someone thinking about making the Sewing Hexessories pattern?

The Sewing Hexessories pattern was so much fun to play with.  It's a great set of unique gifts for guild buddies or other sewing friends.  I especially appreciated that I was able to use up some tiny scraps of interfacing that I had been reluctant to toss.  They also work up really quickly.  We all need more quick little projects in our lives. 

If you could make a set of sewing hexessories for anyone (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

I would like to make a set for my grandmother.  She taught me embroidery as a child, and was so supportive of my beginning attempts at quilting.  I think she would have been delighted with a fancy set of hexessories. 

Where can we see more of your work? 

You can find too much information on me online!  I am a compulsive over-sharer.  

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Thanks for sharing Jen! - I always look forward to seeing your posts on IG and staying up to date with all the batik goodness on your blog!

The Sewing Hexessories pattern will be released on Friday 28th August 2020 

Sewing Hexessories pattern cover designed by Alison Stothard

Don't Forget! 

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Until next time folks, 

Happy Stitching!

Alison xx


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