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Hi! I'm Jessica Skultety ("Skull-Teddy"), a quilter based in northwestern New Jersey. I'm a sewing and quilting teacher, lecturer, pattern designer, and writer of a bi-monthly modern quilting newsletter, The Wonky Press. I'm also the former President (2 years), VP (1 year), and Webmaster (3 years) of the nonprofit Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.

My main techniques are improvisational piecing with a plan (both angles and curves), free motion quilting on my domestic machine (Janome MC 6300, also known as Elsa), modernizing traditional quilt blocks, and mixing prints from different fabric lines with solids.

 
Background: I earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey (go Lions!). I also have a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and I wrote my senior honors thesis on this topic.

I've taught thousands of students PreK-adult in public schools, tutoring, and sewing/quilting classes. I currently work part-time at a preschool (and love it!) in addition to teaching sewing, lecturing, making commission quilts, and writing patterns and articles.

I started sewing in high school in a beginner class, but never thought I'd do it again. In 2010, I decided I couldn't afford for someone else to make me a t-shirt quilt, borrowed my future mother-in-law's sewing machine, and the rest was history.

 
Discussing the modern elements of "Dresden Rainbow," our wedding quilt/guest book, at the CAMACO quilt guild in Cape May, NJ  

What's In a Name?: Why "Quilty Habit?"  I started sewing and blogging as a college sophomore, when the work was becoming quite cumbersome. Since I lived at school, I could only sew at home, and I often felt guilty doing so (because there were so many other things that needed to be done). "Guilty" is similar to "quilty," after all! Sewing relaxes me now, and I'm no longer a harried college student, but I still keep the title in homage to my first foray into this essential and fantastic part of my life. 


This Blog: I hope you enjoy poking around. I take blogging very seriously, as it is both a catalog of all of my quilt adventures and an outlet for my opinions, tutorials, and educational posts. Feel free to check out some of my most popular posts:







 





Personal tidbits:  
  • I love to travel
  • My favorite cities are Prague, Czech Republic, and Berlin, Germany.
  • If I'm not sewing or writing, you can usually find me with a book or watching Lord of the Rings, Parks and Recreation, or Doctor Who.
  • I've been married for three years to the most wonderfully supportive quilty husband, Mike. We're high school sweethearts and he's my talented quilt photographer. :)
  • My younger sister is one of my main cheerleaders and supports me constantly from a long distance. When she's visiting, we get up to shenanigans.
  • I'm a former theater performer and barbershop singer. 
  • I have a weakness for Reeses.



Professional Bio:

Jessica Skultety is a quilter, teacher, lecturer, pattern designer, and writer of The Wonky Press modern quilting newsletter. As a Modern Quilt Guild leader of 3 years, a certified teacher/tutor of Pre-K to college students, and an experienced sewing teacher, she has the public speaking, organizational, and engagement methods to fit your guild or sewing event. Jess's quilts have been featured at several shows, including International Quilt Festival and QuiltCon. A self-taught quilter herself, she focuses on empowering others to take risks with their sewing. Her specialties include lecturing about modern quilting, and teaching structured improvisation and domestic free motion quilting. Jess hails from Phillipsburg, NJ with her husband and their several imaginary cats. Check out the latest on her blog (http://www.quiltyhabit.com) and her Instagram (@quiltyhabit).

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