photo of JanJan Krentz is a nationally recognized quilt instructor, author and designer. Winner of the 1998 Teacher of the Year award, Jan's motivating workshops are packed with practical tips, techniques and methods to insure success. Author of Lone Star Quilts & Beyond, Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond, Diamond Quilts and Beyond, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, and Quick Diamond Quilts. Jan lives with her husband in Poway, California. 


Books, Publications, DVDs, Fabric collections:
Television, Radio, Blog & Podcast Appearances
Product Development & Endorsement 
International Teaching
General Background Facts

Began sewing: 1959
First Quilt: Cathedral Window, late 1960's
Background in needle skills: sewing, clothing construction, cross-stitch, crewel, embroidery, needlepoint and knitting

High School graduate, Westside H.S., Omaha, NE – 1973
Bachelor of Science, Interior Design & Textile, Clothing & Design – University of Nebraska, Lincoln – 1977

Quilt Teaching: since early 1980's
"I teach and present trunk shows for quilt guilds, quilt shops, retreats, and other related groups. My skills include teaching to a variety of students at various quilting abilities, and helping each student create a design that is exciting to them.

It was a tremendous honor to be nominated for the 1998 Teacher of the Year by my students. I continually strive to do my very best for every class."

Guild memberships include the following groups:

Lemoore Thimble Thumbs quilt guild, 1982-1990, (Lemoore, CA).
Lemoore Order of Calloused Finger, 1982-1984, (Lemoore, CA).
Valley Oaks Quilt Guild, 1986-1990, (Tulare, CA).
Monterey Peninsula Quilt Guild, 1990-1991, (Pacific Grove, CA).
Quilter's Unlimited, (Fairfax Chapter), 1991-1995, (Fairfax, VA).
Fresno Fiber Guild, 1995-1998, (Fresno, CA). Valley Oaks Quilt Guild, 1995-1998, (Tulare, CA).
Best of the Valley Quilt Show Advisory board, Tulare Historical Museum, 1996-98, (Tulare, CA).
Common Threads Quilt Guild, founded, 1998-present, (Lemoore, CA).
Friendship Quilters, 1998-present, (Poway, CA).
Northern California Quilt Council – a.k.a. NCQC – 2020

Teacher of the year 1998