Jill Boyd (a.k.a. The Quilt Chef)
began quilting in 1992 when a friend loaned her “The It’s Okay If You Sit on My Quilt Book,” by Mary Ellen Hopkins—along with a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. She drafted her first quilt design on graph paper and used a half-inch seam allowance. A year later, she took her first beginning quilting class.
Later, Jill found herself personalizing off-the-shelf quilt patterns. This was more inspiring and fun than simply “following the directions.” Soon, she was creating her own designs and teaching classes to customers. As her signature style developed and her quilt samples hung in the shop, customers began asking for published patterns and a new business was born.
Jill became The Quilt Chef
and started cooking with color. Today, she whips up quilt pattern recipes using a variety of fabric ingredients from her stash pantry, and spices up traditional quilting by experimenting with new quilt utensils and techniques.
A designer by nature, Jill creates geometric patterns that reflect her favorite style of quilting, machine piecing and machine quilting. She has worked at the Quilter’s Store since 1993 and is a huge contributor to its ever-changing fabric collection and displays. Jill enjoys demonstrating the latest tools and techniques, and loves to help other quilters cook up their next quilt projects.