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Krystal Jakelwicz

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Krystal Jakelwicz

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  When I was young, my mother would make quilts in our dining room. She would sew chain pieces and I would then cut them apart. As I grew older I then learned how to iron pieces properly and then learned how to make a quilt for myself from start to finish. As time moved forward, I started getting active in school events meaning no time for sewing. 

Fast forward to 2013 and at the time, my boyfriend Noel and I moved to San Antonio, Texas. He was given a great opportunity for a job in which we both decided to take an adventure and move out. During this time I was trying to find a job. Since this was our first time moving far away from family I wanted to add “touches” to our apartment and make it more like home. While visiting our family, my mother let me take her sewing machine home.  I started off small making table runners, pillows, baby and lap size quilts. Once I learned how to build and make patterns of my own, I wanted to share them with other quilters. Thus Lets Quilt Something’s Blog came about.

While I was making quilt patterns I also wanted to learn how to long arm quilt my quilts. I wanted to be able to finish my quilts from start to finish! In 2014, I started taking classes at my favorite quilt store. After much practice, my wonderful now-fiancé let me get a long arm machine at the beginning of 2016.

After many quilts and patterns I shared with my readers, my mother and Noel mentioned that I should try and see if I can write a book or have them featured in a magazine. I personally thought to myself, “No way, like that will ever happen…” but one thing I remember telling Noel, “It never hurts to try and go above and beyond.” So I submitted tons of patterns and ideas to many quilt magazines. After a few weeks went by, I received an email by Fons and Porters saying they wanted to feature my quilt pattern! I was so unbelievably excited and had to re-read the email several times to make sure I was not dreaming.

Fast forward to today: I have had quilt patterns featured in Fons and Porters Magazines, McCalls Quilt Magazines, and even American Quilter too! 

Quilting and long arm quilting are a huge part of my life. I can finally let my creative side fly and I love seeing others enjoy my patterns I share! I cannot wait for the next year to come to see what more accomplishments I can achieve.  I hope you all can join me and see what I come up with next. =) 

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I am interested in making your Frozen Lake. But the instructions are rather vague. Do you square up the HST? If so, to what measurement. Do you square up the pin wheel block? Again, if so, to what measurement? And what is the new block's measurement? And then the final block?

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