Every now and then something different happens! We are happy to announce Jenny Haynes has joined our website to take everyone along her journey into modern quilts.
A Swedish exile having spent the previous 18 years in London and Sheffield, Jenny Haynes (née Nilsson) studied Pattern Cutting and Tailoring in her native Stockholm. Soon after, she followed her passion for fabrics and moved to London to study Fashion and Textiles at the London College of Fashion. She went on to develop her own label ‘Papper, Sax, Sten’ (that’s ‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’ in case you’re wondering!), creating designs that reflect her many different influences.
Her bespoke quilts and furnishings are recognised for their clean and simple, mid-century modern design. Jenny mixes vintage fabrics with modern prints, rich colours with pastels, often using her trademark curves, while remaining faithful to her Scandi’ roots. This was recognised in Summer ’15 when Jenny was invited by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, along with 18 other Swedish designers, to be a part of Heal’s Swedish Summer Exhibition. Heal’s have a long history of promoting Swedish design with exhibitions in 1923, ’51 and ’71.
More recently Jenny was asked to contribute to a publication by Thames & Hudson for the V&A. Two of Jenny’s quilts are featured in Patchwork & Quilting: A Maker’s Guide, ‘Designed by teachers and practitioners at the leading edge of today’s craft revival, the projects are both functional and fashionable’.
Apart from designing and making quilts, Jenny also teaches quilting and holds talks about quilting and her design process.
We have her wonderful Sunflower Block, a curvy design being created by Jenny, using her own design templates .. her favourite Drunkards Path block remixed.
When making the pattern, Jenny worked with Oakshott Fabrics because of their lovely tonal shades that capture the light beautifully, and she’s put together a charm-pack especially for this block
Nina has been testing the pattern and the Oakshott Fabrics together with Jenny’s templates. Find Nina’s review here. Nina has put it together so we can all see how it will look, and Joe Bennison, known to many quilters for her longarm skills, has added the final touch.
To mark Jenny joining our website she has generously donated a set of her templates used with the BOM, along with the pattern and the custom Oakshott Fabrics charm-pack to create the Sunflower Cushion as the prize for her launch competition and watch out in the future for more exciting offers and competitions from Papper, Sax, Sten too. Pop along to Competition Corner and if you have read this biography then you already know the answer you are looking for!
The sunflower block Jenny has designed is just the first of several designs, all in the modern style, that will be appearing over the coming months so keep an eye out for something just a little different.