When I first discovered Jennifer Paganelli and her Sis Boom label, it was one of those jaw dropping, eye popping, world shaking moments. The kind of moment that leaves a mark on you for a long, long time. I remember stumbling on her blog and seeing the riot of color and pattern. Flower Power and Mod Girls, two of her first collections for Free Spirit, were so far removed from traditional quilt fabrics–it made me crazy happy to think there was a market out there for this exuberant, feminine, wild-at-heart look. By this time, I was already a die hard Jane Sassaman fan. I worried that there weren’t enough people out there like me, who wanted more options when it came to quilting fabric. Then I saw Jennifer’s fabric and it dawned on me. Things were changing, quite irrevocably, in the fabric world. Quilting would never be the same. Just how much it would change over the next six plus years, I could never have imagined even if you told me.
Nor could I imagine how much Jennifer (and Jane) would come to mean to me, personally and professionally. From the beginning, I have marveled at the way Jennifer shares her enthusiasm. It’s a no-holds-barred approach to creativity. If she loves it, you’re going to see it show up in her process at some point. Because that’s the way she is…she cannot help herself. She has to share. That generosity of spirit is something I appreciate a great deal.Another thing I will always be thankful for…the way she facilitates friendships. I’ve met great people in her comment section. No, seriously. Just ask Jenny or Rachael, or Judy or…well, just read what some of the others are saying. Start here on Jenny’s blog post. You’ll see a common thread. Jennifer’s bravery in sharing what’s in her heart and creating things that are true to her vision has affected a lot of people, who in turn are sharing inspiration with others. You don’t have to be into glitter and ruffles to appreciate that.
(If you’re wondering about my little Sis Boom present toppers, they’re quick and easy. You just need a circle of felt slightly smaller than the desired size, glue, Sis Boom scrap and something decorative for the center. Fold the scrap in half width-wise and start gluing it to the felt, beginning at the outer edge and working towards the center. Work carefully to conceal the folded edge of the previous row as you work your way around the circle. When you get to the center, cut off any extra length. Glue the button or jingle bell or whatever embellishment you’ve chosen to the center. Super simple!)