JUKI Feature: Wendy Chow, Modern Quilter & Designer

Happy February, JUKI artisans! This month we are featuring the quilting story, inspirations, and progress of modern quilter and designer, Wendy Chow. Keep scrolling to read!

Quilting is an art form that has continued to thrive after centuries. Today, quilts are not only seen as a utility to provide warmth, but they also represent us and our story. I hope to pass down this creative legacy through my modern designs. 

“Today, quilts are not only seen as a utility to provide warmth, but they also represent us and our story.”

My name is Wendy and I’m an Aussie modern quilter and pattern designer based in New York City. I have a deep love for prints and patterns. My designs feature bold, unique colour combinations and geometric shapes inspired by architecture, interior design and nature.

I was exposed to sewing from a ripe age of four. Mum used to make her own dress patterns and sewed all sorts of things for my sisters and I, including bedsheets, curtains, dresses, costumes and pajamas. Hovering over mum, watching what she was working on, made me curious. I wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine. However, her fear of my getting the needle stuck in my finger got in the way and I had to wait until high school home economics class. 

With the basics from school, I taught myself how to quilt. Quilting was introduced to me in 2015 when my sister spent most of her spare time making quilts for friends and family in my parents’ dining room. Eventually quilting became my escape from my hectic corporate job. It was a creative outlet and the thought of my projects helped me get through the long hours in the office. This was the start of the.weekendquilter. 

“It was a creative outlet and the thought of my projects helped me get through the long hours in the office.”

I got my first Juki nearly a year ago and absolutely love it. My husband bought it for me as a thank you gift for moving to the other side of the world for him. I chose the Juki HZL-NX7 for its large workspace for throw and queen-sized quilts, and the straight stitch and dual-feed dog functions make domestic quilting a breeze. With the automatic thread trimmer function, I have also saved hours and spools of thread from not having to trim any loose threads on the back of my quilt tops. Since the upgrade, I haven’t visited a long arm quilter and my quilting experience has been much more enjoyable. 

Follow Wendy’s story on Instagram, @the.weekendquilter.

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