Jane Reents lives in Wauconda, IL. She grew up sewing her own clothing; making the transition to quilting easy. After a shop hop, she received an email from quiltfabric.com! (A certified Judy Niemeyer shop) She saw the most beautiful quilt advertizing a class. Immediately she signed up in January 2010.There she began her first Judy Niemeyer project, Glacier Star. Jane was so excited after the first class! Learning to foundation paper piece was so easy and organized. After the first class, she went online and researched on this “Judy Niemeyer” who she hadn’t heard of before. (Being a fairly new quilter she didn’t know any pattern creators.) She knew immediately she wanted to become a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor.
Jane took her first class with Judy at Stitchin’ Heaven in Mineola, Texas in April 2012. In June 2012, she attended another class with Judy in Kalispell, MT; again in 2013, and again in 2014 getting certified.
Jane focuses on making as many of Judy’s quilts as time allows, in order to teach other people Judy’s techniques at local Chicago area fabric shops.
Growing up in central Iowa on a farm; she worked in the fields and with livestock beside her father. (One of dad’s “boy’s.”) She learned how to grow a vegetable garden and “can” food for the winter from her mom. Being involved in 4-H and for eight years taught Jane to sew clothing, refurbish old furniture, grow award winning flower gardens, vegetable gardens, cook, and bake. Jane also has experience in knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint, ceramics, and sewing clothing.
After high school, she became a Cosmetologist buying in her own salon she bought at age 19. When her eldest son graduated from high school she began going to college part time. After 7 years she graduated with a BA in Special Education teaching at nearby schools. When she got very sick she began to sew again. She made purses and table runners. Her first quilt was a Dresden Plate queen size quilt which she made 7 years ago for her mother’s 90th birthday.