On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about building a career as a quilter, teacher, and designer with my guest, Leslie Tucker Jenison.

Leslie is an artist who makes contemporary quilts.  She creates surface designs with dye and paint, and photography frequently informs her designs, either literally or by way of inspiration.  Leslie has been a guest on The Quilt Show, Quilting Arts TV, Fresh Quilting, and more. Leslie’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Quilting Arts, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and Where Women Create: Quilters, as well as numerous books. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of corporate and private collections. She’s also a fabric designer for RJR Fabrics.  Outside of her studio Leslie loves to travel, cook, garden, and paint.  She is a happy member of a rather eccentric family of artists and nerds.

Scrappy Side Trip by Leslie Tucker Jenison

“Scrappy Side Trip” by Leslie Tucker Jenison

In this conversation, we talk about how Leslie shifted careers from being a nurse to being in the quilting industry. Leslie explains how she honed her skills by studying with experts. Hear how she dyes and prints fabrics to create “art cloth,” and how she uses Spoonflower to experiment with digital design and repeats.

Urban Artifacts, one of Leslie’s commercial collections for RJR

Leslie tells the story of how she got a fabric line with RJR and what kind of artwork she prepares to send to them to be commercially printed. She also talks about her work as a curator of quilt shows. Leslie is also a private pilot and says she’s never more free than when she is flying an airplane alone.

Art Cloth 3 by Leslie Tucker Jenison

And, of course, I ask Leslie to recommend great stuff she’s loving right now. Leslie recommends:

Keep up with Leslie on her website, and on Instagram.


This episode is sponsored by pattern and book publisher, Indygo Junction. Check out Indygo Junction’s new sew by machine method for Fabriflair! The dimensional paper piecing line includes a fusible stabilizer and six patterns, with designs for both home and fashion. The projects are artful objects that can showcase your favorite designer’s prints. They’re also ideal for making as gifts. Visit Indygo Junction’s Youtube Channel to see pattern reviews and tutorials on Fabriflair! Warning: It is Addictive!

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