Raised in a sewing and handcrafting family amidst a ‘sewing machine museum’, Jane’s a wife, mom, and lifelong sewist who received her first adult machine, a beautiful blue metallic straight-stitch Fiatelli, by the age of 9. She designed and sewed many of her clothes from junior high, up, and made her first quilt at 16. In high school, while peers were walking advertisements for jean manufacturers, she designed hers, advertising her own name. And whilst she sat on her childhood bedroom carpet sewing away, she daydreamed about 2 careers: becoming a fashion designer, and owning a fabric store.
She holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts and an AAS in Couture Clothing Design from SUNY/FIT. She also studied in Paris and Italy.
Jane has had her own custom clothing business, designing and constructing garments from sportswear to wedding gowns for both private clientele and boutiques. She participated in fashion shows and was a runner-up in a Vogue New Designer contest. She was also a Sales Manager and Assistant Buyer in the trendy fashion departments for a major department store, and has worked on Fashion Avenue in Manhattan.
Jane’s been quilting steadily for the past 10 years and loves the freedom of expression and construction that it provides. While years ago, she was project-oriented, she’s now process-oriented and revels in every step from cutting fabric to sewing on the binding.
She currently has a herd of Singer 221 ‘featherweights’ amongst her other (countless) vintage machines and is a self-proclaimed amateur historian on this machine, thanks to the teachings of her good friend who’s been documenting them for decades. Jane’s also studied under tech guru Ray White, and while she doesn’t repair machines other than her own, she holds a certificate in repairs/maintenance.
She’s been the proud owner of a JUKI TL-2010Q sewing machine since circa 2013 and grins ear to ear every time she sits down to sew at it. She first encountered JUKIs during her design school days and held dearly onto her (sewing) feet hoping to one day come across them in the home sewing arena.
Jane appreciates every visitor who chooses to walk through The BOLT Quilt Shop’s door, and the conversations she has with them. She’s flattered that visitors have dubbed The BOLT “The ‘CHEERS’ of Quilt Shops” ™ and hopes her passion for the art, her unique shop offerings, and her outstanding customer service will keep her visitors returning again and again.