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Damask Heart Bookmark

17 Mar, 2010 by in Uncategorized 16 comments

Here’s a little history of who I am and how I became Artfully Sew.

I grew up here in Wisconsin and love my farming state. My husband, Tom and our three children currently live in the country. I love the inspiration I have out here with the sand hill cranes, fields of crops, and beautiful sunsets. I have always love to create things, but it wasn’t until the last 10 years that I started quilting. Traditional quilting got old for me quite quickly. I didn’t like the utility side of constructing quilts, stitching square after square together. Then my best friend’s mom gave me a box full of hand dyed material, some Quilting Arts Magazines and taught me how to use fusible webbing – I was hooked!

Most of my designs are original; meaning I came up with the pattern on my own, but I am inspired by other artists, nature and photography (my husband, Tom is a photographer). The creation process is the fun part for me. I often don’t have a final project in mind but create as I go. Fun, fun, fun!

In September 2009 one of my quilts was featured at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. This was a juried show and I was honored to be accepted into the show. The local paper did an article about my quilt in the show. Here’s the link if you want to read even more about my stuff:

I am also a musician. I love to sing and play guitar, piano and even accordion! I work part time at my church, Fond du Lac Community Church ( as the Music Ministry Assistant.

My favorite job of all has been being a wife and mother to my family. I am blessed beyond comprehension and will keep quilting, mothering and making music as long as God allows me. I am a simple girl, simply put. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I can’t keep a poker face. It’s taken me years to be okay with that – to accept myself just as I am, just as my Creator accepts me as I am. That’s why I often sign things with that phrase, “Just as I am”, because that’s who I am!

So, thank you for visiting my Artfully Sew Shop! Please stop by often and I hope that I’ve brightened your day with my little store of quilted and embroidered things.

Just as I am,

Angela Jean

This Damask Heart bookmark is an original design that is machine stitched with damask cotton fabric and a bit of soft pink fabric accented around the edges. It is hand embroidered with a blanket stitch and the back is finished with black felt.

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