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About Snapdragon Quilting

Hi! Thank you for visiting! I'm Jen Wagner, a quilt pattern writer and quilting instructor who loves my morning coffee out on the patio. In the spring of 2022, I launched Snapdragon Quilting with a clear mission: to ignite creativity and bolster confidence in quilters of all skill levels by creating quilt patterns make sense and courses and workshops that dive deep into a myriad of quilt making skills. Having the right tools and supplies always makes a project go more smoothly, so I make sure you can find the tools I love and use here too.

My Grandma Louise, pictured here, was a constant creator - pressed flowers, ceramics, crochet, sewing, puzzles, hand dipped chocolates - she did it all, and she always made sure I was right there beside her, hands-on in her projects. She had a way of making everyone feel important and special. When she looked at me, her face lit up and I can still hear her saying, "Jenni, Jenni, Jenni! I'm so glad that you're here." She was quite the gardener too and her colorful snapdragons were always my favorite. I have named my company, Snapdragon Quilting, in her memory. I hope to honor her legacy through kindness and by sharing my passion for quilting with you here.

I grew up sewing clothing under the guidance of my mom. Then in college, I took a semester of clothing construction to see if my mom really knew what she was talking about, she did. In 2006, my life was forever changed when I discovered quilting. My second child was born that spring and he woke up with the sun so we watched Alex Anderson in her show Simply Quilts in those wee hours. I was hooked! Shortly thereafter, I bought my first longarm machine and began longarm quilting for others under the name Wagner Quilting. Besides all the wonderful quilters I met, my favorite part of quilting for others was seeing the different ways color was used.

Beyond my passion for quilting, I dedicated nearly two decades to healthcare as a Registered Nurse specializing in labor and delivery, and later as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I found immense joy in educating women and their families about pregnancy, childbirth, contraception, menopause, and other crucial health topics, empowering them to make informed decisions and embrace healthier lifestyles. The well-being of a momma profoundly impacts the entire family. Take good care of yourself, you're worth it!

When I'm not quilting, you'll find me outside. I love golfing, hiking, swimming, skiing, biking, and gardening. I'm lucky to have a hubby that shows me the meaning of love and three kids that are growing into incredible young adults.

For so long, I have been sketching out quilts and then figuring out how to make them so it is a real treat to be here now, putting my ideas into patterns to share. I love how the use of color, contrast, and fabric transforms quilts made from the same design into unique masterpieces and I'd love to see your creations made using my patterns!  Join the fun with the Snapdragon Stitchers on Facebook, where we chat, share our projects, and connect with like minded quilters. I look forward to seeing you there. Happy Quilting!

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