Welcome to Hopeful Homemaker!                                       

I’m Jennifer, and I’m so glad you’re here.

You’ll find mostly quilts in this space, as it’s become my primary creative medium.  All my life I wanted to make art, and quilts are art we can wrap around people we love.  What a gift!  I believe we’re all creative, we’re all artists, and most of us (often including me) just need a boost of courage.

But if there is just one thing you take away with you, I hope it’s a feeling of encouragement.  I want to be an encourager.  I think we all need more of it in this crazy world, so I hope my writing will send you back to your life feeling lighter, more hopeful, more like you can face your hard things and grow.

Maybe you wonder about the name of my blog.  Admittedly it’s a little strange for a quilt-maker.  I started blogging back in 2009 when I had 8 young children and every day was an adventure in family life and trying to make ends meet on many levels.  At the time I didn’t know quilting would become such an aid to me emotionally.  I just knew I needed hope, and I needed to believe that I could succeed in this, my life’s chosen work.  

I still need to believe that.

If I could choose just one quilt that captures what I’m trying to accomplish, it’s my Refuge Quilt, and it sums up what I’m trying to accomplish.  My faith in Jesus Christ is my foundation and my primary source of strength.  


Fast forward to now, and my life is full of 8 teenagers and young adults.  What a joy!  They are great people who are trying to show up and grow up while becoming who they’re meant to be.  I treasure the privilege of a front row seat to their stories.

In spite of everything that is hard and ugly about life and the world, I believe people are essentially good.  Life gets harder but it gets better.  The best things in life are people and relationships.  We all need to be humble and repent daily.  We are all the family of God.  It’s good to be alive.

So welcome to Hopeful Homemaker, the place where I write about the quilts I wrap around my people, and share snippets of my heart.

Love, Jennifer




  • rosa higgins

    What a wonderful family. May God truly bless your family in all ways and for His glory. Thank you for sharing pictures and stories.

  • So SO funny!!! Up at quiltbliss I was saying how I really wanted to make a giant swoon quilt. I just googled it and found the tutorial on your blog :). Happy coincidence 🙂

  • Tammy

    I stumbled onto your blog while looking for ideas for my daughter who teaches First Grade at Temple View Ele. in Idaho Falls! We also have 8 children, 8 kids in 10 years, no twins … except – mine are all pretty much grown up now, sniff sniff – I miss the days when we were all home and under one roof. TRUST ME… this time goes by WAY too fast! Enjoy Every Crazy Moment. Currently we have 3 kids out serving missions. One in Vegas (comes home in May!!) one in Florida (comes home in June) and one still in the MTC! The overlap will only be for a few months!! We now live in Canada, but we lived in Utah for 8 years and we miss it terribly. But we were called “home” to Canada to help with extended family. Take care and don’t neglect these important things: family prayers, family scripture study; fhe and especially Sunday meetings! Teach the 4th AofF and the Plan of Salvation Over and Over!! And spend a lot of time talking to each other. Play, play, play!! Bless your happy little family!! Take care!

  • Hilary Adams

    hi just a quick hello from Shropshire England to say how much I enjoyed your tutorial especially the Y seaming . Many thanks Hilary

  • Carolyn Williamson

    I love your attitude about God leading us where we belong and you doing such a loving job.
    The family is beautiful.

  • Juanita Pierce

    Hello! I just discovered your website from a post on Pinterest. Your quilts are beautiful and amazing. Your positive attitude is inspirational. Keep it going my dear. I’m going to enjoy reading your blog.

  • Jeanne Reinisch

    Oh my….where is the Fireworks quilt block? It’s stunning.

  • jennifer

    Jeanne, It’s a pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms. You can find it on her website. Thanks!

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